Flavors of Colombia

March 6 – 18, 2023

Join PhotoEnrichment Adventures Founder and veteran tour organizer

Ralph Velasco as you explore Colombia!

Overview of this Adventure

Looking to join a small group of like-minded travelers in one of the most up-and-coming destinations in the world today?

 

Then join us in Colombia!

 

This adventure gives participants access to some of the most incredible people, landscapes, villages, cities, food, and wildlife that Colombia has to offer.

 

CARTAGENA

You’ll start in the seaside town of Cartagena, located on Colombia’s coast, where participants will get a first-hand sense of the crossover of indigenous and Afro-Colombian cultures.  This can be experienced in the food, architecture, customs and people who live in this far northern part of the country.

Participants will also have a chance to explore the very colorful Getsemani neighborhood of Cartagena, which is full of restaurants, bars, outdoor cafes, small plazas and plenty of shops, as well as tour and have lunch at the famous Bazurto Market, said to be one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorites.

Finally, there’ll be a sunset boat cruise on the last evening that promises to be a truly memorable evening.

 

MEDELLÍN

Next, participants will take a short included flight to the “city of eternal spring,” Medellín.

A sprawling metropolis that is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in all of South America, Medellín offers so much, and you’ll enjoy a locally-guided city tour that highlights its architecture as well as some of Colombian artist Botero’s incredibly unique sculptures.

You’ll also have an opportunity to visit a private finca, or farm, owned by a woman who’ll prepare the most unforgettable organic lunch for our group, as well as visit Comuna 13 (see video at link), once considered the most dangerous neighborhood in all of Colombia, but one that has now been completely transformed into a public art gallery that is perfectly safe for visitors.

 

COFFEE REGION

After Medellín the group will take an included flight to the town of Pereira in order to spend time at a gorgeous hotel wonderfully situated in the heart of Colombia’s coffee region.  Here you’ll not only get to explore the surrounding area and learn about the process of coffee and cacao production, but you’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy this amazing property which comes complete with swimming pool, spa services and more.

 

CALI

Finally, participants end up in Cali, another of Colombia’s cities that is transforming into a cultural and foodie destination like few others, and where you’ll stay at yet another incredible boutique hotel called Araucana Lodge that is owned and operated by the third generation of a prominent local family, and one that is in the ideal location to witness and photograph some of the most beautiful and unique birds and other wildlife you’ll ever see.  Not only that, participants will be able to tour the property which grows the vast majority of its own organic produce.

While in this area there’ll also be an optional excursion to nearby San Cipriano where participants can choose to ride la brujita, the most unique “train” you’ve ever seen, and one that’ll take you to a small, riverside village situated in the Reserva Forestal de San Cipriano. Special Note: this experience may not be for everyone and is completely optional and does require an extra fee to participate.

At the end of the trip you’ll spend one night in the city of Cali, in the historic neighborhood of San Antonio where you’ll have both a food and cultural experience you won’t soon forget.

Vamos a Colombia!

  • “LOVED your presentation at The Refinery on Saturday!! You got me motivated to travel & I learned a lot!!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME and for sharing your gift!!”

    Carole Haner-Brackett Photography Basics Meetup participant
  • “Thanks again for such an amazing trip…my photography interest and appetite has completely grown since the trip and I have come back so invigorated and inspired.  I’m excited to learn more and begin to take some higher quality pictures.”

    Sarah Radka Cuba tour participant
  • “Thanks for a great trip.  All went smoothly and I had a great time.  I return a better photographer for certain and have a new perspective on what I see.  You offer a great product – smart itineraries, hotels and food choices…I look forward to another trip.”

    David Wild Morocco tour participant
  • “The fun, adventure and friendship with you means everything to us, along with a great photo or two along the way!”

    Brandon and Shea Mayberry Morocco and Spain tours participant
  • “Ralph, Morocco truly is magical!  Thanks for a beautiful two weeks!”

    Leslie Talley Morocco, Turkey and Cambodia tours participant
map of flavors of colombia tour

WHEN

March 6 – 18, 2023

COST

2023 Pricing

$4,999 per person in Double Occupancy

Please add $499 per person for Single Supplement if you’d like your own room throughout the trip.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

Register for This Experience in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Submit a Reservation Form.
  2. Read and agree to our Terms & Conditions.
  3. Provide a scan or smartphone photo of your passport’s signature page.
  4. Send in your $750 deposit or full payment.

 

To request the Reservation Form and Terms & Conditions for this experience please contact us at THIS LINK.

To make payment, you can use a credit card via PayPal (Click this Link to request invoice) or deposit a check directly into our bank account at any Bank of America branch (or send to our Rockford, IL, address, details will follow).

Paying by check affords each traveler a $50 per person discount.

We’ll send you all the payment details if you’ll CONTACT US HERE.

THE PROGRAM

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

Included in Your Fee:

  • Private airport transfers on trip dates and for internal flights.
  • Two internal flights (Cartagena to Medellín and Medellín to Pereira)
  • All accommodations in Colombia (12 nights) in a double occupancy room during trip dates (twin and single rooms may be limited).
  • Meals: All Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L) and 4 Dinners (D).
  • Enjoy a local beer, soft drink or water, at each included meal as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for select group activities in each location.
  • Services of a professional driver for certain activities.
  • Entry fees for included group activities as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Group tips for local guides, drivers and included meals.

 

Not Included:

  • International flights or other transportation to and from Colombia (you’ll fly into Cartagena – CTG and out of Cali – CLO).
  • Optional airport transfers outside of included group transfers on tour dates.
  • Pre- or post-trip accommodations outside of our tour dates.
  • Travel and/or medical insurance will be required (please see SquareMouth, a travel insurance comparison site, or WorldNomads for a free quote)
  • Meals not specifically outlined in the itinerary as included.
  • Drinks or other alcoholic beverages not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Optional tips for guides and other service providers.
  • Items of a personal nature.

 

About This Itinerary

This tour is limited to just 6 – 10 participants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You’ll want to wear good, sturdy walking shoes throughout this experience as the properties where we’re staying and the other locations we’ll be visiting are often made up of hilly terrain, sometimes with a number of stairs, inclines, declines and at times gravel and occasionally rough dirt and stone paths.

If you are even slightly unsure of your walking capability in these conditions it’s HIGHLY recommended that you purchase a quality set of telescoping walking sticks at your local outdoor supply store or online before arriving in country.

Here’s a link to a quality trekking pole set that comes highly recommended with over 7,700 5-star reviews on Amazon.

 

MORE IMPORTANT DETAILS

 

About Your Flight to Cartagena

Only after having been given the go ahead by PEA administrators, please try to arrange your flight to Cartagena (CTG) to arrive by 4 pm local time. All participants will have an airport transfer included on arrival that will take you directly to our hotel.

 

Regarding Your Flight Home

Flights can be arranged at any time on the last day of this trip and your airport transfer will be included (please don’t make any non-refundable travel arrangements until given the go ahead by PEA administrators). 

You can certainly choose to stay over in this area or move on to other parts of the region to enjoy the many other things to do, or transfer on your own to other parts of Colombia or South America to continue your experience, but please arrange these additional services on your own.

We wish you safe travels and happy memories of what will surely be an unforgettable trip!

 

For more information and to register for this trip,

please contact us at ralph@PhotoEnrichment.com.

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 

60 DAYS PRIOR TO TRIP START DATE

 

Please understand that all aspects of this itinerary are subject to change.

 

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Welcome Dinner in Cartagena where you can get to know your fellow travelers in person
  • Food tour of the famous Bazurto Market in Cartagena, including lunch, as well as orientation tour of its historic center and Getsemani districts, plus sunset cruise
  • Visit to Comuna 13 and Mandelaire organic farm in Medellín, as well as a flower farm and the incredible Guatapé outside of Medellín
  • Artisan Coffee & Cacao Tour in Colombia’s coffee region
  • Optional visit to San Cipriano outside of Cali where you can ride on la brujita, a “train” like none you’ve ever seen before (additional fee required)
  • Walking tour of Cali’s historic center as well as the San Antonio neighborhood where your hotel is located
  • Farewell Meal in Cali where you can say goodbye to new and old friends
  • So much more
Plus you’ll have plenty of free time to relax and explore at your own pace.
ABOUT YOUR LEADER

Ralph Velasco with Camera by Michelle Kate LaVigne

Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has organized and led over 100 international tours and more than 100 domestic tours in the United States.  His international trips have included Armenia & the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan & Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Spain, Portugal, Tuscany, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey and other locations.

Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger, podcast host and public speaker, and for more than 14 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures.  

Recently he created a new travel brand called Alla Campagna Experiences where the focus is less on photography in each destination and even more about the culture, people, food, drink and other unique activities and experiences they have to offer, all while staying in unforgettable properties, such as private castles, wine estates, one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, villas and converted mansions, mostly around the Mediterranean.

Subscribe to Ralph’s new YouTube channel, The Continental DRIFTER, as well as visit its accompanying travel blog at this link.  At The Continental DRIFTER you can expect travel advice, interesting stories, expert interviews and easy-to-use photography tips for Baby Boomers and Gen X travelers.

Now, invest in yourself…get out and travel!

All aspects of this itinerary are subject to change.  We ask that you remain flexible as there are often circumstances beyond our control and modifications may be necessary.

The trip leader, tour operator and/or tour coordinator reserve the right to make adjustments to the published itinerary whenever, in their sole discretion, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort and/or safety of the group.

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