On top of the big rock El Peñón de Guatapé

ABC (Architecture, Butterflies, and Coffee) in Colombia

Fall 2022


This trip provides an insight into Colombia’s colonial-era past and multicultural present on a breathtaking exploration of its bustling cities. Enjoy the majesty of historic Bogotá, Colombia’s vibrant capital city nestled between soaring Andean peaks. Experience Medellín’s transformation into a contemporary cultural center teeming with galleries, restaurants, and cafes. Compare this to the seaside resort city of Cartagena, backdropped by the glittering blue Caribbean.

Students interested in the Colombian Culture trip can register for the class (IS200 with Dr. Knipe) any time after registration begins in March 2022.  Students are advised to register early as popular trips fill up quickly.

Group Leader:  Dr. Jack Knipe

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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Colombia

Meet your Tour Director at the airport.

Day 2: Bogotá

Walking tour of Bogotá

Take a walking tour of Bogotá, Colombia's capital city with your Tour Director.

Take a ride on the Monserrate Funicular, an ascending cable car that brings you to the top of the city for impressive views

Visit the Museo del Oro, or "Museum of Gold," home to largest collection of gold artifacts in the world and dedicated to Indigenous groups in Colombia before the Spanish conquest.


Experience authentic Colombian cuisine with your group.

Day 3: Bogotá

Experience Colombian Higher Ed

Visit a local university to see Colombia's higher education practices firsthand.

Spend a half day exploring Bogotá on your own.

Day 4: Medellín

Fly to Medellín, a booming city that has been transformed by local entrepreneurs and artists.

Take a tour of Medellín

With an expert local guide you will see:

  • Old Quarter, the historic downtown area
  • Botero Plaza, the location of 23 bronze sculptures

Visit the Botanical Gardens, which include six ecological zones, from tropical forests, to desert gardens and more.

Visit the Butterfly House to see different types of butterflies and learn about their habitat.

Enjoy dinner in Medellín.

Day 5: Medellín

Guided sightseeing of Comuna 13 

Learn from a local expert about street music and graffiti on a tour of Comuna 13, which was transformed through community renewal projects.

Arví Park cable car

Take the metro cable to visit Arví Park ecological nature preserve, which includes various archaeological remains like roads, water systems, and gardens.

Day 6: Medellín

Guided sightseeing of Guatapé

Tour the colorful lake town of Guatapé with an expert local guide.

Visit El Peñol, the world's third-largest stone.

Climb 659 steps (optional) to the top of El Peñol, the world's third-largest stone, for a view of the surrounding area.

Take a boat ride in Lake Guatapé.





















Day 7: Cartagena

Travel to Cartagena

Fly to Cartagena, a city that still shows vestiges of its colonial era.

Visit a local market and participate in a cooking class.

Enjoy an included dinner.

Day 8: Cartagena

Take a tour of Cartagena. 

With an expert local guide, you will see:

  • Plaza de Bolivar to learn about its connection to the fight for independence
  • San Pedro Claver Church, an example of colonial architecture
  • San Felipe de Barajas Castle, a fortress that sits atop the Hill of San Lazaro

Visit the Boquilla Mangrove

Visit the Boquilla Mangrove, a fishing village that has maintained Afro-Caribbean influence through food, dress and language.

Participate in a drumming class and experience the musical tradition of this area.

Day 9: Cartagena

Visit Corales del Rosario National Park

Visit Corales del Rosario National Park, known for its beautiful coral reefs

Take a boat ride to Barú Island and relax on its white sand beaches, snorkel or swim, or lounge on a hammock

Authentic Colombian Cuisine

Enjoy lunch on Barú Island.

Enjoy dinner in Cartagena.

Day 10: Depart for home

Your Tour Director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.