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IS COLOMBIA

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Enchanting nature, vibrant culture, and spectacular diversity that abounds from every corner of this wondrous country! Delight in the juxtaposition of past and present, savor the fresh cuisine, as be surprised as new interests blossom among the colors and warmth! This is Colombia, the most welcoming place on earth!

Colombia Highlights

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The Caribbean Coast

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The Coffee Region & Cocora Valley

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Rural Towns

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Music, Festivals and Cultural Events

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Medellín

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The Pacific Coast

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Bogotá

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Wildlife & Diverse Natural Landscapes

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COLOMBIA

Officially the Republic of Colombia, this country is uniquely located on both the Pacific and Caribbean coast in the northwestern corner of South America.

Colombia is blessed by great diversity, with six distinct natural regions, each with its own characteristics, traditions, climate, music, and gastronomy!

 

The Caribbean, Pacific coast, Amazon, Orinoco River basin, the insular (islands), and finally the Andean region which runs through the center of the country from the southwest into the northeast, 

Bogota, the National Capital, lies in the Andean region on a high plateau over 2,600 meters above sea level. A huge and multicultural city, it is a center for government and cultural life.

 

Over centuries of forced migration through slavery alongside voluntary migration, people with European and African heritage have landed on Colombia’s shores. Regional culture often represents a blend of these backgrounds meeting with the native populations, resulting in a huge variety of cultural traditions, especially dance, music, and cuisine!

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Colombia Itinerary

Our favorite way to design your trip includes locally-focused, absolutely stunning, and culturally rich places. We encourage you to travel slowly, allow time to get caught up in the moment, stop for a dance and go where the moment takes you - in true Colombian style!

  • Meet the locals! Join a community based tourism excursion that puts you in touch with folks working on behalf of their community. 

  • Visit a small working coffee farm, and learn the coffee locals drink is so different from the exports you enjoy at home!

  • Be enchanted by colonial towns and rural villages as you embrace their relaxed pace of life.

  • Gain a fresh perspective as locals share their stories, and you see firsthand the transformation that’s been taking place in the last two decades. It will completely defy your expectations!

  • Head to the remote and pristine Tayrona National Park for a side of Colombia you probably didn’t know existed!

  • “Am I a birder now?”, is what you’ll be asking after you see the spectacular flora and fauna in this wonderland of biodiversity.

  • Holidays, festivals and celebrations are everywhere! Put on your party hat baby, as Colombia beckons you to have some fun!

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Did you know...

Our trips are created in collaboration with, and led by locals! Travelers will spend their days with a local to experience and connect you to this lively place, its history, and the people that make it so incredibly special.

Meet Jon!

A proud ambassador of his hometown, Jon shares his passion for the Basque's culture and rugged beauty. Feel the joy & pride by spending some time with Jon in Spain!
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About Colombia

On the Atlantic coast, where the French and Spanish border meet is a special place, home to a proud and distinct culture, with its own language and traditions. Known as Euskadi, it is an autonomous region is Spain. The French refer to the area as “Pays Basque”, and although autonomy has not been recognized, the French consider it a cultural region.

 

Perhaps the most internationally famous destination in Basque country is the seaside city of San Sebastián (known locally as Donostia), Spain. A total stunner with gorgeous architecture, a historic pedestrian-only area, two beaches and arguably the most critically renowned culinary scene…. in the world! No surprise considering this area is one of Europe's most ancient, and most independent-thinking regions.

 

With so many cultural riches, don’t overlook the fact the landscape truly dazzles. Home to steep mountains, verdant hills, and lush valleys that roll until they are met with striking, rocky coastlines. You'll also enjoy the charm of small towns, family-owned wineries serving up full-bodied wines, local farms operating on passion and time-honored traditions, and centuries-old pilgrimages paths on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail.

 

Conscious Travel Collective designs trips that will immerse you in the stunning scenery, art, history and culture, remarkable natural abundance and of course the incredible cuisine of the Basque Country.

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ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS

How long do you suggest for a trip that includes the Basque regions of both France and Spain?

We usually advise from 6-10 nights, depending on the pace you like to travel, and the places you are interested in visiting.

My flight gets in the day before my group, can I stay at the hotel an extra night?

Please send an email to hello@conscioustravelcollective.com and we will check on that for you!

What airport is best to arrive into?

It depends on your specific trip details, however the region has three airports we frequently use: Bilbao, San Sebestian, and Biarritz

How many travelers are in a small group?

By "small" we mean 4 to 14 travelers. This area is serviced by trains, planes and automobiles so we can easily get your group from place to place. Some of the wineries and restaurants will hit their maximum capacity if the group exceeds 14 guests which is why we recommend keeping it this size or smaller. 

What currency is used in this region?

Both France and Spain use the Euro, which makes it very easy to go back and forth between the borders.

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