COLOMBIA: 9 DAY ITINERARY CARTAGENA + MEDELLIN

$2300 PER TRAVELER (W/PHOTOGRAPHER) | $2100 PER TRAVELER (WITHOUT PHOTOGRAPHER) 

What to do in Colombia? Where to travel in Colombia? 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 Colombia travel experience we would want if we were traveling to the country for the first time.

Read on..... 

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 1

DAY ONE

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

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 2

DAY TWO

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: Enjoy lunch at our favorite hidden gem ran by a wonderful local family serving up some of the best of the coastal region’s distinct style of cuisine.

EVENING: Learn to dance in the traditional Colombian style of Champeta from a duo of professional performers. Then test your new moves at some of the best local spots to experience firsthand the sabrosura of Colombia.

Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 3

DAY THREE

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

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 4

DAY FOUR

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

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 5

DAY FIVE

MORNING: Hop a quick flight from Cartagena to Medellin, the city of eternal spring, to explore a completely different side of Colombia’s culture and landscape. (Flight fare included in trip cost)

EVENING: Take the rest of the day to get familiar with your new stomping grounds. Refer to your Travel Guide for our highly curated selection of places to dine, shop, and drink that best represent the jaw dropping design boom that is happening throughout the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 6

DAY SIX

MORNING: Take an immersive tour through Medellin using the city’s world-renowned public transportation system and see first hand how policy rooted in social urbanism has helped Medellin move past its notorious reputation.

AFTERNOON: Head to the vibrant neighborhood of Comuna 13 where community leaders will share how art and other locally led initiatives have been used to revitalize its streets and heal its once dark past.

EVENING: Free night to wander Medellin armed with your newfound understanding of this resilient and creative city. Refer to your Travel Guide for our favorite places to experience the intrepid culinary scene of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

 

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 7

DAY SEVEN

MORNING: Travel to a stunning private lake house nestled within the mountains of the nearby lake district of Guatape for a full day of serious R+R. Enjoy a few cocktails under the sun or choose from activities such as swimming, paddle boarding, and/or kayaking.

AFTERNOON: Indulge in a traditional Colombian asado (BBQ). Then take in the stunning landscape by boat as you drift through the sprawling lake.

EVENING: Return back to Medellin for a free evening on the town. This is the perfect night to explore the local salsa dance scene with your travel crew. When in Colombia … dance!

Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 8

DAY EIGHT

MORNING: Spend the morning with a talented local creative who will take you to their favorite watering holes and hidden gems in emerging neighborhoods of Medellín far from the more tourist friendly Poblado. 

AFTERNOON: Spend your last afternoon as you choose. Refer to your Travel Guide to scout out the concept stores that stock beautiful goods from the country’s most creative up and coming designers.

EVENING: Close out your experience with new friends over a special celebratory meal at one of Medellin’s most renowned culinary hotspots.

Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

colombia: cartagena + medellin small group tour Day 9

DAY NINE

DEPART: From Medellin International Airport at any time. Return home inspired by the electric energy and passion of Colombian culture and a whole new crew of travel friends to meet up with for more adventures around the world! 

Meals included: Breakfast


 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. 

Note On The Photography Component: We provide a group travel photographer on certain trips so that our travelers can go back to being present in the moment rather than worrying about capturing the moment. They are the photographer for the whole group and not a personal photographer to each individual traveler. We provide our travelers with dynamic and candid images throughout the trip so that they can share with their friends and family in real time. While this is an important element that adds to the unique experience of our trips, it is not the focus of our trip. Our travelers are excited about receiving stunning images each morning, but the act of travel and indulging in the moment is what they value most. 

Basic Info

Join El Camino Travel on an adventure that explores the Caribbean coastal town of Cartagena and the eternal spring of Medellin. This adventure includes salsa/champeta dancing, boat rides to private beaches, volcano soaked mud baths,  and indulging in the diverse cuisine of both regions.

Leave your selfie stick at home. Certain tours include a group photographer who will provide you with 20 dynamic and compelling images of the group on a daily basis, that you can immediately share with your social media.

Host + Group Photographer

We have a roster of well qualified host and creative photographers that we work with. Prior to your trip, you will receive a welcome packet that will inform you on who will be guiding and documenting your adventure.

Accommodations

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 worry, 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, 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. 

Pricing & Payment (With Photographer)

The trip is $2300 per person during early sign up. After early sign up, the price increases to $2500 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.

Pricing & Payment (Without Photographer)

The trip is $2100 per person during early sign up. After early sign up, the price increases to $2300 per person. To guarantee your reservation, you can pay your deposit by clicking hereA 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.

Included 

  • Group Photographer (for trips with a photographer)

  • 20 Edited images a day of the group + an additional batch of images 3 Weeks after the trip ends (for trips with a photographer)

  • Domestic flight between Cartagena and Medellin

  • Hotel

  • 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

Not Included

  • Airfare in and out of the country

  • Mandatory Travel Insurance

  • Incidental Expenses

  • Alcohol except where noted

  • Tips for photographer and local host