July 11- Tuesday
Arriving in Bogota, our staff will be at the airport waiting to take you to the hotel. We suggest to book a flight arriving Botogá before 3pm. Meeting with the Host in the hotel lobby at 5 pm to board the van and departure for a welcome drink at Cerro Monserrate, the highest point in the city. Dinner and return to the hotel. Colombia Food Trip is starting!
July 12 – Wednesday
Departure from the hotel for a walk in the Paloquemao market. Tasting of typical Colombian soups and pan de yuca, a traditional Colombian cheese bread that goes with milk or red porridge (coffee). In the market we will buy the extra ingredients needed for the expedition’s first practical cooking class.
Meeting with Chef Laura Insignares, specialist in Colombian Caribbean cuisine. The chef leads the class inside the Mariano Moreno Institute, a nationally recognized gastronomy school. At the end of the class, we will sit down to taste the dishes we produce together, in a super cozy atmosphere.
We will continue Food Safaris with a class on Colombian coffees with expert Jaime Duque’s team at the high-quality Colombian coffee education center: Catacion Publica. This is one of the highlights of the itinerary as we will meet with a team of renowned baristas in the country. We will receive the best guidance on national coffee and will be guided by the aromas and taste of special blends. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and free night.
July 13 – Thursday
Departure after breakfast to visit downtown Bogota, learn about Colombian history and know its main monuments.
Visit the Historical center and also Museo Botero to see more than 120 sculptures by the artist. Free lunch and in the afternoon, departure to an exceptional restaurant in Bogota where we will have a class of Meat, Arepas and Empanadas.
Dinner and evening enjoying the attractions of the dancing restaurant. Return to the hotel.
July 14 -Friday
Check out after breakfast and departure to the charming Villa de Leyva, a small colonial village reminiscent of Brazil’s historic cities. Its surroundings have family-owned farms, organic produce and artisan cheeses. We will stop at an organic farm to get a taste of the countryside around Bogota and have lunch.
Arrive at Villa de Leyva, check in at the hotel and free afternoon to walk around the center and enjoy the historic city on foot.
Our dinner will be a menu with regional ingredients “from the vegetable garden”.
July 15 – Saturday
Breakfast and departure to visit the street fair around the square. Departure by minibus for a technical visit
Breakfast and departure to visit the street fair on the outskirts of the square. Saturday is the day when rural producers go to the city to sell their products. We will have the morning free to enjoy the public market and learn more about the regional culture. As a tourist town, Villa de Lleyva has some interesting attractions such as the Terracotta House, Museum of Paleontology or going to Ráquira, a village of artisans nearby. Free lunch.
In the middle of the afternoon, we will head to the Ain Karim Viñedo where we will be welcomed for a visit to the cultivation area and then to the interior of the winery. A guided tasting will be offered to get to know the Marqués de Villa de Leyva wines. Our tasting will be enjoying the sunset lights on the vineyard. Return to the city for dinner at the Mercado Municipal restaurant: a menu with regional ingredients “from the avuela garden” to celebrate our meeting at this Food Safaris. Overnight stay
July 16 – Sunday
Breakfast and checkout. Return trip to Bogota direct to the airport.
We suggest scheduling the return flight from 6pm.
End of Colombia Food Trip.