Colombia with Dandelion Chocolate & Traci Des Jardins
New 2021 Dates Coming Soon
Cacao's Never Been Better
Explore Colombia with a small-batch chocolate “sourcerer” and an award-winning chef
New Dates Coming Soon
Join us in Colombia in 2021!
7 Days, 6 Nights
Colombia's best: cacao farms, Caribbean beaches, colonial Cartagena
This is the most exciting time in chocolate in centuries—and now you know why. You’re in deepest Colombia, searching for the best chocolate beans in the world. Your boat drifts through the mountain jungle as howler monkeys call out from treetops. You step ashore, then hike through the trees to where local farmers grow the ultra-rare white cacao bean. Afterward, you balance adventure with comfort as you celebrate with a dip in a private pool on a glorious Caribbean beach, savoring a feast prepared for us by an award-winning chef. The experience is more than just special. It’s magical.
Our journey to Colombia comes with perfect company. Greg D’Alesandre left a Google job to track the best beans for the pioneering small-batch chocolate maker, Dandelion Chocolate. Now he’s going deep in Colombia to discover the world’s finest chocolate at its source, with us at his side. Also along is chef Traci Des Jardins, a two-time James Beard award winner with a passion for foraging and farming. Traci is on a mission to explore Colombia’s regional ingredients and dishes, and to share an unforgettable meal with us.
This journey is for you if you love chocolate and adventure—preferably on the same day. We’ll meet Arhuaco cacao farmers, tube from jungle to Caribbean, stay in private beach villas, take art walks and salsa lessons, and eat very very well. Colombia is the adventure of a lifetime, and chocolate travel is absolutely the best travel! Join us.
The best of Colombia: tubing through rainforests, relaxing on pristine beaches, walking centuries-old colonial streets
Heirloom cacao beans and the world's finest chocolates—and how both empower sustainable local communities
The flavors of Colombia, fresh-caught Caribbean seafood—and an unforgettable meal prepared by Traci Des Jardins
Traditional culture of the Arhuaco, remote cacao farmers in the towering jungle-clad Sierra Nevada mountains
Chocolate "Sourcerer," Dandelion Chocolate
Greg is co-owner and the hands-on “sourcerer” for San Francisco’s small-batch Dandelion Chocolate. Greg searches out the highest-quality heirloom cacao beans, with a mission to benefit local communities and support sustainable farming. He's fun—and he'll answer every question about chocolate you've ever had.
Traci Des Jardins
Traci’s a two-time James Beard award winner who relishes a good challenge; she's competed on "Top Chef" and on "Iron Chef America." Traci is also an avid philanthropist whose greatest source of pride is giving back to the community.
Carlos Ignacio Velasco
Local Host, Cacao Hunter
Carlos grew up in rural Colombia, and has become one of the country's foremost experts on chocolate. In 2013 he founded a company to revive heirloom chocolate varieties, and helps empower 1,500 local families with sustainable work opportunities.
Home base for our chocolate adventures are these stunning private villas, set steps from the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Each villa is thoughtfully designed, with luxurious sleeping areas plus private hammocks and swimming pools to take in the unbeatable location. Every hour in our Caribbean retreat will be treasured.
You’ll love our home in Cartagena’s colorful Old City: a four-star hotel with tastefully modern flourishes that blend seamlessly with the building’s 16th-century origins. The rooftop bar has an incredible swimming pool and panoramic views—the perfect spot to sip a cocktail and peek over cathedral spires to the Caribbean. The modern, luxurious rooms face a quaint sun-filled courtyard.
Book Colombia with Dandelion Chocolate & Traci Des Jardins
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique luxury boutique accommodations and villas; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point in Santa Marta; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at the Don Pepe Botique Hotel in Santa Marta, Colombia. The closest airport is nearby Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR), with frequent direct flights from Bogota. Our trip ends in Cartagena. Your flight home from Cartagena’s Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) should be scheduled to depart at 1:00pm or later.
What travel documents are needed?
U.S. citizens staying for less than 90 days do not require a visa to enter Colombia. The passport must have at validity for the entirety of your stay to be allowed entry. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Colombian Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers there is a $1,100 single-supplement fee, paid at the time of booking, to secure a private room. If you wish to share a room with a friend or traveling companion who is booking separately, give us a call and we can assist over the phone—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.