13 Day Intrepid Colombia Passage – Medellín to Cartagena

Cultural Tour

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    This tour is provided by

    BnB Colombia

    Our goal is to present to the world the beauty, nature, culture, history and gastronomy of the wonderful country of Colombia. For you to enjoy multiple experiences, in multiple locations, and to ensure your time in Colombia will be a life changing encounter that creates amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

    • 13 Days/12 Nights
    • Max People: 10
    • Availability : Always

    This 13 Colombian Journey through Medellín and into the Tropical Caribbean of Colombia will fill you with memories to last a lifetime.

    These 13 amazing days on our Colombia Passage tour will fill you with an abundance of enjoyment and experiences to be shared for the rest of your life.

    You’ll experience the true Medellín where you will climb to the top of a giant rock with unbelievable views, unlike anything else in the world. Learn how to grow and brew the perfect coffee, visit heritage-listed pueblos (small towns) and enjoy a food tour of the local flavours.

    In Cartagena you’ll discover the coastal Caribbean life in the crystal clear waters of the Rosario Islands as well as an approach to relaxation at the mud volcanoes.

    In Santa Marta you’ll visit an indigenous village, and have the opportunity to go tubing down the famous Palmonio River into the Caribbean Sea. Explore Minca, its cocoa plantation and hidden waterfalls before enjoying the tropical waters and sandy beaches of Cabo San Juan in Tayrona Park.

    Price Includes

    • 12 nights accommodation in a double room in your choice of 3-5 star hotel
    • 12 x breakfasts, 2 x lunch, 1 x dinner
    • Private transfers in an air-conditioned car
    • 4x airport transfers
    • Private excursions
    • English-speaking bilingual guide on all excursions
    • All entrance fees
    • 2 free days with optional additional tours

    Price Excludes

    • International flights
    • Travel insurance

    Optional Extras

    • Flights Domestic and/or international
    • Boat Ride on Lake Guatape
    • Flower Farm Tour from Medellín
    • Tayrona Park and Cabo San Juan
    • Playa Cristal in Tayrona Park including 2x boat ride and Seven Waves Beach
    • Tubing Palomino River FREE - Just advise us when booking you would like to do this
    • San Basilio de Palenque from Cartagena

    Standard Accommodation

    • MedellínObo Hotel or similar
    • CartagenaHotel Patio de Getsemani or similar
    • Santa MartaHotel Sierra Nevada or similar

    Comfort Accommodation

    • MedellínObo Hotel or similar
    • Santa MartaSenda EcoHab Los Naranjos or similar
    • CartagenaAlfiz Hotel or similar

    Luxury Accommodation

    • MedellínCelestino Boutique Hotel or similar
    • Santa MartaVilla Playa Los Naranjos or similar
    • CartagenaAmarla Boutique Hotel Cartagena or similar


    • Booking pre-accommodation in Santa Marta and post-accommodation in Cartagena to experience all these regions have to offer

    Day 1Medellín, Colombia

    Arrive at any time, your driver will be waiting to collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel.

    There are no activities planned for this day, so just relax and maybe check out your neighborhood. If you arrive early we may be able to organize an additional tour for you.

    Day 2Comuna 13 and City Tour

    Comuna 13 was once one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Colombia, but now it is covered with amazing murals and graffiti; it also now receives thousands of tourists every year. On this tour, you’ll also enjoy a cable car ride, fruit tasting and get to ride the outside escalators, which helped transform this neighborhood into what it is today.

    Next, you’ll continue onto a magnificent Medellín City Tour starting in the Plaza Botero, and including a tram ride. The complete journey you will take today will be guided with our local expert who will explain every part of the good, bad and the sometimes-ugly history of this fantastic city

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 3Guatape and Coffee Tour

    You’ll be driven through some of the most beautiful scenery to a coffee farm for a visit and full explanation of the complete process from seed to cup. You’ll enjoy tasting some of Colombia’s precious black gold before continuing on to the replica town of Old Peñol; this town was actually flooded and is at the bottom of Lake Guatape now. The only part of this town that is still visible is the church spiral that sticks out above the water, marking the spot for
    everyone to see (you can visit this spot later in the day).

    Next, it’s onto Guatape Rock; once here you will have the opportunity to climb the 740 steps to the very top with absolutely breathtaking views every step of the way. At the top, you’ll have
    time to catch your breath and relax before leisurely taking the 740 steps back down again.

    On return to the ground, you will be collected and driven to the nearby Guatape Town, where you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the cobblestone streets lined with colorful buildings.

    Next you have a choice of making your way back to Medellín or first enjoying a boat cruise on lake Guatape itself (optional extra). Here you can spend around an hour cruising and (if you choose) stopping at one of Pablo Escobar’s fincas; called La Manueal after his daughter.

    Approximate Duration: 9-10 hours (8am – 5pm)
    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 4Santa Fe de Antioquia

    Your first stop of the day will be a fantastic succulent farm with over 3000 varieties of exotic species. As well as walking throughthe heavenly garden you’ll get to meet the owner who has been running this family farm for over 30 years.

    The next stop is a cable car ride (actually 4) across lush valleys filled with farms of everything you can image, as well as beautiful trees and rivers. You’ll be making 3 stops along the way to change cable cars and for more fantastic views and photos.

    Following this you will carry on to the historical town of Santa Fe de Antioquia, where you will enjoy a fantastic guided tour through this beautiful town. Here you will discover buildings dating back to the colonial times, an absolutely delightful plaza (main square) and
    learn the history of the church that was never completed.

    After you have wandered these stones streets and taken many photos you will continue on to the Western Bridge. This bridge was actually built by an architect that was also involved with building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

    Approximate Duration: 9 hours (8:00am – 5:00pm)
    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 5Free Day and a Food Tour by Night

    Enjoy a Free Day exploring Medellín by yourselves or perhaps you’d like to take a tour to a Flower Farm or a Horseback Ride?

    Your Food Tour will begin at 6:30pm, so you will get to experience some of the Medellín nightlife at the same time. This is truly the most delicious food tour in Medellin. You’ll get to try common street food and beloved local delicacies eaten almost daily by the local
    people of Medellin. Along with this, you’ll also enjoy some exotic fruit juices and typical meals from the wonderful region of Antioquia.

    Day 6Santa Marta - Welcome to the Caribbean Coast!

    Not ready to leave Medellín?

    Let us know if you’d like to extend your stay in this beautiful region. You’ll be transferred to the airport for a morning flight to Santa Marta. Where we have organized your driver to collect you and take you directly to your hotel. Depending on the hotel-style you choose, you will be staying in the Historic Sector of Santa Marta or surrounded by native jungle and vegetation.

    There are no activities planned for this day, so just relax, drink plenty of bottled water (it’s hot here) and maybe check out a beach nearby.

    Day 7Minca – A Breath of Fresh Mountain Air

    Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy this wonderful little mountain pueblo (town) full of artisan shops. Enjoy a tour of a Cocoa Plantation, hidden Waterfalls (take a refreshing swim), a bamboo house and some exotic bird watching.

    Your tour will be for approximately 8 hours

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 8Kogi Indigenous Village

    Enjoy a relaxing transfer up the coast to the beautiful seaside town of Palomino. Here you’ll be changing transport to the back of a motorbike and take a 1-hour ride through some magnificent scenery to the Kogi Indigenous Village of Tungueca. Here you’ll enjoy visiting and interacting with both the young and old Kogi people for approximately an hour, before heading off to take a refreshing swim in some spectacular waterfalls nearby.

    Next, you’ll head back to the village to say your goodbyes and any last-minute photo opportunities. Then back onto the motorbikes for a ride to Palomino and your waiting transportation back to your hotel.

    If you’d also like to enjoy tubing down the Palomino River as well as visiting the Kogi indigenous, just let us know! (Optional with No Additional Cost) Your day’s plan will be basically the same except you’ll also enjoy a 1.3 hour ecological walk, visit the Sevianca Kogi Village, and enjoy approximately 3 hours of tubing.

    Your tour will be for approximately 8 hours

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 9Free Day or Tayrona National Park

    Enjoy a Free Day exploring by yourselves or perhaps you’d like to take a guided tour to Cabo San Juan in Tayrona National Park. If you choose this option you’ll enjoy a guided 2 hour ecological walk through the jungle, visiting 4 beaches including Arenillas, La
    Piscina, Los Arrecifes and Cabo San Juan. You’ll learn about the local environment and the local indigenous; about the native animals that can be seen and or heard; where Caimen (similar to an alligator) are likely to be hiding if they are around; which beaches are safe to swim in; which indigenous are from this area and what do they do while Tayrona Park is closed for a month every year.

    Once you’ve arrived in Cabo San Juan you’ll enjoy some fantastic beach time (approx. 3 hours), along with time to explore the area or partake in watersports, such as snorkeling. After your beach-time has passed you’ll enjoy a 1.3-hour walk through the jungle and your waiting transportation. Your guide will also be safeguarding your possessions and readily available to take the perfect photo of yourselves, in the perfect setting.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 10 Transfer to Cartagena + Day/Night City Tour

    Relax in a morning drive along the coast and through the mountains to the awaiting walled city of Cartagena. Once here you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy some free time before a City Tour starting around 4:30pm. On this wonderful tour you will not only get to see the most important sites of this beautiful city during the day, but the spectacular sight of this ancient city under lights as well.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 11Cartagena: Rosario Islands

    You’ll be starting your day with an 8am pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. From there we’ll take you to pier de la bodeguita (Wharf of the Bodeguita) where a speedboat will be waiting to take you on a breathtaking ocean cruise touring the Rosario Islands to arrive at a beautiful picturesque beach.

    Once here you’ll also be assigned your personal beach space, which will be exclusive for yourself and members of your group. You’ll receive full beach service, a fantastic typical lunch; use of deckchairs and umbrellas; a cocktail on arrival and English speaking hosts. You will not receive any annoying beach vendors trying to sell you souvenirs or anything you do not wish. You will have the full day to relax and enjoy your space, along with the ability to hire gear for snorkeling, paddle boarding or
    kayaking. This will be one of the highlights of your Caribbean adventure!

    Your tour will be for approximately 8 hours

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 12Mangrove and Mud-Volcano Tour

    Enjoy a mud bath in the mineral-rich, world-famous El Volcán de Lodo El Totumo (The mud volcano of Totumo). Here locals will help you massage the mud onto your body. After your relaxing mud bath a group of woman in the Totumo Marsh will be responsible for your cleaning. At the end of the process we head to the beautiful beaches of Manzanillo del Mar where you’ll enjoy a swim in the tropical waters. Next you’ll enjoy a fabulous typical Caribbean lunch including Coconut rice, fried fish, green salad and patacones (think of them as banana fritters).

    Following lunch you’ll Explore the Cartagena Mangroves in a canoe skippered by an expert local fisherman; following this you’ll enjoy a walk through their community to see how the locals
    truly live.

    Your tour will be for approximately 8 hours

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 13Cartagena

    We’ll have transport waiting to take you to the airport at your desired time. Not ready to leave?

    Let us know if you’d like to extend your stay in this beautiful region. Perhaps you’d like to add a tour to San Basilio de Palenque, the first slave-free African settlement in the Americas? Where you can try traditional African food and listen to a unique African dialect that is still spoken today. Or perhaps you’d enjoy a trip to some fruit markets and a cooking class?