Once and again a treasured destination, Colombia warmly welcomes visitors to experience its wealth of indigenous cultures, evocative Spanish Colonial heritage, lush landscapes, and Caribbean sun. Your small group limited to 24 guests discovers Colombia’s many jewels on this 11-day tour, from Bogota and the Coffee Triangle to Medellin and Cartagena, with many hidden gems along the way. Spend several days in Bogota, the “Athens of South America,” exploring the city’s colonial neighborhoods and colorful markets and touring the Gold and Botero museums. Travel through the flower-growing region to visit Zipaquira’s remarkable underground “Salt Cathedral,” carved from a salt deposit. Fly to Colombia’s heartland, Armenia, to tour a coffee plantation in the Coffee Triangle – home to some of the world’s finest coffee – and savor a coffee tasting. Take a cloud forest walk in the Central Cordillera’s breathtaking Cocora Valley, part of Los Nevados National Natural Park. Next, fly to Medellin, the “City of Eternal Spring,” for a three-night stay in Colombia’s second largest city. Explore this remarkably cultured city, and enjoy lunch in a family’s home in the nearby traditional flower-growing town of Santa Elena. The trip’s finale: two nights in vibrant seaside Cartagena, where highlights include 16th-century San Felipe Fort, a UNESCO site, and Las Bovedas, former dungeons now housing artisan shops. Take a walking tour of Cartagena’s walled colonial city, a UNESCO site, and ride in a traditional horse-drawn carriage to a farewell dinner. Enjoy more time in this alluring Caribbean city with an optional 2-day/2-night post-tour extension.
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Bogota, Colombia
Day 2: Bogota
Day 3: Bogota/Zipaquira
Day 4: Bogota/Pereira (Coffee Triangle)
Day 5: Pereira/Cocora Valley
Day 6: Pereira/Medellin
Day 7: Medellin
Day 8: Medellin/Santa Elena
Day 9: Medellin/Cartagena
Day 10: Cartagena
Day 11: Depart for U.S.
*Trip itinerary subject to change*
Israel Reyes is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. Professor Reyes has been at Dartmouth since 1996 and teaches and conducts research on Latin American, Puerto Rican, and U.S. Latina/o literature and culture. His publications include his 2005 book, Humor and the Eccentric Text in Puerto Rican Literature, published by University Press of Florida, and scholarly articles on autobiography, gender and sexuality, tourism, and alternative healing practices. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Transcultural Enterprises: Diaspora and Economic Imaginaries in Hispanic Caribbean Literature” and an article manuscript on Cuban American memory and food. In addition to his courses in Spanish and Portuguese, the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program, and Comparative Literature, Professor Reyes has directed several Language Study Abroad Programs in Puebla/Cholula, Mexico and two Foreign Study Programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina.