Are you ready to experience the best of authentic Columbia? With this 8-day trip, you’ll have the chance to explore the many faces of tropical Cartagena and stunning Bogota. Enjoy the Colombian nature with our hiking and climbing activities. Don’t waste any minute!
This Colombia Tour is focused on social, authentic, & sustainable travel, bringing together like-minded travelers and immersing them in real-life Colombia. With this trip, you’ll experience 3 very cool and very different locations – tropical Cartagena, exotic Tayrona Park & mega metropolis Bogota. You’re in for an absolute treat of a week filled with unique hotels, breathtaking beaches, buzzing cities, stunning landscapes, colorful characters, amazing food and a genuine insight into the Colombian way of life.
When you book our Colombia Tour, we gift a donation to a local Colombian kids’ foundation which covers food, education and healthcare for 1 kid for 1 month.
Fixed departures for 2018:
– July 6 to July 13
– August 11 to August 18
– October 27 to November 3
– November 17 to November 24
This trip is woven together by a collection of activities specifically designed to get you outside the tourist zones and directly interacting with the people of Colombia.
Day 1 – HOLA COLOMBIA!
Bienvenido a Cartagena. We’ll be at the airport ready to take you back to our exclusive hotel (10-minute drive). Unpack, relax and settle-in. We’ll meet at 3pm for a short intro and then the afternoon is yours – wander the charming old town, marvel at the colorful colonial buildings or simply relax by the pool, sip a cocktail and view this vibrant coastal city from above. Tonight, you’ll get to know better you fellow travelers over a unique dining experience we’ve organized in Cartagena’s old town.
Day 2 – TROPICAL ISLAND HOPPING
Today we hire our very own private speed boat and set off for some island-hopping around the oh so very tropical Rosario Islands. We’ll swim, we’ll snorkel, we’ll sunbathe and generally enjoy the pristine beaches and crystal-clear sea. But be sure to save some of that energy for later. We’ll head back to Cartagena and kick-off the evening with a Champeta (Afro-Caribbean) dance workshop before hitting-up the local bar scene to try out our new found moves.
Day 3 – EXPLORING CARTAGENA
On day 3 of the Colombia Tour, the itinerary is wide open for you to entertain your own personal interests. You could head out of town to the nearby Bazurto market or Palenque village to get a better perspective of real life Colombia. Or if mud baths are your thing there’s the Totum mud volcano. If you prefer staying closer to home, it’s well worth wandering the backstreets of Getsemani – the grittier less touristy part of Cartagena – to check out the iconic street graffiti. This evening we regroup over a spot of rum tasting (when in Cartagena!) and share stories of our earlier exploits.
Day 4 – CHILL DAY
It’s an early start as we say goodbye to Cartagena and make the 4-hour bus journey towards Parque Nacional Tayrona – a great opportunity to catch up on sleep after a few late nights. Our hotel is located in the most tranquil of natural settings – amidst the lush Colombian jungle – and so today is all about relaxation. We have an awesome pool, outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, luxurious restaurant, cocktail bar – and if that’s not quite enough – we’ve also lined up a massage. And don’t worry, if relaxation isn’t quite your thing (you know who you are!) there’s the option to go hike the neighboring jungle.
Day 5 – A DAY IN PARADISE
We can’t think of many better feelings than waking up knowing you’re going to spend the day inside this exotic, otherworldly, Colombian national park. It’s epic! There’s 2 ways to the beach. The first involves a 1-hour hike (or horse-ride) along a scenic coastal trail. And the second is the fairly challenging and much less travelled 3-hour jungle hike which passes through ‘Pueblito’ – the Kogi indigenous village, still inhabited to this very day. It’s absolutely breathtaking! Whichever route you choose we’ll regroup at the picture postcard beach and spend the afternoon basking in its sun-drenched shores.
Day 6 – COLOMBIA’S BUSTLING CAPITAL
Time for a change of scene as we make our way to Santa Marta airport for the short 1-hour flight to Colombia’s bustling capital – Bogota. After checking into the hotel, the afternoon’s free for you to explore the city however you please. We recommend wandering the charming old town – La Candelaria – and then taking the metro cable up the impressive Monserrate mountain where you’ll be treated to spectacular panoramic city views. In the evening we’ll try out the lively Bogota nightlife including the local ‘sport’ of Tejo (let’s just say it involves beer and gunpowder)!
Day 7 – ZIPAQUIRA
Today we sample Colombian life outside the urban sprawl by heading to the neighboring & much smaller town of Zipaquira – famous locally for its hugely impressive underground salt cathedral (WAY cooler than it sounds!) We’ll spend a fairly relaxed day visiting the cathedral, exploring the town, tasting the local delicacies and – one of our favorite pastimes – people watching! We see out our final evening in style by heading to the very hip & trendy local hotspot of Plaza Usaquen, where we feast at one of our all-time favorite restaurants.
Day 8 – ADIOS
How quickly time flies when you’re having fun! Yes, sadly you’re now at the end of your Colombia Tour – but what an awesome week it’s been. You’ve danced Champeta, hiked through jungles, swam pristine oceans, felt the buzz of mega cities, mingled with locals, eat top-notch food and met many interesting people along the way. After one final breakfast we’ll take you to the airport to begin your journey home. We hope you’ll leave with a sense that you’ve experienced something special and that in amongst all that fun you’ve gained a genuine insight into the real and authentic Colombia.
Almost everything is included so that you’ll need very little spending money. You’ll eat awesome food, stay in amazing locations and enjoy top quality experiences.
Fly into Rafael Núñez international airport in Cartagena and out of El Dorado international airport in Bogota. We will pick you up and drop you off (we can also help advise on best flight options).
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.