14 Days | A Signature Luxury Journey
Welcome to Colombia! Prepare to be amazed by beauty, culture, and wildlife during this once in a lifetime trip!
Arrival into Bogota, Colombia
Explore key sites in Bogota, and immerse yourself in the city’s Art & Culinary culture
Heighten your senses during a molecular coffee tasting, and gain insight into local cuisine during an exploration of Paloquemao Market
Day 4 - 6
Fly to Yopal for an off the beaten path experience at Corcora Camp
Fly to Medellin, the city of eternal spring. Enjoy a unique dinner experience this evening
Venture out to explore the sites in Medellin, then enjoy a culinary experience at a local community project
Take an exhilarating helicopter ride to visit Guatape and Peñol Rock
Fly to Cartagena, Colombia’s Caribbean jewel. Enjoy a private sunset cruise in the bay with Rum & Chocolate sampling
Indulge in a foodie experience inside Cartagena’s colorful historic center. Experience a private salsa lesson in a colonial mansion
Take a helicopter to explore the UNESCO World heritage town of Mompax
Embark on a private yacht excursion to San Bernardo del Viento Islands
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On arrival, begin your Exceptional Luxury Journey with a stay in Bogota.
Immerse yourself in the city’s arts and culinary culture
Head to the historic center of Bogota known as La Candelaria. This archaic suburb has great significance in the country’s history due to its cultural heritage and is also a great example of Spanish colonial time architecture.
Visit the main square Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great emancipator Simon Bolivar is located. The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the same spot where the first church was built in Bogotá in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artifacts such a textiles and artwork collection that has been built over four centuries. Stop to admire other sites such as the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogotá’s offices called the Edificio Liévano, the oldest school in the county called San Bartolome and the Casa de los Comuneros.
The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero´s works of art and in addition pieces from his own personal collection that includes works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet, and Giacometti. Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics, and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures.
We have arranged for an extraordinary evening at Museo Nacional de Colombia. Join the museum curator for an introduction to Colombian art, followed by a fine dining experience. The building, which was constructed as a prison in 1823, possesses a wealth of treasures – from archeological artifacts to 20th-century indigenous and Afro-Colombian art. Explore the museum, then join a local chef for dinner in one of the museum’s most beautiful spaces.
Heighten your senses during a molecular coffee tasting, and gain insight into local cuisine during an exploration of Paloquemao Market.
Immerse yourself into the world of specialty coffees during a visit to a local café. Explore an array of flavors of coffee through innovative textures and brewing methods. Learn local brewing cupping techniques while enjoying delicious coffee sampling.
Head to La Plaza de Mercado Paloquemao, one of the biggest and most recognized local markets in Bogotá, where all traditional produce and ingredients of Colombian cuisine can be found. Try some of the exotic fruits, local doughs, and Colombian cheese sold by the vendors, and learn the local cooking techniques. Visit the flower market and the popular food stalls to feel a true local experience.
Fly to Yopal for an off the beaten path experience. Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted to the awaiting helicopter that will fly you to Corcora Camp.
Once settled into your luxury tent, you will meet with a naturalist guide to plan your experience. Corcora Camp has a wide variety of excursions. Corcora Camp is an exclusive tented camp designed to give travelers the opportunity to experience wildlife in Colombia, without compromising comfort and service.
The camp offers a variety of excursions and experiences, including horseback riding expeditions in the surrounding area, wildlife spotting, birding, hiking, and other nature adventures. In addition, the camp also offers experiences that will give you a glimpse into the local culture and traditions.
Although you will be completely immersed in the local nature, the gourmet experience at the camp is extraordinary. Corcora’s chef prepares all meals and snacks at the camp, emphasizing products sourced from neighboring communities and local markets. The chef strives to use local techniques and traditional recipes from Los Llanos and other regions of the country to showcase the very best of Colombian cuisine.
This evening, you will be treated to a unique gourmet culinary experience at Carmen. Enjoy a delicious dinner and meet owners Carmen Angel and Rob Pevitts. The California couple, both alumni of Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, have lived in Colombia for eight years and set up four restaurants in that time. These foodie entrepreneurs are as fascinating as they are fun.
Venture out to explore the sites in Medellin, then enjoy a culinary experience at a local community project.
Take in some of the city highlights, such as the Plazoleta de las Esculturas, home to 23 bronze sculptures by Colombian heavyweight Fernando Botero, as well as lively Communas 13 that embrace a positive future with vibrant street art and thriving community projects. Medellin is not a city that wants to forget, and the Casa de la Memoria is a wonderful museum that commemorates those affected by Colombia’s turbulent past.
Head to a local project that helps young thriving entrepreneurs the Vía Cocina training center. You will receive a tour of the professional kitchen, training spaces for low income entrepreneurs, the organic rooftop garden with breathtaking mountain views, and all of the self-constructed spaces in between.
Chef Brian will share details of the social transformation projects and infrastructure in Medellin’s up and coming Buenos Aires neighborhood, where you will be far from the touristy parts of town, in a safe area bustling with everyday Colombian life.
After picking some herbs and vegetables from the garden, you will head to the kitchen, put on your apron and get down to some hands-on cooking, where techniques, tips and tricks will be shared from Brian’s travels around the world’s kitchens. You will prepare a delicious meal combining less common Colombian dishes with an exotic fruit tasting, and classic Vía Cocina recipes that transform local ingredients into fusion dishes with Thai and Indian origins.
See the gorgeous scenery found in the surrounding Colombian region of Antioquia.
Get to know the heart of the Antioquia East, arrive by helicopter at the town of the Zócalos. Then visit El Peñol, a village that was displaced by the creation of the man-made lake Guatapé, before climbing the 700+ stairs of the massive El Peñol Rock. Enjoy a lakeside gourmet picnic before boarding the helicopter again and flying back over a series of quaint towns on your way back to the city.
Fly to Cartagena, Colombia’s Caribbean jewel. Settle in and enjoy a private sunset cruise on the bay while sampling rum and chocolates.
Embark on a private magical sunset cruise in Cartagena’s bay. Once onboard, admire Cartagena’s beautiful skyline and enjoy a unique Rum and Chocolate tasting session. Learn about the history of rum and chocolate in Colombia, as you sample delicious delicacies and admire the beautiful sunset from a private boat.
Sample delicious local favorites, and enjoy a fun and exciting private salsa lesson.
Immerse yourself in Cartagena’s local history and culture, starting in Bolivar Park, shaded by large trees and with four fountains the park has a statue of the great Liberator at the center. Around the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits a fine collection of archeological objects dating back to the pre-Hispanic period; and the Inquisition Palace, recognized for its large baroque style door. The Inquisition held its meetings here and it was also the prison and torture chambers for presumed heretics, opponents of the Catholic Church.
Cartagena’s vibrant historic center hosts a huge variety of cuisine, combining Spanish flavors with African influences brought across by the slaves and migrants of 19th century. Locals have taken over this culinary tradition and culinary artisans are found throughout the streets of Cartagena. You will stop at several different establishments to sample the local fair. In addition, you will learn about Cartagena’s typical food by tasting 15 different types of food, all prepared by local cooks in different places along the streets.
Experience the vibrant culture of Cartagena during a private salsa lesion in a colonial mansion. Have fun learning the basic steps alongside your instructor!
Fly along the great Magdalena River before arriving in Mompox, the colonial town that remains frozen in time. Mompox is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to the incredible preservation of its beautiful colonial buildings.
Take a stroll through the town as you learn about the fascinating history and culture. Visit a local workshop that specializes in filigrana. The artisans of Mompox are renowned for perpetuating this antique goldsmith technique, that uses very fine silver or gold threads to make elaborate jewelry pieces.
Stroll through the quaint streets and soak in the history and charm that has made this small island in the Magdalena River a top destination in South America. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local café, then take the helicopter flight back to Cartagena.
The Rosario and San Bernardo National Park are in the Caribbean Sea, about 45km to the southeast of the bay of Cartagena and at approximately one hour away by boat. This is one of 46 national parks in Colombia and it was created to protect one of the most important coral reefs bordering the Colombian Caribbean coastline.
The park covers 120,000 hectares and comprises the underwater shelf and the coral reefs to the west of the island of Barú, the reef that shields the Nuestra Señora del Rosario archipelago as well as the islands of Tesoro, Rosario, Múcura, and Maravilla. The 23 coral islands and islets were formed some 5,000 years ago due to ancient volcanic activity that pushed up the continental shelf, therefore creating the ideal situation for the birth of these coral reefs. Three ecosystems thrive here: coastal lagoons, the mangroves surrounding them, and a tropical forest.
There will be ample free time for snorkeling and relaxation. A lobster lunch and access to facilities are also included in your excursion day.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight from Colombia.
With the help of our travel specialists, create a perfect trip planned around your specific interests, tastes and preferences. We will provide helpful tips and honest advice based on first-hand knowledge of the destination.CONTACT US ABOUT THIS TRIP