In the footsteps of Humboldt

In the footsteps of Humboldt

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of scientist Alexander von Humboldt we are offering a trip through Colombia based on his expedition through America. Actually, he was in Colombia twice which was called New Granada back then. In 1800 he visited parts of todays Venezuela and the very east of Colombia. When he came back to Colombia one year later to continue his studies about the Andes mountains and the indigenous living there, he arrived at the Caribbean Coast in Cartagena and travelled through the country from North to South. Our itinerary takes you to some of the landmark places Humboldt visited in a sequence that is easier to travel in today’s time. In Bogotá you will get the historical background and visit the Humboldt Institute. In the footsteps of his first expedition you will fly east to Puerto Inírida and discover the reainforest and the Cerros of Mavecure. It is an unique experience to hike on the rocks and enjoy the panorama view above the rainforest.

Next stop will be Popayan where you can visit indigenous people called Guambianos. They will teach you about their history and culture as well as showing you how they live in their small village. Another stop is the coffee zone. Humboldt described this part of his travels as the most arduous way in the entire Andes Mountains. Next stops will be in the region of Tolima and the surroundings of Bogotá like the salt cathedral and the legendary lake of Guatavita. 
Cartagena and travelled through the country from North to South. Our itinerary takes you to some of the landmark places Humboldt visited in a sequence that is easier to travel in today’s time. In Bogotá you will get the historical background and visit the Humboldt Institute. In the footsteps of his first expedition you will fly east to Puerto Inírida and discover the reainforest and the Cerros of Mavecure. It is an unique experience to hike on the rocks and enjoy the panorama view above the rainforest. 
By travelling north on the Magdalena River you will visit Barrancabermeja and Mompox where Humboldt was in 1801. Only eleven years later Mompox became the hometown of Colombia´s liberator and friend of Humboldt, Símon Bolívar. Your trip will end in Cartagena, another UNESCO world heritage. For the detailed itinerary have a look at our website.

Discover Colombia like Alexander von Humboldt did!

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