- Immerse your entire family in authentic Colombian culture in Cartagena
- Discover Caribbean rhythms with a family drum and dance workshop
- Explore the National Colombian Aviary, home to hundreds of bird species
- Swim, snorkel, and relax on unspoiled beaches in Tayrona National Park
|Day 1||Arrive in Cartagena||Cartagena|
|Day 2||City Tour of Cartagena, Chocolate Tasting||Cartagena|
|Day 3||Drums & Music Workshop, Bird Sanctuary||Cartagena|
|Day 4||Transfer to Santa Marta||Santa Marta|
|Day 5||Tayrona National Park Adventure||Santa Marta|
|Day 6||Minca Tour & Coffee Farm||Santa Marta|
|Day 7||Transfer to Cartagena & Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Cartagena
Welcome to Cartagena! You and your family will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, drop off your luggage and enjoy your first evening in this colorful jewel of Colombia's Caribbean coast. Put on some walking shoes and take your family on an afternoon stroll around the city to get your bearings and lose yourself in its historic streets.In the evening, discover Cartagena's thriving culinary scene, choosing from casual cafés frequented by locals to upscale restaurants by some of Latin America's most famous chefs. Head to Candé for great Caribbean food, a sample of local dances, and a family atmosphere—the perfect spot to celebrate your first night in the country.
Day 2: City Tour of Cartagena, Chocolate TastingAfter breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up for a four-hour tour of Cartagena. Take in the best views in the city at La Popa Monastery, then head to Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a mighty fort built to protect the thriving port from pirate attacks. Your next stop will be the Walled City, where you will see the Bóvedas, another example of military architecture and fascinating history.
Day 3: Drums & Music Workshop, Bird Sanctuary
The team of Batambora Drum Workshop School invites the whole family to live an extraordinary musical experience today. Led by a group of young people from nearby La Boquilla's Afro community, Batambora aims to preserve and celebrate the cultural traditions of African heritage in the Caribbean. Kids will love connecting with the local rhythms of Afro-Colombian folk music such as cumbia, mapalé, and champeta, and finding their own beats on the traditional drums.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 4: Transfer to Santa Marta
It's so long to Cartagena today as you travel by private transfer to Santa Marta. The drive takes about four hours, but if the kids get antsy you can stop on the way for lunch in Barranquilla, the largest city on the northern Caribbean coast and the main industrial, educational, and tech hub of Caribbean Colombia.Upon arrival, the rest of the day is at your leisure. Kids might want to spend the rest of the afternoon around the pool or at the beach, but there's also plenty to explore around town. The port of Santa Marta enjoys the distinction of being the first Spanish settlement in Colombia, and the historic downtown has been restored and is worth a visit. Nearby, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, and the gateway to postcard-worthy Tayrona National Natural Park, on the palm-fringed Caribbean coast, which you'll venture into on tomorrow's adventure.
Day 5: Tayrona National Park Adventure
Pack your swimsuits and hiking shoes and meet your guide early in the morning for today's full-day tour of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ("Tayrona National Park"). This protected area is known for having some of the most pristine coastal landscapes in the entire country. Start with a hike in the tropical foothills near Playa Cañaveral, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and keep a lookout for the park's plentiful wildlife. Keen-eyed children might spot poison dart frogs, iguanas, and the adorable endemic cotton-top tamarin.
Then it's time to cool down with some beach time. For families who love to swim, the exotic beach of Arrecifes will be a hit, while La Piscina is an ideal spot for snorkeling. Continue to Cabo San Juan and enjoy the bay of white sand surrounded by large volcanic rocks, where you can while away the afternoon in paradise before a transfer back to your hotel in time for dinner.
Day 6: Minca Tour & Coffee FarmYour guide will meet you at your hotel this morning for a day trip to Minca, a mountain village located on the coastal hillside. Make sure to pack an extra layer as this area is known for its refreshing, cooler temperatures. Tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountains, remote Minca is seemingly a world away from the bustling city of Santa Marta. Your tour starts working coffee farms in the region. After learning about the production process and enjoying a taste of organic coffee, you'll visit the beautiful Marinka waterfalls where kids can go for a swim.
Day 7: Transfer to Cartagena & Depart
It's time to say goodbye to Colombia. When the time comes, your driver will pick you up and transfer you back to Cartagena's airport for your departing flight. Safe travels!
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