CARTAGENA: 5 DAY TRIP
$1,100 PER TRAVELER (NO PHOTOGRAPHER)
What to do in Cartagena? We got your back boo. We figured out the best of the best so you could just focus on the journey with your new crew of travel buds. This is the exact immersive travel experience we would want if we were traveling to Cartagena for the first time.
ARRIVE: At any time to Cartagena, Colombia’s historic coastal city located along the Caribbean Sea.
EVENING: Meet other travelers over a mixology class hosted from the rooftop of a posh and stylish rum bar. Then head to an unorthodox restaurant (that will surely surprise you) to indulge in one of the best meals in the city while contributing to a more socially equitable Cartagena.
Meals included: Dinner
MORNING: Travel outside of the city to steep in a volcanic mud bath that contributes to the micro-economy of a rural community. Take a dip in the nearby lagoon to wash it all off.
AFTERNOON: Indulge in a Sunday feast at our favorite family owned restaurant that is a hidden gem in an emerging neighborhood of Cartagena. You will be greeted by two gracious and hospitable hosts who will serve you the best of the best of coastal cuisine.
EVENING: Learn to dance in the traditional Colombian style of champeta from a duo of professional performers. Then test your new moves at a lively Sunday street party far outside the tourism circuit of Cartagena where you will experience the sabrosura of Colombia firsthand.
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch
MORNING: Set off by speed boat to a remote island outside of Cartagena undiscovered by any of the traditional guide books.
AFTERNOON: Spend all day a la playa for a heavy dose of tropical sun. Enjoy lunch on the beach featuring the largest lobster on this side of the equator amongst a spread of other regional favorites.
EVENING: Free night to explore this colorful and charming city. This just may be the perfect night for sipping Aguilas with your new travel friends in one of Cartagena’s sprawling plazas. Late nights and meaningful conversation encouraged!
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch
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.
MORNING: Spend the morning learning the art of cañaflecha weaving from an indigenous female artisan cooperative that supports their families through their craft.
AFTERNOON: Get a “taste” for the city during a guided, street-food experience featuring the varied flavors of Colombian mecatos (snacks).
EVENING: Spend your last evening wandering Cartagena’s cobblestone streets. Refer to your Travel Guide for our highly curated spots to sip coffee in lush gardens or shop the city of “Caribbean glamour”.
Meals included: Breakfast + Snacks from street food tour
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 and a whole new crew of travel friends to meet up with for more adventures around the world!
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Private transport to the airport.
SMALL GROUP TOUR DETAILS
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 Colombia, 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.
This trip is also for a solo traveler who does not want to travel solo, but instead with an interesting group of people and for those who do not want to spend 10+ hours planning a trip of a lifetime.
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.
Cartagena is a quick flight away from the USA's major coasts and is a perfect jaunt for a tropical, long weekend getaway. This trip is perfect for the traveler that is craving stunning beaches, vibrant culture, a city steeped in historical architecture, and delicious coastal cuisine. Bring on the sultry heat, the intoxicating champeta, and the history-filled cobblestone streets.
We have a roster of well qualified hosts that we work with. Prior to your trip, you will receive a welcome packet that will inform you on who will be guiding your adventure.
Because we are obsessed with the details and experience this trip will only include seven SHARED ROOMS. The reasoning for this is complex so we won't bore you with it here (but if you'd like all the details, just send us an email and we'll happily give you the whole spiel.) You can share a room with a friend, lover, platonic lover, someone you met on Tinder, or whoever else, but all rooms must be shared. If you do not have a partner in crime, don't be put off, we welcome solo travelers and our trips are perfectly set up to allow you to make new friends. However, you must be comfortable sharing a room with another traveler in the group of the same gender.
We'll have more details regarding hotels upon purchase of the trip, but 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.
It's important to note that our accommodations are not luxury or high-end. 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 the comforts of a Four Seasons, Hilton, Marriot, or other large corporate and standard hotels. We assure you that your accommodations will be clean, safe, and well-maintained. Our travelers tend not to mind seeing a couple bugs outside their door during the course of their stay.
Pricing & Payment
The trip is $1100 per person during early sign up. After early sign up, the price increases to $1300 per person. To guarantee your reservation, you can pay your deposit by clicking here. A 40% deposit is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 25 days prior to departure. Payments must be made by credit card. Please read our FAQ for more information and our BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Transportation to and from the airport
Most meals except where noted. This allows us to keep the schedule flexible throughout the trip
Activities as mentioned above
Tips for drivers and activity hosts
Airfare in and out of the country
Alcohol except where noted
Tips for local host