Colombian Hot Spots: MEDELLIN + CARTAGENA
(6 days, from $2,415 USD per couple - includes in-country flight from Medellin to Cartagena)
From the City of Eternal Spring to the Crown Jewel of the Caribbean, experience the sophisticated energy of Medellin’s renaissance and the revitalizing sensuality of coastal Cartagena, two highly complementary Colombian destinations.
This trip is 100% 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
Includes 24/7 online concierge services
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Welcome to Medallo!
Transfer from Jose Maria Cordova airport to your hotel in Medellin. With our suggestions, enjoy a night out that fits your interests and desires, be it a lively dinner in the “Zona Rosa” or a night in after some live music at La Pascasia.
Option: If arriving before noon, we can set up an afternoon tour of the downtown or Comuna 13 by foot, bike, or private vehicle.
Day 2: The City of Eternal Spring: An Insider’s Look
Medellin is in the middle of well-deserved renaissance. Explore the city with our bilingual guide who will illuminate how the city went from having a notorious reputation to becoming a world-class destination. Visit Comuna 13 and hitch a ride on the famous cable cars up to Parque Arvi where you’ll taste local delicacies like the sweat and flaky “Oblea” and get a glimpse of local flora and fauna, or explore downtown with stops at Plaza Botero and the Museum of Antioquia.
Suggest: Hit the town for dinner out! Catch live music or head to the hoppin’ Provenza district for a satisfying array of global cuisine options.
Day 3: Day Trip: Guatapé and El Peñol
Get out of town with a full-day trip to the city’s most famous (and beautiful) reservoir. The pueblo of Guatapé is quaint, peaceful, and gorgeous--almost every building and business is painted in bright colors and decorated with bas-reliefs. Private transportation and private guide included.
Options on site: Take a boat tour of the reservoir and stop at abandoned narco-mansion for an eye-opening tour.
Day 4: Welcome to Cartagena!
Welcome to the country’s favorite city-by-the-sea. You’ll be transferred to the Bastion Hotel, or, for an upgrade, Hotel Bantu. Get to know Cartagena’s vibrant history via a city tour and walking tour of the historic downtown. Your guide will assuage your curiosity by illuminating the city’s rich 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 5: 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 other famous salsa spots. Conversely, take in the local scene with a dinner in Getsemani plaza. Suggestions on us.
Day 6: 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. Replenish yourself later with a Coco-Loco (trust us).
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: Go big! Have a cocktail at Alquimico or spring for a world-renowned seafood dinner at the famous Cevicheria.
Day 7: Farewell. Transfer to airport.
Other excursions we can organize for you in Cartagena:
Bike tour of downtown
Private dance classes
Another day or overnight at the beach
Day trip to Santa Marta
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
Aviary Experience (en route to Isla Baru for a beach day and overnight)
Horseback riding on the beach of La Boquilla
Segway Tour of the Old City
Cooking class in-home with local chef (traditional coastal meal)
Shopping trip to extraordinary, fun, and modern clothing boutiques (women)
Poke around some of the best emerald museums and stores in Cartagena
Other excursions we can organize for you in Medellin:
Bike tour of downtown
Private dance classes
Overnights in Guatape or neighboring pueblos
Day trip to Santa Elena, home of the “Silletero”
Coffee tasting tour
Aguacate or orchid farm visit pending season
Botanical garden excursion or El Salado Park (south of the city) hikes
Day hikes with guide to neighboring Cerro La Tusa “Pyramid” Hike
Horseback riding in Guarne
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.