Coastal Adventure: CARTAGENA + ISLAS ROSARIOS + PARQUE TAYRONA (7 days, from pp)
Go full vacation and adventure mode exploring the best of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline from Cartagena up to Santa Marta and into Parque Tayrona. This experience leaves you revitalized and rejuvenated at once.
Escape Colombia’s bigger cities and immerse yourself in the brightness and energy of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast. Enjoy Cartagena’s heavenly sunsets and historic downtown before heading off for a jaunt to Islas Rosarios by boat for an unforgettable overnight. Travel by land to Santa Marta, before visiting another kind of coastline at Parque Tayrona.
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: Arrive to Cartagena
Settle in to your abode. If arriving earlier in the day we can organize a carriage ride or late afternoon walking tour of the historic downtown. Enjoy the sunset at Cafe del Mar.
Day 4: Off to Parque Tayrona!
Head further up the coast by private vehicle to Santa Marta. This small, up-and-coming city lies next to the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Tayrona National Park, along with crescent-shaped beach and popular backpacker haven, Playa Taganga. The town is relaxed and still growing. We’ll stop for lunch here before heading up to Tayrona National Park, a national treasure. The beaches here are a mix of pristine, Caribbean waters nestled into a background of jungle fauna.
Day 2: Getting to know the Crown Jewel of the Caribbean
City tour + walking tour with expert guide. We’ll look at La Popa Monastery, the famous churches of El Centro, dive into the history of the historic downtown and all its architecture, trek up to Castillo San Felipe, and more.
Optional: Evening activity (rum tasting adventure or cooking course). Night on the town.
Day 5: Explore Parque Tayrona
Hike through Tayrona National Park to El Pueblito, a pre-Columbian site. You’ll learn about its rich history with a private guide. Opt for horse riding or “cabalgata” if you’d prefer to explore on horse. During this exploration you’ll see the striking variety of flora, fauna, sealife, and culture right along the coastline.
Alt options: We can arrange a private guide to take you on a hike to different beaches and a local historical site, or snorkeling, do a different hike like “9 Stones,” or a coffee tour on a finca in Minca.
*Note: From here, folks can do the Lost City tour on their own (another 4 days) onto this itinerary.
Day 3: Island Hopping
Head out to Islas del Rosario and Isla Grande by boat for a full day on these turquoise waters with your own private captain. Enjoy the famous colors of the coral reefs. Snorkeling available upon request. Lunch on the beach included. Arrive to your hotel in the early evening.
Day 6: Head back to Cartagena.
Choose to stay one last night and let us arrange an itinerary for your last day, or transfer to your next destination that same day.
Day 6: Head back to Cartagena. Choose to stay one last night and let us arrange an itinerary for your last day, or transfer to your next destination that same day.
*Optional Day 7: Transfer out of CTG airport
*Note: With tourism increasing in Colombia each year, the number of tourists going to Parque Tayrona is expected to also increase each year. The best times to go to Parque Tayrona are not during the peak seasons (June 15 to July 15, December 15 to January 30, Semana Santa (Holy week) from Friday to the following Sunday (10 days), and not during the rainy season (August to October).