Trip Overview

From the Pacific Ocean to Andean mountaintops, sparkling sand beaches to mystical cloud forests, and from rural villages to bustling ports, head out on this active exploration of the best Colombia has to offer with your fellow AdventureWomen travelers in 2021.

Start your ten-day adventure in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, where you’ll meet your group and begin to explore the culture, art, history, and food of the region. Your expert Colombian guide will teach you about the mix of colonial and contemporary history, the spectacular cuisine of the area, and show you multiple unique ecosystems throughout your adventure. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

Wend your way through the historic old neighborhood of La Candelaria on foot, taking in the Plaza Bolivar, the San Francisco Church, and the bustling pedestrian street Calle 11. Sample the best of santafereña dishes (cuisine local to Bogotá) at a special lunch before you head out on a drive to Villa de Leyva. Over your welcome dinner, enjoy the view of the Plaza de Armas and its beautifully lit cathedral.

Outside of Villa de Leyva, hike through the Andean cloud forest in Iguaque National Park, a unique ecosystem that you can only find in 28% of the world. Try to spot some of the exotic bird species found in Colombia and learn about the numerous bromeliads and orchids endemic to this area.

Arrive in the Santander region renowned as the adventure capital of Colombia. Have lunch on your way to Barichara, but before arriving into the well-preserved colonial city center, hop on a bike and ride on a mellow trail to the Coffee Hacienda La Alfania, and learn why Colombian-grown coffee is ranked among the best in the world. The next morning you’ll set out with your group to hike on the Royal Road to Guane, a quaint rural town. This mellow path is an old road, which will allow you to descend while watching for the resident birdlife, including parakeets, tanagers, finches, and more. After lunch, it’s time to get muddy! Meet with a local engineer whose job it is to preserve and promote traditional architectural techniques. He will lead you in a hands-on workshop – try your best to recreate the traditionally-made mud adobe bricks and make a wall! Celebrate your architectural triumphs with a tiplistas show where you’ll have a chance to take in the local traditional music.

Pack up your bags and put on your bathing suits; it’s time to whitewater raft on the Fonce River! Learn the ropes and safety procedures from your professional rafting guides, and then hop on your rafts to start paddling! The Class II and III rapids on this river are exciting, and the scenery as you float through the canyon is unparalleled. After seven miles of soaking in the views of verdant riverbanks, you’ll take a cable car over Chicamocha Canyon. The views from the cable car are unforgettable, and it saves you the time and twists of driving down one side of the canyon and up the other!

Leave the highlands and fly to Santa Marta, home to Tayrona National Park, famous not only for its natural beauty but also as the home of the famous Tayrona tribe in the 6th and 7th centuries. Drive from the airport to your hotel for some well-deserved downtime; soak in the pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea, or stroll down to the beach to dip your toes in the ocean before savoring dinner as a group while the sun sets. Spend a full day hiking along the beach and around coves, through cloud forest searching for monkeys and colorful birds, and then to the indigenous community of Seydukwa. You’ll have a chance to sit down with a local woman and learn about community life along the sea.

You can’t visit Colombia without a stop in Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your way there, stop for a Caribbean lunch at La Cueva, known as the restaurant where Gabriela Garcia Marquez started to write the famous novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. When you enter the walled city of Cartagena, set out on a street food tour, tasting dishes famous with locals. Before leaving Cartagena, grab your sunglasses and head out to explore the famous landmarks in the city. Enjoy one last lively dinner as a group where you can reminisce over the active and interesting experiences you’ve had on this adventure.

Experience the joys of being active in unique ecosystems, tasting interesting and varied food, and learning about the history and culture of Colombia on this multifaceted adventure!

Main Attractions

  • Explore well-preserved colonial era Colombian town centers and learn about the preservation of traditional architecture
  • Hike through cloud forests, along beaches, and visit an indigenous community
  • Bike and white-water river raft (beginners welcome!)
  • Tour a family-owned coffee plantation and taste local Colombian coffee
  • Enjoy feasting on sumptuous Latin American specialties and local cuisine

What You'll See and Do

  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Sightseeing
  • Spa Element
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Bogotá
Welcome to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia! This city of 8 million people is an excellent introduction to Colombia’s art, culture, history, and food. Bogotá, at over 8,000 feet above sea level is the third-highest capital in South America.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your expert Colombian guide, who will teach you about the mix of colonial and contemporary history, the spectacular cuisine of the area, and show you multiple unique ecosystems throughout your adventure. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be picked up at the Bogotá airport and transferred to your hotel.

Get to know your guide, your AdventureWomen Ambassador, and your fellow travelers over a delicious welcome dinner this evening.
Dinner

Overnight: Hotel de La Opera

Day 2

Bogotá to Villa de Leyva
Walk in the heart of old, historic Bogotá, known as La Candelaria, which is home to a great number of restored 300-year old homes and public buildings. Visit Plaza Bolivar, the San Francisco Church, the lively pedestrian street “Calle 11” bursting with local restaurants (some family-owned for eight generations), and perhaps the 17th-century Santa Clara Convent.

Visit the famous Gold Museum, which houses over 33,000 gold pieces from Colombia’s most relevant pre-Hispanic cultures. Learn about how they used gold in political and social occasions, their metallurgical techniques, and as expressions of their Cosmo vision, myths, and offerings.

For lunch you will try a special menu, including the best of the “santafereña” gastronomy, local from Bogotá, including the famous Ajiaco.

After lunch, drive about four hours to the lovely colonial town of Villa de Leyva, passing lush, green cattle farms and pastoral scenes. Stop briefly at Boyaca Bridge, site of the decisive battle of August 7, 1819, that secured independence for Colombia from the Spanish monarchy. Enjoy dinner this evening in the spacious Plaza de Armas and its beautifully lit Cathedral.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel La Posada de San Antonio

Day 3

Villa de Leyva
Drive north for about 45 minutes to Iguaque National Park. Hike about three hours through Andean cloud forest, a unique ecosystem found in only 28% percent of the world. Over 1,700 species of birds are found in Colombia; look for some of the more exotic ones, including the Toucan barbette, mountain tanagers, and colorful hummingbirds. You will see a variety of cloud forest plants, such as giant tree ferns, large bromeliads, aricacia owers, various types of orchids, and endemic Andean bamboo.

Sample a variety of Colombian dishes for lunch.This afternoon, you’ll learn to prepare some of these dishes at a farm-based cooking school!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel La Posada de San Antonio

Day 4

Villa de Leyva to Barichara
Drive through pastoral green countryside, cattle farms, and small family homes to Barichara. After passing the steep canyon walls and cloud forest, arrive in the region called Santander, known as the adventure capital of Colombia. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way. The stunningly well-conserved colonial town of Barichara, known for its preservation of 18th-century homes and public buildings welcomes you this afternoon.

Stop in Villanueva, the village just before Barichara, where you’ll hop on a bike for a mellow ride to a coffee hacienda. Taste Colombian coffees and learn why the local coffee is ranked as one of the best in the world.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Alto del Viento

Day 5

Barichara
Hike on the famous 18th-century cobblestone Royal Road this morning, starting near your hotel in Barichara, and ending at the small village of Guane. Your three-hour hike on this excellent old road is a birdwatcher’s delight. Begin in bosque seco (dry forest), and hopefully see parakeets, tanagers, smooth-billed anis, sparrows, finches, vermilion-catchers, red-capped cardinals, and mot mots. Over the hike, you will descend about 1,000 feet to Guane, a lovely and quaint rural town. Enjoy lunch in Guane.

Visit a family-run paper factory to learn about the papermaking process from plant extraction to the finished product.

Meet a local engineer who works to rescue, preserve, and promote traditional architectural techniques that are no longer practiced or are in danger of disappearing. With his colleagues at the newly founded Terrarium Creative Organization, Santiago designs and promotes the architectural cultural patrimony of the region, designing ecologically efficient homes for the upper-middle-class, using local materials and techniques. Enjoy a hands-on workshop, trying your best to recreate the tapia pisada, bahareque, and mud adobe brick walls.

Enjoy dinner and a performance of the local music of the Santander region.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Alto del Viento

Day 6

Barichara to Bucaramanga
Experience one of the top activities in Santander: whitewater rafting. After a safety briefing, set off down the river into the Class II rapids. Your professional rafting guides will make this a safe yet exhilarating experience. Go AdventureWomen!

Ride a cable car over Chicamocha Canyon. The views from the cable car are unforgettable, and it saves you the time and twists of driving down one side of the canyon and up the other!

Enjoy dinner as a group in Bucaramanga this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Club Campestre de Bucaramanga

Day 7

Bucaramanga to Tayrona National Park
Fly from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta.

Head out of Santa Marta and drive to your hotel near Tayrona National Park. Tayrona National Park was created in 1964 on the Caribbean Coast in the north of Colombia. It is a naturally beautiful park but is also culturally important. In the 6th and 7th centuries, the coast and the mountains of the park were inhabited by the famous Tayrona tribe. Their direct descendants still live in these areas and they maintain many of their traditions.

Settle into your beautiful hotel and perhaps explore the beach or just relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Casa Barlovento Hotel

Day 8

Tayrona National Park
Spend a full day hiking along the beach and around coves, through cloud forest searching for monkeys and colorful birds, and then to the indigenous community of Seydukwa. You’ll have a chance to sit down with a local woman and learn about community life along the sea.

After your full day of exploring, take a dip in the pool, have a cocktail, or read a book before savoring dinner as a group.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Casa Barlovento Hotel

Day 9

Tayrona to Cartagena
Drive on one of Colombia’s main coastal roads for about four hours to Cartagena de Indias, a city that combines centuries of history and culture within its walls. The landing of thousands of slaves from West Africa and migrations in the late 19th century make this a very diverse region.

Stop halfway to Cartagena at the city of Barranquilla and enjoy Caribbean fare for lunch at the restaurant La Cueva. La Cueva is known as the place where Gabriel García Márquez began writing One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Walk through “Seven Paradises” of street food, unnoticed by tourists and worshipped by locals. Tempt yourself at every stop with the original recipes that inspire the new Colombian cuisine and enjoy the product of this unhurried life.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Tcherassi Hotel & Spa

Day 10

Cartagena
Take a short boat ride to visit San Fernando, the first fortress built to defend Cartagena. Continue to the fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, a masterpiece of architecture and military engineering. It was constructed by the Spaniards to defend the city during the times of the corsairs.

Spend the afternoon walking through the walls of Cartagena’s old quarter, the perfect way to round out your experience in this dynamic city.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an incredible trip!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Tcherassi Hotel & Spa

Day 11

Depart Colombia
Enjoy one last morning in Cartagena before departing Colombia. Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Colombia



Arrival and Departure Information

May 15th Departure:

Arrive in Bogota, Colombia (BOG) on May 15, 2021 before 2:00pm.

Depart Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) on May 25, 2021 any time.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Colombia, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Colombia.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Supplemental Rafting Release
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

May 15th Departure Final Payment Due Date: Feburary 14, 2021

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Fully-guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guides throughout the trip
  • All transportation
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Drinking water available in large jugs to refill personal bottles
  • Domestic airfare (priced separately from main trip)
  • Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Colombia
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for main guide and drivers

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Hotel de La Opera

An authentic delight in the heart of Bogotá, the generous interior spaces of the Hotel de la Opera have been beautifully renovated and designed to provide some of the best accommodation in the city in a magnificent historic setting. Enjoy regional cuisine at El Mirador, up on the top floor of the hotel, where you can look out onto endless views of the colonial roofs and the domes of the Church of San Ignacio. Admire the facades of the Palacio San Carlos or the Museum of Colonial Art from the hotel balconies.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Hotel La Posada de San Antonio

Decorated with tiled floors and gabled roofs, rooms at La Posada de San Antonio feature private balconies and comfortable decor. Relax by the pool or book a massage. Set in a charming colonial-style house, this hotel is the perfect place to stay while exploring historical Villa de Leyva.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Hotel Alto del Viento

Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, Hotel Alto Del Viento is located conveniently in Barichara. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Enjoy your stay in this comfortable hotel.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Club Campestre de Bucaramanga

Your stay at Club Campestre de Bucaramanga is sure to be comfortable. Try one of the three restaurants for a bite to eat or take a dip in one of the two outdoor pools while you’re here.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Casa Barlovento Hotel

The Casa Barlovento Hotel is just five minutes from Tayrona National Park and is known for its breathtaking view over Los Naranjos beach. There are two large pools at the hotel, both with wonderful views, and a comfortable terrace with beach chairs to relax on.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Tcherassi Hotel & Spa

Boasting a fantastic location in the heart of the city, this beautifully restored colonial building offers a relaxed and elegant experience. The Tcherassi Hotel & Spa features two restaurant, an inviting swimming pool, and a full range of wellness treatments at the spa.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686