Bogota and Quindio (Coffee Axis)

10 Days

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Colombia is a country of contrasts. From snowy white peaks to brilliant coral reefs, it has an extraordinary array of biological diversity, climates, cultures and people. Due to its great wealth of natural resources, the country has a privileged position that requires the consolidation of an environmental policy on preservation and recovery. The arts in Colombia are establishments that are cemented by renowned figures such as Fernando Botero and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; yet a new generation of artists is emerging with an unstoppable force. Lastly, Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Colombia have progressed since consensual homosexual activity was decriminalized in 1980 with amendments to the Criminal Code. Between February 2007 and April 2008 three rulings of the Constitutional Court granted registered same-sex couples the same pension, social security and property rights as for registered heterosexual couples. Law reforms in the 1990s equalized the age of consent at 14 for both homosexual and heterosexual sex. Join us in this Colombian journey that focuses on these issues while providing participants with an insider perspective into the coffee industry.

Package includes:

• 3-night hotel stay at 4-star Boutique Hotel Casa Quinta (Bogota)
• 3-night hotel stay at 4-star country-styled Boutique Hotel Palmas de Santa Helena (Quindio)
• 3-night hotel stay at 5-star Hotel Dann Carlton (Bogota)
• All meals (daily breakfasts, lunch, and dinner) EXCEPT DINNERS ON DAY 7 and DAY 8 NOTED IN PROGRAM AS “ON YOUR OWN”
• Personalized assistance (AC study leader and Colombian guide) throughout the program
• Guest speakers’ fees
• Fees for all scheduled visits and excursions
• Round-trip airfare for domestic flight (Bogota – Armenia)
• Private bus transportation throughout the program
• Colombia Information Package & Consulting fees

Packages does not include:

• Round-trip airfare (US home city – Bogota) AC can provide assistance in the purchase of a convenient flight at an additional cost. Otherwise, participants are responsible for their own air transportation to/from Bogota. They will also be responsible for informing AC of their travel arrangements so AC can set up airport transfers accordingly.
• DINNERS ON DAY 7 and DAY 8 NOTED IN PROGRAM AS “ON YOUR OWN”
• Gratuities in Colombia: US$ 15/daily. This will be collected at the beginning of the trip by the AC representative, to ensure that all of our service providers get their gratuities according and in time, without the need of having to bother participants constantly for it.
• Personal expenses
• Cost of excess luggage on any air carrier

ITINERARY
*This itinerary is intended as a guideline, and subject to some change. Certain visits may have to be substituted or rescheduled as necessary.

Day 1 (Friday) – Bogota
Arrival on your scheduled flight
Transfer to Casa Quinta Hotel Boutique
Group Orientation
Welcome Dinner at La Herencia Restaurant
Get-together with Fundacion ProSurgir, an LGBT umbrella organization that groups several other LGBT organizations

Day 2 (Saturday) – Bogota
Breakfast
Architectural tour of Bogota (both walking and by motor coach)
Lunch at Bistronomy Restaurant
Visit “Cerro de Monserrate”
Cocktails and conversation by Tatiana Pineros, a Transgendered woman who is the Secretary of the Colombian Tourism Agency
Dinner at San Just Restaurant
Dance at Club Teatron

Day 3 (Sunday) – Bogota
Breakfast
Visit Botero Museum
Lunch at the home of theater director Juan Carlos Mazo
Visit the studios and galleries of 3 prominent young visual artists
Dinner at Rafael Restaurant
Theater Presentation (based on local schedule)

Day 4 (Monday) – Bogota – Quindio
Breakfast
Checkout of hotel
Transfer to domestic airport
Departure on scheduled domestic flight
Arrival and transfer to Hotel Palmas de Santa Elena
Lunch and dinner included in program
Rest of the day at leisure

Day 5 (Tuesday) – Quindio
Breakfast
Excursion Recuca (tour of the coffee culture, botanical gardens, and butterfly gardens)
Lunch (on excursion)
Spend the afternoon in the hot springs of Santa Rosa
Dinner at hotel
Dance presentation

Day 6 (Wednesday) – Quindio
Breakfast
Zip-lining excursion at La Huerta de Carlocho
Horseback riding in Cocora Valley (1 hour) and lunch
Afternoon optionals (included): kayaking, rafting, trekking, mountain-cycling
Return to hotel in late afternoon
Dinner at hotel
Evening at leisure

Day 7 (Thursday) – Quindio – Bogota
Breakfast
Morning at leisure at hotel
Lunch
Transfer to domestic airport
Departure on scheduled flight for Bogota
Transfer to Hotel Dann Carlton Bogota
Rest of the day at leisure
Dinner (on your own)

Day 8 (Friday) – Bogota
Breakfast
Drive to the Town of Guatavita
Visit town of Guatavita and its lagoon (for the Tour of the Dorado Legend)
Lunch in town
Time at leisure
Return drive to Bogota
Dinner (on your own)
Rest of the evening at leisure

Day 9 (Saturday) – Bogota
Breakfast
Visit Bogota’s Craft Market
Lunch in the market
Rest of the afternoon at leisure
Farewell Dinner at Criterion Restaurant
Private party with members of LGBT communities

Day 10 (Sunday) – Bogota
Breakfast
Checkout of hotel
Transfer to airport
Departure on your scheduled flight

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