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Embark on an incredible journey through the Andean oasis of Colombia and begin a love affair with the vibrancy, spirit, and passion of this emerald of the Caribbean coast. Visit Bogota - Colombia's beating heart. Fly over mystic valleys and stand at the foot of the Andes in Colombia's verdant coffee region, where wax palms tower overhead and the secrets to perfect Colombian coffee are revealed. On a journey of discovery, tour the murals of Medellin's Comuna 13 with a neighborhood resident. Venture to the Cocora Valley in 4x4 'Willys' then hike or explore on horseback - the choice if yours! Line the aisles of a sensory buffet at Paloquemao market, and indulge in the romance and history of sultry Cartagena. Learn the traditional ways of cooking Colombian cuisine during a culinary workshop. When you experience Colombia, you discover earthly treasures swept across stunning Caribbean landscapes that enliven the spirit - and sense of adventure - around every turn.

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10 Days
Day 1BogotaBogota, Colombia - Tour Begins: The allure of a red-hot culture steeped in history, art, and tradition sweeps across stunning Caribbean landscapes drawing you to Colombia - South America's Andean oasis. In the cradle of the Andean peaks, discover a Technicolor amalgam of culture, history, and romance in Bogota - Colombia's elevated capital city.
Day 2BogotaBogota: Colombia's heart beats in Bogota. Discover why on a walking tour along the calles, the plazas, past painted brick and around emerald parks. Get lost in a melange of color and spice with a visit to Paloquemao Market. In here it's a sensory feast - a happy overload of exotic fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, herbs, and flowers. Embark on a tasting journey through the market's rainbow displays while your guide dishes out some favorite samples. All that glitters is indeed gold at the Museo del Oro, where 55,000 pieces of gold from pre-Hispanic cultures are exhibited across the rooms. Board a funicular* and ascend 3,000 meters above sea level to Monserrate. Watch a city fill the sky and get an up-close-and-personal view of the dominative mountain that reigns over Bogota. Tonight, Colombian fare and friendship are on the menu for a welcome dinner at one of Bogota's best restaurants.
Day 3BogotaBogota - Coffee Region: Fly over mystical valleys and rolling jade hills, over terracotta-roofed farm houses, spindly wax palm trees and verdant coffee plantations. In this section of Colombia's coffee zone, learn about the coffee-making process and sample the perks of the region, bean to cup. Retreat tonight to your lodge overlooking the incredible countryside, an oasis in and of itself.
Day 4PereiraCoffee Region - Cocora Valley: At the foot of the Andes, under clouds that swim between vivid green mountains and towering wax palms, experience the majesty of the Cocora Valley aboard equipped 4x4 jeeps known as 'Willys.' Then, it's your choice! Set out to hike the valley and look up at the slender poles of wax palms -OR- travel on horseback** to see the valley through the eyes of a Colombian farmer. In the magical surround of the Andes, enjoy a locally-sourced picnic* lunch before hitting the road to colorful Salento. In this small town, along quaint streets and paisa architecture, encounter local artisans and their unique crafts as you explore independently.
Day 5MedellinCoffee Region - Medellin: Marvel at the natural wonders of the vast Aburra Valley on a scenic drive to Medellin, the 'City of Eternal Spring.' Dine with the locals and indulge in a specially cultivated tasting menu that highlights traditional ingredients with a modern flare.
Day 6MedellinMedellin: Medellin is a cosmopolitan hub deeply rooted in tradition, yet decidedly modern. In Comuna 13, a walking tour of the neighborhood that clings to the mountainside is a journey that looks into Colombia's past with a focus on the future. Walk wide-eyed with a neighborhood resident and curiously pass the chromatic murals and stunning graffiti art.
Day 7MedellinMedellin - Cartagena: Spend this morning in the village of Santa Elena, nestled inside the Andes Mountains. The pastoral idyll of this traditional flower farm enchants upon the very moment of approach. Lush arrangements that serve as Medellin's cultural symbol are painstakingly crafted here for the Feria de Flores, Colombia's national flower festival. Meet with a true silletero and learn of the rich tradition and history of flower farming in Medellin as you discover firsthand what a 'day in the life' of a flower farmer is like. Afterward, board a flight across a short strait to the tropical port city of Cartagena. From the vantage point of a horse-drawn carriage, pass through the city's colorful streets. In Bolivar Plaza, downtown's historic nucleus, see traditional musicians and dancers perform and women in dresses the colors of the Colombian flag selling fruit from the tops of turbaned heads.
Day 8CartagenaCartagena: Join local apprentices as they develop their skills to become future jewelers, and learn the art of jewelry-making yourself - using Colombian emeralds! Later, learn the seductive art of Salsa from some of the art form's best dancers. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own and dive head-first into the local culture.
Day 9CartagenaCartagena: Take in more of Cartagena's special energy today independently. Stroll the city, explore the iconic fortress of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, or just have a seat at the bar, order a mojito, some ceviche, and do some serious people-watching. Perhaps you'll choose to take a day trip to the unspoiled Rosario Islands. Tonight, learn native recipes at a culinary class with local Colombian chefs at one of the city's famed restaurants, and toast the end to a fantastic journey in Colombia.
Day 10CartagenaCartagena - Tour Ends: Your Colombian experience comes to an end this morning in Cartagena.

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