CARTAGENA: 5 DAY TRIP
STARTING AT $1,200 PER PERSON (MIN TWO PEOPLE)
PACKAGE INCLUDES 4-NIGHT STAY IN EL CAMINO SELECTED ACCOMMODATIONS
MORNING: Arrive to Cartagena, Colombia where you'll be met by a personal driver to transport you and your crew to your accommodations for the week.
AFTERNOON: Free time to get familiar with your stomping grounds. Refer to our highly curated Cartagena Travel Guide for our best recommendations on how to send your first day in tropical paradise. Wander the cobblestone streets and discover our favorite places to shop, eat and play while inhaling the essence of magical realism that laces the air.
EVENING: Refer to your highly curated Cartagena Travel Guide for our top recommendations on how to spend your first night on the town.
MEALS INCLUDED: None
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Private transport from airport.
MORNING + AFTERNOON: Travel by speed boat to the secluded beaches of Islas de Rosario, known only by the locals (and a few well-informed travelers!) Enjoy tu playa until the late afternoon while enjoying a traditional Colombian lunch on the beach that includes some local Costeno (coastal) favorites.
EVENING: Indulge in the Caribbean flavors of the Colombian coast at a restaurant of your choosing from our highly curated list of recommended eateries. (PRO TIP: We’d definitely recommend seeking out these bites while you’re there!)
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast + Lunch
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Boat transport and entrance fee to a private island. You will need to pay the local port tax where the boat takes off which is is $6 per person.
MORNING: Get an early start and head out to el campo (rural areas) just outside of Cartagena to soak in a local mud volcano that provides a micro-economy to this rural area. Wash it all off in a nearby lagoon.
AFTERNOON: Eat what the locals eat during a guided, street-food experience that will have you tasting the varied flavors of Colombian mecatos (snacks). Bring your appetite!
EVENING: Dine at a restaurant of your choosing from our highly curated list of eclectic, authentic, and ornate recommended eateries while further exploring this colorful and charming city. This just may be the perfect night for sipping Aguilas and people watching in one of Cartagena’s sprawling plazas. Late nights and meaningful conversation encouraged!
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast + Snacks on Street Food Tour (most travelers get pretty full from this and consider this lunch)
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Private transport to local volcano. You will need to pay for tips and entrance to the volcano directly to the locals which is about $12 per person; guided street food experience.
MORNING: Shake what your momma gave ya learning the Colombian dance style of champeta. Native to the Cartagena area, this style of dance has taken the country by storm and will have you working up a sweat.
AFTERNOON: Free day to explore the city using our highly curated Cartagena Travel Guide which includes a list of places to shop, sip delicious coffee while people watching, drink an Aguila (local beer) and get some of the best views of the city. (PRO TIP: We recommend all of these for the best experience!) Spend your time sipping coffee in lush gardens or do some serious shopping in the city of “Caribbean glamour.”
EVENING: Enjoy your final night in Colombia at a restaurant of your choosing from our highly curated travel guide. Then check out our recommendations for some lively local spots to test out your new moves. Sharing some aguardiente (local firewater) with Costeños (the name for locals from Cartagena) is optional, but not discouraged.
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Champeta dance lesson with a local.
DEPART: From Cartagena feeling inspired and invigorated by Colombia's charismatic people, vibrant culture, and the irresistible feelings of enchantment the city has become known for.
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Private transport to the airport.
Who Is This Trip For?
This trip is for the traveler who has an adventurous spirit, is looking to squeeze the most out of their time in Cartagena, and cares about making the world a better place through responsible tourism. The trip is filled with experiences that allow you to be immersed in the varied cultures of Colombia. This traveler is open minded, inherently curious, and enjoys indulging in the moment. This trip is for the traveler who finds joy in stepping outside of their comfort zone, loves trying new things, and is excited to explore a culture completely different from their own. While El Camino Travel provides a high level of customer service, our traveler is someone who is easy-going and amenable to change in the diverse and unpredictable landscape of travel in Latin America.
Our adventurous style of group travel is not for everyone. Please read carefully through the itinerary and the above description to ensure that you are booking a trip that fits your comfort level.
Accommodations will be customized according to the travelers preference. The pricing of $1,200 per person includes accommodation for a three star classic hotel that has been vetted by our team. We have additional accommodation suggestions for those that want to be upgraded to four star or who may be traveling in a group and would rather rent a private house for an additional price. Whatever our recommendation may be according to your preference, we promise we chose these locations because we love them with all our heart and soul and because they pass the El Camino standard of customer service with flying colors.
We seek more boutique and unique accommodations with plenty of charm and character, ones that provide a worthwhile experience. Most importantly,
these places stay true to our ethos of local immersion. Please do not expect our recommendations to be hotels like Hilton, Marriott, or other large corporate and standard hotels. We assure you that your accommodations will be clean, safe, and well-maintained.
Pricing & Payment
The trip starts at $1,200 per person (minimum of two people), but can change slightly (both increase and decrease) depending on the number in the group and the level of accommodations selected. To get an exact quote please start by filling out this form and someone from our team will get back to you within 24 business hours. A deposit of $400 per person is due at the time of booking. Final payment for private trips are due no later than 60 days prior to departure.
A non-refundable deposit of 40% of the trip cost is required at time of booking to secure your trip. Full payment is required 60 days before departure date.
If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due when we receive notice of your cancellation:
61+ days prior to departure: 40% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
31 to 60 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
0 to 30 days prior to departure: 100% of the trip cost is non-refundable
We strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking, that includes cancellation coverage so you are protected financially in case anything comes up that prevents you from joining your trip.
Fair warning, you are going to see the phrase "highly curated" over and over again. We just REALLY want you to know that we are keeping tabs on everything that is hip, interesting, and up and coming in our Colombian travel destinations. A lot of our recommendations cannot be found in any of the travel round ups or the most prestigious media outlets. Katalina works closely with a network of local tastemakers to stay ahead of them and thus, so do you.
OUR PRIVATE ITINERARIES INCLUDE:
Highly curated selection of accommodations for every destination
Private transport to and from airports
Private transport for all activities
Immersive travel experiences led by charismatic local hosts
Restaurant selections from a highly curated list of locations
Highly curated list for shopping and night life experiences
A frequently updated Colombia Travel Guide including additional information and fun resources to get excited and prepared for your upcoming adventure
Airfare in and out of the country
Alcohol except where noted
Tips for local hosts