Discover the magic of one of South America’s most vibrant countries when you travel to Colombia with Photo Quest Adventures during New Year's Eve. Photograph the Carnaval de Negros y Blancos, one of the world’s great celebrations. It is the biggest folklore celebration in Colombia, and often called the most colorful carnival in the world.
With a number of world-class beaches, gorgeous architecture and The Carnival, it is quickly becoming one of our favorite places to visit in South America. Journey to photograph the heady majestic romance of Cartagena; capture the time-worn colonial streets, enthralled by its enduring history and colonial culture. In the salt mines of Zipaquira, descend into the earth to see an entire cathedral (complete with the world's largest cross made of salt) that has been carved from the deposits.
Now it is time to discover one of the best kept secrets of Latin America on the Photo Quest Adventure of a lifetime.
December 30: Medellin
Arrival at Medellin airport (MDE), Colombia and airport pickup/transfer to hotel.
This evening we will meet for a welcome dinner at Hato Viejo Restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Park 10. (D)
December 31: Medellin
After breakfast, photograph the heart of Medellin’s city center exploring the San Antonio Park, Plaza de San Ignacio, the traditional Avenida la playa and the sculpture Park, which a contains more than 20 sculptures donated by Maestro Fernando Botero, a son of Colombia´s best-known artist. We will walk through Carabobo Street to capture some great images of the market and locals. Late afternoon free followed by New Year's Eve dinner and party at a rooftop nearby.
Overnight Hotel Park 10. (B, L, D)
January 1: Medellin-Guatapé-Piedra del Peñol-Jardin
Happy New Year!
Late morning we will take the metro and cable car over the neighborhoods North West to the station of ‘la Aurora.' From there, continue to Jardin to photograph the Colombian life, untouched by tourists! We will join a group of locals to taste tintos and discuss news - the atmosphere is relaxed and the buildings are incredibly colorful.
After lunch, drive to Guatape, the most colorful town, and spend the rest of the afternoon wandering the streets before we head back to Medellin.
Overnight Hotel Park 10. (B, L, D)
January 2: Medellin-Cartagena
This morning take a flight to Cartagena. Embark on a fascinating photo and cultural tour that starts with a visit to the Fisherman's village “La Boquilla” where we will take a canoe ride through the mangrove forest. Here we take a canoe through the mangrove lakes to a local beach.
After lunch, photograph the most important monuments of Cartagena starting at the Convent of La Popa (the highest point of the city) and San Felipe Castle. Photograph the plazas and enjoy the charm of the city. We will meet Palenqueras in their typical colorful dresses and hear their story and learn about their everyday life. This unforgettable combination gives Cartagena a well-deserved title of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dinner in colonial town.
Overnight at Hotel Monterrey. (B, L, D)
January 3: Cartagena - Rosario Islands & Playa Blanca-Barranquilla
Transfer to the harbor and take a private boat to Isla Baru where we visit ‘Playa Blanca’. Continue by boat to Islas del Rosario where we have lunch and time for some great photos. Explore the impressive, beautiful landscapes of Islas Del Rosario with its clear waters and gentle breezes. Back by boat to Cartagena and continue to Barranquilla.
Dinner and night in Hotel Prado. (B, D)
January 4: Cartagena to Pasto
Transfer to airport for flight to Pasto. Dinner.
January 5: Pasto-Carnival
The Day of The Black – During this day, the celebration is about the black people and their free day (when they were slaves) to do whatever they wanted. People dance and play on the streets. They Paint their faces with black cremes and everybody scream “Vivan Los Negros”. The Queen of the Carnival goes around town inviting people to participate. (B,L)
January 6: Pasto-Carnival
The Day of The White – or so called “The Day of the Most Important Parade”. Contrary to the previous day, this day the locals Paint their faces with White Powder. This is a 7km long parade that runs through 15 kms, covering downtown Pasto. On this day everybody screams “Que Vivan los Blancos”. (B,L,D)
January 7: Departure
Transfer to airport to flight to Bogotá, followed by international connection.
Accommodations based on double occupancy.
Mirjam is a New York City based travel photographer specializing in international environmental portraiture, landscape photography and adventure images. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she has photographed in more than 75 countries, including many of the most exotic places in the world. Mirjam's photographs are indicative of her unique capacity to personally connect with diverse cultures and communities. Her eye for location lighting is highly stylized and works to illustrate and heighten the unique characteristics of each international locale. She is able to transcend cultural and language barriers with an intangible spirit that is conveyed in every image. Her work has appeared in AFAR, The New York Times, AARP, Outdoor Photographer, PDN, American Photo, Popular Photography, Digital Photo, Departures, MSN Travel.
Born in Brazil, Najat grew up in between the mountains of Lebanon and the skyscrapers of New York. Her diverse upbringing helped shape her desire to travel the world. Leading workshops, she has introduced many groups to photography while still exploring the cultures and diversity of the more than 40 countries she's visited. Her gift for languages (she speaks Arabic, Spanish and English fluently and a bit of Dutch and Portuguese) has enabled her to put people at ease through out her travels. She enjoys the opportunity that workshops give her to meet different types of people and introduce them to the beauty and marvel of the world. A huge believer in giving back, she is dedicated to supporting local charities throughout her travels. Her work has appeared in NY Times Magazine, American Photo, Financial Times, Interior Design, Popular Photography, The Editor at Large, HGTC.com, Trail of Inspiration.com, mocoloco.com and Oprah.com.
Playa Blanca has everything the local Cartagena beaches lack: white sand, palm trees lining the beaches, picture-perfect water and plenty of fresh fish to eat. The beach is located on the Isla Barú, a small island (technically a peninsula) about 20 kilometers southwest of Cartagena’s center.
Santa Fe de Antioquia is situated northwest of Medellin. Relatively unchanged in look and character since the 18th Century, the narrow streets are lined with well groomed, whitewashed houses with beautiful Spanish courtyards. You will also find elaborately carved and typical Antioquian woodwork around doorways and windows. This area is located in a warm and balmy valley outside of Medellin and is often considered one of the top recreational destinations outside of the city.
A valid passport is required to visit Colombia. Visas are not required if you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
Though no vaccines are required to enter Colombia, it's a good idea to get vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and yellow fever prior to entry.
Except for a tiny percentage of rural indigenous communities, Spanish is universally spoken in Colombia.
The Colombian peso (COL$) is the official currency. Money is denominated in notes of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, and 50,000, and coins of 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 pesos.
Electric outlets accept U.S.-type plugs. Electricity in Colombia runs at 110 volts, so transformers are not necessary for tourists from the U.S.
All of Colombia is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. Colombia does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
City water is usually safe to drink, but in rural areas it's best to stick to bottled water.
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$5800 based on double occupancy. Single supplement available for an additional $1850. Add one extra night for $250.
Limited to 10 participants.
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.