Botanic Gardens: Discover Colombia's exceptional biodiversity on this tour, an introduction to its captivating flora and fauna. Near Cartagena, by Turbaco village, the 20-acre Botanic Gardens boast 1,200 species, showcasing the region's flora. Originating in 1978, these gardens, once studied by Humbolt, now flourish with Caribbean coastal species. Accompanied by local guides, explore themed gardens like the Medical Garden, featuring homeopathic and modern medicinal plants. Encounter the vast Paimentum palm collection and a fruit tree area with mangoes, papayas, and more. Amidst resident squirrels, frogs, birds, and butterflies, sense Colombia's nature diversity, spanning coasts, jungles, and mountains.
Traditional Village of Turbaco: A mere 20 minutes from the Botanic Gardens lies a town renowned for its folk traditions and indigenous ties. Residents in traditional attire will warmly welcome you at the town square, accompanied by a band playing iconic Colombian music like Cumbia and Vallenato. Experience an engaging, comedic theatrical performance narrating Turbaco's history before embarking on a guided village walk. Wander through well-preserved streets to admire post-colonial architecture, including the charming Santa Catalina church and Town Hall. Explore a local museum displaying Yurbaco indigenous history, culture, customs, and religious practices.
Home Visit: The final highlight is a visit to a private family home where the family will welcome you with a refreshing drink and invite you to look around their home, built in the traditional style of mud and straw walls with a palm-thatched roof.
Good to Know: The return drive the port of Cartagena is approximately one hour.