Colombia & the Medellin Flower Festival - Limited Edition

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Like a green shoot emerging from the earth, Colombia has put its past as a no-go zone of Pablo Escobar and cartels behind it to blossom into one of South America’s most exciting up and coming destinations. Join Peregrine for a special trip that shows off the verdant side of this beautiful country, spending extended time in Medellin during its famed flower fes...

Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy

Highlights

    • In medellin, witness the elaborate displays of the feria de las flores and experience the festive atmosphere of the ‘city of eternal spring’
    • Wander the historic heart of bogota, colombia’s cosmopolitan city filled with cafes, museums and old churches
    • Travel into the serene highlands of colombia’s coffee country, discovering the secrets of the industry with a stay on a coffee estancia
    • From the world heritage-listed old town to the maze of the colourful, chaotic bazurto market, discover how cartagena is a place to feel as much as do

What's this trip about?

    Like a green shoot emerging from the earth, Colombia has put its past as a no-go zone of Pablo Escobar and cartels behind it to blossom into one of South America’s most exciting up and coming destinations. Join Peregrine for a special trip that shows off the verdant side of this beautiful country, spending extended time in Medellin during its famed flower festival. Begin by discovering the colonial heart of Bogota, then travel into the heart of coffee country and Salento, before spending time on a coffee plantation in the lush Cocora Valley. Once notorious for a reputation built on the coca plant, Colombia has longer had renown as an exporter of live flowers. You will travel to Medellin, a centre of the trade, and see a flower festival held since 1957 – the Feria de Las Flores – and witness the spectacular parade of silleteros. Finish with the chance to embrace the Caribbean coast from the beautiful walled old town of Cartagena. This trip is the perfect chance to be a part of one of south America’s most unique and colourful festivals, as well as spend time with the locals that make Colombia one of the world's friendliest countries.

Details

Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeIntimate group - max of 12 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • Cultural

Destinations

  • South America
  • Colombia

Attractions

  • Bogota
  • Caribbean
  • Cartagena
  • Medellin

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Bogotá

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Colombia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm, where you will meet your guide and fellow travel companions. Until that time you’re free to explore. Bogota rests among emerald, mist-shrouded mountains 2,640 metres above sea leve...

Day 2 Bogota

Embark on a city tour of Bogota. This surprisingly cosmopolitan city has an abundance of cafes, museums and old churches, making it a delight to explore. Visit the Gold Museum and the Botero art museum. You will also have time to explore on your own – perhaps ride up ...

Day 3 Salento

Today you will visit Paloquemao Market before taking a short flight west to Armenia – the gateway to Colombia’s coffee zone – and transfer to the beautiful village of Salento. Take the time to appreciate rural Colombia – stroll through the colourful streets, enjoy the...

Day 4 Cocora Valley / Coffee Estancia

Begin the day by taking a jeep out to the magnificent Cocora Valley, where you’ll experience the magic of the giant wax palm (Colombia’s national tree). You will spend the morning walking among the region's incredible scenery and, if you're feeling active, there will ...

Day 5 Coffee Estancia

Thanks to its tropical altitude and fertile volcanic soil, Colombia is one of the world’s largest coffee producers. You will find out more about the bean on a guided tour of the coffee plantation and processing centre. Dig into the history of the plant, learning the i...

Day 6 Medellin

Today you will transfer (approximately 6 hours) to Medellin. Having spent the 1980s and 90s with an international reputation as one of the world's most dangerous cities (thanks to Pablo Escobar's infamous drug cartel), Medellin has turned itself around to become one o...

Day 7 Medellin

Today you’ll take an orientation walk of this beautiful “city of eternal spring” with your leader. Along the way you’ll see how social politics, buildings and constructions have transformed the city into a model metropolis, and learn a little more about the town's int...

Day 8 Medellin

While Medellin gained a notorious reputation built on the coca plant, for longer it’s actually had fame for other types of flora – specifically flowers. Colombia is the second largest exporter of live flowers in the world after Holland, and Medellin is a centre of the...

Day 9 Medellin

This morning starts at about 9am. Explore another side to the city with a Pablo Escobar focused tour. Take a tour around his old haunts and hear the story of Colombia's most infamous drug kingpin and the wealthiest criminal in history – at his cartel’s peak, Escobar w...

Day 10 Medellin

Take a free day to enjoy some of the hundreds of cultural events and activities on offer around the festival. In recent years there have been nocturnal concerts in the cultural park, classic car and horse parades, dance performances, theatre, concerts by some of Colom...

Day 11 Medellin

Enjoy another day to take in the festivals events. You might also choose to travel outside of Medellin to explore the nearby charming old town of Santa Fe de Antioquia. This 16th-century township has maintained much of its colonial-era charm, its narrow streets and le...

Day 12 Cartagena

Today you will fly from Medellin to Cartagena (approximately 1 hour). Cartagena is one of South America's most historic cities. This town, founded in 1533 by Spaniard Don Pedro de Heredia, was a major centre of early Spanish settlement in the Americas. Its gold and si...

Day 13 Cartagena

Today you’ll take a walking tour of the old city and enjoy a visit to the bustling Bazurto Market. This is truly one of those markets that’s an assault on the senses, a colourful, chaotic maze where pelicans watch fishermen prepare their catch and the sound of machete...

Day 14 Cartagena

This Colombian adventure comes to an end today after breakfast.

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Accommodation

Coffee Estancia (2 nights),Hotel (11 nights),

Transportation & Flights

Private vehicle,Plane,Willy Jeep,

Transportation & flights

Private vehicle,Plane,Willy Jeep
Guides
All Peregrine Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Peregrine Adventures endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Peregrine Adventures we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Visa requirements
PASSPORT: Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends. VISAS: Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The below country specific information was correct at time of writing, however please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home. If you receive an immigration card upon entry, please ensure you keep this safe as it may be requested at point of exit. For further information regarding country entry and exit fees, please refer to the 'Money Matters' section of this document.  COLOMBIA: Americans, Australian, Belgians, British, Dutch, Germans, New Zealanders and South Africans do not currently require a visa for Colombia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa or entry requirements with the Colombian consulate in your home country. Reciprocity tax for some passport holders: The Colombian Government charges a reciprocity tax to Canadian passport holders which is payable on arrival. The COP$160,000 tax may be paid in Colombian pesos or US dollars, cash or credit or debit card in the Immigration Control Posts.
Health & Safety
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Peregrine itinerary, and Peregrine Adventures makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Peregrine Adventures' operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field: PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. MONEY WITHDRAWAL: In order to avoid fraud, it is advisable that you withdraw money from ATMs located inside banks or guarded shops during business hours only. SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts. LOCAL LODGINGS: On this trip you will be staying in some restored houses and local lodges - these are one of the charms of this journey, but their staircases, balconies and passages etc may not always comply with western safety standards. Please do not expect elevators in these properties as they are preserved to their original state. FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
Finish point Cartagena Array Cartagena COLOMBIA
Trip ID
peregrine-PSFM

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