CALONJE_GETSEMANI_2This tour is designed to highlight Colombia’s astounding musical diversity, and we believe we have struck the perfect balance with this exhilarating itinerary: From exploring the music and rich history of colonial Cartagena and Gabriel Garcia’s Magical Realism to the breathtaking scenery of the Cocora Valley in the Andes mountains, to the fast-paced Latin rhythms of the salsa capital of the world. This journey is dedicated to the rhythm and arts of Colombia, a land where everyday life is very real but visitors can easily escape into a magical world as they explore the culture and musical talent the country has to offer

Dates: TBD


. 14 day trip including the Bogota Music Market festival (BOmm)
. Travel with music expert Betto Arcos and the Colombia Photo Expeditions team.
. Cartagena / Barranquilla / Salento / Cali / Bogota

Musical Highlights:
. Cumbia was born in Colombia and is today’s Latin America’s most popular dance form: discover other Cumbia-related styles in Barranquilla.
. Champeta is one of Colombia’s newer musical styles: come and learn all about the origins of the music and learn how to dance it!
. Cali is the world’s Salsa capital – there are more than 500 salsa dance clubs in the city. We’ll take you to a few of them and tell you the story behind Salsa’s popularity.
. Colombia is famous for its coffee. We’ll spend time drinking some good coffee and listening to the soulful and romantic music from the Quindío region.
. Colombia is a country of music festivals. We’ll have an opportunity to attend one of the most exciting festivals in Bogotá, “Colombia al Parque”, where you’ll have a chance to see much of the music you learned about the week before.

Colombian vallenato composer Beto Murgas

Colombian vallenato composer Beto Murgas at his home and accordion museum. Photo Kike C.  


Our Music Expert for this Expedition: Betto Arcos
Betto_Arcos_Colombia_Music_Expeditions_ColombiaBetto Arcos is a native of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, Betto Arcos is a radio journalist, curator, agent and music promoter based in Los Angeles. Since 2008, Betto is a regular contributor to National Public Radio and Los Angeles public radio station KPCC, writing and producing stories about musicians and music from all over the globe. Betto is also a booking agent with FLI Artists and is the Latin and World music curator at the San Jose Jazz Festival.

In addition to his work in public radio, Betto has taught arts & culture and broadcast journalism at Loyola Marymount University. He developed a musical component for two different courses at Harvard University’s Divinity School, “Religion in the Latin American Imagination” (2002, 2011, 2015) and “Latinos Remaking America” (2014, 2016) taught by Prof. David Carrasco. From 2014-2017, Betto was a guest speaker at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, lecturing on Latin American Music to mid-level career diplomats. Betto is the host and producer of the podcast “The Cosmic Barrio”. From 1997-2015, Betto produced and hosted the daily music program “Global Village” on Pacifica Radio’s 90.7 FM-KPFK in Los Angeles.

Marimba player Esteban Copete

Grandson of the iconic Colombian composer Petronio Alvarez, Esteban Copete, born in Choco, is one of the members of Kinteto Pacifico. Copete has explored the musical tradition of the Pacific Region, such as Currulao or Chirimia, and has combined them with Jazz, Bossa Nova and R&B.

Scenic view of Salento, Colombia

Scenic view of the town of Salento, Colombia’s Coffee Triangle. Photo Kike Calvo

Salsa Dancing in Cali

Portrait of salsa dancer Briana Diana. Photo Kike Calvo

Cats Park in Cali

Colorful cats at the Cats Park. Photo Kike Calvo

Viejoteca La Matraca in Cali

Dancers from Ensaltase on a private performance at La Viejoteca La Matraca. Photo Kike Calvo

Colonial Cartagena de Indias

Colonial buildings within the wall city of Cartagena. Photo Kike Calvo

Ovidio Quinonez, Billo

Portrait of Conga and Bongo music master Ovidio Quinonez, locally known as Billo, in his home and workshop. Photo Kike Calvo


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