Cartagena is the sum of its incredible parts: colonial and modern architecture, vibrant nightlife and cultural festivals, magnificent beaches, and outstanding gastronomic offerings. This six-day tour exposes you to some of the best sights, sounds, and experiences of the Caribbean city, from its dreamy beaches to local cuisine that you can learn to cook for yourself, and much more.

Highlights

  • Explore the centuries of history and culture in the old quarters of Cartagena
  • Learn to cook Cartagena's cuisine in a cooking class in a local home
  • Relax on beautiful white-sand beaches on tiny Múcura Island
  • Have a go at kayaking, snorkeling, or even a night dive at luxurious Punta Faro resort

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cartagena Cartagena
Day 2 Tour Cartagena - Authentic Local Cuisine Party Cartagena
Day 3 San Bernardo Islands Isla Mucura
Day 4 Múcura Highlights Isla Mucura
Day 5 San Bernardo Islands - Return to Cartagena Cartagena
Day 6 Depart Cartagena  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cartagena

Palenqueras
Palenquera in Cartagena

Private transport will be waiting for you at the airport. Relax during the approximately 25-minute drive to your hotel (depending on traffic). On the way, your English-speaking guide will give you all the information you need to get the most of your stay in Colombia.

Cartagena de Indias is known as the ‘Heroic City,’ and brings together the charm of colonial architecture, the excitement of vivid night life, fascinating cultural festivals, and lush landscapes. The city’s beaches beckon, inviting you to unwind and enjoy yourself in the refreshing breeze and warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Day 2: Tour Cartagena - Authentic Local Cuisine Party

Walk the colorful streets of Cartagena

Start your tour of Cartagena in the residential quarters of Bocagrande, Castillo Grande, and the republican neighborhood of Manga, with its grand old mansions. Continue to the Popa Convent, which has wonderful views over the city. Take a walking tour through the underground galleries and tunnels of San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, a Spanish military building. Transfer to the Walled City to stroll around the squares, streets, and churches, including the Inquisition Palace.

In the afternoon, head back into Getsemaní and take a break at one of the patio cafes or restaurants around the bustling Plaza de la Trinidad. The plaza fronts an old yellow church of the same name, which was built around 1600. 

Later in the afternoon you'll get the chance to learn more about Cartagena's cuisine, and try making it yourself. The warmth and tastiness of Cartagena’s cuisine is largely thanks to the generosity of the local cooks. A local family will open the doors to their homes and kitchens so you can learn how to prepare the most authentic dishes. Connect with Cartagena and its gastronomic culture in one of the most authentic experiences you can have here. Feel at home in the kitchens of family homes. You'll be guided by a local cook, and we encourage all guests to participate in the preparations.

Day 3: San Bernardo Islands

San Bernardo Islands

 

After breakfast you'll be transported to the pier, where a boat will be waiting to take you out of the bay of Cartagena and into open waters. You'll cruise in the Caribbean for two hours.

Your ultimate destination is Punta Faro, an exclusive resort on the islet of Múcura. As you enter the crystalline waters of this tiny cove and arrive at the dock, you'll be met with a freshly prepared welcome cocktail. You’ll have the afternoon free to relax on the beach, wander through the resort, lounge in a hammock, try some water sports, or have a go at beach volleyball. In the late afternoon, enjoy a happy-hour cocktail on the bar's terrace overlooking the bay.

Day 4: Múcura Highlights

Mucura
Water sports on Múcura

After a relaxing breakfast at the resort, embark on a hike around the island. This coral islet is tiny yet packed with beauty, and you can walk around the entire island in about an hour.  

Lunch will be served back at the hotel, followed by a boat tour to other islands in the chain, such as Tintipán and Santa Cruz del Islote. The latter is an artificially made, soccer-field-sized outpost that's home to about 500 people. It's thought to be the most densely populated island in the world.

The rest of your afternoon is up to you. You can rent kayaks, go windsurfing, borrow bicycles, or explore underwater marine life with snorkel gear or scuba equipment. The resort even offers night dives.

Day 5: San Bernardo Islands - Return to Cartagena

Punta Faro
Punta Faro

Enjoy a final leisurely breakfast on Múcura and one last swim in the turquoise water, then transfer back to Cartagena by boat. Keep your eyes open and your camera close, as you'll pass by the beautiful Rosario Islands on the way. The boat returns in the early afternoon, so you'll have more time to explore Cartagena, visiting any sites you may have missed so far.

Day 6: Depart Cartagena

It's time to say goodbye to Cartagena

It's time to say goodbye to Cartagena! After breakfast, a representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home.