The tropical island of Providencia, the colourful city of Cartagena and the beauty of Tayrona

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the beautiful walled city of Cartagena and uncover its military history
  • Enjoy the flavours of the Caribbean with a guided rum tasting
  • Drift down the river all the way to the ocean in the Tayrona Region
  • Visit the Tungueka indigenous community and learn about their traditions and beliefs
  • Head out to the Islas del Rosario off the coast of Cartagena on a private yacht

What's included

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Private transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Expert guides in each destination
  • Our help with restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • An English-speaking host in Tayrona and Providencia
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At a glance

Colombia is such a varied destination and this 12-day trip lets you experience the vibrant city of Cartagena, the beautiful wilderness of Tayrona and the idyllic Isla de Providencia.

Your adventure starts in the Tayrona Region, an area characterised by lush rainforest and wild ocean. The park itself can get quite busy, so you’ll stay on the outskirts and spend your time exploring quieter regions. Float down the Don Diego river on a boat, keeping your eyes peeled for howler monkeys and caiman, and visit the Tungueka indigenous community to learn about their traditional culture, beliefs and connection with nature.

It’s then onto the exciting city of Cartagena, which is quite unlike anywhere else in Colombia. Flowers tumble down from balconies, houses are painted the colours of the rainbow and carts piled high with mango and dragon fruit wind their way through the narrow streets. The city has a long naval and military history and you’ll learn all about it as you explore the Castillo de San Felipe fortress with your expert historian guide. It’s then time for a bit of rum tasting and beach time as you head out on a private boat to the Islas del Rosario.

The final leg of your journey sees you heading for Isla Baru where there are snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, or simply spend your days relaxing is stunning coastal surroundings. You can also visit the aviary on Isla Baru which is full of spectacular birdlife.  The perfect way to round up a wonderful Caribbean adventure.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-4

Tayrona Region

Flights & transfers


Private transfer from Santa Marta airport to your hotel

Accommodation in the Tayrona Region

Three nights in the Tayrona Region Three nights in the Tayrona Region

Spend your time here exploring its nature-rich surroundings, spotting abundant birdlife on the river banks, seeking out archaeological sites amid the jungle or even floating down the wonderful Don Diego river on an inflatable rubber ring. For something really special, and for an additional cost, you can charter a private boat and head out to discover Tayrona's secret bays. You'll be in the company of your host and the yacht is kitted out with snorkelling equipment so you can dive right in and explore the crystal clear waters of bays such as Cinto, Chengue and Neguanje.

Don Diego river safari Don Diego river safari

Take a private transfer to the Don Diego river. After a 15-minute trek up a lush mountain, you will arrive at the river bank from where you will float down a crystalline river all the way down to the ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds, howler monkeys and small caymans which are harmless and very shy.

Tungueka indigenous community Tungueka indigenous community

Today you will drive to the outskirts of the indigenous Tungeka community, where you will hike 2.2km to find the town used by Kogui families as a place of transit when transporting crops. Tungueka translates as 'wall', meaning these Kogui families have successfully preserved their cultural traditions through minimal contact with outside civilisation. In a unique cultural exchange, you will learn about their traditional culture, beliefs and connection with nature first hand, which requires significant humility and respect. Please note, the Kogui should not be photographed/filmed without their permission. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, long trousers and cover your shoulders.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Cartagena

Days 4-8


Accommodation in Cartagena

Four nights in Cartagena Four nights in Cartagena

Cartagena is Colombia's coastal gem and its most romantic city. The warm Caribbean breeze gathers up sounds of salsa music and the scent of the flowers that cascade down from the balconies of the rainbow-coloured houses that line its cobbled streets. Steeped in colonial and nautical history, Cartagena boasts impressive ramparts, forts and bastions as well as plenty of Spanish-style architecture. This is a city made for exploring: wind your way through the historic centre passing carts laden with juicy fruit and women selling coconut candies under the shade of the arches that ring the plazas. There are also fortifications to explore, museums to discover and lots of rooftops from which to sit and watch the world go by.

History and fortifications tour History and fortifications tour

Your tour starts with a private transfer to Castillo de San Felipe fortress accompanied by a local history expert. You'll explore dark tunnels and lookout points as they recount captivating stories and explain military strategy tactics used to defend Cartagena from pirates and invaders. Conclude the tour walking along the winding streets of Cartagena’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while listening to fascinating stories behind the iconic plazas, cathedrals, and colonial mansions.

Rum tasting Rum tasting

Enjoy a tasting experience in which your local rum expert will guide you through how rum is processed and aged, in order to recognise its unique characteristics.

Islas del Rosario boat trip Islas del Rosario boat trip

Meet your driver and local host at the hotel for a private transfer to Cartagena’s dock where your boat will be waiting. Aboard your speedboat and depart towards the Islas del Rosario archipelago, located 50 minutes from Cartagena. These rugged islands are blessed with clear blue waters, colourful coral reefs and diverse marine life. Spend the day cruising between islands, swimming, and snorkelling in the azure waters of these coralline islands.
This excursion typically starts at approximately 9am and finishes by 3pm but this be dependent on the weather, tides and other local conditions. Quite often the exact details will be finalised the day before.
Please bring swimming costumes, sunscreen and a hat. Water and refreshments will be provided. Should you wish to make small purchases on the islands you will need cash, there are no ATMs available on the islands.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Cartagena airport


Transfer to Baru

Days 8-12


Accommodation in Baru

Scuba diving expedition Scuba diving expedition

Alongside a local Masterdiver, navigate to the protected reef at the National Park of the Rosario Islands. As you explore the depths of the Caribbean Sea, witness the abundant marine life found around the reef.

Baru Island aviary Baru Island aviary

Today you will visit the aviary on Baru island, one of South America’s largest. Colombia has the largest bird diversity in the world, and at the aviary there are more than 1,200 species. Have fun spotting toucans, flamingos, macaws, humming birds and more.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Cartagena airport

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