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In Partnership with Artesanias de Colombia, this 9-Day, 8-Night “Expo-Artesanias Colombia - The Crafts of Colombia: Bogota & Cartagena” tour runs December 5-13 and Features two full days at the Expo Artesanias handcraft fair, the world’s finest showcase of traditional and contemporary, natural and authentic material, utilitarian and design crafts from indigenous and Afro-Colombian artisans.

(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED STATES - May 25th, 2017 - Tia Stephanie Tours, a specialty tour operator focusing on cultural travel to Latin America, has partnered with Artesanias de Colombia, the Colombian government entity with the mission to support and promote the artisan sector of Colombia, to design fiber arts, craft and cultural journeys to Colombia. 

First up in 2017 is the highly anticipated Expo Artesanias Colombia: The Crafts of Colombia: Bogota & Cartagena tour runs December 5-13, 2017. It will feature a two-day, deep-dive immersion into the Expoartesanias handcraft fair. Entering its 27th year, the fair focuses on the finest in Colombia’s diverse traditional and contemporary crafts. This special access tour offers travelers insider opportunities to “meet the artisans” and learn about their culture. Included are one-on-ones with the Wayuu, Aruaco, Zenu, Waunaan, and Amazona people, so you can actually purchase works after engaging in meaningful interactions with the artisans themselves. Taking place at Corferias in Bogotá, travelers will explore the highlights of Bogotá, in addition to attending the craft fair. From Bogotá, the tour moves to and continues in Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, where cumbia, salsa, vallenato and other rhythms flow into the night! The price is $2585, including four star hotels, daily breakfast, five lunches, three dinners, and a cerviche crawl! 

The Expo-Artesanias tour is part of a series of “Craft and Culture route” tours in Colombia organized by Tia Stephanie Tours. These experiential trips invite travelers to learn about both the culture and bio diversity of the country. 

Other tours in Tia Stephanie’s Colombia Cultural Routes series include:

Fiber Arts: Craft & Culture of Colombia” -- Combining craft and cultural discoveries along Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, from Cartegena to Cabo de la Vela in the Guarjira region.

Afro Colombia and the Petronio Alvarez Music Festival” – Exploring Music in Cartagena & Cali 

Dance Colombia– Exploring Salsa, Cumbia, and Vallenato in Cali & Cartagena

 “Moda Viva (Living Fashion) of Colombia” – To quote the LA Fashion Magazine, Colombia is “Fashion’s New Hot Spot.” This tour will reveal the remarkable work being done in Colombia uniting traditional community artisans with contemporary designers, and in many cases, the traditional artisans ARE the designers, and the value-added work is their own! (Tour itinerary to be announced soon.)

Tia Stephanie Tours designs curated travel experiences to Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala, for individuals and groups, on a set departure or custom basis. In April 2015, TST's Day of the Dead in Michoacán tour was selected as a National Geographic “Trip of a Lifetime.” The company has also been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Travel + Leisure, and all the major travel trade press. Founder, Stephanie Schneiderman, is a Conde Nast Traveler “Top Travel Specialist” for Mexico, focusing on culture and cuisine. 

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