Itinerary Inspiration - Colombia - The Maestro
Colombia's art, design, culture & gastronomy
Cutting edge gastronomic experiences
Picture perfect colonial cities
A culture of resurgence through street art
The little visited 'pueblito' of Barichara
The artisans of the Andes
- Great for couples, families, foodies and culture vultures
- 14 days
- Designed as a framework for inspiration
This inspiration itinerary is the perfect framework for a holiday centered around Colombia's art, design and food, as well as it's many cultures ranging from ancient to modern.
In the pulsating hub of Bogotá you'll experience a city reborn as you discover the street art and graffiti which tells the stories of Colombia's social history. You'll wander the museums and soak up the coffee culture, then sample the work of avant-garde chefs, flooding back to Colombia to fuel a resurgent gastronomic scene. The food is exquisite and the energy and optimism it portrays is electrifying!
Moving on you'll visit the artisans of Villa de Leyva in the Andes who specialise in clay, leather and textiles, then continue to Barichara which has barely changed since colonial times. The houses are perfectly preserved and traditional skills such as stone carving and weaving live on. It was recently named Colombia’s prettiest village yet surprisingly very few tourists venture here.
Finally you'll arrive in picture-perfect Cartagena with its bougainvillea-draped mansions and colourful cobblestone streets of fruit sellers, cafes and designer boutiques. There will be plenty of time to get under the skin of the city, drinking rum with locals, learning to cook local dishes or discovering its piratical past whilst rounding off your holiday on the beautiful Caribbean coast.
Welcome to Colombia. Join a local expert to go behind the scenes of art galleries and ateliers based on your individual interests and visit a stunning
penthouse apartment to view a private personal collection. Head to La Candelaria to wander among the street art and graffiti murals with an artist
who will explain the stories of history, culture, and socio-politics behind the images. Visit a market to taste exotic fruits from the Amazon,
then go restaurant-hopping with a local foodie to discover the city's best kept secrets. Enjoy some time at leisure to browse the stylish boutiques,
soak up the coffee culture and dine in a selection of South America's most exciting new restaurants.
Take a private road transfer to Villa de Leyva (approx 3 hours). Explore the cobblestone streets of this picturesque colonial town in the Andes mountains
and visit local artisans who work with clay, leather and textiles. Go on an off-roading buggy expedition along the deserts near Villa de Leyva
or visit an archaeological site and go star gazing with an astronomer to learn about the connections between the cosmos and ancient local tribes.
Take another private road transfer to Barichara (approx 4.5 hours). Join a local host to discover the local culture, history and food and maybe even take a peak into some of the town’s stunning villas. Drive a little way out of town to visit some of the charming towns yet to be discovered by tourists and drive along Canyon del Chicamocha, a 2,000-metre deep canyon, to visit a traditional coffee hacienda and sample the produce. Additional optional activities include paragliding, white-water rafting, rappelling and mountain biking.
Take a quick flight to Cartagena (1 hour). Enjoy a private tour of the colonial city and its fortifications with a historian who will recount the swashbuckling stories of pirates, aswell as the history behind the colourful colonial houses and scenic streets of the Old City. We will arrange exclusive access to visit private colonial mansions with exquisite interior design. Visit the African town of Palenque, founded by escaped slaves in the 1603, and visit the town's art galleries, then take some time to simply wander at leisure - shopping, drinking coffee and soaking up the Caribbean culture. Join a local chef for a choice of gastronomic experiences including cooking classes, market shopping and sampling the best local ceviche then, if you have time, go island hopping in the Rosario Islands archipelago aboard a speedboat or a yacht, and enjoy snorkelling and swimming in the sun.
Today brings your itinerary to a close. Transfer to the airport to begin your journey home or continue with your onward arrangements.