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Tayrona National Park

Duration: 3 days

Tayrona National Park is located in northern Colombia along the Caribbean coastline. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and is also rich in culture, wildlife, and tropical rainforest. The park is close to 30,000 acres and... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: bogotá

Colonial architectureColonial architecture

Arrival at El Dorado airport in Bogotá.  Meet your guide in the arrivals hall and transfer to your hotel for the night. (30 min)

Lodging
Hotel casa Deco (or similar)

Day 2: bogotá

Bogota CathedralBogota Cathedral

After breakfast, enjoy a half day visit to La Candelaria, the historic center of Bogotá.  This archaic suburb has great significance in the country´s history due to its cultural heritage and is also a great example of Spanish colonial architecture.  Visit the main square, Plaza de Bolivar (originally call Plaza Maor), where a statue of the great emancipator Simon Bolivar is located.  The plaza has been used for both military and civilian purposes, including as a marketplace, a bullring and a place where executions were held. The Cathedral on its eastern side is constructed on the same spot where the first church was built in Bogotá in 1539, and houses an important collection of religious artifacts such as textiles and artworks.  Just beside the Cathedral is the Capilla del Sagrario, a gem of religious architecture that houses valuable pieces of colonial religious art by Gregorio Vasquez de Arce y Ceballos.  The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows its renaissance and neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns, and it was the first example of republican civil architecture.  The central area of the Capitol, known as the Elliptic Hall, is where congress meets and is the actual chamber for politicians and the Senate. In the internal squares are busts of former presidents, including four-term president General Tomás Cipriano Mosquera and Rafael Núñez, the composer of the Colombian National Anthem.  Also around Plaza de Bolivar are the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogotá’s offices (Edificio Liévano), the oldest school in the county (San Bartolome) and the Casa de los Comuneros, named after the leaders that participated towards the end of the 17th century in some of the first movements toward independence from Spain and the formation of the Republic.
The visit continues with the Botero Museum, (closed on Tuesdays) a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero´s own works of art and pieces from his own personal collection that includes works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.  Next is the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays) which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Gold Museum is considered one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been operating since 1939. In 2007 it underwent a complete renovation making it possible for visitors to enjoy an interactive experience.
End the visit with a funicular ride up Monserrate Mountain to visit the Santuario de Monserrate, a symbol of Bogotá that dominates the skyline.  An incredible panoramic view of city on one side and the Andes on the other awaits traveler and pilgrim alike.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Casa Deco (or similar)

Day 3: bogotá / armenia

Transfer to the airport and fly to Armenia. Meet your guide at the airport who will then transfer you to a traditional coffee farm. Here you'll learn about the coffee-making process. You will visit the plantations before exploring the small factory where the coffee is processed. And of course some tasting while there! Enjoy your overnight stay in this region. Rest of the day at leisure.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Villa Nora (or similar)

Day 4: salento / valle del cocora

Admire the glittering green color of buff-tailed coronetsAdmire the glittering green color of buff-tailed coronets

After breakfast, leave for the Valle de Cocora which is located in the central mountains of the department of Quindio. This makes up part of the Parque Nacional de los Nevados and is the ideal place to marvel at the “Quindian wax palm” (Ceroxylon quincense), the national tree of Colombia. This tree can reach a staggering height of 60m. A great number of bird species live in the area, in particular some types of hummingbird and the  endangered orejíamarillo or the palm parrot (Ognorhynchus icteroti).
In the afternoon head back to Salento for a little walk in this typical village, that was constructed in the middle of the 19th century.
 

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Villa Nora (or similar)

Day 5: quindio villages

Enjoy Colombian CoffeeEnjoy Colombian Coffee

Enjoy a tasty breakfast at the haienda and then depart by jeep with your local guide to explore the local villages. You will feel the warm and charm of this region and it's beautiful landscapes. Taste local fruits and get to know the people. Enjoy splendid viewpoints overlooking the coffee, pineapple and banana plantations. 

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Villa Nora (or similar)

Day 6: armenia / pereira / medellin

The Medellin metro cableThe Medellin metro cable

Early this morning you'll transfer to Pereira airport for your flight to Medellin. Upon arrival you'll be met and taken to your to the hotel for check-in. Then enjoy a half day tour to visit those places that best represent the social transformation that has taken place in Medellín via public transportation. The tour will show the symbolic areas of Medellín from the 1980s, when the city was one of the most dangerous in the world, up to today many projects that fostered the city’s change.
Listen to local musician and the traditional "Guascua" music while visiting the Parque Berrio. Stroll through the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellin to the famous Botero Plaza with an exhibition of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, whose sculptures have become a landmark of the city. 

Santo Domingo Savio, which used to be one of the most unsafe suburbs of Medellín, located some 7km from the city center, it is a clear example of the social transformation that has taken place in the last few years. Arrive here by the metro cable car that joins the north-east area with the city center, which has been life changing to many of the inhabitants of Medellín. Santo Domingo Savio houses the Biblioteca España Park, inaugurated in 2007. It is one of a series of 30 urban and social regeneration projects that helped transform the urban, social and cultural landscape of Medellín; a city with new spaces for culture, knowledge and lifestyle. The library is a space of social inclusion, cohabitation and access to a world of information. It is located on the border of Santo Domingo hill with an open view of the city, and comprises three box-shaped buildings, each one housing a different part of the library, the community services, and auditorium. Behind the library stands a mural painted by the local inhabitants in commemoration of the victims of the violent past, symbolized by a new birth for everybody.

In the afternoon, learn more about Medellin's transformation by visiting the Comuna 13 neighborhood. Here you will view amazing street art. This symbolic place has become a big open-air project valuing the change in it's society. The programs started by the locals of this popular neighborhood are becoming more and more innovative. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Diez Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: guatape - la roca el penol

Medellin is the second biggest city in ColombiaMedellin is the second biggest city in Colombia

Depart this morning for Guatape. You will visit El Penol, an immense rock that dominates the Guatape Lagoon and colonial village. The view is spectular. This place has been called a natural and environmental heritage site in Colombia. You will also visit the village and colorful streets. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Diez Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: medellin/cartagena

The colorful homes of CartagenaThe colorful homes of Cartagena

Transfer to Medellin airport for departure flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer and hotel check-in. In the afternoon follow the footsteps of famous pirates and discover the "Pearl of the Caribbean", a city rich in culture, diversity, and heritagel. This tour will bring you back to colonial times with colorful houses and lively squares. Enjoy walking through neighborhoods such as San Diego and Santo Domingo. You will pass by the Plaza de los Coches, Plaze de la Aduana, Parque Bolivar, el Museo del Oro, el Palacio de la Inquisicion, Plaza de Santa Teresa, Palaza de Santo Domingo and Las Murallas.

Meals
Breakfasat
Lodging
Bantu Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: cartagena panoramic tour

Beautiful colors of CartagenaBeautiful colors of Cartagena

Start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa. Formerly known as the “Popa del Galeon” and famous for resembling the stern of a galleon. Constructed in 1606 this church and monastery are located at a height of 140masl from where one can enjoy 360º views of the city and the sea as well as the port zone, one of the most important in the Caribbean. Continuing to the San Felipe fortress, erected in honor of the poet from Cartagena, Don Luis Carlos López, made famous for his sonnet “A mi ciudad nativa.” It was built on San Lázaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and know how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways.  

Enjoy the early afternoon on your own and then depart (approximately 4 pm) to La Boquilla, an authentic afro-Carthaginian fishing village. A short stroll to meet the fishermen and a canoe trip in the Juan Polo Swamp will take you through the mangrove tunnels, to Fisherman Island and the bird park. To end your day, watch the birds at sunset in this peaceful, serene environment. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Bantu Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: cartagena free day for optional activities

You have a few options today. The first is a full day tour to the Archlipielago del Rosario. The Archipiélago del Rosario is located approximately one hour from Cartagena. The national park is ringed by coral reefs and lapped by clear blue waters. It is the habitat for a large variety of marine fauna. Free time for snorkeling and relaxation. Lunch during the excursion. 

Another option is spending the day in Palenque. You would depart in the morning and head to San Basilio de Palenque, a town located 60km away from Cartagena and at approximately one hour’s drive along the Vía de la Cordialidad. Recognized by the UNESCO as Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the town’s name comes from the Palenques, communities of fugitive and escaped slaves from the colonial period of the XVII century. This community has survived intact in San Basilio with their practices, customs and traditions. The inhabitants have retained heavy African influences in their daily routines, as for example their palanquera tongue which blends elements of Spanish with Bantu dialects from Africa. Upon arrival in Palenque, meet a family who teaches visitors about the local customs and way of life. Palenque women teach how to carry fruit in a head basket while walking and Palenque men take care of the children while the women go off to work. Also, take a walk around the community to listen to tales of religious beliefs and customs. Try some traditional sweets. Return to Cartagena. 

Finally, you may also opt for a half day visit to local markets for a cooking lesson and lunch. Depart in the morning in the company of a quality local chef, an enthusiast for local markets and head to La Plaza de Mercado de Bazurto located in the suburb known as Pie de La Popa in Cartagena. This is Cartagena´s main local market and stocks the largest variety of fresh produce in the Caribbean region. Try some of the exotic fruits available and follow the expert as he is welcomed by the vendors. Before leaving the markets take the opportunity to choose and purchase the necessary produce that you will need for your cookery lesson. Continue the excursion heading to Manzanillo del Mar only 15 minutes away from the centre of Cartagena. The class will take place at the chef´s house which offers spectacular views of the sea and a large open kitchen perfect for the lesson. In the afternoon after lunch, enjoy a walk at the beach or have a swim before returning to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Bantu Hotel (or similar)

Day 11: depart

Transfer to the airport for departure flight home.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,395
Holiday surcharges apply Additional costs for domestic flights - estimated $130 per person per flight
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Savoring the nature, coffee, culture and volcanic Andean landscapes

overview

Explore Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, the Andes and coffee country. Visit Colombia's rich valleys, sample the tropical wonders of Valle de Cocora and experience a wide variety of colonial, artistic and historical features and enjoy great food. This trip differs from Colombia Kaleidescope by offering a rich and indepth experience of Medellin, thought by many to be Colombia's most beautiful and colorful city. Both trips offer superbly scenic experiences in a sophisticated, friendly and safe region rich in natural diversity.

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overview

Explore Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, the Andes and coffee country. Visit Colombia's rich valleys, sample the tropical wonders of Valle de Cocora and experience a wide variety of colonial, artistic and historical features and enjoy great food. This trip differs from Colombia Kaleidescope by offering a rich and indepth experience of Medellin, thought by many to be Colombia's most beautiful and colorful city. Both trips offer superbly scenic experiences in a sophisticated, friendly and safe region rich in natural diversity.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: bogotá
    Colonial architectureColonial architecture

    Arrival at El Dorado airport in Bogotá.  Meet your guide in the arrivals hall and transfer to your hotel for the night. (30 min)

    Lodging
    Hotel casa Deco (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: bogotá
    Bogota CathedralBogota Cathedral

    After breakfast, enjoy a half day visit to La Candelaria, the historic center of Bogotá.  This archaic suburb has great significance in the country´s history due to its cultural heritage and is also a great example of Spanish colonial architecture.  Visit the main square, Plaza de Bolivar (originally call Plaza Maor), where a statue of the great emancipator Simon Bolivar is located.  The plaza has been used for both military and civilian purposes, including as a marketplace, a bullring and a place where executions were held. The Cathedral on its eastern side is constructed on the same spot where the first church was built in Bogotá in 1539, and houses an important collection of religious artifacts such as textiles and artworks.  Just beside the Cathedral is the Capilla del Sagrario, a gem of religious architecture that houses valuable pieces of colonial religious art by Gregorio Vasquez de Arce y Ceballos.  The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows its renaissance and neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns, and it was the first example of republican civil architecture.  The central area of the Capitol, known as the Elliptic Hall, is where congress meets and is the actual chamber for politicians and the Senate. In the internal squares are busts of former presidents, including four-term president General Tomás Cipriano Mosquera and Rafael Núñez, the composer of the Colombian National Anthem.  Also around Plaza de Bolivar are the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogotá’s offices (Edificio Liévano), the oldest school in the county (San Bartolome) and the Casa de los Comuneros, named after the leaders that participated towards the end of the 17th century in some of the first movements toward independence from Spain and the formation of the Republic.
    The visit continues with the Botero Museum, (closed on Tuesdays) a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero´s own works of art and pieces from his own personal collection that includes works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.  Next is the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays) which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Gold Museum is considered one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been operating since 1939. In 2007 it underwent a complete renovation making it possible for visitors to enjoy an interactive experience.
    End the visit with a funicular ride up Monserrate Mountain to visit the Santuario de Monserrate, a symbol of Bogotá that dominates the skyline.  An incredible panoramic view of city on one side and the Andes on the other awaits traveler and pilgrim alike.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Casa Deco (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: bogotá / armenia

    Transfer to the airport and fly to Armenia. Meet your guide at the airport who will then transfer you to a traditional coffee farm. Here you'll learn about the coffee-making process. You will visit the plantations before exploring the small factory where the coffee is processed. And of course some tasting while there! Enjoy your overnight stay in this region. Rest of the day at leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Villa Nora (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: salento / valle del cocora
    Admire the glittering green color of buff-tailed coronetsAdmire the glittering green color of buff-tailed coronets

    After breakfast, leave for the Valle de Cocora which is located in the central mountains of the department of Quindio. This makes up part of the Parque Nacional de los Nevados and is the ideal place to marvel at the “Quindian wax palm” (Ceroxylon quincense), the national tree of Colombia. This tree can reach a staggering height of 60m. A great number of bird species live in the area, in particular some types of hummingbird and the  endangered orejíamarillo or the palm parrot (Ognorhynchus icteroti).
    In the afternoon head back to Salento for a little walk in this typical village, that was constructed in the middle of the 19th century.
     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Villa Nora (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: quindio villages
    Enjoy Colombian CoffeeEnjoy Colombian Coffee

    Enjoy a tasty breakfast at the haienda and then depart by jeep with your local guide to explore the local villages. You will feel the warm and charm of this region and it's beautiful landscapes. Taste local fruits and get to know the people. Enjoy splendid viewpoints overlooking the coffee, pineapple and banana plantations. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Villa Nora (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: armenia / pereira / medellin
    The Medellin metro cableThe Medellin metro cable

    Early this morning you'll transfer to Pereira airport for your flight to Medellin. Upon arrival you'll be met and taken to your to the hotel for check-in. Then enjoy a half day tour to visit those places that best represent the social transformation that has taken place in Medellín via public transportation. The tour will show the symbolic areas of Medellín from the 1980s, when the city was one of the most dangerous in the world, up to today many projects that fostered the city’s change.
    Listen to local musician and the traditional "Guascua" music while visiting the Parque Berrio. Stroll through the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellin to the famous Botero Plaza with an exhibition of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, whose sculptures have become a landmark of the city. 

    Santo Domingo Savio, which used to be one of the most unsafe suburbs of Medellín, located some 7km from the city center, it is a clear example of the social transformation that has taken place in the last few years. Arrive here by the metro cable car that joins the north-east area with the city center, which has been life changing to many of the inhabitants of Medellín. Santo Domingo Savio houses the Biblioteca España Park, inaugurated in 2007. It is one of a series of 30 urban and social regeneration projects that helped transform the urban, social and cultural landscape of Medellín; a city with new spaces for culture, knowledge and lifestyle. The library is a space of social inclusion, cohabitation and access to a world of information. It is located on the border of Santo Domingo hill with an open view of the city, and comprises three box-shaped buildings, each one housing a different part of the library, the community services, and auditorium. Behind the library stands a mural painted by the local inhabitants in commemoration of the victims of the violent past, symbolized by a new birth for everybody.

    In the afternoon, learn more about Medellin's transformation by visiting the Comuna 13 neighborhood. Here you will view amazing street art. This symbolic place has become a big open-air project valuing the change in it's society. The programs started by the locals of this popular neighborhood are becoming more and more innovative. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Diez Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: guatape - la roca el penol
    Medellin is the second biggest city in ColombiaMedellin is the second biggest city in Colombia

    Depart this morning for Guatape. You will visit El Penol, an immense rock that dominates the Guatape Lagoon and colonial village. The view is spectular. This place has been called a natural and environmental heritage site in Colombia. You will also visit the village and colorful streets. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Diez Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: medellin/cartagena
    The colorful homes of CartagenaThe colorful homes of Cartagena

    Transfer to Medellin airport for departure flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer and hotel check-in. In the afternoon follow the footsteps of famous pirates and discover the "Pearl of the Caribbean", a city rich in culture, diversity, and heritagel. This tour will bring you back to colonial times with colorful houses and lively squares. Enjoy walking through neighborhoods such as San Diego and Santo Domingo. You will pass by the Plaza de los Coches, Plaze de la Aduana, Parque Bolivar, el Museo del Oro, el Palacio de la Inquisicion, Plaza de Santa Teresa, Palaza de Santo Domingo and Las Murallas.

    Meals
    Breakfasat
    Lodging
    Bantu Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: cartagena panoramic tour
    Beautiful colors of CartagenaBeautiful colors of Cartagena

    Start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa. Formerly known as the “Popa del Galeon” and famous for resembling the stern of a galleon. Constructed in 1606 this church and monastery are located at a height of 140masl from where one can enjoy 360º views of the city and the sea as well as the port zone, one of the most important in the Caribbean. Continuing to the San Felipe fortress, erected in honor of the poet from Cartagena, Don Luis Carlos López, made famous for his sonnet “A mi ciudad nativa.” It was built on San Lázaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and know how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways.  

    Enjoy the early afternoon on your own and then depart (approximately 4 pm) to La Boquilla, an authentic afro-Carthaginian fishing village. A short stroll to meet the fishermen and a canoe trip in the Juan Polo Swamp will take you through the mangrove tunnels, to Fisherman Island and the bird park. To end your day, watch the birds at sunset in this peaceful, serene environment. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Bantu Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: cartagena free day for optional activities

    You have a few options today. The first is a full day tour to the Archlipielago del Rosario. The Archipiélago del Rosario is located approximately one hour from Cartagena. The national park is ringed by coral reefs and lapped by clear blue waters. It is the habitat for a large variety of marine fauna. Free time for snorkeling and relaxation. Lunch during the excursion. 

    Another option is spending the day in Palenque. You would depart in the morning and head to San Basilio de Palenque, a town located 60km away from Cartagena and at approximately one hour’s drive along the Vía de la Cordialidad. Recognized by the UNESCO as Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the town’s name comes from the Palenques, communities of fugitive and escaped slaves from the colonial period of the XVII century. This community has survived intact in San Basilio with their practices, customs and traditions. The inhabitants have retained heavy African influences in their daily routines, as for example their palanquera tongue which blends elements of Spanish with Bantu dialects from Africa. Upon arrival in Palenque, meet a family who teaches visitors about the local customs and way of life. Palenque women teach how to carry fruit in a head basket while walking and Palenque men take care of the children while the women go off to work. Also, take a walk around the community to listen to tales of religious beliefs and customs. Try some traditional sweets. Return to Cartagena. 

    Finally, you may also opt for a half day visit to local markets for a cooking lesson and lunch. Depart in the morning in the company of a quality local chef, an enthusiast for local markets and head to La Plaza de Mercado de Bazurto located in the suburb known as Pie de La Popa in Cartagena. This is Cartagena´s main local market and stocks the largest variety of fresh produce in the Caribbean region. Try some of the exotic fruits available and follow the expert as he is welcomed by the vendors. Before leaving the markets take the opportunity to choose and purchase the necessary produce that you will need for your cookery lesson. Continue the excursion heading to Manzanillo del Mar only 15 minutes away from the centre of Cartagena. The class will take place at the chef´s house which offers spectacular views of the sea and a large open kitchen perfect for the lesson. In the afternoon after lunch, enjoy a walk at the beach or have a swim before returning to your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Bantu Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: depart

    Transfer to the airport for departure flight home.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,395
Holiday surcharges apply Additional costs for domestic flights - estimated $130 per person per flight
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Tayrona National Park

Duration: 3 days

Tayrona National Park is located in northern Colombia along the Caribbean coastline. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and is also rich in culture, wildlife, and tropical rainforest. The park is close to 30,000 acres and... read more

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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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