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.

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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