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Colombia - Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena
August 9-19, 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 Chris Moss, 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, Medellin and Cartagena
  • Taking part in showcases and demonstrations of Colombian rhythms at the Bogota Music Market (BOmm)
  • Getting to know what life was like in Medellin during Pablo Escobar's time
  • 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.

9th August: Bogota

AM/PM: Upon arrival into Bogota, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where you can relax after your flight.
EVE: Meet our Songlines Music Travel Leader who will introduce you to our itinerary and musical plans. Afterwards, head out to experience our first taste of Colombian rhythms.

10th August: Bogota

AM: City tour of Bogota in the morning.
PM: Meeting with Mario Galeano, leader of the bands Frente Cumbiero and Ondatropica.

11th August: Bogota

AM: Local Food by Foot tour.
PM: Visit the Museum of Instruments, experience showcases at the BOmm and enjoy live music.

12th August: Bogota - Medellin

AM: Transfer to the airport for our early morning flight to Medellin. Check into the hotel.
PM: We will visit the legendary Discos Fuentes studio, as well as Merlin Producciones, home to the Puerto Candelaria collective.
EVE: Check out some of the local music in Medellin.

13th August: Medellin

AM: City tour of Medellin.
PM: Graffitti and hip hop tour where we will visit the local hip hop communities of Crew Peligrosos and Son Bata.
EVE: Rumba night at Dulce Jesus Mio.

14th August: Medellin - Cartagena

AM: Morning at leisure before flying to Cartagena in the early afternoon.
PM: Transfer to Cartagena before checking into the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or checking out Cartagena's beaches.

15th August: Cartagena

AM: Explore Cartagena's cobbled streets of the old city and Castillo de San Felipe on a tour of the city.
PM: Meet with some of the most prominent Palenquero musicians on Palenque Records, visit local record stores and meet champeta DJs.

16th 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.

17th August: Cartagena - Bogota

AM: Relax in Cartagena before our flight back to Bogota in the afternoon.
PM: Transfer to hotel. There will be a chance to catch some music in Bogotá this evening or chill out at the hotel.

18th August: Cartagena - Bogota

AM/PM: Today we will visit the spectacular Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, a day trip away from the capital.
EVE: Our last evening in Bogota will give us the opportunity to explore more venues and clubs in the city.

19th August

AM: After breakfast in the hotel our tour ends, so we will say farewell and head off on our onward journeys.

Pricing Details

Tour price excluding flights to/from Bogota: £2,995 per person
Secure your place with a £200 deposit with the remainder payable in instalments

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