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Cartagena is Colombia’s symbol of history, magic and charm. The 15th century fortress city is must see destination, filled with legend and beauty. In this active adventure you will explore the city by mountain bike, as well as the San Felipe Castle. You will also send a day snorkeling and exploring the Islas del Rosario archipelago. A great active way to experience Cartagena and the Caribbean culture!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Explore Cartagena
Day 2 : Snorkeling Islas Del Rosario
Day 3 : Castillo de San Felipe


  • Ride bikes through Cartagena's streets and hear about its storied past
  • Snorkel a small archipelago rich in coral and tropical fish
  • Explore Catillo de San Felipe, the fortress guarding Cartagena

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  • Independent

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Day 1 Explore Cartagena

Arrive Cartagena where you are met and transferred to your colonial hotel. Cartagena was one of the wealthiest and most influential cities of the Spanish colony. The greatness of the city can be witnessed in its fine architecture, museums, churches, plazas and fortressed walls. This afternoon, explore the city by bike, to learn about its great history, the gold and legends pirates, peace and war. Cartagena has a romantic and artistic ambience that has been the inspiration of many writers. It is filled with historical sites and beautiful colonial houses now transformed into elegant hotels, cafes and restaurants.

Day 2 Snorkeling Islas Del Rosario

In the morning, take a boat to explore Islas Del Rosario. As part of a barrier reef, this small Caribbean archipelago has a variety of corals and tropical fish. Today you will have the chance to snorkel two different sites where you can find different species of hard and soft sponges. Also keep and eye out for brain, black, fire, plumes, fan, Elkhorn and mustard corals which provide shelter for countless species of fish such as queen and French angel fish, blue tang, pinfish, spadefish, snapper, cowfish, and creole, among others. Afterwards, take time to visit a nearby island for birding and relaxation. Return to Cartagena this afternoon to enjoy the city at your leisure.

Day 3 Castillo de San Felipe

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning, visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress built with brick and stone over an adjoining hill in 1536. The fortress is strategically located to repel enemies and to protect the city of Cartagena. Learn about its importance, the many wars it withstood against the English and French, and how the military tactic was executed. You will also have the chance to visit the nearby monuments before returning to the colonial center. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to continue your travels.

Cartagena - Hotels

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
  • 4 Days Private Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.


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  • $40 Meals not Included
  • $40 Airport Departure Tax
  • $25 Park Entrance Fee
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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