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

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Departure Dates

  • 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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Tentative Itinerary

Friday, February 8 – Bogota


Fly to Bogota, Colombia. Welcome reception and dinner at hotel. RD

Saturday, February 9 – Bogota


Welcome orientation and lecture. Bogota city tour of the historic Candelaria District, Gold Museum, Botero Gallery, Escuela Taller and Monserrate neighborhood. BLD

Sunday, February 10 – Bogota


Paloquemao Market, private visit to artist’s studio and meeting with local journalist. BL

Monday, February 11 – Medellin

Fly to Medellin. Afternoon visit of the Santa Elena flower farm. BLD

Tuesday, February 12 – Medellin

Visit Medellin’s civic projects that are a global model for urban design and social progress. Continue to Botero Square and the Antioquia Museum. BL

Wednesday, February 13 – Cartagena


Fly directly to Cartagena. Afternoon walking tour of Cartagena’s historic center. BLD

Thursday, February 14 – Cartagena


Full day visit of San Felipe Fortress, La Popa, Getsemani, Bocagrande, Laguito and Castillo Grande. BL

Friday, February 15 – Cartagena


Culinary tour of local market followed by cooking class. Optional afternoon tour of Gabriel Garcia Marquez sites. Evening horse-drawn carriage ride to farewell reception and dinner. BLD

Saturday, February 16 – Return Home

Transfer to Cartagena’s airport for flights to the U.S. B, meals aloft