Colombia's Caribbean

10 days from £1,800 pp incl flights, accommodation & transfers

Here is Latin America in miniature, a place to whet your adventurous appetite.

Cartagena

You can’t get away from the country’s recent reputation, yet Bogotá and the north of the country are areas increasingly more secure and thus open to visitation

Aracataca for Gabby

Here is a country with arguably the best music in Latin America, Cartagena is arguably the most charismatic city on the continent, with the Caribbean coast, luscious colonial architecture and a cultural heritage rivalled only by Salvador in Brazil.

Cumbia, vallenato and batuca are all sounds that will blow you away in all the major cities; Valledupur in the north has a music festival and the small towns of the northern coast will enchant you with Gabriel Garcia Marquez style characters ready to charm you as you go

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The carnival in Barranquilla is rivaled only by those in Brazil, yet it’s less commercial so the purists among you should revel in the revelry! Santa Marta provides a gateway to the Tayrona national park and near the town is where the true Caribbean spirit of Colombia spreads itself out in scenes more associated with that big neighbour further south
Day 1 - Cartagena

• Day 1: Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Cartagena, settling in, relaxation and spending your first night in the heart of the historical colonial centre. Overnight in Cartagena

Day 2 - Cartagena

• Day 2: City Tour, taking in the District of Bocagrande, the Portal de los Dulces – a sweet shop where Márquez penned Love in the Time of Cholera. The erstwhile Santa Clara convent which had a great effect on Márquez as a young reporter, then a visit to the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas monastery of Candelaria in the Cerro de la Popa. Also an wander through Getsemani, a lively quarter housing many of the city’s bars and clubs where young Gabo would have frequented. Overnight in Cartagena

Day 3 - Cartagena

• Day 3: A tour to the Islas del Rosario national park starting at 08:00 starting with a short walk to the tourism port catching a boat to the island based sanctuary. Snorkelling is optional with you then return to Cartagena at around 16:00-17:00. Overnight in Cartagena

Day 4 - Cartagena

• Day 4: Free day in Cartagena. Overnight in Cartagena

Day 5 - Tayrona National Park

• Day 5: Transfer to the city of Santa Marta, stopping off there briefly to drop off luggage securely at your hotel and then continuing onto the Tayrona National Park. A 50 minute hike to a lovely cabañas in the middle of the park will be the base for spending the night. Overnight in the Tayrona national park

Day 6 - Tayrona National Park

• Day 6: After breakfast you then hike to Pueblito which are ruins of the native Tayrona Indian people. This is a demanding hike and an alternative would be to spend time on the pristine coastline instead if preferred. Overnight in the Tayrona national park

Day 7 - Santa Marta

• Day 7: After a 50 minute walk back to the park’s entrance you are then transferred to your Santa Marta hotel with the option of a short city tour taking in the cathedral, colonial centre and a city view point Overnight in Santa Marta

Day 8 - Santa Marta

• Day 8: Visit to Aracataca, to the scene of García Márquez’s greatest accomplishments. Here in Aracataca, the local customs are still strong and a sense of pride emanating from the achievements of a famous son. There is also a complete tour of the Márquez house and museum. Overnight in Santa Marta

Day 9 - Santa Marta

• Day 9: A Free day in Santa Marta to wander the beaches, dwell on this charismatic corner of Colombia and prepare for the trip back home. Overnight in Santa Marta

• Day 10: Transfer to the local airport for connecting flights back to the UK

Col. Carib Hotels

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    Posadas Ecoturisticas El Reposo

      This hotel is situted in Tayrona Nations Park offring a complimentary continental breakfast

      The apartments themselves offer a rustic environment in keeping with the surroundings of the park. There are en-suite bathrooms, with a balcony overlooking the surrounding forest.

      The in-chouse restaurant serves typical Colombian fayre and also catring for those with an international taste.

      The Orange beach is 4 kilometres away with the park being supplied by the Simón Bolívar airport which is situated near to Santa Marta 1 hour from the lege itself
    Location: Kilómetro 29 Troncal del Caribe via Riohacha, 470007 El Zaino - Colombia

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    Casa India Catalina

      They say location, location, location and in the case of this hotel the moniker I apt. It is situated in the heart of the old town a couple of blocks from the main cathedral and other historical monuments and amenities associated with a city centre. It is itself based in a colonial building and oozes with architectural charm and colours reminiscent of the Caribbean coast
    Location: Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar - Colombia

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    Hotel Be La Sierra

      Situated in the centre of El Rodadero, La Sierra is a hotel that prides itself on its record of impeccable service. The location is also conducive to a pleasant stay with all local amenities situated within walking distance. Security and comfort are the bywords of this hotel where European standards of operation are the norm
    Location: El Rodadero, Santa Marta -Colombia

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    Hotel Estelar Oceanía

      A contemporary and versatile hotel, where the simplicity and elegance of Art Deco is highlighted in all its spaces, with excellence and practicality equivalent in all its services. Estelar Oceania is hotel and catering made art

      Estelar Oceania is also the ideal point of departure for walking beside the bay, enjoying the sunset and exploring one of the city's most important tourist quarters

      At Estelar Oceania there is always a space for relaxing: the terrace swimming pool is the ideal spot for enjoying the best liquor and Cartagena's sun. Free access to, gym, sauna, pool. At extra charge are massages and access to the business centre
    Location: Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar - Colombia

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    Hotel Dann Carlton Bogotá

      The Carlton sits in the exclusive northern section of Bogota which is a safe neighbourhood near to all major conveniences. It's 20 minutes away from the airport and within hitting distance of the finance and entertainment centres
    Location: Usaquen, Bogotá - Colombia

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