Savor South America in gluten-free style

Have you ever wanted to travel to exotic places, but didn’t feel comfortable doing so when you are on a gluten-free diet? I was diagnosed with Celiac disease more than a decade ago and have never been afraid to travel in the U.S., but I’ve always felt daunted about traveling abroad where English is not the primary language.  The mere thought of navigating the language barrier and all the research involved makes my head spin.

Columbia World Tours and the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group have partnered to create the first 100% gluten-free tour to Columbia, South America in February 2012. The seven-day tour departs from Cartagena, Columbia on February 18th and returns on February 24th. Because all of the research has already been done, you can relax and take in the culture, scenery and yummy food Cartagena has to offer.

Erin Smith, organizer of the NYC group, encourages those with Celiac Disease to travel the world and not allow their lives to be limited by a gluten-free diet through her writing on Gluten-Free Globetrotter. Erin has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad and she serves as an inspiration for those on the gluten-free diet who feel intimidated to travel.  It is very fitting that she worked with Columbia World Tours to bring this gluten-free tour to life.

All gluten-free meals, hotel and transportation costs (not airfare) are included in the tour pricing. Arrangements can be made to accommodate additional dietary preferences and there is an option to extend your tour and explore Cartagena.

Let’s face it, one of the things most of us love doing on vacation is enjoying the food and now you can go to an exotic locale and feel confident that your meals will be safe.  The best part is you can save 5% off the total cost by signing up with the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group and booking with code NYCCM2012.  There are limited spots available, so all sign ups must be complete by January 10th.

Listed below is the trip’s itinerary:

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Cartagena – Fly in, Dinner and Reception

Fly into Cartagena, join us for an evening reception.

Day 2 – Cartagena to Santa Marta, lunch, city tour, then to Taganga

We head out for the coastal gem of Santa Marta, and after a scrumptious lunch and city tour we go to the small fishing village of Taganga where we can let all our worries melt away on the beach, or spend the afternoon walking around the village.

Day 3 – Free Day in Taganga

Today is free for you to enjoy the quaint atmosphere of the village, visit cultural sites in Santa Marta, or shop the day away in the swinging district of Rodadero.

Day 4 – Hike into the National Park of Tayrona

This morning we venture into the spectacular national park of Tayrona seated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. We hike deep into the jungle and sleep by the lapping shore of the sea.

Day 5 – Free day in Tayrona

We have the whole day to enjoy in the park, hiking, swimming, or soaking up the sun’s rays.

Day 6 – Head back to Cartagena, city walking tour

Today we head back to discover Cartagena. After lunch we explore the historic center with a walking city tour and learn what makes this spectacularly preserved colonial city so enchanting.

Day 7 – Fly out

Article Courtesy:  Jennifer Harris