Vibrant Colombia: Cali and Cartagena (6 days, from $1,500/per person)
Experience salsa in the valley and champeta on the coast for a well-rounded exploration of two of Colombia’s most vibrant cities
From the Caribbean Coast to the salsa capital of the world, experience two distinct cities and the best they have to offer in this whirlwind juxtaposition of two popular Colombian destinations. Cali is an up-and-coming city in the Valle Cauca where one of our co-founder’s family is from, and Cartagena is home to our other co-founder, making this trip as authentic and informative as can be. Cali is a burgeoning tourist destination surrounded by sugar cane fields and welcoming pueblos and Cartagena is a well-known Colombian destination that complements the feeling of Cali in its nightlife, love of music and dance, and sociable hosts!
This trip is customizable. Let us know what you’re interested in altering and we can make it happen. 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
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.
Options: Afternoon rum or coffee tasting tour
Day 1: Welcome to Cali!
Transfer to airport
Welcome to Cali! Get settled at your hotel and take off for an orientation to the city with a walking tour and welcome cocktails
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 partners. Enjoy another beachside lunch and take an extended dip in sparkling turquoise water.
At night: shake a leg at Bazurto Social Club or other famous salsa spots. Conversely, take in the local scene with a dinner in Getsemani plaza. Suggestions on us.
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 famous Rio Pance for tubing and river adventures. See how the locals spend their weekends.
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. Cultural presentation by local groups available.
Option: Make it a full day and visit the famous mud volcano (“El Totumo” in the morning), followed by the La Boquilla experience + lunch
At night: Have a cocktail at the top of the Movich or spring for a full seafood dinner at the famous Cevicheria.
Day 6: Shake a leg…
You know you have to try salsa right? Enjoy a private class with salsa caleña instructor extraordinaire. Enjoy some down time at the hotel before heading out for your last night.