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
-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
-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)
-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 10
-Mix of private and public transportation: Private shuttle or taxi to and from the airport (accompanied by your U30X trip leader), private bus to Palenque & Playa Blanca
-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.
-Accommodations: Hotels (4 nights) with roommate(s)
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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.
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Public taxi from Airport to Hotel accompanied by your Under30Experiences Trip Leader
Private shuttle to Palenque & Playa Blanca
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 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.
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.
We recommend using a 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.
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Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)
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.
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.
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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