This itinerary takes you to enjoy Cartagena’s best kept secrets! Enjoy the sunset at one of the cafes by the Wall. Visit the botanical garden with more than 300 endemic species from Colombia’s Caribbean zone. Discover the first free town in America. Admire an small untouched paradise with warm turquoise waters. Relax, and explore by walking around the authentic towns dirt streets. Be amazed by the beauty of the mangrove and get a deep understanding of the rich culture of minorities and traditional inhabitants in Colombia and explore the Secret Cartagena!
Max 15- Average 12 travelers
Walk through the old city of Cartagena, in a journey starting at the Torre del reloj and the Plaza de la Aduana. Discover the charming streets of Getsemaní while listening to stories of the neighborhood’s history. Explore the impressive tunnel system of the Castillo de San Felipe and enjoy the stunning view of the city. Admire the astonishing Pre-hispanic gold and silver pieces at the Zenú Gold Museum.
Visit the Botanical Garden
This place is one of the last alive native forests in the region and home for more than 300 endemic species from Colombia´s Caribbean zone. Explore the different collections, follow the walking paths to find a water spring that runs even during the dry seasons. This the perfect place to become familiar with regional wildlife and flora. Later on your trip you will appreciate these individuals even more.
San Basilio de Palenque the first free town in America
A piece of Africa in Colombia. Palenque is considered a Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. One of the reasons is that “Palenqueros” how they call themselves, have their own language with more than 33.000 speakers. It is seen as a source of cultural resistance, identity, and self-belonging. Find the hidden flavors of the Palenquera cooking, winner of the international contest: the Gourmand cookbook in 2014.
This small untouched paradise with warm turquoise waters, invites to relax and enjoy nature. You will be delighted by the Wildlife variety. It is an ideal place for bird watching, mangrove exploring, trekking and snorkeling. A guide from the town will take you around to understand the dynamics of the place, admire the beautiful wooden houses and share with the wonderful people of the Pueblo de Barú, a secret wonder to preserve.
Explore this place walking around the dirt streets, enjoy the beauty of the mangrove and understand the current situation of the traditional inhabitants in Colombia. Admire the empowerment of the community , support the entrepreneur efforts of the inhabitants and help them to keep their traditions alive.
Take your flight home at any time. You can also extend your time in Colombia by asking us about options or book in advance another Journey option!
STANDARD – Comfortable tourist accommodations with personality; A combination of public and private transport.
Hotel (3 nights)
3 breakfasts, 2 lunchs, 2 dinners
Private van, boat
Local Bilingual guides, Travel Designer, drivers
Join us on this quest trough the beautiful and historical islands of old Providence and Santa Catalina, both declared reserve of the biosphere by UNESCO (Seaflower). Dive in the second biggest barrier reefs of the Caribbean, swim with sharks, sea turtles and Sting rays.