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ENJOYING THE VIEW OVER JIUFEN

©MARIA-THERESA ANDREACCHI

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND OUR CURRENT PROMOTIONS,

PLEASE CONTACT OUR TRAVEL AGENCY.

†Featured price is per person, in Canadian dollars, land only, based on double occupancy in base hotels, departure dates as indicated, include all taxes but does

not include the following intra-vacation flights: Bogota/Pereira; Pereira/Cartagena. These flights are available for purchase from Monograms. International flights

and travel insurance are additional. 3280 Bloor St. W, Centre Tower, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M8X 2X3, TICO#1893755/50015835

8 days | Bogotá to Cartagena |

$1,909

| Based on January to December 2019

Bogotá • Pereira (Coffee Triangle of Colombia)—excursion to Cocora Valley,

Salento & Filandia • Cartagena (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

On this well-balanced vacation package, we’ve arranged your hotel accommodations

(including porterage), daily breakfast and a couple of lunches, private airport transfers

to/from your intra-vacation flights, and sightseeing. Plus, we want you to feel

comfortable and know you have a friend in each city to help you. That’s why we’ve

arranged the one-of-a-kind feature of a Monograms Local Host

®

in Bogotá, Pereira,

and Cartagena. This local expert will greet you with a warm welcome, present you with

materials to familiarize you with each city, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly

by answering questions, arranging optional excursions, and offering suggestions for

restaurants, shops, and more.

Colombia equals happiness and we’ve got a vacation sure to make you happy—just

like the Colombians!

A better way to travel

MAGICAL COLOMBIA

Pereira

Pacific

Ocean

Bogotá

Coffee

Triangle Area

Cartagena

2

COLOMBIA

3 2

Cartagena

Cocora Valley

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®

Fall 2018

CARTEGENA SKYLINE

OUR HOST, CHRISTIAN AT THE CAFE LA MORELIA

COFFEE PLANTATION ©JENNIFER ASHTON

ROOFTOPS OF CARTEGENA

Next stop: Pereira in the heart of coffee

country, about an hour’s flight away. Coffee

is big business in Colombia, where growing

– and drinking it – is taken seriously. During

our bumpy drive in a comfy new SUV to the

Cafe La Morelia coffee plantation, our chatty

Local Host, Christian, explained that in these

lush, pristine mountains, cool temperatures

and just-right soil combine to make some

of the finest beans in the world. At the

plantation, we learned how coffee is grown,

harvested, roasted, brewed, and enjoyed.

Best of all was our home for two nights:

Hacienda San José. With its broad wooden

verandahs, nooks brimming with antiques

(a rusty trumpet here, an old steamer trunk

there) and an all-around Zorro vibe, you feel

as though you have time-travelled back to

1800s Colombia. The rain teemed outside,

and I stretched out on the bed to immerse

myself in

One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez. It

was perfect.

In many ways, we saved the best for last:

Colombia’s legendary oceanfront resort city

Cartagena (“carta-

hay

-na”). With the contrast

of Miami-beach style skyscrapers just a

half-kilometre away, Cartagena’s charm

rests in its walled city which dates back to

the 1500s. This is no bit of history fossilized

for the tourist: it’s a working town and for

every selfie-taking tourist you’ll likely see a

briefcase-toting businessman or a gaggle of

uniformed schoolkids. Adding a traditional

touch are horse-drawn carriages ferrying

visitors along cobblestone streets.

A great way to get your bearings is to take

a walk along the city wall, accessible by

several staircases and so wide they could

host a street party. Time it for a sunset stroll

and you’ll be rewarded by stunning views

over the sea. The end, no doubt, to another

memorable day in Colombia.

Monograms

Part of the Globus travel group,

Monograms specializes in holidays for

independent travellers. Its week-long

Colourful Colombia packages include

transportation between airports and

your hotels, accommodation, sightseeing,

and services of local hosts. Each of our

three hosts was welcoming, reliable,

knowledgeable, and a huge help in

a country where not a lot of English

is spoken.