Overview

Discover Colombia, a corner of South America that is once again becoming a must-see destination. On a 12-day adventure, spend two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medellín, indulge in the Caribbean beauty of Tayrona’s lush jungle and perfectly pristine beaches, and wander the cobblestoned streets of historical Cartagena. Get to Colombia before the rest of the world catches on.

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys By Nautica

From: $2634

12 days - Bogotá to Bogotá
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Highlights from Colombia Journey

Coffee Farm

Spend a couple nights at a traditional hacienda on a coffee farm. Wake to a fresh pot and then tour the farm with a coffee expert. Learn what makes Colombia’s coffee some of the world’s finest.

Medellin Community Walk

Head to Comuna 13 with your local guide. Wander through this revitalized community and ride its unique public cable cars that cling to the hillside. At the top, grab your camera and snap some shots of the stunning views of the city below.

Salsa Dance Class

Get out on the dance floor for a private lesson from two professional salsa dancers. They’ll teach you the steps of the Colombian salsa and explain how dance is integral to social life in Latin America.

Itinerary

Day 1 Bogotá

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Bogotá/Armenia

Catch a flight to Armenia where we immerse ourselves into coffee culture staying two nights at a traditional Hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert tasting and exploring elements that inspire coffee production including earth, water, fauna, flora, sun, and shade.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Coffee Farm Visit

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 Armenia

Enjoy a full day excursion to Salento and hiking the Cocora valley. Enjoy some free time to visit shops and the village.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 Armenia/Medellín

Drive to historic Medellín. Enjoy time to explore this historic city upon arrival.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Medellín

Visit Comuna 13­ – a community transformed. Once controlled by the cartels, this neighbourhood is a shining example of Colombia’s progress in overcoming its notorious past. Meet a local guide and begin the journey upwards with a ride on the city’s unique public cable cars and escalator system and enjoy a walk discussing Colombia’s history and revitalization. Option to take a historical tour, visit museums or go shopping in the afternoon.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Medellin Community Walk

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Medellín/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Morning flight to Santa Marta then continue to our beach lodge near Tayrona National Park, on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and some of Colombia’s most pristine and beautiful white sand beaches.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Spend the day swimming and enjoying the beach or opt to hike into the national park or into the jungle to see the ruins of Pueblito.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Cartagena

Drive to tropical Cartagena and experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Cartagena

Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of Cartagena visiting key sites throughout the historical centre of the city that were inspiration for Colombia’s most famous author, journalist and Nobel Prize winner; Gabriel García Márquez. Relax in the afternoon before we learn the basics of Colombian Salsa, known as Cali style in a private lesson by 2 local dancers.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Salsa Dance Class

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Cartagena

Experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city. Free time for optional activities such as a visit to Playa Blanca, a boat tour to Islas del Rosario National Park, or to explore nearby beaches.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Cartagena/Bogotá

Fly back to Bogotá with free time for optionals including a visit to the National Museum of Colombia, the Gold Museum, or just wander one of the many quaint neighbourhoods.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Bogotá

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Colombia Journey Itinerary Map
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What`s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Salsa Dance Class, Cartagena
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Medellin Community Walk, Medellín
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Coffee Farm Visit, Armenia

  • Arrival transfer

  • Excursion to Salento and Cocora Valley

  • Santa Marta orientation tour

  • Admission and hike in Tayrona National Park (excluding February departures)

  • Gabriel García Márquez Old City walk
  • Internal flights

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (9 nts), hacienda/farm (2 nts).

Meals

11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD330-430 for meals not included.

Transportation

Bus, van, jeep, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Departures

DateAvailabilityPrice

Sep 2017

Sat, 16 Sep – Wed, 27 Sep7+  Available$2804

Oct 2017

Sat, 21 Oct – Wed, 01 Nov7+ Available$2634

Dec 2017

Sat, 23 Dec – Wed, 03 Jan7+ Available$3299

Jan 2018

Sat, 13 Jan – Wed, 24 Jan7+ Available$3099
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