Colombia-Joyas y Cafe

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Monday, March 24, 2014 - Depart Denver, CO to Atlanta, GA; Connect to Bogotá, Colombia, Dinner

    Overseas Adventure Travel

    Colombia's Colonial Jewels & The Coffee Triangle

    Edgar Ernesto Ruiz Rodriguez

    Yesterday we had four inches of heavy snow to shovel and plow. Today is beautiful, but only...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - Explore Bogotá: Funicular Up Monserrate Hill, La Candelaria, Old City & Gold Museum; Dinner at Local Restaurant

    Our day began at 6:30 with gray skies, but no rain in the forecast. It was 61° and 65% humidity. After breakfast we gathered on...

    Day 3

    Day 3 - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Optional Tour to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Enjoy Lunch Cooked with Mine Salt

    The temperature was 60° and the humidity was also 60% when we set out with Diego, our driver at 8:00. We joined the optional tour to the city market...

    Day 4

    Day 4 - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Midmorning Flight to Medellin; Explore Medellin; Take the Metrocable Up Nutibara Hill; Lunch/Dinner at Local Restaurant

    The day begins early on the streets of Bogota. By 6:00 AM the trucks were bringing goods into the city center, motorbikes were zipping past the...

    Day 5

    Day 5 - Friday, March 28, 2014 - Drive Through Medellin to Discover Guatapé and Its Tiles; Lunch at Local Restaurant; El Peñón, a Monolithic Rock

    We left the hotel at 8:00, and on the way out of town, we got a great look at the busy city getting ready...

    Day 6

    Day 6 - Saturday, March 29, 2014 - In Medellin Visit the Antioquia Museum & Plaza de Botero; Fly to Pereira, Part of the Coffee Triangle; Lodging at a Hacienda Built in 1737

    We had a more relaxed morning, as we did not have to leave the hotel until 8:45....

    Day 7

    Day 7 - Sunday, March 30, 2014 - Drive to Manizales and Visit the Hacienda Venecia; Lunch at the Main House

    The room cooled off a bit and we woke up refreshed and ready for another day in the Coffee Triangle. After our breakfast we caught up with emails, got...

    Day 8

    Day 8 - Monday, March 31, 2014 - Last Leg of the Coffee Triangle; Visit Salento and the Cocora Valley; Explore Cocora National Park in Yipaos; Guided Hike of Cloud Forest; Study of the Wax Palm

    We were up and ready to leave the hacienda at 8:00 this morning. This...

    Day 9

    Day 9 - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Fly to Cartagena by Way of Bogotá; Some Free Time

    We were able to sleep in until 7:00 this morning as the whole day was devoted to travel. After breakfast we thanked our hostesses at the Hacienda and boarded the bus.

    The...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Explore Cartagena and Ciudad Amarullada & Bocagrande; Home-Hosted Lunch of Colombian Cuisine; Visit Local School- FOUNDATION VISIT; Cumbia Dance Lesson

    After breakfast we met our local guide, Katty and began a two-hour walking tour of the city. Edgar gave us water and...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Tour and Explore San Felipe Fortress; Emerald Museum; Free Time; Carriage Ride to Our Farewell Dinner

    We got an early start on the sun and heat today. Katty was at the hotel to meet us at 8:00 and José was there to...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Friday, April 4, 2014 - Depart Catagena for Atlanta, GA; Transfer to Denver, CO and Drive Home

    The wake up call came at 3:45 - much too dark and too early, but we knew we could nap on the flights. Edgar went with us to the airport....

    Day 13

    Colombia's Colonial Jewels & the Coffee Triangle

    Edgar Ernesto Ruiz Rodriguez

    Trip Review

    Ever since we visited Cartagena, Colombia during Christmas of 2010 as an Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) Post Trip we have wanted to return to Colombia and see more of this beautiful country. This came about when we...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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