Once famous for all the wrong reasons, Colombia is now recognised as one of the most culturally fascinating and biologically diverse countries in all the Americas. This exploration of Colombia’s nature and culture combines its two major modern cities with its two most beautiful classic colonial villages, all the while taking you deep into the great natural landscapes that surround them. Here you will discover lands filled with waterfalls and sacred lagoons, páramo and deep river canyons, where time has stood still and longstanding communities and traditions have endured.
The journey begins with the miracle of Medellin, by far the country’s most innovative and progressive city, set in a long valley against the stunning backdrop of two Andean mountain ridges. Exploring by cable car and metro, as well as the famous outdoor escalators, you’ll delve deep into the heart of the city’s creative underbelly and discover the vibrant street life and stunning street art, including the work of world-renowned artist Botero.
Travelling north into Colombia’s Andean heartland, you then travel back in time to the whitewashed and clay-tile-roofed Spanish colonial towns of Barichara and Villa de Leyva. Home to some of the country’s greatest artisans, here you will take part in creative workshops and learn the skills and traditions of these unique rural communities. Surrounded by sleepy Andean farmland, deep river canyons, and rare highland nature, here you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of these lands, as you hike to glacial lakes and canyon waterfalls and discover the unique ecosystem of paramo.
This great Colombian adventure ends with a walking tour of the capital, the vibrant economical and artistic hub of this little-explored South American gem.
*Please note the prices shown above are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room
Try to learn a few key Spanish words before you go, they will always be appreciated by the locals.