As the heat of the Caribbean day turns to cooler evening the streets
fill with young and old. The music from local bars would get anyone’s
foot tapping! On a hillside plantation you brush verdant coffee bushes
as you walk through but the coffee smell is strangely absent! You will
see it takes time and effort to process the coffee fruit to the drink!
The warm sand of a Caribbean beach seeps between the toes. A
cooling wave rolls in and the air is filled with the aroma of sea air.
These Colombian moments will stay with you forever!
We fly direct to Bogotá, the capital, with time for a good look
at the city and to adjust to the Latin American rhythm. From here
we fly to Neiva and drive south to San Agustin and its pre Hispanic
archaeology. Little is known of the people who left these figures but
the remains are undeniably impressive. We will walk through tropical
scenery to find the finest of the remains.
We continue west to Popayan with a scenic drive across the
chain of the Andes and time to explore ‘The White City’. We will walk
in the Andean foothills above the town.
Heading north we reach Armenia from where we can enjoy the
high mountains from the magical Val de Corcora and discover the San
Alberto coffee plantation in the heart of the coffee growing area. Here
we will see the production process and have a tutored coffee tasting
so we can savour its distinction.
Then Cartagena, perhaps the best preserved of all Spanish
colonial cities. We spend a day in the city and a day taking a boat trip
to the Islas de Rosario for a taste of tropical paradise.
Finally we head north to Santa Marta for more beautiful tropical
beaches and a chance to explore, on foot, the lost city of Pueblito.