A vibrant adventure from city to coast

Spend a week with us in Colombia, exploring two distinct destinations with unique atmospheres. Cartagena, a city of breathtaking beauty, once stood as the largest seaport for Spanish conquerors during colonial times. The city boasts a meticulously restored city center adorned with boutiques, cafes, and charming restaurants. 

Santa Marta, the first city founded in Colombia, holds historical significance as the resting place of South America's greatest hero, Simón Bolívar, during his retirement from the pursuit of his Gran Colombia dream for freedom. Additionally, Santa Marta is the birthplace of Nobel Prize-winning literary figure Gabriel García Márquez. 

Beyond the urban landscape, we discover the exquisitely beautiful Tayrona National Park, embraced by the "Sierra Nevada" mountain range. This sanctuary interestingly features snow-capped peaks towering above the vibrant jungle foliage, offering an authentic Caribbean experience and the breathtaking beaches often depicted in travel brochures. We have carefully selected the most captivating beaches to ensure you savor the Caribbean ambiance you seek. (Please note that we will explore different beaches on a daily basis). 

7 Nights 8 Days Available on request Cartagena airport
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Tourguide English/Spanish-speaking
  • Arrival transfer in Cartagena
  • Hotel in Cartagena (3n) 
  • Hotel in Santa Marta (4n)
  • Breakfast (7 mornings)
  • 2xLunch (day 3 and day 5)
  • Transportation by bus; Cartagena– Santa Marta-Cartagena/Barranquilla
  • Cartagena City tour
  • Boat-tour to Bararu & Rosario Islands
  • Tour to Cabo San Juan, Tayrona National Park
  • Tour to Playa Cristal, Tayrona National Park
  • Hotel transfers in Cartagena and Santa Marta 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Park fee in Tayrona National Park 20 USD. 
What makes this tour special
  • Cartagena historic center from1533.
  • Bararu & Rosarios Islands
  • Tayrona National Park - Cabo San Juan
  • Santa Marta the third oldest city in the South America
  • Fantastic Carribien beaches

DAY 1. Cartagena 

We will fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The warmth and the fragrance of the Caribbean awaits. Cartagena stands as Colombia's premier tourist attraction, with its vibrant neighborhoods, stunning beaches, and an enchanting Caribbean atmosphere. 

DAY 2. City Tour Cartagena

Founded by the Spanish in 1533, Cartagena holds a rich history and offers a world to discover in this meticulously preserved city, brimming with numerous sights and experiences waiting to be explored. 

AM: Breakfast at the hotel. Following breakfast, we embark on a city tour of Cartagena, a place steeped in historical heritage. Our journey includes a visit to La Popa Monastery and Castillo de San Felipe, a mountaintop fort constructed by the Spanish, strategically positioned to command the bay. We then explore the historical center, stopping at Torre del Reloj and the Plaza de la Aduana, which served as a significant location for the slave trade during colonial times. 

PM: In the afternoon, you'll have some free time to independently explore the city and perhaps savor the flavors of Cartagena at one of its gourmet restaurants. 

DAY 3. Boat Tour to Baru & The Rosario Islands 

To access the finest beaches in Cartagena, we venture beyond the city limits, where the true essence of Caribbean beaches awaits. 

AM: After breakfast, we embark on a brief stroll to the harbor and board a boat bound for the beautiful Rosario Island. This island is part of a small archipelago where you have the option to either indulge in snorkeling or visit the Rosario Oceanarium.  On the return journey, just before reaching the hotel, we hop on a boat to Baru Island. Here, we enjoy the idyllic white sandy beach adorned with palm trees and crystal-clear waters. A buffet lunch awaits, turning our connection to paradise.

DAY 4. Santa Marta 

AM: Breakfast at the hotel. Following breakfast, we board the bus for a scenic 5-hour journey along the coastline to reach Santa Marta, located on the eastern side of the Caribbean. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel, where we will be accommodated for the next four nights. 

DAY 5. Playa Cristal 

Santa Marta is home to approximately 800,000 residents, making it a relatively large city. Abundant in restaurants, museums, and shopping opportunities, you can easily spend a day or two exploring the city if you choose not to venture to the National Park. 

AM: Following breakfast, we journey to Playa Cristal, passing through the charming village of Taganga, a cozy place where we embark on a 30-minute boat ride. This scenic journey leads us to the white sandy beach nestled within the national Park. The scene resembles what you often see in films and magazines – quaint, uncomplicated restaurants dotting the crystal- clear waters of the beach. 

DAY 6. Tayrona National Park Cabo San Juan 

The highlight of Santa Marta awaits – the beautiful paradise of white sandy beaches within the national park. into a truly delightful experience. 

AM: Breakfast at the hotel. Following breakfast, we leave Santa Marta for a 45- minute bus ride to the entrance of Tayrona Park. From there, a 1 1⁄2 hour jungle walk leads us to the stunning beaches of Arrecifes, Arenilla, and La Piscina. Our journey culminates at Cabo San Juan del Guía, a breathtaking beach adorned with impressive landscapes of large rocks. After a refreshing dip, we savor the enchantment of this magical place at our own pace. San Juan stands as arguably the most photographed beach in the entire park. 

Note: Tayrona National Park admission fee - 20USD (Please note this fee is not included) 

DAY 7  Open Day Optional: Hacienda Day 

With a free day at your disposal, you have the option to explore Taganga by foot or venture out with a mask and snorkel to discover the crystal-clear waters.  Additionally, there is an opportunity to visit a local hacienda that offers various activities; swimming in the river, exploring a coffee plantation, bird watching, and/or observing the cultivation of mangoes. Our tour guide will be available to assist you and offer tips to tailor the experience to your liking. 

DAY 8. Return Home 

After a fantastically varied and eventful week in the Caribbean of Colombia, we have reached the end of our adventure. Transfers to the airport will be available. From here your journey with us will continue to either Ecuador, Peru, or wherever home is.

Pickup point
Rafael Núñez internationella flygplats Crespo Calle 70 Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar Colombia
Where will we stay?

On this tour you will stay in the following hotels:


Cartagena         Hotel Dorado Plaza centro Historico 3n


Sana Marta.      Hotel Nuevo Granada 3n

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Cartagena         Santa Catalina Hotel**** 3 n.  


Sana Marta.      Hotel HiltonGarden Inn  3n