Colombia Heritage Journeys

Adoption Travel






Colombian Ties- Our Flagship Program
July 2 – 13, 2016

Private or Semi-Private Travel




  • Offers a comprehensive, meaningful, fun itinerary where all activities are optional so you can do the things important to YOUR family.
  • Is staffed by
    • A Ties group leader, who creates community, builds bridges and deals with details. This enables you to focus on your family and the profound meaning of the journey.
    • An adoption professional who will be available to support your family as you discover the messages of the journey, prepare to connect with significant people and places important to your family, and explore how you can weave the experiences you’ve enjoyed into your life story.
    • An English-speaking Colombian guide who will share lifestyle, customs, humor and warmth.
  • Includes our signature “Connect & Chat” for kids and “Talk Times” for parents, both of which are optional. These informal gatherings give you a chance to reflect on the journey as the journey unfolds.
  • Gives you opportunities to visit people and places important to your family, in a supportive environment.
  • Prepares your family logistically and emotionally for the journey.
  • Invites your participation in Project Kindness–Colombia.

Colombian Ties Itinerary

  • 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 and end up in Simon Bolivar Square.
  • Savor the sights and smells at Palquemado Market, Bogota’s indoor and outdoor food and flower market.
  • Meet a local chef and learn how to make a Colombian dish.
  • Visit the Museo de Trajes Regionales (Museum of Regional Costumes) to learn about Colombia’s diversity through textiles.
  • Learn how Colombian coffee is roasted and ground through participation in Coffee Cupping.
  • For most families, Bogotá will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey.”
    • Visit your child’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.
  • Down and up! Go underground at 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.
  • On your return to Bogotá, shop in Raquira for pottery, hammocks, and baskets – the shops overflow with goods to help you remember your journey to Colombia!
  • Dance at Andres Carne de Res in Chia, eat scrumptious Colombian empanadas, and of course, shop.

Relax. Savor. Reflect.



While we believe strongly in the support a group provides, we know there are times when individual family travel is a better fit. We are happy to work with individual families or small groups of families. Please email us your request.

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