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Experience Colombia

  • White sand & crystal blue water
  • Explore colonial architecture
  • Art & culture of Cartagena
  • Climb Spain’s largest fort ever
  • See settlement of escaped slave
Featuring one of our favorite cultural activities of all our trips (& considered a 'staff pick'), you'll explore the beautiful port city of Cartagena, multiple UNESECO World Heritage Sites, & experience the first free settlement in the Americas!

Have a question about the Under30Experiences Colombia trip?

When is the best time to travel to Colombia?

It’s great to visit Cartagena year-round.  Dry season typically runs from December through March, and this is the busiest time for tourism, so expect a lot of other visitors to Cartagena.  

The rainy season typically runs from May through November so expect passing rain and fewer people.  Temperatures are consistently warm year round.

What are the accommodations like in Colombia?

Enjoy boutique hotel rooms inside the walls of the historic center of Cartagena.  Expect beautiful colonial architecture in the second oldest city in the western hemisphere.

You will be walking distance from restaurants, bars, and shopping.

Solo travelers will be 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 bookings@under30experiences.com for more details.

What kind of food will we eat in Colombia?

There is an abundance of fresh tropical fruits in Colombia, many of which are made into delicious fruit juices.

Cartagena has a large Afro-Caribbean influence.  Try local coconut rice, ceviche, seafood cazuela, and tres leches cake for dessert.

Colombia is world renowned for its coffee.  Our favorite coffee shop is Cafe San Alberto… stop by for a coffee tasting and become a real cafetero.

Typical Colombian food consists of beans, rice, plantains, and arepas (cakes made of corn or wheat, somewhat similar to tortillas). Meat is quite popular in Colombia and fish is plentiful along the coastal areas.

Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Our trip leader will do his/her best to provide you with the best recommendations.

What should I pack for Colombia?

You will receive a detailed packing list after you book your trip. Bring long sleeves and a fleece/ sweater for cool highland evenings and plenty of comfortable, breathable clothes for hot days at the beach. Good walking shoes, insect repellent and sun protection are also a must.

Here is our Packing list.

How safe is Colombia?

Inside the walls of Cartagena, crime is low.  Petty theft is common in Colombia, so travelers should take common-sense precautions and leave fancy jewelry at home, or locked in a safe.  Don’t leave bags unattended on the beach.

Like any big city, risk increases at night, especially with alcohol consumption. Please take the advice of your Trip Leader and walk with another group member late at night. Most travelers visit Colombia without incident. Though we have not had any safety concerns on our tours, crime can be a problem throughout certain parts of Colombia.

Travelers should follow the advice of hotel staff and trip leaders as well as taking common sense precautions. Hotels can store your valuables in a safe if desired. That said, most travelers visit Colombia without incident.

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.

Do I need a visa/passport for Colombia?

All travelers will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after they depart Colombia.

Most travelers do not need a tourist visa for Colombia. Tourist visas are not currently required for citizens of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Israel and many other countries.

What is the local currency and exchange rate?

The local currency is the Colombian Peso (COP). For the most up-to-date exchange rates, please check a currency converter.

Should I bring cash? Are ATMs available? Can I use credit cards?

We suggest you bring some cash in American currency. Most travelers bring a small amount of local currency with them and withdraw from ATMs as they need it along they way. ATMs are readily available in the larger towns and cities. Travelers can withdraw local currency at fair exchange rates using an ATM. Traveler's checks are fine, but they can be more difficult to exchange and you will usually receive a poorer rate or be charged an additional fee.

Credit cards are accepted in most major cities and large shopping areas. In more remote areas there may be difficulties using credit cards, so you do not want to solely rely on them for financial transactions. It is best to have local currency on hand when traveling to more small towns or remote areas.

Do I need an electrical adapter?

Electricity in Colombia is 110 volts, the same as the US. Visitors from outside of the US should bring an adapter. Plugs are either two flat prongs or two flat prongs with an additional round grounding pin.

Have a question that's not on this list?

Feel free to reach out to our all-star customer service team at info@under30experiences.com or by calling 1 (888) 839-2086.

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