Colombia is the nation of magical realism. It is the 25th largest country in the world , enjoying plenty of different climates and landscapes. It has the second largest population of Spanish speakers in the world (only after Mexico). It is the largest producer and exporter of roses in the world.
Cartagena, Colombia is known as the “Jewel of the Indies” and it’s easy to see why. This city is absolutely magical, with beautiful architecture, interesting history and culture, delicious food, and nearby Caribbean beaches. Cartagena has a unique blend of European, African, and indigenous cultures. One of the most unique cultures in Cartagena is that of the Palenque people. The Palenque formed the first freed slave settlement in the Americas about an hour outside of Cartagena.
TRIP TYPE: TRADTIONAL
(Note: Our company does not keep waitlist. No
additional weeks will be added once this trip is sold out.)
Trip Dates Available:
February 13 - 17, 2024
(closes Apr. 15, 2023)
May 23 - 27, 2024
June 19 - 23, 2024
July 3 - 7, 2024
Airport Airport: CTG
Departure Airport: CTG
CARTAGENA CITY TOUR
Visit the local market, learn about natives of Cartagena and the African influence. Visit to traditional neighborhoods to understand the city from a geographic, cultural, social and economic point of view.
Visit to Palenque, a town established by runaway slaves with big African roots where we learn about music, dance,culture, way of living, customs and beliefs. Learn to play the drums and learn how the hairstyles of the local women played a very important role on their way to freedom.
ROSARIO ISLAND HOPPING
Take a dip into the pristine waters of these beautiful coral reef national natural parks where you can swim, take a walk around the island or do snorkeling activity with a local instructor.
Set in Cartagena de Indias, a few steps from Bocagrande Beach, our hotel offers accommodations with a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service.
ARRIVAL INTO CARTAGENA
Upon arrival into Cartagena, Rafael Nunez International Airport (CTG), collect your bags then make your way to our host hotel. If this is your first time traveling outside of the Country reach out to our Trip Support team for suggested airport transfer companies. After check-in, take the rest of the afternoon at leisure rewinding from the long flight.
In the evening, we will all get together for a welcome dinner to get to know each other.
CARTAGENA CITY TOUR
The best way to get to know a destination is by gaining a bit of its history.
After breakfast at our hotel, you'll take a tour that gives you a deep dive into Cartagena’s roots. You’ll immediately immerse ourselves in the local culture by trekking through the city, sampling local foods, learning about the people and the African influence in their customs and beliefs.
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