The trip starts in Medellin and finishes in Cartagena.
Being famous worldwide for a notorious past, Colombia has become the latest up and coming destination. With much to discover, Colombia should definitely be on your bucket list. This vibrant country has it all; rich history, indigenous culture, unique & biodiverse wildlife, stunning architecture, and beautiful landscapes. Home to a stunning Carribean coastline, dense rainforests, and incredible mountain ranges. Packed full of once in a lifetime experiences – wandering the infamous streets of Communa 13 learning about its chaotic past, driving through the Minca jungle, island hopping around Isla De San Bernados and private islands. Famous for its salsa dancing, world-famous coffee, incredible food, and cool cities, Colombia most certainly has one of the best vibes in Latin America.
Colombia 12-Day Epic: Trip Highlights
Picture this: stunning hidden beaches, colourful cobblestoned cities, lush jungles, and a hybrid of old and new culture all in one incredible 12-day group trip! Immerse yourself in Medellin’s notorious history, wander through streets laced with colourful art and travel the famous escalators into Communa 13. Take in Colombia’s natural beauty from the top of El Penol Rock, get your coffee fix at a local coffee farm while learning about the coffee industry. Swap the city life and head deep into the jungle in search of Marinka waterfall, surrounded by unique wildlife and immense mountains! Make a splash island hopping and riding the waves of the Caribbean – a water babies’ paradise. Cap off your adventure taking in the colonial architecture of Cartagena Old Town over a sunset cocktail.
EXPLORE THE MAGIC OF COLOMBIA AND ALL IT’S EXCITING HISTORY IN A FUN GROUP TOUR!
- Duration: 12 Days /11 Nights
- Starts: Medellin
- Finishes: Cartagena
Colombia 12-Day Epic Photos
Your adventure begins today! Arrive at any time, and we’ll collect you from the airport and take you back to your hotel in Medellin. Meet the rest of your group before heading out for a bite to eat and welcome drinks with your new-found friends!
Today, we immerse ourselves in Medellin’s city life, diving into its well-known history on a city tour. Learn about how it has transformed in recent years to become one of the most popular cities in South America. Head over to the once-notorious Communa 13, to snap some photos of the famous street art and travel the escalators into the neighbourhood.
We start the day climbing the 650 stairs up El Penol Rock for breathtaking views before heading to Guatapé, Colombia’s most colourful town and an Instagram hotspot! Next up, get your coffee fix at a local coffee farm and discover why the coffee industry is so vital to the local community and why it’s the country’s biggest export.
Swap the city for the jungle! Catch an early flight to Santa Marta where we’ll be based for a couple of nights. Spend some time chillaxing by the pool and soaking up the hostel’s awesome atmosphere!
We jump aboard Jeeps for the day and head deep into the Colombian Jungle to Minca, a nature lovers’ paradise adorned with wildlife and waterfalls. Check out some of our favourite spots off the beaten track, before we head even further into the jungle towards the mountains. Spend the afternoon relaxing in giant hammocks at Casa Elemento, taking in the lush sights and the best views of Colombia!
After exploring Colombia’s cities and jungles, it is now time to head over to sandy beaches lined with coconut palms. We stay at arguably the plushest hostel in the country – Viajero Tayrona which has a private beach. Sip on a cocktail at the beach bar, play a game of volleyball, and make the most of the hostel’s facilities before having a group bonfire on the beach and cocktails in the evening.
Catch some waves in the Carribean sea during a morning surf lesson; a great way to wake up after your evening of cocktails the night before! Play a game of volleyball, take a stroll along the beach and bring out your inner beach bum!
Grab an early breakfast with your travel buddies before heading down the coast to Cartagena. We spend most of the day on the road before heading out in Old Town Cartagena for sunset drinks.
Arguably the highlight of the trip! Jump aboard a boat and head for Islas De San Bernado, a group of islands 2 hours away from Cartagena. Spend the next couple of nights, on a private island at Isla Roots, set deep in the mangroves. Optional activities are water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and paddleboarding.
You’re in for a treat today as you head off the beaten track on a private boat for a Carribean island-hopping adventure. Spend the entire day making a splash, jumping from jaw-dropping island to island, stopping off along the way for a dip in the crystal clear waters swimming and snorkelling. We visit the most densely populated island in the world, stop off at the gorgeous and quiet Tintipán Island home to many exotic birds and stop off at Murcura coral island and Islote islands. A picture-perfect retreat!
After grabbing breakfast, we leave island life behind and head back to the mainland to check back into our hotel in Cartagena! Have a couple of hours to chill out, relax and freshen up for your last night on the town with your new-found buddies! We wander down to the enchanting Old Town Cartagena taking in the sights of this historic town and its colonial architecture, vibrant street life and delicious food. Cap off your epic adventure with a cocktail or two while watching the sunset and enjoy the stunning surroundings you are in. The Walled City is a must-see for anyone visiting Colombia!
Enjoy your last goodbye breakfast with your newly found, yet long life friends before you check out. If you’re continuing your stay or need to plan your onward travel, your group leader will be on hand to help you with any onward travel.
The accommodation is a mixture of dormitories & twin beds.
- Airport pickup (Up to 2 days before tour – must pre-book any extra accommodation)
- 11 Nights Accommodation
- Meals: x 5 Breakfast, x 2 Lunches
- All transport included
- Medellin City Tour
- Communa 13 Street Art
- El Penol Rock Climb
- Flight to Santa Marta
- Guatapé & Local Coffee Farm
- Minca Jungle, Marinka Waterfalls & Viewpoints
- Casa Elemento
- Transfer to Viajero Tayrona
- Surf Lesson
- Transfer to Private Island
- Isla Roots Private Island Getaway
- Island Hopping Adventure
- Cartagena Old Town
- International Flights
- Travel insurance
- Most meals
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, your flight needs to land between 6am and 10pm on your start date. (Up to 2 days before tour – must pre-book any extra accommodation)
You will need to fly into Jose Maria Córdova International Airport, airport code MDE.
Rafael Núñez International Airport, airport code CTG.
You can fly from Cartagena back to Medellin. However, Cartagena’s main airport is international – Rafael Núñez International Airport, airport code CTG.
Pre-night accommodation is £50 per night and needs to be pre-booked in order to make use of airport transfer.
The currency used in Colombia is Colombian Peso.
You do not need a visa to enter Colombia for the duration of this trip. You are given permission to stay for 3 months upon arrival, but please make sure that you double-check this info with your local embassy prior to travel.
Yes, lots of people come on our trips alone, it’s a great way to meet new people and you will never feel alone from the moment you arrive as you will instantly be travelling with an awesome group of like-minded people.
There no age limits on our trips however most of our travellers are between 18 and mid 30’s. Remember you’re only as old as you feel!
For most of our destinations, you don’t need any specific vaccinations however its always good to check with your doctor to make sure you have an up to date tetanus jab. We also recommend paying a visit to a travel doctor, as they will have all the up-to-date info.
Colombia 12-Day Epic Trip Dates
18 Apr 29 Apr
02 May to 13 May
16 May to 27 May
30 May to 10 June
13 June to 24 June
27 June to 08 July
11 July to 22 July
25 July to 05 Aug
08 Aug to 19 Aug
22 Aug to 02 Sep
05 Sep to 16 Sep
19 Sep to 30 Sep
03 Oct to 14 Oct
17 Oct to 28 Oct
31 Oct to 11 Nov
14 Nov to 25 Nov
28 Nov to 09 Dec
12 Dec to 23 Dec
19 Dec to 30 Dec