Colombian Hot Spots: MEDELLIN + CARTAGENA (6 days, from $1,500/per person) From the Caribbean Coast to The City of Eternal Spring, experience two distinct cities and the best they have to offer in this whirlwind juxtaposition of two popular Colombian destinations.
Founded in 1533, Cartagena was once the primary Caribbean port for Spanish explorers and was a frequent target by pirates and other countries. Conversely, Medellin is a flourishing city in the middle of the Andes experiencing a well-deserved renaissance. Explore the culture, music, food, nightlife, and nature of each in this invigorating 6-day experience.
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
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Welcome to Medallo!
Transfer from Jose Maria Cordova airport to your hotel in Medellin. At suggestion of our team, enjoy a night out to your taste.
Option: If arriving before noon, we can set up an afternoon tour experience.
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 or explore downtown with stops at Plaza Botero and the Museum of Antioquia.
Suggest: Hit the town for dinner out! Catch live music or catch some zzz’s.
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 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 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 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 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. 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: Go big! Have a cocktail at the top of the Movich or spring for a full seafood dinner at the famous Cevicheria.
Day 7: Transfer to airport