A deep-seated wellspring of lustrous emeralds and robust coffee, the diverse geography of Colombia spans five natural regions—the Andes mountains, the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, the llanos (plains), and the Amazon rainforest—all of which serve as ideal outlets for visitors.
Escape to one of the world's fastest-rising travel destinations with an eight-day getaway for one guest from Group IST ($2,199 to $2,699 depending on departure dates*; price based on double occupancy). Covering Bogotá, Cartagena, and Isla Múcura, your expedition includes seven nights of accommodations, select meals, and round-trip airfare from JFK International Airport via Avianca airlines.
Commence your journey in the thriving capital city of Bogotá, known as the Athens of South America, where you'll take up residency in the GHL Comfort Hotel Los Héroes—located just five minutes from Zona Rosa, one of the city's major entertainment and shopping areas. Grab a treat prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Alberto Niño at Restaurane Los Héroes, before lounging in your bright and spacious accommodations.
Home to the Primary Cathedral of Bogotá and the Palace of Justice, Bolívar Square is just one of the historic sites you'll visit during a tour of the city. You'll also stroll through La Candelaria neighborhood, explore the Museo del Oro, ascend to the Cerro de Monserrate, and get a taste of chorizo-rich Antioquian gastronomy.
After two nights, you'll jet to Cartagena.
"This tropical city on the Caribbean is pulsating like a salsa party, drawing well-heeled Latin Americans and European socialites to its restored colonial mansions, fancy fusion restaurants, and Old World-style plazas," says The New York Times.
At the airport in Cartagena, you'll be greeted by an English-speaking guide and taken to a beachside hotel in the El Laguito area, Hotel Dann.
While in Cartagena, you'll explore the La Candelaria Convent—with its breathtaking views of the city—and Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. In the evening, a guided horse-drawn carriage will take you past the colonial architecture and vibrant nightlife.
On day five, a ferry will whisk you around the Islas del Rosario—a popular weekend spot for locals—and dock at Isla Múcura, where you'll be greeted with a cocktail. Check into the magnificent Punta Faro, then spend the afternoon and the following day on the beach, just sunning and swimming.
After breakfast on day seven, you'll be transported back to Cartagena and the Hotel Dann, where you'll spend your last night. The next morning, you'll have breakfast before returning to the US.
From the sophisticated vibe of Bogotá to the hot spots in Cartagena and the clear Caribbean water, this is an emerging destination worth visiting.
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*Departure Dates: June 8, August 17, August 31, September 14, or September 28 ($2,699); October 19, November 16, or November 23 ($2,299); or December 7, 2012 ($2,199)
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8 Days in Colombia for 1 Guest ($2,199 to $2,699 depending on dates*), Including: Round-Trip Airfare from JFK Airport; Flight from Bogotá to Cartagena; 2 Nights at GHL Comfort Hotel Los Héroes, 3 Nights at Hotel Dann, and 2 Nights at Punta Faro; and More
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