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Colombia - Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena
August 16 - 29, 2017

Songlines Music Travel, in association with Master Travel, invites music lovers and travellers alike on this wonderful trip to explore the rich, diverse sounds and culture of Colombia: "the land of a thousand rhythms". For many lovers of latin music, Colombia has the most interesting vibrant music scene in South America at the moment.

Accompanied by our Songlines Travel Leader Russ Slater, you will gain unique access to the artists and musicians and share intimate knowledge of the places you will visit.

Highlights include:

  • Experiencing the very best music across Bogota, Cali, Medellin, Baranquilla and Cartagena
  • Explore the hip hop community of Medellin
  • Immerse yourself in the rhythms and atmosphere of the Petronio Alvarez Festival
  • Visiting San Basilio de Palenque and its traditional communities
  • Exploring Colombia's alternative hip hop scene as well as more traditional music genres


Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena Itinerary

Please note that this is a provisional itinerary only. The final itinerary will be confirmed in your pre-departure pack which will be sent to you 2 weeks before departure.

Wednesday 16th August: Bogota

AM/PM: Meet your driver at the airport and transfer to hotel.
EVE: Meet our Songlines Music Travel Leader and rest of the group. Head out into the city for a welcome dinner.

Thursday 17th August: Bogota

AM: City tour of Bogota in the morning including Gold Museum and Monserrate Hilltop.
PM: Drive to Matik Matik for a meeting with the leader of some local bands to hear about their latest projects.
EVE: Live music at Matik Matik.

Friday 18th August: Bogota

AM: Local Food by Foot tour.
PM: Visit the Museo de Botero.
EVE: Enjoy dinner and some live music in the city.

Saturday 19th August: Bogota- Cali

AM: Travel to Cali and check into hotel.
PM: Orientation tour of Cali including the Artisan market and Cali River.
EVE: Experience the rhythms and atmosphere of the Petronio Alvarez Festival.

Sunday 20th August: Cali

AM/PM: A full day in Cali to explore the city, including a salsa tour of the pioneering neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero.
EVE: Another chance to experience the Petronio Alvarez Festival, or an optional salsa tour where you will visit the most recognised salsa bars and salsatecas in Cali.

Monday 21st August: Cali - Medellin

AM: Morning at leisure.
PM: Flight to Medellin, transfer to hotel.
EVE: Dinner at city restaurant.

Tuesday 22nd August: Medellin

AM: City tour of Medellin including Parque de los Pies Descalzos, Parque de las Esculturas, Parque de los Deseos, Pueblito Paisa
PM: Visit a local record company to learn about their music projects.
EVE: Dinner at Oh La La Restaurant.

Wednesday 23rd August: Medellin

AM: Visit a local record company to learn about their music projects.
PM: Graffitti and hip hop tour where we will visit the local hip hop communities of Crew Peligrosos and Son Bata.
EVE: Head out for some live music in Medellin.

Thursday 24th August: Medellin - Barranquilla

AM: Fly to Barranquilla and transfer to hotel.
PM: Explore Barranquilla, including El Prado Quarter, Founders Park, Carnival House and the Caribbean Museum.
EVE: Visit some Cumbia music/salsa bars.

Friday 25th August: Barranquilla - Cartagena

AM: Drive to Cartagena, check into hotel.
PM: Explore Cartagena's cobbled streets of the old city on a city tour, including Ciudad Amurallada, Castillo de San Felipe and Bocagrande. Listen to some local street musicians in the Squares.
EVE: Dinner in the old town.

Saturday 26th August: San Basilio de Palenque

AM/PM: Take a day trip out to the village of San Basilio de Palenque, which we will explore with a local guide. Meet with local musicians and hear some live performances.
EVE: Champeta party.

Sunday 27th August: Cartagena

AM/PM: Day at leisure to check out some of Cartagena's beaches and visit the Bird Sanctuary.
EVE: Visit some cumbia music venues.

Monday 28th August: Cartagena - Bogota

AM: Flight back to Bogota and check into hotel.
PM: Visit the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, a day trip away from the capital.
EVE: Explore more venues and clubs in the city.

Tuesday 29th August: Bogota

AM: After breakfast in the hotel transfer to airport for journey home.

Pricing Details

Tour price excluding flights to/from Bogota: £3,595 per person
Early Bird booking: £3,450 per person valid only until 1st June 2017

For more information on this trip please email or call +44 (0)20 7501 6741