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Emerging Colombia – Art & Architecture from the Andes to the Caribbean

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  • Mar 15, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019


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Emerging Colombia – Art & Architecture from the Andes to the Caribbean

Colombia is a hidden treasure awaiting discovery. Where the Andes meet the Caribbean, this land is rich with natural beauty, colonial architecture, the literary and artistic traditions of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Fernando Botero, and the colonial legacy of Spanish fortune hunters seeking El Dorado with pirates in pursuit. Colombia’s warm, hospitable people are powerfully emerging from decades of conflict into a new era of peace and prosperity. This customized itinerary begins in Colombia’s capital city of Bogota and its notable museums, continues to dynamic Medellin and its creative urban design before concluding along the colorful Caribbean Coast in colonial Cartagena.

Study Leader

John Meffert,
consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.

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Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel – Bogota

Park 10 Hotel – Medellin

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara – Cartagena



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Friday, March 15
Home / Bogotá, Colombia
Depart the U.S. and fly to Bogotá. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. Sofitel Victoria Regia (R,D)

Saturday, March 16
Begin the day with an orientation and brief lecture, then set off on a tour of Paloquemao, Bogotá’s biggest market, where food stalls compete with piles of fresh produce and buckets upon buckets of flowers for the attention of the bustling crowds. Stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets of Bogotá’s historic city center, the Candelaria District, with a stop at the Gold Museum, filled with pre-Colombian ceramics, textiles, and more than 30 thousand gold artifacts. Sofitel Victoria Regia (B,L,D)

Sunday, March 17
Venture north of Bogotá to Zipaquirá, home to the country’s largest salt mines and the Salt Cathedral, a unique place of worship built deep within the salt mines themselves. Return through Chía for a Paso Fino horse exhibition before an evening at leisure in Bogotá. Sofitel Victoria Regia (B,L)

Monday, March 18
Transfer to the Bogotá airport and fly to Medellín. Spend the day touring the nearby colorful colonial town of Guatapé, uniquely situated on a peninsula jutting into an Andean reservoir and in the shadow of a giant granite monolith. Optionally ascend the steps to the top of the rock for sweeping views of the Andes range. Park 10 Hotel (B,L,D)

Tuesday, March 19
Spend the entire day touring Medellin, whose civic projects have become a global model for urban design and social progress. See the historic city center, including Botero Square and the Antioquia Museum’s large collection of artwork by Medellin native Fernando Botero. Continue to the Santo Domingo neighborhood, with visits to the soaring Biblioteca España (Spain Library) and unique Metrocable cable car service. Enjoy an evening at leisure. Park 10 Hotel (B,L)

Wednesday, March 20
Transfer to the airport this morning and fly directly to Cartagena, where the modern and the historic comingle on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Set off on a walking tour of the historic center, one of the most charming and colorful colonial neighborhoods in the country. Take in the sunset from Café del Mar, a popular haunt built atop the old city wall, before being whisked away by horse-drawn carriage through the historic center to dinner. Sofitel Legend Santa Clara (B,L,D)

Thursday, March 21
Spend the morning exploring the tunnels and turrets of Castillo de San Felipe, the imposing fortress looming over old town and the harbor, then ascend to the Convento de La Popa, a huge convent built in 1607 atop the highest hill in the city. Enjoy a premium Colombian coffee tasting before an evening at leisure. Sofitel Legend Santa Clara (B,L)

Friday, March 22
Visit the eclectic Getsemani and Manga neighborhoods to experience the contrasts of new and old Cartagena, with a stop at the 19th-century Casa Román, a curious Moorish-style mansion on Manga Island. In the afternoon, choose between a presentation on Gabriel García Marquez’s Cartagena, a visit to a local aviary, or a canoe ride through mangroves before a festive farewell reception and dinner at the hotel. Sofitel Legend Santa Clara (B,L,D)

Saturday, March 23
Cartagena / Home
Transfer to Cartagena’s airport for flights to the U.S. (B)