Earlier this month, Intrepid Travel treated a small group of travel agents to a trip around Colombia, complete with a stay on a coffee estancia, with flights courtesy of LATAM and hosted by Intrepid BDM Cara Blyth.
The group kicked things off in Bogota, one of the biggest cities in the world at altitude, with over seven million people living 2,640m above sea level. Solento charmed everyone with its cobbled stone streets and colourful stalls and satisfied stomachs with its various trout dishes – a local speciality. Cartagena’s UNESCO listed Old Town provided a history lesson on early Spanish settlement as well as a swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. And although Medellin used to be one the world’s most dangerous cities thanks to Pablo Escobar’s infamous drug cartel, it has recently transformed itself into one of South America’s most exciting cities where the nightlife is particularly pulsating.
The highlight of the trip was a stay at a local coffee estancia in the serene highlands of Colombia’s famed coffee region. Here, the group learned firsthand about the ins and outs of an industry that has catapulted the country’s economy during the last century. They sampled different types of coffee grains and perfected the perfect cup of coffee. The group returned to Australia as coffee connoisseurs!
One agent commented that she loved the local experiences: “the local guide was fantastic, eating like locals, travelling like locals and supporting the locals – these real life experiences are true to Intrepid and it was a whole new experience in travelling for me.” While another “loved the fact that not many Australians travel to Colombia yet so it was good to go there and see that it is a safe place to travel around.”
Intrepid’s ‘Café Colombia’ trip is eight days and is from $1875 per person. For more info, see www.intrepidtravel.com/ggss