- Stay on a remote private island in the Islas de San Bernado
- Explore the streets of the notorious city of Medellin
- Learn to surf on the beautiful beaches of Viajero Tayrona
- Hike through Minca’s verdant cloud forest, looking for exotic wildlife
- Explore Cartagena’s atmospheric Old Town
There’s magic in Colombia. Maybe it’s the country’s staggering natural riches, with cloud forests, snow-capped peaks and sugar-white beaches galore. Perhaps it’s the exquisite colonial cities such as colourful Cartagena, one of the most beautiful in Latin America. Or maybe it’s the people who are warm and welcoming. Despite all this, it’s still a bit of a hidden gem. We’ll show you the most special places over 12 days, from the city of Medellin and Big Guatape Rock, to the unspoilt Minca jungle, the gorgeous beach resort of Viajero Tayrona and your own jewel-like private island. #travelgoals.
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Day 1: Medellin. Buenos dias Colombia! One of our local team will meet you from the airport and transfer you to your starting accommodation. Meet your guide and the rest of your group this evening and get to know each other over a few drinks.
Day 2: Medellin. Dive straight into the city with a walking tour. We’ll visit the changed Communa 13 to see the colourful street art and ride the giant escalators for panoramic views. Immerse yourself in Medellin’s lively nightlife after the sun goes down.
Day 3: Guatape. We’re off to the Big Guatape Rock today for one of the best views in Colombia. Get ready for a bit of a climb, with 650 steps to cover! After, we’ll continue on to a local coffee farm, and then enjoy one last night in Medellin.
Day 4: Santa Marta. Take an early flight to Santa Marta. Check into the hotel and spend the afternoon chilling by the pool or exploring the historic heart of the city.
Day 5: Minca jungle. Spend the day in the verdant, bio diverse Minca jungle, hiking past waterfalls and coffee plantations and spotting wildlife. After our hike we’ll kick back in the largest hammocks in the world at Casa Elemento before heading back to Santa Marta.
Day 6: Viajero Tayrona. We’re staying in a boutique hostel on an idyllic private beach for the next two days. Chill by the stylish pool area or take part in some of the free activities including dance classes, yoga and volleyball. Tonight we’ll have a group bonfire and cocktails on the beach.
Day 7: Viajero Tayrona. Start the day with a surf lesson then spend the rest of the day relaxing in paradise.
Day 8: Cartagena. Travel to the beautiful colonial city of Cartagena, arriving into the Old Town in time for sunset drinks and dinner.
Day 9: Isla Roots. We’ve got a real treat in store with two days on Isla Roots, a remote private island. Spend your day enjoying your exquisite tropical location or doing some water sports if you’re feeling more active.
Day 10: Isla Roots boat trip. Spend the whole day cruising the azure seas on an island-hopping adventure. We’ll visit Santa Cruz del Islote, the most densely populated island in the world, sleepy Tintipan and Murcura coral island. Sail back to Isla Roots after an unforgettable day.
Day 11: Cartagena. Travel back to Cartagena today. You’ll have a couple of hours to relax, explore the city more and freshen up before a last night out with your new friends. We’ll head to the quaint Old Town this evening, then watch the sun set with a cocktail or two.
Day 12: Trip end. Your amazing adventure has come to an end. Pack your bags and swap contact details before heading to the airport or continuing your travels in Colombia.
- 11 nights’ accommodation
- 5 breakfasts and 2 lunches
- Airport pick-up on arrival
- All on-trip transport (including 1 internal flight)
- Medellin city tour
- Communa 13 street art tour
- El Penol rock climb
- Guatape & local coffee farm visit
- Minca Jungle, Marinka Waterfalls & viewpoints visit
- Casa Elemento trip
- Surf lesson
- Private island getaway
- Island hopping adventure
- Cartagena Old Town walking tour
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Return airport transfer
- Most meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
11 nights of accommodation are included on this trip in a mixture of dorm-style (6 nights) and twin rooms (5 nights). If you wish to arrive before the trip start date, we can book additional nights of accommodation for you at an extra cost.
5 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This allows you maximum flexibility to eat where and when you like. Options range from high end dining to rustic street stalls offering everything from corn on the cob to empanadas.
The trip starts on day 1 in Medellin and finishes on day 12 in Cartagena. You’ll need to fly into Jose Maria Cordova International Airport (MDE) on day 1. You’ll be met at the airport by one of our local team members and taken to your starting accommodation.
The nearest airport to the trip end point is Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG). The airport is only around 6km from Cartagena centre. It normally takes around 20 minutes by taxi, depending on traffic. Please allow plenty of time to reach the airport. You’ll need to arrange your own return transfer but your guide can help with this.
You need to be 18 to take part in this trip. This trip is designed for travellers between 18-39.
British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days without visa. You may need to provide evidence of return or onward travel. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from your date of entry into Colombia.
Can I Travel On My Own?
Absolutely! In fact most of our customers travel solo, because the format of our trips means that you’re travelling with a ready-made group of mates.
What Will My Guide Be Like?
Your guide will be a helpful source of information during your tour. They have important local knowledge and your safety and quality of experience is paramount to them. They can help you with things to do in your free time, places to eat and any onward travel.
Can I Add Another Trip On To This?
Most definitely! We’ve got a number of trips in South America and around the world that you can add to this to build your own bespoke itinerary. Speak to a travel adviser for more information.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.