Questions? Feedback? powered by Olark live chat software

Colombia Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Colombia!

This beautiful country is full of startling contrasts, from the dense Amazonian jungle, spectacular tropical beaches, snow-capped Andean mountain ranges, to immaculate colonial architecture in lively cities.

Explore multiple UNESCO 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 before 2:00 pm on Day 1.

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

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

What's Included

  • 5 days / 4 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotels
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners
  • Day trip to San Basilio de Palenque cultural activity
  • Beach day at Colombia's famous Playa Blanca
  • Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Explore beautiful Cartagena
  • Entrance fees and transportation to all included activities
  • Authentic Colombian cultural experience
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Colombia

Highlights

  • Walk through colonial city of Cartagena while we stay inside the walls of the old city - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the first free settlement in the Americas - San Basilio de Palenque - another UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experience Playa Blanca: a beautiful Caribbean beach with crystal blue waters
  • Walk through Castillo San Felipe de Barajas - a Spanish fort considered to be the greatest Spanish fortress ever built - also a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Salsa dance the night away while experiencing Colombia's famous nightlife
  • Taste Colombia's world famous coffee

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.  

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

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 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. Many meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private and public ground transportation throughout your trip.

  • Public taxi from the airport to your hotel accompanied by your Trip Leader (Included)
  • Private ground transportation to Palenque and Playa Blanca (Included)

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms in the heart of Cartagena for the duration of your trip.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

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. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or 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.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible

Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. 
We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader 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 organically inspired when possible.

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

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your 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 U.S. Department of State 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

The tap water in Colombia is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Colombia beautiful.

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.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD 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. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of South America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons our Trip Leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Money & Currency

We suggest bringing USD $300 in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

The official currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COB).

We recommend exchanging from USD to COB at your local bank before arriving in Colombia to make sure you have some local currency in case you have issues with your card when you arrive.

You will have to exchange your money into Colombia Pesos (COB) since vendors do not accept USD.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

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 consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

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

The activities below will be paid in Colombia Pesos. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.

  • Scuba diving in Rosario Island: ~USD $300
    This is one of the most incredible optional activities available from Cartagena. A couple of extra days will be required if you'd like to participate in this activity.

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

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.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Come with us to Brazil or Costa Rica!

Still need to book your flight?

Newsletter

To avoid missing out on special offers and community updates from Under30Experiences, get our newsletter here.

testimonials

MORE THAN 500 FIVE STAR REVIEWS

Heather T.

yelp review

U30X is such an amazing travel community. Once your trip is over, the experience is not. They keep in touch with their alumni & provide platforms for travel questions, personal development, & community connections in your own backyard! If you're a young person looking to travel I highly recommend U30X!

There are not enough ways for me to describe how amazing this company is. After my first trip I always told people, it wasn't about the location, but the experience that u30x gave me. I have some of the best experiences of my life with u30x, and now a passion for travel. Also, their alumni community and groups are awesome too!

Traveling with U30X has been life changing for me. I've made lifelong friends with both travelers and staff. I can't come up with enough good things to say about the company, the people, and the experiences I've had!

Just returned from my second trip with Under30Experiences. My first trip was to the Costa Rica rainforest. My most recent trip was to Iceland. Both trips were such an amazing experience. I loved learning about Iceland and its origins. I enjoy the small groups and I made some great new friends! Recommend them for anyone wanting to travel alone or with a couple of friends.

I was so scared to travel abroad alone and then I came across their website and they made international travel so easy! And the people I’ve met on the trips are some amazing individuals! I’ve done 6 of their trips and plan on continuing to do even more!!

My Hike the Inca Trail trip was beyond amazing, and I couldn't have asked for anything more from a trip. Our leaders made us all feel instantly comfortable, and the group was fantastic. The trip was well planned and the hike was unforgettable. Memories to last a lifetime.

our awesome travelers