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Experience Colombia

  • Cultural Immersion Day in Comuna 13
  • Chiva Rumbera Party Bus Experience
  • Hike through Tayrona National Park
  • Explore Cartagena, santa marta, & medellin
  • Canoe through mangrove forests
Aptly named the Gateway to South America due to its location, this country boats a wide array of landscapes, scenery, and cultures! On this unique trip, you will visit three distinct parts of Colombia: The modern city of Medellin, lush national parks and beaches in Santa Marta, and the colonial city of Cartagena. If fully immersing yourself into a country’s culture is your cup of tea (or excellent Colombian coffee), then you’ll definitely enjoy this trip!

Have a question about the Under30Experiences Colombia trip?

What are the accommodations like?

You will stay in boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip. Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.  You can request a friend to be your roommate upon checkout. 

If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge. Please contact for more details.

Is laundry service available?

Laundry service is available at some of the hotels for an additional fee. The best moment to do laundry will be at your hotel in Tayrona and the cost is ~$5 USD. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

What is the bug situation?

Please expect to see lizards, frogs, and/or bugs. We are staying in cities and on the coast in a tropical environment.

Long sleeves and pants are a good idea at dusk to protect from mosquitos. Please opt for eco-friendly, non-aerosol insect repellents.

What type of wildlife can I see in Colombia?

We can’t guarantee wildlife sightings, but it is possible to see monkeys and sloths in the city of Cartagena! The most commonly seen wildlife are parrots, lizards, iguanas, and deer.

What type of luggage is best?

We recommend using a large backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.

A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on our transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Are the outlets compatible with American plugs, or should we bring adaptors?

Colombia uses 110-volt, 60-cycle electricity, just like in the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat types so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.

Is the water safe to drink in Colombia?

The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Colombia.

Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. Don't forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as an extra precaution as well!

Ice is not always made with boiled/bottled water. Order your beverages without ice ("sin hielo") or ask your Trip Leader if the ice is safe in a particular restaurant.

What kind of food can I expect in Colombia?

The arepa is a traditional Colombian food. You can get arepas anywhere in the country. However, they are prepared differently in each region. 

Empanadas are also typical in Colombian cuisine. The tradition is to prepare them fried with corn-based flour, preferably yellow.

Bandeja paisa is a traditional Colombian food and one of the most famous dishes in the country. It includes rice and beans, ground meat, chorizo (pork sausage), chicharrón (fried pork skin), egg, and avocado.

What type of weather should I expect?

There are two seasons in Colombia. The dry seasons are from December to January and from July to August. The rainy season runs from April to May and October to November. 

However, due to the diversity of Colombia, our temperature variates depending on where you are.
For this trip, you will be in destinations with warm and temperate climates.Medellín: temperatures between 62°F to 78°FSanta Marta and Cartagena: temperatures between 76°F to 88°F. 

What type of transportation will we be taking?

You will be traveling by private, air-conditioned ground transportation throughout your trip. On Day 3, there is a domestic flight from Medellin to Santa Marta.

Domestic flights are economy class.

Your airfare includes 1 carry-on bag of a maximum of 17 pounds and 1 checked baggage of a maximum of 30 pounds.

Measurements: the sum of the 3 dimensions should not exceed 62 inches (158 cm). We recommend keeping luggage to 30 pounds (15 kilograms) or under due to luggage restrictions. If you wish to bring more baggage, you may pay the additional fee at the airline counter.

A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Private ground transportation to and from the airport (Included), Public bus and taxi (Not Included), Optional activities do not include transportation.

What is the physical activity level of this trip?

Moderate. Some activities include physical activity like canoeing or hiking. The hike in the Tyrona National Park, from the parking lot to Cabo San Juan is about 8 miles and could take ~2-3 hours. This hike is on the longer side, but we’ll take our time and go at a reasonable pace. This hike may be challenging for those who experience knee pain or joint issues

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