During the week (5 to 10 days) you will be visiting one of these major Colombian cities: Bogotá, Medellín, Cali or Manizales
Depending on whether the school itself is in session, students could involve themselves in specific activities with the host students at the school plus work on a social service project for a day or for several days. Other days will be dedicated to visiting the different cultural, historical, and amusement attractions of the city, plus parks or sporting events like a soccer game. There will be at least 3 specific activities planned each week.
Students will have plenty of opportunities to share with their host families in typical activities such as BBQ’s, horseback riding and dancing!!
Bogota is one of the largest cities in Latin America and is the Capital of Colombia. It is located in the center of the country at an altitude of approximately 2,600 meters, Bogota enjoys an almost perfect climate with average temperatures varying from 9 to 23 degrees centigrade.
In this city you will visit the old city of Candelaria, the political center of Bogota, the Presidential Palace, the National, Botero or Gold Museum, and Monserrate, as well as, one of the major attractions of the country, the Salt Cathedral. Plus, we will take a day excursion outside of Bogota to experience the lush natural environment of the Andes Mountains.
Cali is a city in southwestern Colombia, capital of the Valle del Cauca Department. It has about 2 million inhabitants and is a significant industrial and commercial center of activity in Colombia. Being at around 1,000 meters above sea level it tends to be warm by midday and hot in the afternoon, but there are nice Pacific Ocean breezes and nights are cool.
Cali is today's world capital of Salsa, claiming that competitive distinction even over Colombia's other cities. Cali is also a centre for sports in Colombia.
Santiago de Cali offers historical areas with cultural variety and other attractions. In downtown Cali there are many historic churches such as La Merced and La Ermita. Cali contains a well-preserved historical center. The most important zone is La plaza de Cayzedo which is a square surrounded by many historical and modern buildings like El edificio Otero, La Catedral and El Palacio de Justicia. The city is also rich in monuments, parks, squares and museums. There are several natural parks near Cali as well as opportunities to visit a sugar hacienda to learn about this important industry which is one of the region’s most important.
Medellín is the capital of the Antioquia department and it is located in a valley surrounded by mountains. It has a pleasant climate of around 24°C, and is often called the city of eternal Springtime.
Medellín was named the most innovative city in the world in the Wall Street Journal's City of the Year Contest and is a city that offers modern transport systems like Metro and Metro Cable, an efficient infrastructure.
In this city you will take a ride on the city’s metro system, visit Pueblito Paisa, which is a recreation of the small villages of Antioquia and their traditions, walk the Botero sculpture promenade and enjoy museums and public spaces where many cultural events take place. You will also visit Arví Regional Park, a local park that is a proposal for sustainable nature tourism
Manizales is the capital of the Department of Caldas. This is the smallest province of Colombia. The city currently has about 420,000 inhabitants. Manizales is located on the Central Range in an area called the Axis of Colombia coffee.
Manizales sits alongside the Los Nevados National Park, one of Colombia’s most beautiful National Parks; a high-altitude park home to several active, snow-capped volcanoes, and some stunning paramo ecosystems and mountain lakes. It is also a great place to discover the wonderful world of Colombian coffee firsthand. Manizales has had a tradition of a high cable transit system for decades. One brought coffee cargo from over a hundred miles away. Today such a system transports people over the many hills of this city. Taking advantage of this system and walking on foot in the dynamic center of the city we will learn about this region’s history. We will also do a daytrip to the Los Nevados National Park and visit a nearby coffee finca.