You can wind back the clock to colonial times in the fortified city of Cartagena, with its walls covered in myriad pastels and balconies overflowing with bougainvillea. For the frontiersman one can hike through ancient tropical forests to find lost cities in Ciudad Perdida or make the arduous trip to remote La Guajira’s deserts and dunes.
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Colombia is situated at the junction between Latin America and North and Central America, and as such has an extremely diverse cultural make-up including European, African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Native American influences! This diversity has enriched Colombia with a wide range of cultural expressions in music, art and literature, which can be admired in museums, art galleries, libraries and public spaces. Colombians are very positive people, described as having a joie de vivre because of which the country was deemed the happiest country in the world in 2013. This joyfulness is expressed and celebrated during fairs, carnivals and cultural festivals, including the Manizales Fair and the Barranquilla Carnival. The country’s national dish is the Bandeja Paisa, a huge food platter consisting of grilled steak, fried pork, chorizo sausage, fried egg, avocado, and a plantain. This is one dish that will leave you satiated for hours! One of the other popular Colombian delicacies is the Arepa, a flatbread made from cornmeal that is the foundation of many meals. No meal is complete without the Brevas con arequipe - a local fig stuffed with Colombian style toffee!
Feria de las Flores, one of the biggest annual flower festivals takes place in Medellin, is dedicated to celebrate the end of slavery in Colombia.
Attend the annual Carnaval de Barranquilla, one of the largest and most important folkloric celebrations in the world!
Day 1: Arrival in Cartagena and sundowner olong the Caribbean shore
Day 2: Walking tours, gastronomy, and top sites!
Day 3: Coffee tasting and continue exploring the city
Day 4: Go on a day trip to Rosario islands on a private charter boat and discover Pablo Escobar’s sunken drug plane!
Day 5: Experience a local shopping tour of Colombian linen and emeralds. At twilight, imbibe in a rum tasting event at one Cartagena’s iconic watering holes!
Day 6: Departure
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