-Art & culture of Cartagena
-White sand & crystal-blue water
-Explore colonial architecture
-Climb Spain’s largest fort
-See escaped slave settlement
-Awesome Afro-Colombian food
One of our favorite 'staff picks,' you'll explore the beautiful port city of Cartagena, multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, & experience the first free settlement in the Americas!
Venture from our home base within the picturesque old-town and explore the Spanish fortress of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas.
Allow yourself to be immersed in the beauty of Colombian culture, and spend the evenings dancing the night away!
Cartagena International Airport (CTG)
Plan to arrive before 2:00 pm on Day 1
Arrival time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.
Cartagena International Airport (CTG)
Plan to depart after 12:00 pm on Day 5
Departure time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.
This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities. Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.
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.
This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.
This trip has a 30-day cancellation policy. 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.
Because this trip has included flights we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
Arrive at Cartagena International Airport and take included transportation to your boutique accommodations in the heart of Cartagena.
Settle into your hotel inside the walled city of Cartagena de Indias that will be your home for the next five days.
This evening explore the neighborhood of San Diego, as the entire historic district is within walking distance of our hotel.
Day trip to San Basilio de Palenque, an African village founded by escaped slaves declared free in 1691 by the Spanish.
Understand how Palenque became the first free town in the America's and how its culture evolved from their roots in Senegal.
Experience one of the most unique places in the world where their language, dance, religion, and even polygamy still exist.
Today visit Playa Blanca one of Cartagena's many island beaches less than an hour outside of the walled city.
Relax on the white sand beach, snap photos of the crystal blue Caribbean water and eat fresh seafood straight from the sea. Get to know your fellow adventure travelers as you take in the sites and sounds.
Later that evening, taste Afro-Caribbean food, find a salsa club or watch live music in bustling Old Town of Cartagena.
Today visit the 16th century Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas which historians believe to be the greatest Spanish fortress of all time.
Wander past the Palacio de Inquisición, hidden plazas, and historic churches to find a quaint balcony and try Colombia's best coconut rice.
Continue to explore Old Town Cartagena's stone walls, cobblestone streets, and cathedrals designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
After sipping your last Colombian coffee, make your final purchases from the street vendors selling their handmade art.
Say goodbye to your fellow adventure travelers and plan to keep in touch with the Under30Experiences Community back home.
Or continue your journey north to Costa Rica!
Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Colombia
Plan to arrive before 2:00 pm on Day 1 and 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.
All Under30Experiences trip prices are in USD.
"I joined the U30X Colombia trip for my birthday and had a blast. After getting acclimated with the old city of Cartagena, we sipped some famous Colombian coffee made using a special syphon! The next day we all celebrated my birthday in Palenque, the first freed slave settlement in all the Americas. The crew set up surprises including a special blessing from the town's healer and a birthday cake. It was one of my most memorable birthdays! The next day we went to the beach where we thoroughly enjoyed the white sand beaches located on the city's island. We ended the trip with a visit to the new part of Cartagena, Bocagrande. It was very modern and lived up to its name "Little Miami". I can't wait to visit again. Thank you U30X." -Michella C.
"Under30Experiencs isn't just a travel company, it's a life changing excursion that reminds you why you love life so much. I've been to Costa Rica and Iceland with this company and the comradarie formed between all of us strangers was stronger than some people I've known my whole life. 10/10 BOOK THE TRIP! You won't regret it. Easy, Fun, Affordable, Memorable, Incredible, U30X. #puravida #brenavin #bookit" -Maria M.
"I've been on multiple trips with Under30 and I have one planned for this coming summer as well. With that said it's one of the most beneficial ways for a solo traveler to travel and not feel scared. You get to be a part of a great community who not only travels abroad but also away to bring members of your community together." -Meredith C.