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Bienvenidos a Colombia: A Renaissance in South America

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Program #20099RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Bogota is located at 8,612 ft., Manizales at 7,054 ft. and Medellin is located at 4,905 ft.

Itinerary for Feb 14 — Feb 26, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Augusta is located in the Candelaria area of Bogota. Just a few steps away are the most charming in the capital such as the Candelaria, the jet of Quevedo, the Cerro de Monserrate, Gold Museum, Quinta de Bolivar, Plaza Bolivar, the Church of San Francisco. This just 45 minutes from El Dorado International Airport, 30 minutes from Bus Terminal and 10 minutes from the train station of the Savannah. The Augusta hotel features 101 warm and comfortable Standard Rooms and Executive Suites offering relaxation, satisfaction, comfort and convenience. The hotel is located in a historically significant building and is part of the architectural heritage of the city.

Contact info:
Av Jiminez No 4 - 77
Bogota, DC, 11001 Colombia
phone: +57 1 283 8300
web: http://www.hotelaugusta.com.co/index.php

Room amenities: 1 or 2 beds, wireless internet access, desk, LCD television, safe box, individual bathroom, desk, phone.

Facility amenities: Bar/Lounge, business center with internet access, free high-speed internet access, room service, reception desk, restaurant, spa, laundry service, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Additional nights are available on request. Please contract Road Scholar Travel Services after you enroll.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, February 14 - US Departures / Arrival in Bogotá, Colombia
Arrive To: Evening arrivals at Bogotá Airport. Coach transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Evening: Snacks will be served in each room.

Lodging: Hotel Augusta Bogota

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Augusta is located in the Candelaria area of Bogota. Just a few steps away are the most charming in the capital such as the Candelaria, the jet of Quevedo, the Cerro de Monserrate, Gold Museum, Quinta de Bolivar, Plaza Bolivar, the Church of San Francisco. This just 45 minutes from El Dorado International Airport, 30 minutes from Bus Terminal and 10 minutes from the train station of the Savannah. The Augusta hotel features 101 warm and comfortable Standard Rooms and Executive Suites offering relaxation, satisfaction, comfort and convenience. The hotel is located in a historically significant building and is part of the architectural heritage of the city.

Contact info:
Av Jiminez No 4 - 77
Bogota, DC, 11001 Colombia
phone: +57 1 283 8300
web: http://www.hotelaugusta.com.co/index.php

Room amenities: 1 or 2 beds, wireless internet access, desk, LCD television, safe box, individual bathroom, desk, phone.

Facility amenities: Bar/Lounge, business center with internet access, free high-speed internet access, room service, reception desk, restaurant, spa, laundry service, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Additional nights are available on request. Please contract Road Scholar Travel Services after you enroll.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, February 15 - Bogota by Coach/ Monserrate
Note: Bogota's altitude is over 8,00 feet. Limited walking will allow for acclimitazation.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Meet your Study Leader and fellow travelers for a welcome and orientation to the program. Introductions, currency and other housekeeping issues will be discussed. Following your orientation, enjoy an introductory lecture detailing the history and geography of Colombia.

Lunch: Light lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Visit the significant sites of Bogota by coach, ending with a sunset visit to Monserrate, the site of a historic church famous for religious pilgrimages and for its beautiful view overlooking Bogota.

Dinner: Dinner at Monserrate

Lodging: Hotel Augusta Bogota

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Augusta is located in the Candelaria area of Bogota. Just a few steps away are the most charming in the capital such as the Candelaria, the jet of Quevedo, the Cerro de Monserrate, Gold Museum, Quinta de Bolivar, Plaza Bolivar, the Church of San Francisco. This just 45 minutes from El Dorado International Airport, 30 minutes from Bus Terminal and 10 minutes from the train station of the Savannah. The Augusta hotel features 101 warm and comfortable Standard Rooms and Executive Suites offering relaxation, satisfaction, comfort and convenience. The hotel is located in a historically significant building and is part of the architectural heritage of the city.

Contact info:
Av Jiminez No 4 - 77
Bogota, DC, 11001 Colombia
phone: +57 1 283 8300
web: http://www.hotelaugusta.com.co/index.php

Room amenities: 1 or 2 beds, wireless internet access, desk, LCD television, safe box, individual bathroom, desk, phone.

Facility amenities: Bar/Lounge, business center with internet access, free high-speed internet access, room service, reception desk, restaurant, spa, laundry service, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Additional nights are available on request. Please contract Road Scholar Travel Services after you enroll.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, February 16 - Fundacion ALMA, Botero Museum and Plaza Bolivar
Note: Museum visit will require some walking and does have places to stop and rest. Some walking on uneven/bumpy streets in the afternoon. Hotel will be nearby within 15 minutes walking distance at any point in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Field Trip "Fundacion ALMA": Enjoy a visit to a local community service group offering after-school and weekend activities for underprivileged children in Bogota. Fundacion ALMA educates the children about music and art, providing them with expressive outlets and safe place to play and learn during off-school hours, keeping them off the streets and giving them a fun, stimulating and educational environment in which to thrive. The kids learn about music, learn to play new instruments and even put on a performance at the end of the year! Talk with some of the amazing educators involved in this wonderful program, and have an opportunity to meet the kids or to witness one of the classes in action.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture and Field Trips "Botero's Art" and "Plaza Bolivar": Learn about figurative Colombian artist Fernando Botero, and then enjoy a guided tour of his and other iconic art in the collection of the Botero museum. Botero is one of Colombia's most famous and prolific artis and his "oversize" style is instantly recognizable. Our Botero expert walks us through this large collection, giving more insight into his work, along with some of the other works displayed in the museum including Picasso, Dali and Monet. The rich artistic history of Colombian art will be the focus of the tour, followed by lunch at the museum restaurant. Enjoy a true Colombian coffee from the now world famous "Juan Valdez" coffee shop. Later, enjoy a walking tour of Bogota's Plaza Bolivar - the city's main square and home of Colombia's Congress, the Palace of Justice, and the Cathedral Primada. Your group leader will talk about the historic sites surrounding this beautiful old square.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Augusta Bogota

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Augusta is located in the Candelaria area of Bogota. Just a few steps away are the most charming in the capital such as the Candelaria, the jet of Quevedo, the Cerro de Monserrate, Gold Museum, Quinta de Bolivar, Plaza Bolivar, the Church of San Francisco. This just 45 minutes from El Dorado International Airport, 30 minutes from Bus Terminal and 10 minutes from the train station of the Savannah. The Augusta hotel features 101 warm and comfortable Standard Rooms and Executive Suites offering relaxation, satisfaction, comfort and convenience. The hotel is located in a historically significant building and is part of the architectural heritage of the city.

Contact info:
Av Jiminez No 4 - 77
Bogota, DC, 11001 Colombia
phone: +57 1 283 8300
web: http://www.hotelaugusta.com.co/index.php

Room amenities: 1 or 2 beds, wireless internet access, desk, LCD television, safe box, individual bathroom, desk, phone.

Facility amenities: Bar/Lounge, business center with internet access, free high-speed internet access, room service, reception desk, restaurant, spa, laundry service, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Additional nights are available on request. Please contract Road Scholar Travel Services after you enroll.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, February 17 - Mercado Plaza/ Gold Museum
Note: Short walking in the morning on uneven surfaces at Plaza Mercado. It can be bustling with wet surfaces. Walking required at the Gold Museum, and steps required to access the upper level. Opportunity to rest and see the exhibit at own pace throughout the afternoon.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for Bogota's Mercado Plaza, the site of an authentic daily market filled with fruits, plants, meats and other necessities. Talk with a local trader about the market and learn how local vendors run their businesses in this busy market.

Lunch: Early lunch at the Gold Museum

Afternoon: After lunch enjoy an organized tour of the impressive collection housed in the Gold Museum. This museum is a must-see in any trip to Colombia. It houses the largest collection of Pre-Hispanic gold anywhere in the world. The sheer diversity of the collection is staggering. The museum's centerpiece is the musical "Offering Boat", and is just one of many examples of Pre-Hispanic goldwork craftmanship. Enjoy the museum on your own after the tour.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Augusta Bogota

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Small, but beautiful boutique hotel located outside of the town of Manizales in a lovely park spanning 20 acres in the heart of the Coffee Triangle. In this location rich with natural beauty, enjoy strolling through the park nature trails and visiting the enchanting butterfly farm.

Contact info:
11 Via al Magdalena
Manizales, Colombia
phone: +57 6874 7494
web: hotel-estelar-recinto.hotelsone.com/

Room amenities: Mini-bar, espresso maker, memory-foam mattresses, signature bedding, private bathrooms with shower and bathtub, makeup and shaving mirrors, hairdryer, scales and complimentary toiletries, high-speed and wireless internet access (complimentary), newspaper, desk, telephones for national and international calls, flat panel TV with cable channels, safe box, windows that open, turndown service available, wakeup calls available, housekeeping available daily, all rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Facility dining amenities include a restaurant, a coffee shop, and a lounge. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Meeting rooms include banquet facilities, conference rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Assistance booking tours and ticket, and translation services are available. Other property amenities at this Art Deco property include a concierge desk and laundry facilities. This is a smoke-free property.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, February 18 - Fly to Armenia/Villages and Valle Cocora of the C...
Note: Please note that internal flights allow one carry-on of up to 10kg (22 lbs) and one checked bag of up to 20kg (44 lbs) without additional charges. Please consult the carrier for the most up-to-date weight restrictions

Breakfast: Early breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Depart early for the flight to Armenia, and begin the journey North to Manizales. This is a full day out in the countryside visiting some of the many "pueblitos" or local villages in the region. It is in these villages that you will get a real feel for the region, its history, and its culture. Take a coffee break at a local "tienda" or shop and stroll through the main plaza with your guide to learn more about the architecture, history, and culture of the region. This part of Colombia is unique, yet at the same time forms part of the foundation of Colombia's rich history. There will also be plenty of time to view - and photograph! - the amazing landscapes of the region, with rolling hills carpeted with coffee trees and guava plantations. The morning part of the trip will finish in the village of Salento.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant featuring a local trout specialty.

Afternoon: Continue North after lunch ending the day in Manizales. Arrive in Manizales in the late afternoon to check in to the hotel and to enjoy a short time to refresh for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Small, but beautiful boutique hotel located outside of the town of Manizales in a lovely park spanning 20 acres in the heart of the Coffee Triangle. In this location rich with natural beauty, enjoy strolling through the park nature trails and visiting the enchanting butterfly farm.

Contact info:
11 Via al Magdalena
Manizales, Colombia
phone: +57 6874 7494
web: hotel-estelar-recinto.hotelsone.com/

Room amenities: Mini-bar, espresso maker, memory-foam mattresses, signature bedding, private bathrooms with shower and bathtub, makeup and shaving mirrors, hairdryer, scales and complimentary toiletries, high-speed and wireless internet access (complimentary), newspaper, desk, telephones for national and international calls, flat panel TV with cable channels, safe box, windows that open, turndown service available, wakeup calls available, housekeeping available daily, all rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Facility dining amenities include a restaurant, a coffee shop, and a lounge. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Meeting rooms include banquet facilities, conference rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Assistance booking tours and ticket, and translation services are available. Other property amenities at this Art Deco property include a concierge desk and laundry facilities. This is a smoke-free property.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, February 19 - Education in the Coffee Region and Discovering Ma...
Note: Manizales tour will be by coach, with short portions of the plaza by foot. Some uneven ground and crowds of people but minimal distances (300 feet or less) at each point during the day.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: In the morning, learn about the important work of a local charity. Fundacion Nutrir works with local communities to improve nutrition and education and to support the health and well-being of disadvantaged Colombian children. They provide over 4,000 meals a day at their food centers. Visit one of their centers and witness the project firsthand, then take a trip to the Nutrir Headquarters to learn more about their important work.

Lunch: Lunch in town

Afternoon: Manizales is one of the oldest cities in the coffee region and has a wealth of history, ranging from the expansion of colonists from Medellin in the North to the indigenous cultures that existed here even before the European discovery of the "New World". Explore this city by coach and learn more about its expansion as it is linked to the coffee trade.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Small, but beautiful boutique hotel located outside of the town of Manizales in a lovely park spanning 20 acres in the heart of the Coffee Triangle. In this location rich with natural beauty, enjoy strolling through the park nature trails and visiting the enchanting butterfly farm.

Contact info:
11 Via al Magdalena
Manizales, Colombia
phone: +57 6874 7494
web: hotel-estelar-recinto.hotelsone.com/

Room amenities: Mini-bar, espresso maker, memory-foam mattresses, signature bedding, private bathrooms with shower and bathtub, makeup and shaving mirrors, hairdryer, scales and complimentary toiletries, high-speed and wireless internet access (complimentary), newspaper, desk, telephones for national and international calls, flat panel TV with cable channels, safe box, windows that open, turndown service available, wakeup calls available, housekeeping available daily, all rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Facility dining amenities include a restaurant, a coffee shop, and a lounge. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Meeting rooms include banquet facilities, conference rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Assistance booking tours and ticket, and translation services are available. Other property amenities at this Art Deco property include a concierge desk and laundry facilities. This is a smoke-free property.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, February 20 - The Art and Science of Coffee
Note: Walking in the plantation on rough terrain for up to 2 hours and standing for periods of 30 minutes at a time. Bathroom facilities are rustic and may be located up to ten minutes walk from the program activities.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: The morning starts with a trip out to a local coffee plantation where we walk around the farm's coffee fields and explore the processing location. See the whole process from planting to picking to testing and tasting! Learn about the background of the humble bean that keeps the entire world energized. Following this intimate encounter, enjoy a short talk by the owner of the plantation about the trials and tribulations of the coffee business and the lifestyle and issues faced by the coffee plantation workers.

Lunch: Traditional lunch at the plantation

Afternoon: Learn about the science of coffee and the correct way to brew the perfect cup of Joe. Return to Manizales in the late afternoon and enjoy free time to explore.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at a restaurant near the hotel.

Lodging: Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Tuscan city of Florence, with its artistic tradition and unmistakable timeless beauty was the inspiration at the heart of creating this lovely, 21 room, boutique hotel. From this inspiration came a tasteful attention to detail and an unmatchable warmth in service that make each day here a comfortable, relaxing and highly personalized experience. Located in El Poblado - one of the most exclusive areas of Medellin - the Hotel Florencia Plaza offers easy access to some of the most interesting and exciting parts of the city.

Contact info:
Carrera 41A 41
Medellín, Antioquia, 0574, Colombia
phone: +57 4 266 2526
web: http://www.hotelflorenciaplaza.com/

Room amenities: Luxury bedding and furnishings, desk, 24hr room service, 24hr emergency service, safe box, LCD TV with cable channels, phone for national and international calls (first 3 minutes of local calls complimentary), minibar, WiFi internet access.

Facility amenities: Restaurant serving breakfast and reserved meals, solarium offering a beautiful view of Medellin while you relax in the Jacuzzi or Turkish baths, spa with massage and body and facial cleansing services, exercise facility, 24-hour room service, 24-hour emergency service, meeting rooms, and aid in reserving tours and taxis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, February 21 - Rural Colombia/ Discovering Medellin
Note: Long morning drive, rustic bathroom accomodations along the way. Short walking in the evening.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast travel by land through the mountains to the famous city of Medellin. The drive takes about six hours with ample opportunity for photo stops along the way.

Lunch: Lunch at a traditional restaurant on the way to Medellin.

Afternoon: Arrive in Medellin in the mid afternoon and check into hotel. In the later part of the afternoon, a local historian/journalist will give a talk about the city of Medellin and its amazing transformation from a city with one of the world's highest murder rates to one of the safest cities in South America. This transformation has brought about socioeconomic change to the city that has permeated through all levels of the city and its inhabitants.

Dinner: Dinner near the hotel at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Florencia Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Tuscan city of Florence, with its artistic tradition and unmistakable timeless beauty was the inspiration at the heart of creating this lovely, 21 room, boutique hotel. From this inspiration came a tasteful attention to detail and an unmatchable warmth in service that make each day here a comfortable, relaxing and highly personalized experience. Located in El Poblado - one of the most exclusive areas of Medellin - the Hotel Florencia Plaza offers easy access to some of the most interesting and exciting parts of the city.

Contact info:
Carrera 41A 41
Medellín, Antioquia, 0574, Colombia
phone: +57 4 266 2526
web: http://www.hotelflorenciaplaza.com/

Room amenities: Luxury bedding and furnishings, desk, 24hr room service, 24hr emergency service, safe box, LCD TV with cable channels, phone for national and international calls (first 3 minutes of local calls complimentary), minibar, WiFi internet access.

Facility amenities: Restaurant serving breakfast and reserved meals, solarium offering a beautiful view of Medellin while you relax in the Jacuzzi or Turkish baths, spa with massage and body and facial cleansing services, exercise facility, 24-hour room service, 24-hour emergency service, meeting rooms, and aid in reserving tours and taxis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, February 22 - Guatape
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning trip to Guatape. Located two hours south of Medellin, the stunning lakes of Guatape are dwarfed by the monolithic rock of Penol, a 150 foot high geologic marvel looming over the water's edge. It is possible to climb to the top on a series of wooden staircases, but most prefer to take in the view from below.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Continue the visit to Guatape. Around the lake see the homes of some of Medellin's rich and famous. If time allows, enjoy a short boat trip out on the lake.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Medellin.

Lodging: Hotel Florencia Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evokethe splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the walled city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Center in 1984. An architectonic jewel from the 17th Century with luxury service and human warmth. Our main purpose: To generate the excitement of living an unforgettable experience in a place where the charm of history magically blends with luxury.

Contact info:
Calle Del Torno 39-29
Barrio San Diego
Cartagena, Colombia
phone: +011 57 (5) 650-4700
web: http://www.sofitel.com/gb/home/index.shtml

Room amenities: Audible smoke alarms, Dead bolt in rooms, 110/120 V AC, Airconditioning, Safe deposit box in room, Minibar, Satellite/cable colour TV, Wi-Fi in your room, High speed transmission line, Security peephole, Smoke alarm in room, Bathtub, Hair dryer in bathroom, Make-up/magnifying mirror, Shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spa and fitness center, 24-hr room service, Wi-Fi access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $360/room/night inc bb taxes
$360/room/night inc bb taxes Contact coordinator for most current rates.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Saturday, February 23 - Medellin City and Art/ Fly to Cartegena
Note: Walking in the city up to a half mile at a time, rest stops available in some places.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Led by your Study Leader, take some time to explore Parque Berrio, home of some of Botero's oversized sculptures. The visit will give you an opportunity to enjoy a bit of Colombian art and to experience firsthand the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellin. There may be time to take a short cable car ride on the city's famous Metro Cable. Not only are you greeted with amazing views, but you experience an important part of Medellin's history. The cable car network was one of the most significant factors influencing the regeneration of this city. It enabled thousands of Medellin's poorer citizens easier and quicker access to the city and its jobs allowing for socioeconomic growth in a time it was badly needed. Later this afternoon, transfer to Medellin Airport for the group flight to Cartagena.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at airport.

Afternoon: Fly from Medellin to Cartegena. Before dinner, gather to enjoy a presentation all about Cartegena, a city that has played a considerable role in the history of the Americas.

Dinner: Enjoy a local folkloric performance over dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evokethe splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the walled city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Center in 1984. An architectonic jewel from the 17th Century with luxury service and human warmth. Our main purpose: To generate the excitement of living an unforgettable experience in a place where the charm of history magically blends with luxury.

Contact info:
Calle Del Torno 39-29
Barrio San Diego
Cartagena, Colombia
phone: +011 57 (5) 650-4700
web: http://www.sofitel.com/gb/home/index.shtml

Room amenities: Audible smoke alarms, Dead bolt in rooms, 110/120 V AC, Airconditioning, Safe deposit box in room, Minibar, Satellite/cable colour TV, Wi-Fi in your room, High speed transmission line, Security peephole, Smoke alarm in room, Bathtub, Hair dryer in bathroom, Make-up/magnifying mirror, Shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spa and fitness center, 24-hr room service, Wi-Fi access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $360/room/night inc bb taxes
$360/room/night inc bb taxes Contact coordinator for most current rates.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Sunday, February 24 - Introduction to Cartegena
Note: Up to four hours of slow walking with some rest opportunities available. Uneven and cobbled surfaces. Simple bathroom services available. Note Cartegena is very warm and humid.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Take a walking tour of Cartegena with a local expert. Carved from a colorful history rife with piracy, sultry Caribbean heat, and fusions of African, indigenous and European culture, Cartagena is truly a living and breathing museum. Walk through the old town under the symbol of Cartagena - the Puerta Del Reloj or "Clock Tower Gate" - into the Plaza de los Coches. Listen as your local expert divulges the legends and histories of Cartagena from ancient times right up to the present. Come to know the real Cartagena as you travel from the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning church, on through Cartagena's own Plaza Bolivar.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Discover the hilltop area of La Popa and continue on to Castillo de San Felibe, which was created in 1536 and expanded by African slave labor over the following two centuries. Continue by private vehicle to the Convento La Popa in the highest point of the city. Enjoy the views of the bay and old town from the flower filled patio and have the chance to explore the historic convent.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local flavors

Lodging: Hotel Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evokethe splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the walled city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Center in 1984. An architectonic jewel from the 17th Century with luxury service and human warmth. Our main purpose: To generate the excitement of living an unforgettable experience in a place where the charm of history magically blends with luxury.

Contact info:
Calle Del Torno 39-29
Barrio San Diego
Cartagena, Colombia
phone: +011 57 (5) 650-4700
web: http://www.sofitel.com/gb/home/index.shtml

Room amenities: Audible smoke alarms, Dead bolt in rooms, 110/120 V AC, Airconditioning, Safe deposit box in room, Minibar, Satellite/cable colour TV, Wi-Fi in your room, High speed transmission line, Security peephole, Smoke alarm in room, Bathtub, Hair dryer in bathroom, Make-up/magnifying mirror, Shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spa and fitness center, 24-hr room service, Wi-Fi access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $360/room/night inc bb taxes
$360/room/night inc bb taxes Contact coordinator for most current rates.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Monday, February 25 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez/ Farewell dinner
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning attend a lecture introducing the life and history of Colombia's most notable writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Our lecturer will point out the inspirations for many of his works found in Cartagena, and also give an insight into the author's often overlooked works of journalism.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Full afternoon free in Cartagena to discover the city on your own.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Tuesday, February 26 - Departures for the US
Breakfast: Light breakfast at the hotel before leaving for the airport.

Morning: Transfer to the Cartagena Airport. Flights depart for the US in the AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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12 nights of accommodations
29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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