Colombia: A Nation Reawakening

January 17-27, 2020

Experience firsthand the incredible transformation of Columbia. In Bogota, visit La Candelaria District renowned for its perfectly preserved Colonial architecture, stand before the impressive collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold pieces at the Gold Museum and view the paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero, the famed Colombian artist. Take a funicular ride and soak in the incredible view of the city from 10,000 feet at the top of Monserrate mountain. Visit the amazing Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira built within the tunnels of a salt mine. Tour a working coffee plantation in Manizales, center of Colombia’s Zona Cafetera. Walk on an ecological path through the world’s tallest wax-palms at the Los Nevados National Park. Discover Medellin in the beautiful Aburra Valley, named the “City of Eternal Spring,” and Santa Elena, the birthplace of ornate flower arrangements called “Silletas.” This memorable tour concludes with time in magical Cartagena, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site –a true cultural treasure! While there, tour Cartagena’s Colonial District, view Bolivar Park, Santo Domingo Church and the Gold Museum, learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private nonprofit jewelry school, and tour the Colombian National Aviary.

Fees include:

  • Roundtrip motor coach transportation from Milwaukee to Chicago
  • Roundtrip airfare: Chicago-Bogota, Cartagena-Chicago
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Bogota-Pereira and Medellin-Cartagena
  • 10 nights’ accommodations:
    • 3 nights Bogota
    • 2 nights Manizales
    • 2 nights Medellin
    • 3 nights Cartagena
  • Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival and departure dates†
  • 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary


Is This Trip Right for You?

This active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is active, and you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A couple of short hikes are included in the itinerary. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Attend a free, no-obligation information meeting on Wed, Mar 20  from 6:30-8:00pm at the UWM School of Continuing Education. To RSVP, contact Kim Beck at 414-227-3321 or Please note:  Tour may be filled by time of the Information Meeting.

Final Tour Orientation Meeting will be held December 4, 2019

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Date: Weekdays, Jan 17-27

Time: 8am-10pm

Location: Travel Program

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $3,475

Enrollment Limit: 38

Program Number: 8330-11711

Note: Osher Member Occupancy Rates: Double: $3475, Single: $4025

A nonrefundable $300 deposit is necessary to reserve your place
Information Meeting will be held March 20, 2019
Final Tour Orientation Meeting will be held December 4, 2019

You must be a current member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the time of registration and at the time of travel

Registration Deadline: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Registration deadline has passed.