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Colombia Trip Details

Introduction

This beautiful country is full of startling contrasts, from the dense Amazonian jungle, spectacular tropical beaches and snow-capped Andean mountain ranges, to Bogotá's fast-growing metropolis and the immaculate colonial architecture.

Explore multiple UNESECO World Heritage Sites including the Spanish fortress of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and the first free settlement in the Americas, San Basilio de Palenque.

Allow yourself to be immersed in the beauty of Colombian culture, and spend the evenings dancing the night away!

Duration:  5 days / 4 nights

Start: Rafael Nuñez International Airport (CTG)
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive Day 1 by 2:00 PM

Finish: Rafael Nuñez International Airport (CTG)
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart Day 5 after 12:00 PM

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

What's Included

-5 day / 4 night stay in double accommodations
-4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, & 4 dinners included
-Pickup and drop-off at Cartagena International Airport (CTG)
-Fort entrance fees, Palenque tour, and all day trips
-Authentic Colombian cultural experience
-Under30Experiences adventure guides
-The chance to meet kick-ass people!

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare

Highlights

-Feel like you’re in a different time period while we stay inside the walls of the old city - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
-A visit to the first free settlement in the Americas, San Basilio de Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
-Playa Blanca: a beautiful caribbean beach with crystal blue waters.
-Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a 16th century Spanish fort considered by some historians to be the greatest Spanish fortress ever built (another World Heritage Site)

Is this Trip for You?

Cartagena is a gorgeous city boasting beautiful colonial buildings, excellent beaches, and a lively culture. If your interested in immersing yourself in one of Colombia's safest and most stunning destinations, this trip is for you!

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 10
-Physical rating: 2 - Moderate physical activity. This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.  

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Fruit, eggs, cereal, pastries, coffee, tea, juice, Colombian arepas and pastries

Sample Lunch Menu:

  • At Palenque: rice and seafood based home made dishes

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Classic Colombian and caribbean dishes - seafood ceviche is a popular dish. Be sure to also try the coconut lemonade and coconut rice.

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions

Transport

Mix of private and public transportation

Public taxi from Airport to Hotel accompanied by your Under30Experiences Trip Leader

Private shuttle to Palenque & Playa Blanca

Accommodation

Boutique hotel rooms for duration of trip

Solo travelers are placed with someone of the same gender

*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a sustainable water bottle
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral

We recommend using a travel 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 transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.‍

Do not forget: water bottlesunscreen, sandals, quick-dry travel towelwaterproof rain jacketinsect repellent, sunglasses and a hat.

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Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with youYour passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

  • Please bring a sustainable water bottle to refill from jugs or large bottles of water. Join us in our effort to be environmentally friendly and buy as few plastic bottles as possible. 
  • The restaurants we take you to have safe food, but when you are on your own please be careful with salads and fruits. It’s impossible to know if they used water from the tap to wash it.
  • Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • No inoculations are required to enter Colombia from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
  • Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of South America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Money & Currency

  • Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.
  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
  • Bring cash with you! It will be helpful to have at least $300 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.
  • You will have to exchange your money into Peso colombiano (COB). Vendors do not accept USD. If you’d like a better exchange rate call your bank and order Peso Colombiano before your trip. However, there are exchange booths to every location we visit.
  • Basic exchange rate varies, but is typically around 3000 COB to 1 US Dollar.
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy (or photo) of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel. A photo of these items on your phone is a good backup.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended and be aware of purses / backpacks, especially in crowded markets as pick-pocketing / bag snatching does occur.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.
  • Take the address of the hotel with you in the event that you need to get back and you’re not with a trip leader.

Weather

Cartagena de Indias enjoys a mild, tropical climate where you can expect warm humid days days for most of the year. 

The average temperatures year round are pretty consistent with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid 70s.

cultural information

  • Hello -- Hola
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • How are you? -- Como estás
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Con permiso / perdon
  • How much? -- Cuánto cuesta?
  • Where is the bathroom? -- Dónde está el baño?

Optional Activities

Scuba diving is one of the most incredible activities in Rosario Island, a couple of extra days will be required for this activity. U30X staff will be happy to help you plan additional optional activities.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

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