Condé Nast Traveler's Women Who Travel is going to Colombia—and we want you to come with us.
Since launching in 2017, Condé Nast Traveler’s Women Who Travel has built a community through storytelling, podcasting, a Facebook group (now over 120,000 members strong!), and monthly meetups. It’s acted as a platform for us to celebrate all those bold travelers out there, but it’s also evolved into a safe space for self-identifying women to share experiences, swap travel tips, and form new friendships. Next on the agenda? We want to start traveling the world together, too.
Women Who Travel has teamed up with El Camino Travel for a series of trips to Colombia this year. Fusing the expertise of the female-owned company with our Condé Nast Traveler editors’ touch, the itinerary has been designed with an all-female group in mind—and like all El Camino trips, it will be immersive, support local businesses, and take you to the heart of each destination. Most importantly, it will be fun. The trip will be led by women, including El Camino Travel’s local guide—and a Condé Nast Traveler editor on select dates—and will come with a photographer to let you focus on the moment, not the ‘gram.
This trip costs $3,200 per person (special edition editor-led trips cost $3,600).
Arrive: Touch down in coastal Cartagena. Arrive early to spend a few hours doing recon on the colonial city, or wash off the flight in its warm Caribbean waters.
Evening: Get to know your fellow travelers over drinks. We’ll head to a 1920’s shoe store-turned-rum bar, where the cocktails are modern shake ups of Colombian classics. The spirits are infused in-house, with endemic fruits like lulo and maracuya. Enjoy your drink on the rooftop, or roll your sleeves up and step behind the bar—the bartenders are happy to teach you how to mix your own. Later, two of Latin America’s most exciting young chefs will invite us into their just-opened restaurant for a special dinner. This renegade duo travels the country, cooks with indigenous communities, and brings their traditional ingredients back to Cartagena. The goal? To put these one-time staples back into modern kitchens, and expose travelers to ingredients they wouldn’t find otherwise. The result is a sensory culinary experience, with purpose.
Stay: We’re calling Tcherassi Hotel & Spa home for the next few days. Created by Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, this breezy tropical space embodies the vibrant yet sophisticated aesthetic she’s known for. We love the wood-beamed ceilings and patterned bedspreads—but what really gets us out of the room is the walk-out balconies, terraces overlooking the cobblestoned streets outside, and not one but four sparkling pools to cool off in. Read more about Tcherassi Hotel and Spa here.
Meals included: Dinner
Morning: We have an early wake up call today, and you’re going to want to bring a bathing suit. We’re heading to the iconic mud volcano just outside the city—but our hookups are letting us in early, before all the other travelers show up. We’ll get our hands dirty with this one, but you’ll have to trust us: it’s worth it.
Afternoon: Back in the city, we’ll spend Sunday afternoon as Cartageneros do over a home-cooked meal, with a side of salsa (dance, not sauce). First, we’ll head to a neighborhood home in Getsemani, where two neighbors will cook us a Sunday feast—and don’t worry, they’ll have cold beers on hand. Which you might need, because our meal will be chased with a crash-course in salsa dancing, and an evening spent hopping between watering holes to test out your new moves. Don’t worry if you’re not the best dancer; you won’t see anyone you know where we’re headed.
Evening: Our salsa tour will fade into the evening, at the end of which most of us will flop onto our beds, exhausted. But, if you’re up for a nightcap, the evening is yours to stick out at the salsa bar or back in the city.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
“I only wish I did the Colombia trip sooner!”
Solo travelers, don’t worry about going alone – you will make a ton of wonderful new friends. Our guide felt like a long-lost Colombian cousin who handled herself with grace, humor, and I felt so safe and comfortable with her the whole time. Our trip photographer was beyond lovely and her photos are works of art. Everyone we met throughout the trip was superb, and I found the opportunities to speak with the local guides and business owners to be so interesting and fulfilling. Extremely well done. Gracias a Kata y a todos del equipo de El Camino!