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If you haven’t noticed, Colombia is having a moment right now. In Cartagena, it’s all about that Caribbean joie-de-vivre: days spent sailing crystalline waters, nights spent shimmying to champeta music in the cobblestoned streets; and the backdrop, an impressive display of colonial architecture, is punctuated by street art and a healthy smattering of street vendors selling fresh fruit and warm arepas.

In Medellín, residents have taken the reins back post-Escobar, and given the city the Brooklyn treatment: pour-over coffee shops roast locally grown beans, Colombian designers fill hip boutiques with clothing and wares you’ll want to check a bag for, and restaurants like El Cielo give fine dining that Latin oomph.

Yet one thing remains consistent throughout the country: Colombians take pride in sharing their culture with anyone who visits.

Solo travel and safety are two of the biggest topics discussed in the Women Who Travel Facebook group, and we hope this trip will help travelers feel empowered about both. With experts like El Camino Travel leading the charge, we want female travelers to feel excited to hoof it through Colombia solo or with a friend—or two, or three—and meet other passionate travelers along the way.

 
 
 
 
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PRICE

$3,200 per person (special edition editor-led trips cost $3,600)

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LENGTH

8 NIGHTS AND 9 DAYS

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CITIES

CARTAGENA & MEDELLIN

 
 
 
 

 

ITINERARY

 
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Arrive: Touch down in coastal Cartagena. Spend the few hours before everyone meets up 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

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Morning: Expect 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 insiders are letting us in early, before all the other travelers show up. We’ll get our hands dirty with this one, but 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, for a home-cooked Sunday feast. 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.

Evening: Our salsa tour will fade into the night, 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 stay out at the salsa bar or back in the city.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, snacks through the evening

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Morning: Those Caribbean waters are calling—and we’re answering with a full day on a private catamaran. Our charter will pick us up bright and early, but don’t worry, all you have to do today is lounge on the deck.

Afternoon: We’ll cruise along the picturesque coast of Cartagena, with stops at two secluded beaches (brace yourself for brilliant white sand and bright blue water). Hop off to swim, lounge on the beach, or snorkel at your leisure. Our captain will come prepared with all the gear you need. For lunch, fresh seafood will be brought on board, and cooked right on the spot. Oh, and we’ll have some nice cold cervezas on deck all day long.

Evening: We’ll be back on dry land in time for sunset. Take the evening to relax on your own, or explore the city with new friends. Our editor-curated lists of the best places to eat, drink, and shop around town will make it easy for you to suss out the perfect places to round out your day.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch


 
 

 

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Want to know more about Colombia? Check out our COUNTRY RESOURCES.

 

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