Meet with the locals

15 days / 14 nights

from 1 500€

MEET WITH THE LOCALS

All year round

Between 25°C and 35°C

HIGHLIGHTS

Low carbon footprint circuit = 0 domestic flights.

Meeting with the inhabitants of Ciudad Bolivar, a transformed “favela”.

Sleep at Ubaldina’s to learn the craft of terracotta.

Stay with a local family that cultivates coffee and exotic fruits.

To support differents projects of solidarity and eco-responsible tourism.

Visit the most beautiful village in Colombia, Barichara.

Live a moving experience with the Kogui native community.

Tour of the must-see sites of Cartagena de Indias.

Go fishing with the locals and do a typical cooking workshop

from 1 500€

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OVERVIEW

DAY 1: Arrival in Colombia.

DAY 2: Meet with the inhabitants of Ciudad Bolivar, a marginal neighborhood of Bogota that has been transformed by refugees from the violence of the country in the years 90-2000.

DAY 3: Visit the historical center of Bogota and transfer to Raquira, to Ubaldina’s house. Tejo workshop.

DAY 4: Terracotta workshop with Ubaldina. Transfer to Barichara.

DAY 5: Stay with a farmer family. You will learn and help with the coffee plantations, as well as the farm animals.

DAY 6 : Return to Barichara.

DAY 7 : Visit the village and hike to the village of Guane.

DAY 8: Drive through the imposing Chicamocha Canyon. Transfer to the Caribbean coast.

DAY 9 : Day at leisure in Santa Marta.

DAY 10 : Departure to the village of Cherua to meet the Kogi people.

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DAY 11: Share with the indigenous community and return to Santa Marta.

DAY 12 : Transfer to Cartagena de Indias and time at leisure to explore the city.

DAY 13 : Go fishing for your lunch. Cooking workshop.

DAY 14 : Return to France.

DAY 1: DEPART FOR COLOMBIA

Bogota, formerly known as Santa Fé de Bogotá is the capital of Colombia and the most important city in the country politically, economically and culturally. With more than 8,000,000 inhabitants and located at an altitude of 2,600 meters , Bogota is the 3rd highest capital in the world, after La Paz and Quito.

  • Arrival in Bogota, welcome at the airport by your driver, transfer and installation in your hotel.
  • Overnight in Bogotá.

DAY 2 : CIUDAD BOLIVAR

 

Thousands of refugees from the Colombian internal war of the 90’s-2000’s came to settle in the capital, in the neighborhood of Ciudad Bolivar, in search for better life opportunities. Today, the neighborhood has been transformed.

  • Meet Ciudad Bolivar’s residents to hear incredible life stories and share with the locals.
  • You will understand the situation of thousands of people in the country who had to leave their homes to go on an adventure. It is a moving experience.
  • Taste the typical Bogotá dish, a delicious ajiaco Santafereño! It is a soup made with 3 types of potatoes, chicken, corn on the cob, capers, white rice and avocado.
  • Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
  • Overnight in Bogota.

DAY 3: TEJO SPORT

 
  • In the morning, transfer to Raquira.
  • On the road, enjoy the emerald green landscape of the Boyacá region on the Cundiboyacense altiplano .
  • Arrival at Ubaldina with a local family in the region to have lunch.
  • Installation in your homestay, then in the afternoon enjoy a workshop to learn the sport Tejo. It is a traditional Colombian sport and is played by throwing a metal puck at a distance of approximately 20 meters at a square target. The target is composed of clay then close to the center of the mechas with powder. The goal is to throw the metal puck as close as possible to the center in order to explode the mechs !
  • Dinner on site.
  • Overnight in Raquira.
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DAY 4 : RAQUIRA

 

Raquira is nationally recognized for its artesanal products in terracotta Raquira was already recognized by the quality of its products since the time of Muiscas, before the arrival of the Spaniards. In the Muisca language, the name of the village means “Village of Pots” and the potters work there with black, yellow, white and red clay.

  • In the morning, participate in a workshop for making terracotta pottery with Ubaldina’s family, her father will teach you how to use clay! You can then create your own products !
  • After lunch, visit at your leisure of Raquira then transfer to Barichara.
  • Overnight in Barichara.
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DAY 5 : SANTANDER

 

An association of 7 local families will welcome you. You will go to one of them for an authentic experience.

  • In the morning, departure to Vereda Santa Helena to settle in with a new family of farmers, this time in the Santander region.
  • They welcome you and then take you for a short walk on their property . You will be able to familiarize yourself with the different crops of the region.
  • After a delicious homemade lunch, in the afternoon you will participate in the daily tasks of the family : picking oranges, bananas, sorting the millo, etc.
  • Dinner on site.
  • Homestay.
Cartagena

DAY 6 : SANTA HELENA

 
  • In the morning you will still spend time with the family with their daily tasks. These change depending on the time of year.
  • You will also visit the community school where the children of the vereda take their lessons.
  • After lunch, you will return to Barichara .
  • Spend your afternoon at leisure.
  • Overnight in Barichara.
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DAY 7: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE IN COLOMBIA?

Is it Barichara the most beautiful village in Colombia? Its stone turns orange under the declining rays of the sun. The cobbled streets, the white houses and the peaceful atmosphere of the place give Barichara an undeniable charm . 

  • Visit the village with your guide.
  • Take a walk along the Royal or Lengerke.
  • Road to the village of Guane (about 2.5 hours one way).
  • Guane is known in the region for its important collection of marine fossils (more than 10,000) more than 60 million years old. It is also the cradle of the Guane culture, the indigenous people who populated this area before the arrival of the Spaniards.
  • Enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Return to Barichara by tuk tuk.
  • Overnight in Barichara.

DAY 8: CHICAMOCHA CANYON

 

The Chicamocha Canyon is a geographical accident 227km long and 2km deep. It is deeper than the Grand Canyon!

  • Drive the mountain road to Chicamocha National Park.
  • Take the cable car from one cliff to the other to fully appreciate this natural beauty.
  • Continue on to Bucaramanga.
  • Board a comfortable overnight bus to the Caribbean coast.
  • Night on board.

DAY 9 : SANTA MARTA

 

Santa Marta is the first city built by the Spaniards in South America. Founded on July 29, 1525, it is located between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (the highest coastal massif in the world, with 5,775 m of altitude at only 42 km from the sea) and the Caribbean Sea.

  • Arrival in Santa Marta.
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Free day to discover the city at your leisure.
  • Night in Santa Marta.

DAY 10: CHERUA INDIGENOUS VILLAGE

 
  • Early departure from the hotel.
  • Ascension by vehicle for 1 hour and 50 minutes to Palmor, a coffee producing village considered the coffee capital of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
  • Continue by vehicle for about 2 hours to Cherua, an indigenous Kogi village located at an altitude of 1,320 meters.
  • Short 30 minute walk to the indigenous Kogi community.
  • Reception by the Mamo, an elderly man who embodies the ancestral knowledge. He is the main authority of the community.
  • Lunch with the community.
  • Then the Mamo will introduce you to the village and their lifestyle, as well as their relationship with Mother Earth.
  • Return to the Kogi community for dinner.
  • At nightfall and around a campfire, share with the community and observe their traditional dances.
  • Overnight in Cherua in a hammock.

DAY 11: THE KOGI COMMUNITY

 
  • Wake up early to watch the sunrise while enjoying a delicious cup of organic coffee offered by the natives.
  • Traditional breakfast.
  • Hike for 3 hours along the indigenous trails of the mountain, among the rainforest and hearing many sounds of the wildlife of the region. On the way, taste exotic fruits.
  • Arrival at a coffee producing farm.
  • Coffee workshop to learn all about the history of Colombian coffee preparation, the planting of this exquisite bean, the cultivation of coffee and finish with a delicious cup of coffee.
  • Visit to a honey farm.
  • At the end of the visit to the apiary, enjoy a traditional lunch.
  • Return by vehicle to Palmor to return to Santa Marta.
  • Overnight in Santa Marta.

DAY 12: THE PEARL OF THE CARIBBEAN

 

Cartagena de Indias has important fortifications and one of the most complete systems of military fortifications in South America. The city of Cartagena de Indias and its fortress are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Transfer to the Pearl of the Caribbean: Cartagena de Indias.
  • Check-in at your hotel, a magnificent colonial house, located in the fortified city.
  • Spend your afternoon at leisure.
  • Overnight in Cartagena.

DAY 13: LA BOQUILLA, THE FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

 

The mangroves are a very rich marine ecosystem, very important for the environmental balance, especially after hurricanes or others.

  • Early morning departure to Boquilla to discover the Caribbean birds in the swamp.
  • Meet the local population, they will teach you to fish with a line and to catch crabs with a cage.
  • Return to the village, to the fishermen.
  • You will prepare your lunch with your local hosts. This is a fascinating cultural exchange.
  • Spend your afternoon at leisure.
  • Overnight in Cartagena.

Enjoy of the last hours before taking your flight back home.

DAY 14: GOODBYE COLOMBIA

 

Enjoy of the last hours before taking your flight back home.

THIS PRICE INCLUDES:

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Domestic flights on a regular airline.

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Accommodation for 13 nights in a double room in 3* type hotels according to local regulations with breakfast.

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Meals specified in the itinerary.

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Visits and activities indicated in the program in English-speaking private service.

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Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles without guide and with a Spanish-speaking driver

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English-speaking phone assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

THIS PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

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International flights.

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Personal expenses.

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Tips and carrying luggage.

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Meals not mentioned in the program.

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Visits, excursions and activities not mentioned.

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Colombian TVA in accommodation (foreigners are exempt).

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International payment fees (possibility to pay by bank transfer without fees).

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Travel insurance (please consult us).

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