Colombia Heritage Journeys

Colombia Ties–Our Flagship Program
July 1 – 12, 2017

Private Travel

“At the end of all our exploring, we will arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.” T. S. Eliot

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  • Arrive in Bogotá, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. Colombia Ties families stay in first class to moderate, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, families can relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Hunt for bargains at the Flea Market in Usaquen, a popular Sunday destination for Bogota residents and visitors alike.
  • Stroll through the cobblestone streets of La Candelaria, Bogota’s historic downtown area, ending in Simon Bolivar Square.
  • Learn about culture and lifestyle from specially chosen guides who will be open to sharing
  • Savor the sights and smells at Palquemado Market, Bogotá’s indoor and outdoor food and flower market.
  • Meet a local chef and learn how to make Colombian cuisine.
  • Free time, Connect & Chat for adoptees, and Talk Time for parents throughout the trip.

For most families, Bogotá will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey.”

  • Visit your or your adoptee’s orphanage and meet caregivers.
  • Visit places remembered from your previous journey to Colombia.
  • If your adoption connections are elsewhere in Colombia such as Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, The Ties Program will help you with the arrangements.
  • Bask in the messages of the journey as The Ties Program oversees transportation, translation and logistics.

Afterward, rejoin other participants and continue on your journey.

  • Go underground into the Salt Mine Cathedral in nearby Zipaquira.
  • Next stop: Villa de Leyva, an enchanting mountain town. Admire white-washed colonial homes and people-watch as you relax on the main square.
  • Learn the process of wool making at a local sheep farm.
  • Meet a local potter in Raquira and create your own piece of pottery.
  • Shop for pottery, hammocks, and baskets – Raquira’s shops overflow with goods to help you remember your journey to Colombia!
  • Visit an organic farm in Bogotá Sabana and enjoy lunch with a local family.
  • Attend a private dance class to learn a few Latin moves.
  • Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at Andres Carne de Res where you’ll eat scrumptious Colombia empanadas and dance, if you’d like.

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While we strongly believe in adoptees and their families traveling with a group that offers “community,” we know it isn’t always possible. Should you prefer to travel as an individual family, or with another family you know, we are here to help. We will be happy to help with hotels, transportation, guides/translators, sightseeing, etc. We can also customize your important adoption related visits.

Sometimes people are not big on the idea of traveling with a group because they are not “group travel people” or it conjures up images of little blue haired ladies. We are not “that” group! Ties groups are vibrant and fun. And because we stay on top of the details, you can be focused on your family and the experiences.

We invite you to read this article from a skeptical Ties mom: Group Travel or Not by Eva Ash, Clinical Psychologist, Adoptive Parent

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    Articles to help you on this journey of identity. DIVE DEEP INTO INFORMATION!

"A tremendous family experience and adventure, and the journey that filled the gap in our son's sense of self."

John Giudecessi

“For the first time in my life, I felt complete and at peace with who I am.”

Landy Hancock, 18

“Traveling with other kids was AWESOME!”

Anna Armour, 10

"I think the healthiest outcome of the trip for my daughter is that going with a group 'normalized' her situation and her adoption.”

Bonnie MacAdam