Unexplored Colombia

A different type of trip, for a different type of woman

Still relatively untouched by tourism and mass market, Colombia is a place for authenticity-seekers to unleash their inner explorer. Home of Gabriel García Márquez, the birthplace of “Magic Realism”, mountains, cobbled streets, coffee farms, jungles, colonial architecture and indigenous tribes with an “of the land and sky” pride, Colombia has the alchemy for magic, delight, awe, discovery and deep reconnection.

We worked with anthropologists to put together a transformative trip which takes you to into the soul of Colombia and its people.

Our tour guide Carolina will take us to some of her favorite regions around Colombia. Fun fact: Carolina worked as an ethnographer, travelling to some of remotest areas in Colombia that haven’t been hit by conflict or drug trafficking. She supported local artisans, fishermen and cultures, ensuing they are represented and protected as part of Colombian heritage. It’s safe to say Carolina knows her stuff and we we’re in for a truly in-depth and immersive experience!

Who this trip is for

Adventurers

We travel off-the-beaten-path like true explorers.

 
 

Connectors

Real connection with each other and the communities we meet.

Seekers

Chase stories culture, heritage and discovery.

Conscious Travelers

Support small, local economies and women lead businesses.

TRIP DURATION

9 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS

GROUP SIZE

12

ACCOMMODATION

TWIN SHARE (SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE) 

INCLUSIVE OF

10 BREAKFASTS /
7 LUNCHES / 6 DINNERS 

AN ADVENTURE WITH A SISTERHOOD

You’ll explore Colombia with a group of women who’ll hike, laugh, support, dance and chop wood with you (if it comes to that!). We are here for adventure, connection and making a best-friend or two while witnessing the world anew.

Together we’ll learn about medicinal plants with a local woman guide, bird watching among wild fauna and snow-capped peaks (Colombia is the #1 country for bird species in the world), weave baskets with indigenous women, dine at local restaurants by local entrepreneurs, fish with local fisherwomen, listen to local stories, myths, life experiences, childhood memories, longings and thoughts by the fire. We’ll explore the “African corner” of Colombia, learn about the Caribbean heritage and the Colombian Caribbean musical identity. Skipping the tourist destinations, we’ll stay in Colombia-style hotels and handmade wood cabins by the Caribbean Sea and La Guajira desert, waking up to chirping birds and going to sleep with the lullaby of the ocean’s waves.

Get ready for extraordinary beaches, marshes and forests – and the perfect combination of ancestral wisdom, outstanding artisans, knowledge-transmission, deep awe and dance-into-the-night glee. Rum tasting, salsa lessons, street walk and photography are all on the table as we have real interactions and become absorbers tradition, culture and wisdom.

COLOMBIA ITINERARY

DAY ONE
Hot Springs and a town drenched in beauty and mystery

Arrive in Ciénaga and feel the magic that lurks within local stories and superstitions. If you’re looking for a muse, Ciénaga opens your mind to the wonders of myth and legend where it seems every local has a story to tell. Explore the mystical town on foot with our guide Carolina, or take a dip in the hot springs, among the region’s natural beauty. Welcome to Colombia.
DAY TWO
A taste of jungle life along the Don Diego River

Be transported to jungle life, to when the Indigenous Tayrona tribe inhabited the area. You’ll trek the foothills among snow-capped peaks and breathtaking wildlife, witnessing howler monkeys, exotic birds and incredible biodiversity. You’ll explore a miniature Lost City, experience traditional recipes, and sip on exotic fruit cocktails by sunset.
DAY THREE
Medicinal plants, wildlife and indigenous cultures

Observe beautiful bird species in a country that’s number one in the world for its diversity, while learning about the uses of medicinal plants grown naturally in the area. You’ll also meet the local Wayuu indigenous community and taken into their daily lives. They’ll show their world and livelihood, including the handicrafts they sell in the local daily market.
DAY FOUR
Fireside stories with heritage-keepers

This is a food immersion experience like no other as you weave nets with local fisherwomen and learn the secret to preparing the perfect ceviche. You’ll be taken on a sensory journey, sampling native flavours and prepping food with traditional cooks. Dine around the fire and swap stories as they share life experiences, childhood memories and culinary heritage.
DAY FIVE
Day of relaxation

You’ll be staying in a breathtaking cabin by the beach, where mountains flank one side and the ocean the other. Watch the sunset, take advantage of the white sands and gastronomic tradition.
DAY SIX
A Colombian national park

You’ll leave one paradise for another as we make our way to Cartagena, a 6-hour voyage broken up by visiting the extraordinary Isla de Salamanca National Park that connects the cities of Santa Marta and Barranquilla. Lakes, beaches, mangroves, estuaries and stunning views is the perfect reason to stop, meet with the local clam collecting ladies who will accompany us by boat and take us to lunch before we arrive at colonial style hotel in Caragena.
DAY SEVEN
Culture, rum and salsa lessons

Meet indigenous weavers and tour their neighbourhood, culture and heritage stories. You’ll learn the art of weaving Zenú style. The artisans use their ancestral knowledge to show us how to make fabrics with arrow cane leaves, such as calao, comb, grain of rice, or eme. Go for an off-the-beaten-path stroll with a local photographer. She’ll teach photography basics as you walk through the old city while documenting your trip! Top the evening with rum tasting and salsa lessons.
DAY EIGHT
The African corner and the Colombian Caribbean musical identity

One of the first Spanish colony-free towns, the African corner is steeped in haunting history. Meet grandmothers, mothers, daughters, generations of families who share stories from slavery to freedom, all mirrored in the music of the region. A mixture of Mapale and Bullerengue it’s easy to get drawn into the beat - and impossible to stay standing still!
DAY NINE
Leisure day + giving back

Take the day to explore on your own with the option to give back to an JUANFE Foundation an organisation that breaks the poverty cycles of teenage mothers and provides them with skills so they can financially provide for themselves and their communities. We’ll close the trip with our very own female chef in a secret location as we celebrate and reflect on our journey.
DAY TEN
Departure Day

Take the morning to relax until it’s time to say your farewells to this amazing Colombian coastline.
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HIGHLIGHTS

MEET YOUR GUIDE

Carolina Serrano

As I was working on my thesis, I had a chance meeting that changed the course of my life. I met a tour guide at a restaurant who was leaving Colombia. After a few beers, she thought I would be perfect to replace her! Weeks later I was on a plane to Peru for training. But it wasn’t the right time. The lady didn’t leave the company and I went to work in an NGO as an ethnographer. There, I travelled to some of the remotest areas in Colombia that haven’t been hit by conflict or drug trafficking. I worked with local artisans and fishermen to make the culture an official part of the Colombian heritage – we succeeded as they are now part of the UNISCO list!

After this achievement, came the opportunity to become a tour guide again. The timing was perfect. I was more knowledgeable about cultures in Colombia, and I was clear about my stand around the exploitation of the local people and desire to help.

Today, as well as being a tour guide, I live by the mountains and learn about applied anthropology and how it can be used in tourism. It’s funny – I would never have become a tour guide if it weren’t for that chance encounter.

PAL

My name Pal means a person who brings peace. I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I studied law but changed to history and anthropology where my passion lies.

In 2011 I moved to the biggest coal mine area in the world and became a social studies teacher for a reputed school in Colombia. While I was there, we created a program to help 16 local communities to engage in markets that aren’t dependent on mining. When our work gained attention, I started working in a museum to highlight the project. But due to corruption, the money for the museum went into politicians’ pockets. I quit and became a university anthropology teacher and started a travel community to continue helping locals create their own independent living. One of the most important leaders in Colombian Tourism saw that I was helping locals without taking advantage of them. “Help all the locals here and we will help you with your company”. He united all the projects that he thought were important to rescue for sustainable and community tourism in Colombia.

Today, I am a tour guide and a social entrepreneur.

PACKAGE INFORMATION

Includes

  • Group arrival & departure airport transfers
  • 9 Nights accommodation (twin occupancy)
  • Single supplement available
  • 10 Breakfasts / 7 Lunches / 6 Dinners
  • Ground transportation
  • Local guides
  • Entry fees & tickets to activities

Excludes

  • Transportation to/from Colombia
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check in nor late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners
  • Tips for leader, guides and drivers
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel & medical Insurance
  • Optional activities
passport

Costs

£3299

9 Nights / 10 Days

Single Supplement Add-On

£500

Departure Dates

  • 12th – 21st March 2022
  • 16th – 25th July 2022
  • 6th – 15th August 2022
  • 17th – 26th September 2022
  • 3rd – 12th December 2022