Beautiful tropical beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Want to take your time exploring the wonders of Colombia? Our Caribbean Vibes trip is perfect for nature lovers and sun-seekers who want to slow down the pace and enjoy the rugged coastline.
You’ll start in the colonial walled city of Cartagena, the inspiration for the novels of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Your stay here includes a visit to San Felipe Castle and a gastronomic tour of the city’s exciting street food scene. The second part of your journey takes you to the windswept shores of Tayrona National Park, where you’ll get back to nature lodging in a stilted wooden hut in the middle of a beachside jungle.
Go in search of monkeys and the Jesus Christ lizard
Sleep in hillside huts in Tayrona National Park
Tantalise your taste buds with a street food tour
Tour the walled city of Cartagena
This exciting trip to Colombia includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
Your laidback adventure begins with you jetting off to the Colombian capital Bogota overnight and catching a connecting flight to the historic Caribbean port of Cartagena. You’ll be met at the airport by your driver and English-speaking guide who will take you to where you'll be based for the next few days, the Tcherassi Hotel and Spa. It’s an elegant refurbished colonial mansion in the picturesque Old Town owned by fashion designer Sylvia Tcherassi. Unpack, unwind and settle into your superior room.
On the morning of Day 3 you’ll enjoy a half-day panoramic tour of Cartagena. This excursion includes entry to San Felipe castle, built by the Spanish to fend off British attacks. You’ll also visit San Pedro church and the Iglesia de la Popa, a convent and church built by Augustine monks at the start of the 17th century. You’ll get some fantastic views of the picturesque walled city and the Caribbean coast as you travel around.
On your last full day in Cartagena, you’ll get to indulge your taste buds with a half-day street food tour of the city. Fill up on exotic fruits such as papaya and granadilla, as well as griddled patties arepas and papas rellenas – a sort of deep-fried shepherd’s pie. Along the way, you’ll meet many of the local characters that bring the neighbourhoods to life.
It’s time to get back to nature as you travel by car to the windswept beaches of Tayrona, backed by lush tropical rainforest. You’ll lodge at Ecohabs on Cañaveral beach within Tayrona National Park, enjoying the peace and privacy provided by these cosy stilted wooden huts nestled on a leafy hillside overlooking the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. Nod off to the sounds of the jungle and wake up to the waves lapping the shore below.
You’ll spend the rest of your holiday at your leisure. You could take a long walk down the coast to explore the pristine beaches or just sit back and gaze out over the lush forest landscape. The park has a rich cultural history, being home to the ancient Tayrona tribes who roamed here long before it was colonised by the Spanish. It’s also teeming with wildlife, including howler monkeys, iguanas, toucans and the basilisk lizard, also known as the Jesus Christ lizard for its ability to walk on water. We can arrange an optional tour for you to go hiking or horse riding in the park if you want to get active on your holiday. It’s also possible for you to have dinner on the beach - the sunsets here are pretty spectacular.