10 days
Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena
See both colonial history and cities reborn as you travel across one of Latin America's most beautiful countries: Colombia. Visit Bogotá, an engaging and vibrant capital nestled between Andean peaks and known for its mix of old and new. Witness Medellín's reemergence as a booming city that has been transformed by local entrepreneurs and artists, and whose streets are lined with new restaurants, street art, cozy cafes, and more. Climb the Rock of Guatapé, the world's third-tallest stone, before heading to the stunning and colorful colonial-era Cartagena, situated along mangroves and bright blue Caribbean waters.
  • Day 1: Fly to Colombia

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Bogotá

    Take a walking tour of Bogotá, Colombia's capital city with your Tour Director

    Take a ride on the Monserrate Funicular, an ascending cable car that brings you to the top of the city for impressive views

    Visit the Museo del Oro, or "Museum of Gold," home to largest collection of gold artifacts in the world and dedicated to indigenous groups in Colombia before the Spanish conquest

    Enjoy dinner in Bogotá  

  • Day 3: Bogotá

    Visit a local university to see Colombia's higher education practices firsthand

    Spend a half day exploring Bogotá on your own

  • Day 4: Medellín

    Fly to Medellín, a booming city that has been transformed by local entrepreneurs and artists

    Take a tour of Medellín

    With an expert local guide you will see:

    • Old Quarter, the historic downtown area
    • Botero Plaza, the location of 23 bronze sculptures 

    Visit the Botanical Gardens, which include six ecological zones, from tropical forests, to desert gardens, and more

    Visit the Butterfly House to see different types of butterflies and learn about their habitat

    Enjoy dinner in Medellín

  • Day 5: Medellín

    Learn from a local expert about street music and graffiti on a tour of Comuna 13, which was transformed through community renewal projects

    Take the metrocable to visit Arví Park ecological nature preserve, which includes various archaeological remains like roads, water systems and gardens

  • Day 6: Medellín

    Tour the colorful lake town of Guatapé with an expert local guide

    Climb 659 steps (optional) to the top of El Peñol, the world's third-largest stone, for a view of the surrounding area

    Take a boat ride in Lake Guatapé

  • Day 7: Cartagena

    Fly to Cartagena, a city that still shows vestiges of its colonial era

    Visit a local market and participate in a cooking class

    Enjoy an included dinner

  • Day 8: Cartagena

    Take a tour of Cartagena 

    With an expert local guide, you will see:

    • Plaza de Bolivar to learn about its connection to the fight for independence
    • San Pedro Claver Church, an example of colonial architecture
    • San Felipe de Barajas Castle, a fortress that sits atop the Hill of San Lazaro

    Visit the Boquilla Mangrove, a fishing village that has maintained Afro-Caribbean influence through food, dress and language

    Participate in a drumming class and experience the musical tradition of this area

  • Day 9: Cartagena

    Visit Corales del Rosario National Park, known for its beautiful coral reefs

    Take a boat ride to Barú Island and relax on its white sand beaches, snorkel or swim, or lounge on a hammock

    Enjoy lunch on Barú Island

    Enjoy dinner in Cartagena

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Colombia

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Bogotá

    Take a walking tour of Bogotá, Colombia's capital city with your Tour Director

    Take a ride on the Monserrate Funicular, an ascending cable car that brings you to the top of the city for impressive views

    Visit the Museo del Oro, or "Museum of Gold," home to largest collection of gold artifacts in the world and dedicated to indigenous groups in Colombia before the Spanish conquest

    Enjoy dinner in Bogotá  

  • Day 3: Bogotá

    Visit a local university to see Colombia's higher education practices firsthand

    Spend a half day exploring Bogotá on your own

  • Day 4: Medellín

    Fly to Medellín, a booming city that has been transformed by local entrepreneurs and artists

    Take a tour of Medellín

    With an expert local guide you will see:

    • Old Quarter, the historic downtown area
    • Botero Plaza, the location of 23 bronze sculptures 

    Visit the Botanical Gardens, which include six ecological zones, from tropical forests, to desert gardens, and more

    Visit the Butterfly House to see different types of butterflies and learn about their habitat

    Enjoy dinner in Medellín

  • Day 5: Medellín

    Learn from a local expert about street music and graffiti on a tour of Comuna 13, which was transformed through community renewal projects

    Take the metrocable to visit Arví Park ecological nature preserve, which includes various archaeological remains like roads, water systems and gardens

  • Day 6: Medellín

    Tour the colorful lake town of Guatapé with an expert local guide

    Climb 659 steps (optional) to the top of El Peñol, the world's third-largest stone, for a view of the surrounding area

    Take a boat ride in Lake Guatapé

  • Day 7: Cartagena

    Fly to Cartagena, a city that still shows vestiges of its colonial era

    Visit a local market and participate in a cooking class

    Enjoy an included dinner

  • Day 8: Cartagena

    Take a tour of Cartagena 

    With an expert local guide, you will see:

    • Plaza de Bolivar to learn about its connection to the fight for independence
    • San Pedro Claver Church, an example of colonial architecture
    • San Felipe de Barajas Castle, a fortress that sits atop the Hill of San Lazaro

    Visit the Boquilla Mangrove, a fishing village that has maintained Afro-Caribbean influence through food, dress and language

    Participate in a drumming class and experience the musical tradition of this area

  • Day 9: Cartagena

    Visit Corales del Rosario National Park, known for its beautiful coral reefs

    Take a boat ride to Barú Island and relax on its white sand beaches, snorkel or swim, or lounge on a hammock

    Enjoy lunch on Barú Island

    Enjoy dinner in Cartagena

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get



What's Included

  • Round-trip airfare and transportation

    Buses, trains, cruise ships, ferries and subways—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Regional-style meals

    Traditional breakfasts and dinners bring local flavors to life as part of your tour experience. Lunches are left up to you to discover favorite dishes of your own.

  • End-to-end Support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your expert Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $15 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible Payment Options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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