CARTAGENA EXPLORE (5 days, from $1,200/per person)
An eye-opening exploration of the ‘crown jewel’ of the Caribbean: CARTAGENA DE INDIAS
Founded in 1533, Cartagena was once the primary Caribbean port for Spanish explorers and was a frequent target by pirates and other countries. The only thing you need to protect yourself from here is the sun - and running the risk of wanting to stay! Warm 365-days a year, Cartagena offers daily history lessons via its architecture and music, and is a perfect destination for adventure and relaxation alike. On this 5-day experience, you’ll see what all the fuss is about during curated experiences with our guide, a Cartagena native.
This trip is customizable. Want to exchange the mud volcano for a day trip to Santa Marta or Parque Tayrona? Want to spend a night in Islas Rosarios? Let us know 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 from Cartagena
Day 1: Welcome to Cartagena de Indias
Arrive to the crown jewel of the Caribbean. We’ll transfer you from Rafael Nunez airport to your accommodation in El Centro (downtown historic district) for your first night out on the town. Our team will help you orient yourselves and suggest activities and restaurants for your first night.
Option: If arriving earlier, we can set up an afternoon orientation and walking tour.
Day 2: Getting to know Cartagena
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then 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: Swap in some other options like afternoon rum or coffee tasting tour
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
Day 4: 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 beach side lunch and take an extended dip in sparkling turquoise water. *Snorkeling options available.
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!
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: Exploring Palenque
What is Palenque? The first free town of the Americas. Rich in history and language, and fresh with culture and a UNESCO-recognized language, this is a great way to expand your understanding of Cartagena’s storied past. You’ll head out from your hotel to Palenque with our bilingual tour guide and driver. Cultural presentations, walking tour, and lunch on site.
At night we suggest: Go big! Have a cocktail at the top of the Movich or spring for a full seafood dinner at the famous La Cevicheria in El Centro.
Options: Choose a half-day tour of the famous Mercado Bazurto (Bazurto Market) instead
Day 6: Transfer to airport
Other custom options include:
Bike tour of downtown
Private dance classes
Another day at the beach
Rum tasting tour
City Tour in private vehicle to see Castillo San Felipe, Getsemani, and Pie de la Popa (a monastery convent)
Botanical gardens ½ day experience with private car and guide
Coffee tour/tasting experience
Horseback riding on the beach of La Boquilla