Kids love Cartagena. And why wouldn’t they? As a former playground for pirates, the city has plenty to offer for active families that love to explore around. Here’s an idea for the perfect family break in Cartagena for you and your little ones.

Highlights

  • Seeing your kids' eyes light up as they search for tasty goodies hidden around the city on a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt
  • Learn how to make your own chocolate delights
  • Family-friendly menus in Cartagena’s top restaurants
  • Snorkel and swim in the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean
  • Wind back the clock with a family-friendly beach excursion to the Rosario Islands
  • An educational excursion to Aviario national park, a stunning bird sanctuary that’s home to more than 135 different feathered friends

Overview

Get your holiday off to an epic start with an eighteenth-century treasure hunt. This tailor-made tour lets your little ones run riot through one of the historical monuments of Cartagena under the close supervision of our child-minding buccaneers.

Touring the city makes for hungry work so a travel team will be on hand to make sure your group has table reservations for your main meals of the day. Just let us know your group’s dietary needs/preferences and we’ll do the rest.

A dreamy beach day out in the Rosario Islands on your private boat will take up most of your third day in town. There, you’ll enjoy some snorkeling in coral-fringed waters and taste the catch of the day in a boutique beach club.

There’s myriad of ways the family can immerse in Colombia’s fascinating culture and we’ve combed out a few failsafe options that everyone will enjoy. Take a look at our ideas and feel inspired! We’re happy to customize any options, as well. Happy kids, happy holidays!

Brief itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival into Cartagena Cartagena
Day 2 Chocolate Making Masterclass; Cartagena Treasure Hunt; Fishy feast on the walls Cartagena
Day 3 Day in the Rosario Islands; Lunch at the Beach Resort Cartagena
Day 4 Trip to Bird Sanctuary; Latin Dance class Cartagena
Day 5 Depart Cartagena Cartagena

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cartagena

Cartagena
The Old City of Cartagena, with endless streets of beautiful colonial architecture

Private transport will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your colonial house or hotel and meet-and-greet with your concierge. Depending on your arrival time, we can fit a tour into your schedule and provide some great recommendations for your evening meal. After dinner, take a short stroll through Cartagena's small, atmospheric city squares. 

Day 2: Make Chocolate & Search For TreasureLearn how to make your own chocolate delights

chocolate making
Learn how to make your own chocolate delights (© This Is Cartagena)

Learn the history and Willy Wonka tricks of artisanal chocolate making with an interactive workshop that’s fun for kids, big or small.

Rise and shine me hearties, it’s treasure hunt time! Scout the town for sweet treats and goodies with this fun way to explore Cartagena's rich cultural heritage. Explore and discover Cartagena's rich historic pedigree with a family visit to the city's most important museums, cultural centers, and historic landmarks.

After stuffing themselves with chocolate, take your exhausted little ones for a fresh fish meal on the 17th-century walls of Cartagena overlooking the sparkling bay.

Day 3: Deluxe Island Day Trip

Beach holiday
Snorkeling and swimming on family-friendly beaches (© This Is Cartagena)

There’s nothing like a beach treat for some much-needed family bonding. You will be picked up from your apartment or hotel to take you to the pier where you will board a luxury speedboat and be whisked off to the Rosario Islands – an idyllic archipelago of 30 islands and islets 45 minutes south of Cartagena. Here you will be able to snorkel and swim in the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean before stopping off at a family-friendly boutique beach resort for lunch, games and pool time.

Day 4:  Beautiful Birds & Crazy Salsa

Parrots
Explore the nearby bird sanctuary in Aviaro National Park (© This Is Cartagena)

We’ll whisk you off in a 4x4 for an epic jungle excursion to the stunning Aviario national park, a bird watching paradise, home 135 different bird species.

Later, the whole family will have the chance to burn off all that youthful energy with a Latin dance class. Our concierge team can employ a qualified nanny later on for the adults in the group who want to practice their new moves at one of Cartagena’s great nightspots.

Day 5: Depart Cartagena

Cartagena's streets
The streets of Cartagena

All good things must come to an end! We’ll send you off to the airport in an air-conditioned vehicle with memories to last a lifetime.

Please note: This is a suggested itinerary and can be adapted according to your particular tastes. Concierge and babysitting services can be provided upon request.