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Examining the writings of Gabriel Garciía Maírquez in Cartagena
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Understanding the role of street art as a catalyst for social justice
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Getting behind the scenes in the Coffee District
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Engaging with local students in the Macarena district
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An exclusive walking tour of Salmona's transformative architecture in Bogota

Literature, Culture & Coffee in Colombia

Readings: Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Marquez and a selection of contemporary readings.

Colombia is one of the most spectacular and colorful countries in South America. It is the only country on the continent with both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, and its culture reflects a mix of indigenous, Spanish, European and African influences. Colombia features the Andes at their most dramatic as well as the impressive Amazon region in the south. The magnificence of the landscape is equaled by some of the most beautiful colonial towns in South America. And, of course, you will and some of the world’s best coffee.

This geographical and cultural diversity has given Colombia an exceptionally rich literary heritage, from the pre-colonial legend of Yurupari to a lively contemporary fiction scene. Our focus will be magic realism, a genre born in Latin America and made famous in part by the beloved Colombian writer Gabriel García Marquez. Marquez’s writing blurs the line between what we perceive as reality and what lies in the supernatural realm— what Salman Rushdie calls “magic in the service of truth.”

What is the truth of the Colombia of today and yesterday? We’ll  look for answers in energetic, artistic and wonderfully chaotic Bogota. In this city of contrasts we will encounter centuries-old plazas and churches shadowed by skyscrapers and tree-lined bicycle routes cut through by avenues zipping with traffic. Bogota has long enjoyed a great heritage of storytelling and the written word. With more than 100 bookstores and entire shopping districts dedicated to books, we, like Bogota's literati, will have an entire world of literature to explore.

Cartagena, city of Marquez, is unexpectedly beguiling. Declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1984, Cartagena encapsulates all the charm of Spanish colonial architecture, the republic period and today, the attractions of festive nightlife, cultural festivals, exotic scenery, superb beaches and wonderful food.

After decades of civil conflict, Colombia is now safe to visit and savvy travellers are flocking here from around the world. These numbers are expected to increase rapidly as word gets out from travellers returning home, spreading the word about the reality and magic of Colombia.
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Colombia | 12 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Nov 08-19, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$4395 (Incl. US$400 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted. Taxes and gratuities of US$400 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Bogota
Day 2: Street art and Salmona’s architecture, Bogota
Day 3: Visiting two great libraries, Bogota
Day 4: Literary discussion in the Macarena district, Bogota
Day 5: Bogota, fly to Coffee District
Days 6 - 8: Exploring the Coffee District
Day 9: Fly to Cartagena
Day 10: The inspiration of Gabriel Garciía Maírquez, Cartagena
Day 11: Cartagena’s Centro district
Day 12: Depart Cartagena
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Your Tour Leader

Melanie Blake is a writer and editor who developed a deep interest in fiction from Asia during a three-year stint in India. She has canoed, kayaked, sailed, trekked and cycled down or along rivers ranging from the Hudson to the Dordogne to the Indus.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Colombia | 12 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Nov 08-19, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$4395 (Incl. US$400 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted. Taxes and gratuities of US$400 are included.

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