NEW! Enhanced Itinerary
Now including Medellin & the Coffee Triangle
When you reserve a 2013 departure of Colombia's Colonial Jewels & the Coffee Triangle, you’ll now enjoy our enhanced itinerary, with improved pacing and new included features. We’ve added a two-night stay in Medellin, a city at the heart of Colombia’s current cultural renaissance, which was praised in a recent New York Times article for its “jewel-like setting in a lush valley surrounded by green mountains.” Near Medellin, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the colorful village of Guatape. And you’ll spend three nights in the “Coffee Triangle,” a lush region where Colombia’s prized coffee beans are grown. We’ve added an extra day to the overall length of the trip to allow for more in-depth exploration of this beautiful country.
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You’ll spend 2 nights in Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest city and a center of the country’s culture, education, and economy. Here you’ll witness the luxurious “Golden Mile” where drug lord Pablo Escobar once lived, take in the artistic flavor of the Plaza Botero, and ascend one of the city’s seven hills to visit a traditional community.
During your stay in Medellin, you’ll also venture to the nearby village of Guatape, one of Colombia’s most colorful communities. Guatape is famous for its “sockets,” beautifully crafted tiles that decorate local homes and the village church, and boasts a unique natural feature at El Peñón, a stone monolith that towers more than 650 feet above its surroundings and overlooks a nearby dam.
The Coffee Triangle
You’ll stay for 3 nights near Pereira, your base for exploring the scenic and historic coffee-growing region in Colombia’s highlands that also encompasses the towns of Manizales and Armenia. Your discoveries here include delving into the cultivation and processing of Colombia’s famed top-quality coffee beans at Hacienda Venecia outside Manizales, where you’ll savor an included lunch in the Main House of the estate.
Salento & Cocora National Park
In the Coffee Triangle, you’ll also spend time in the 19th-century village of Salento, where many buildings reflect a traditional cane-and-mud construction style. Then you ride a yipao jeep to Corcora National Park, where you’ll hike through cloud forest and learn about the wax palm, which can grow to be 250 feet tall. Here you’ll participate in a ritual that involves planting new wax palm seedlings.
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