Songlines Music Travel, in association with Master Travel, invites music lovers and travellers alike on this wonderful trip to explore the rich, diverse sounds and culture of Colombia: “the land of a thousand rhythms”.
Full Cost: £3,595 | Dates: 16th - 29th August 2017 | Duration: 14 days
AM/PM: Meet your driver at the airport and transfer to hotel. EVE: Meet our Songlines Music Travel Leader and rest of the group. Head out into the city for a welcome dinner.
Thursday 17th August Bogotá (B)
AM: City tour of Bogotá in the morning including Gold Museum and Monserrate Hilltop. PM: Drive to Matik Matik for a meeting with the leader of some local bands to hear about their latest projects. EVE: Live music at Matik Matik.
Friday 18th August Bogotá (B)
AM: Local Food by Foot tour. PM: Visit the Museo de Botero. EVE: Enjoy dinner and some live music in the city.
Saturday 19th August Bogotá – Cali (B)
AM: Travel to Cali and check into hotel. PM: Orientation tour of Cali including the Artisan market and Cali River. EVE: Experience the rhythms and atmosphere of the Petronio Alvarez Festival.
Sunday 20th August Cali (B)
AM/PM: A full day in Cali to explore the city, including a salsa tour of the pioneering neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero. EVE: Another chance to experience the Petronio Alvarez Festival, or an optional salsa tour where you will visit the most recognised salsa bars and salsatecas in Cali.
Monday 21st August Cali – Medellín (B)
AM: Morning at leisure. PM: Flight to Medellin, transfer to hotel. EVE: Dinner at city restaurant.
Tuesday 22nd August Medellín (B)
AM: City tour of Medellín including Parque de los Pies Descalzos, Parque de las Esculturas, Parque de los Deseos, Pueblito Paisa. PM: Visit a local record company to learn about their music projects. EVE: Dinner at Oh La La Restaurant.
Wednesday 23rd August Medellín (B)
AM: Visit a local record company to learn about their music projects. PM: Graffitti and hip hop tour where we will visit the local hip hop communities of Crew Peligrosos and Son Batá. EVE: Head out for some live music in Medellín.
Thursday 24th August Medellin – Barranquilla (B)
AM: Fly to Barranquilla and transfer to hotel. PM: Explore Barranquilla, including El Prado Quarter, Founders Park, Carnival House and the Caribbean Museum. EVE: Visit some Cumbia music/salsa bars.
Friday 25th August Barranquilla – Cartagena (B)
AM: Drive to Cartagena, check into hotel. PM: Explore Cartagena’s cobbled streets of the old city on a city tour, including Ciudad Amurallada, Castillo de San Felipe and Bocagrande. Listen to some local street musicians in the Squares. EVE: Dinner in the old town.
Saturday 26th August San Basilio de Palenque, (B, L)
AM/PM: Take a day trip out to the village of San Basilio de Palenque, which we will explore with a local guide. Meet with local musicians and hear some live performances. EVE: Champeta party.
Sunday 27th August Cartagena, (B)
AM/PM: Day at leisure to check out some of Cartagena’s beaches and visit the Bird Sanctuary. EVE: Visit some cumbia music venues. (Private transportation included).
Monday 28th August Cartagena – Bogotá (B)
AM: Flight back to Bogotá and check into hotel. PM: Visit the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, a day trip away from the capital. EVE: Explore more venues and clubs in the city.
Tuesday 29th August, Bogotá (B)
AM: After breakfast in the hotel transfer to airport for journey home.
The services of a Songlines Music Travel Leader and a local guide
All visits and musical activities listed in the itinerary
The cost excludes
International flights to/from Bogotá
Visas and travel insurance. Please ensure you purchase adequate insurance cover before you leave home
Meals with the exception of breakfast
Alcoholic drinks, dinners, snacks or any purchased of a personal nature
Tips to the hotel staff, drivers and guides
Anything not specified in the inclusions and itinerary above
Feedback from previous Songlines trips
"The whole trip was excellent! The opportunities provided by the tour leader to meet local bands and have private performances were outstanding, memorable and very special. So was the group of fellow travellers. The two weeks passed by so fast and I enjoyed every minute. Many thanks to all involved.”
Jane Foulsham on the Songlines trip to Cuba
“This is an incredible tour. We had the privilege of meeting musicians in their own homes and villages – and listening to their music was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.”
Tiki Kyte on the Songlines trip to Rajasthan
Tour leader: Russ Slater
Russell Slater is a journalist and expert in Latin American music. He has written extensively about Colombian music for magazines like Songlines and The Wire, and was the editor of Sounds and Colours Colombia, a book that took a unique and new approach to discussing Colombian music and culture. He is extremely passionate about Colombia's newest generation of musicians, artists that are taking the country's tropical music (i.e. cumbia, salsa, bullerengue) into completely new territory. After successfully leading the tour last year, Russell has helped Songlines to create another truly immersive musical tour of Colombia.