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 (6 nights) and twin-share (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. 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.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.