Vibrant Colombia: Cali and Cartagena
(6 days/6 nights, from $2,179/per person)
From the Caribbean Coast to the salsa capital of the world, experience the relaxing coastal pace of Cartagena and the up-and-coming energy of Cali. Tourism is growing in the authentically Colombian and diverse city of Cali, in the Valle Cauca, home of one of our co-founder’s families. Benefit from insider knowledge and familial experience here. The same goes for Cartagena, the home of our other co-founder, lending this trip both personal and eye-opening perspectives.
Cali is located in the valley of the Cauca River, surrounded by sugar cane fields and cradled by towering Andes mountains. Cartagena is a well-known Colombian destination that complements the feeling of Cali in its nightlife, its people, and their love of music and dance.
This trip is 100% customizable. We’ll send you any price updates to reflect your personal interests and are happy to answer any questions you have at no extra cost.
Includes first class hotel accommodations that reflect both traditional and modern styles (in Cali you can also opt for a more traditional house in the countryside)
Includes informative, private tours and excursions with country-licensed, bilingual tour guides
Day 1: Welcome to Cartagena!
Welcome to the country’s most visited city by the sea. Get to know Cartagena’s vibrant history via a city tour and walking tour of the historic downtown. Our bilingual guide will break down the city’s history and bring you up to speed with current trends in politics, business, culture, and tourism...and more. Suggested end to the day is enjoying sunset at Cafe del Mar, right on the water.
Option: Afternoon rum or coffee tasting tour
Day 4: Welcome to Cali!
Transfer to airport and transfer to your boutique hotel in barrio San Antonio.
Take off for an orientation to the city with a walking tour and welcome cocktails later on.
At night: Get swanky at Platillos Voladores
Day 2: Explore Islas Rosarios and the island of Baru
Oh, THAT turquoise water…
Take a full day to enjoy the famous Islas Rosarios in a private boat for you and your travel partner. Enjoy a beach side lunch and take an extended dip in sparkling turquoise water.
At night: shake a leg at Bazurto Social Club or enjoy drinks at Alquimico.
Day 5: Get Active
Enjoy a gastronomical and cultural tour of one of Colombia’s most famous indoor markets (La Galleria!) Sample tropical fruits and drinks along the way.
Optional: Follow up with an excursion to the famous San Cipriano River for tubing and river adventures.
Day 3: Fresh Catch in La Boquilla
Learn about Cartagena’s famous fishing village, La Boquilla, with an ecological mangroves tour in canoe followed by fresh fish lunch on the beach.
Option: Take the morning to poke around El Centro, where you’ll find cutting-edge Colombian fashion. Have a coffee at Cafe San Alberto, and pick up a bag for the trip home!
At night: Spring for a 5-star dinner at Carmen, or enjoy nightlife in nearby Getsemani Plaza.
Day 6: Shake a leg…
You know you have to try salsa right? Enjoy a private class with salsa caleña instructor extraordinaire - or - we can find a show or live salsa band for you to enjoy!
Enjoy some down time at the hotel before heading out for your last night.
Other excursions we can organize for you in Cartagena:
Private dance classes
Rum tasting tour
Coffee tasting at the world-class Cafe San Alberto
City Tour in private vehicle to see Castillo San Felipe, Barrio Getsemani, and Pie de la Popa (a monastery convent)
Botanical gardens ½ day experience with private car and guide
Cooking class in-home with local chef
Other excursions we can organize for you in Cali:
Exotic fruit tour
Day trip to Sylvia, neighboring pueblo
Sugar cane excursion
Calima Lake trip
Note: Hotels and tours, transportation and other services are subject to low and high season prices. High season in Cartagena is between October and April. Hotels will charge a tax not included in our initial quote.