Explore the highlights of this South American gem
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Group Size: Max 20
Trip code: TUCL
Duration: 12 days
Hola Colombia! With dazzling beaches, soaring mountains, incredible biodiversity, the best coffee in the world and more festivals than days of the year, it’s easy to see why this South American sweetheart often ranks as one of the happiest countries on Earth! We’ll show you the Colombia that is so much more than Escobar and Shakira! Explore colourful cities, lush jungles and private paradise islands on this incredible 12 day group tour - it’s a trip you won’t forget in a hurry.
- Stay on your own private paradise island in the Islas De San Bernado
- Explore the colourful streets of Medellin
- Chill in the world’s largest hammock, deep in the jungle at Minca
- Climb to the top of Guatape Rock for one of the best views in Colombia
- Explore the beautiful colonial city of Cartagena
Day 1: Medellin. Hello Colombia! We’ll meet you from the airport and take you to your starting accommodation. Chill out at the hotel or get exploring in Medellin! Later, meet with your group for dinner and drinks.
Day 2: Medellin. Take a city tour and learn how Medellin has transformed in recent years. We’ll visit the notorious Communa 13, see some colourful street art and take the giant escalators up the hills for incredible views. Tonight, enjoy a beer with your new friends.
Day 3: Guatape & coffee farm visit. Today we’ll visit the iconic Piedra Del Penol (Big Guatape Rock) which soars high above Guatape Lake. Climb 650 stairs to the top for one of the best views in Colombia. Then visit a coffee farm to learn about the country’s biggest export.
Day 4: Santa Marta. Take an early flight to the colonial city of Santa Marta. Our hotel has a great pool and a lovely relaxed vibe, so when you arrive, dump your bags, grab your swimmers and chill!
Day 5: Minca Jungle. Head deep into the jungle today to Minca, a nature lovers’ paradise of waterfalls, mountains and abundant wildlife. Trek into the wilderness, then spend the afternoon relaxing in the jungle in the world’s largest hammocks!
Day 6: Beach day. Travel to our boutique beachside hostel this morning. With its own private stretch of sand, gently swaying palms and a beautiful pool area, it’s like heaven on Earth. Sip a smoothie from the beach bar, or snooze in a hammock, before a bonfire and cocktails on the beach tonight.
Day 7: Beach day & surf lesson. Stroll down to the beach for a surf lesson this morning. After that there’s nothing to do but relax. Top up the tan, treat yourself to a massage, or play beach volleyball.
Day 8: Cartagena. This morning we’ll travel down the coast to Cartagena, a beautifully preserved colonial city. We’ll spend most of today on the road but arrive in time for sunset drinks and dinner.
Day 9: Private island getaway. Our home for the next 2 days is our own private island - wow! Surrounded by crystal clear water and mangrove swamps, it’s the ultimate Caribbean idyll. Chill in the sea hammocks or rent a kayak for the afternoon – bliss!
Day 10: Island hopping adventure. Jump from one beautiful island to the next today, stopping to swim and snorkel in the azure sea. We’ll visit Tintipan, Murcura and the Islote Islands, including the most densely populated island in the world!
Day 11: Cartagena. Head back to the mainland to lovely Cartagena this morning. Chill out at the hostel or explore the magical city further, before enjoying one last night out in the Old Town with your travel buddies.
Day 12: Cartagena & trip end. Enjoy a farewell breakfast with your new friends before saying your goodbyes.
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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) at any time on day 1. You’ll be met at the airport by one of our local team members and taken to your starting accommodation.
You can depart from Cartagena at any time on day 12. The nearest airport to the trip end point is Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG).
11 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip. Rooms are a mix of dorm-style and twin-share. If you wish to arrive before the trip start date we can book additional nights of accommodation for you at an extra cost. Please contact a travel advisor for more information.
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. Don’t miss Colombian specialities such as arepas (ground corn cakes) and ajiacoi (chicken and corn soup with cream).
You need to be 18 to take part in this trip.
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.Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the embassy websites for up to date visa information.