Captivating Colombia

March 13-21, 2020
$4,495*

Discover the lavish side of Colombia during this enriching 9-day journey through Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena, highlighted by stays at deluxe properties throughout. Embrace the enigmatic landscapes, colonial architecture, treasured relics, and ancient to modern history of these fascinating regions. Set out on a comprehensive guided tour of Bogotá—Colombia's capital city and cosmopolitan center—with a visit to Paloquemao, one of the country's largest and most important markets, plus a stop at the historic center, La Candelaria. View the largest collection of pre-Columbian gold at the Gold Museum, with galleries featuring pieces dating back nearly 2,500 years. Stroll through the Botero Museum to peruse artwork and sculptures by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous contemporary artist, highlighted by a visit with Botero's grandson, Felipe. Outside the small town of Zipaquirá, take an underground tour through the famous Salt Cathedral, carved inside an active salt mine that formed 250 million years ago. A place of pilgrimage for the local community, the cathedral is an extraordinary feat of architectural design and engineering. Visit Finca Oro Molido—a premium coffee producer certified with the most important quality and sustainability seals—and enjoy the opportunity to see parts of the production process of one of the world’s most famous coffee beans followed by a memorable lunch. Travel into the mountains of Antioquia—over 6,500 feet in elevation—to Santa Elena, home to traditional flower farmers. During a visit to an organic flower farm, learn about silletas, flower arrangements that are the cultural symbol of Medellín. Savor a tasting of Colombian rum from the Antioquia and Caldas regions paired with chocolates made with local cacao

Questions? Contact Donna Coggins via email at travel@wm.edu or call 757-221-1165.

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