INCLUDES 8-NIGHT STAY IN EL CAMINO SELECTED ACCOMMODATIONS
cartagenA & medellín itinerary
Morning: Arrive to Cartagena, Colombia where you'll be met by a personal driver to transport you and your crew to your hand selected accommodations for the first half of your 9-day trip.
Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to get familiar with your new stomping grounds. Refer to our highly curated Cartagena Travel Guide for our top recommendations on how to spend your first day in the sophisticated city of Carribean chic. 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: There’s no shortage of great places to eat in this colorful city. We’ve included a few of our favorites in your Travel Guide.
Meals Included: None
Experiences Included: Private transport from airport.
Morning: No trip to the Caribbean is complete without a full day en la playa. Travel by speed boat to the remote beaches of Islas de Rosario for our absolute favorite spot to experience the best shorelines around. Picture this: perfect, sandy beaches, calm, blue waters, a few hammocks scattered across the shoreline and a full day ahead of you to relax. Enjoy this little slice of paradise until the late afternoon while dining on a traditional Colombian lunch on the sand that includes some local Costeño (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 remote island. You will need to pay the local port tax where the boat takes off which is $6 per person.
Morning: Get an early start (trust us, it’s worth it) 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. Our years of experience has taught us that getting there early is worth the early wake up call—we’ll be there before the other tourists to ensure the best experience. You’ll emerge from the volcano covered head to toe in mud, wash it all off in a nearby lagoon. This quirky experience is one you’ll never forget.
Afternoon: Eat as the locals do during a guided, street-food experience that will have you tasting the varied flavors of Colombian mecatos (snacks). Bring your comfy shoes, stretchiest pants and 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 (local beer) 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: Guide and 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 as you learn the Colombian dance style of champeta from the best of the best. Native to the Cartagena area, this style of dance has taken the country by storm and will have you working up a sweat.
Afternoon: The day is yours to explore the city however your heart desires. Use our highly curated Cartagena Travel Guide which includes a list of places to shop, drink and gaze upon 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 Cartagena at a restaurant of your choosing. Raise your glasses to the city which has certainly stolen your heart by this point as you plan your next trip back. 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.
Morning: Hop aboard a quick domestic flight from Rafael Núñez International Airport to José María Córdova International Airport in Medellín. You’ll be met by a private driver to transport you and your crew to your accommodations in the heart of Medellín.
Afternoon + Evening: Free afternoon to explore this booming city that was crowned Most Innovative City in 2013. Refer to your El Camino Travel Guide for our finely tuned 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
Experiences Included: Private transport to and from the airport that day and domestic flight from Cartagena to Medellín.
Morning: When in Colombia… dance! Enjoy another opportunity to get your feet movin’ as you learn the world renowned style of Colombian salsa from a true pro. Learn the steps to an eight beat count while enjoying a mix of old and new music to accompany you on the dance floor.
Afternoon: Take an informative city tour, including a special opportunity to learn from your guide about their experience living in this vibrant city through its notorious past. Discover how the residents of this resilient city turned a bad situation around to create a bright future. Continue your private tour by exploring Comuna 13, Medellín's transformative and creative symbol of change.
Evening: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant of your choosing from our list of highly curated suggestions, including a list of local spots to practice your newly acquired salsa moves.
Meals Included: Breakfast + lunch
Experiences Included: Salsa lesson and transformation tour.
Morning: Head to a hip up-and-coming neighborhood of Medellín (that is off the radar of most tourists) to get a closer look into Colombia’s most famous export, coffee. Hop between cafés and learn from innovative baristas who are brewing up new ways to enjoy a cup of jo.
Afternoon + Evening: Free time to continue your exploration of Medellín with an enriched perspective and new appreciation. Refer to your El Camino Travel Guide to take advantage of the abundance of concept stores in the area that stock beautiful goods from the country’s most creative emerging designers.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Experiences Included: Coffee immersion experience.
Morning: Escape the city and head to rural Guatape, outside of Medellin, for an idyllic day in this glistening lake district.
Afternoon: Take a guided tour through the town’s cobblestone streets while you learn the historical significance of this charming and colorful area.
Evening: Commemorate your time in Medellín with a celebratory dinner at a restaurant of your choosing from our highly curated Medellín Travel Guide. We enthusiastically encourage you to spend your last night in this vibrant and energized city sharpening your new salsa skills at one of the local spots listed in your Travel Guide.
Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch
Experiences Included: Private transport and tour of Guatape with a local host.
Depart: This vivid and passionate country feeling inspired and emboldened by your immersive cultural experience from Cartagena's coastline to Medellin's skyline.
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 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.
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 starting at $2,500 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 and Payment
The trip starts at $2,500 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 40% 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.