Cartagena, Colombia
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Cartagena: Paratriking Flight from the Beach

1. Cartagena: Paratriking Flight from the Beach

Ever want to know what it feels like to fly like a bird? Spread your wings and feel the flow of the free air above Cartagena on a paratrike, a variety of the classic paraglider with an engine in its rear part, allowing it to take off from the ground. Together with a professional pilot, soar above the beautiful landscapes beneath your feet and gain a new and unique perspective on Cartagena de Indias. Just sit and let your body go as you make ascents, descents, and turns during an experience suitable for everyone. Choose between 10 or 15-minute flights, and upgrade to the all-inclusive options for included hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as photos and a video of your adventure. Before or after the flight, you can also enjoy the beach at the facility. Relax under the sun with beach chairs, umbrellas, a bar, massages, and much more.

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Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

2. Cartagena: Bioluminescent Plankton Tour

Admire an extraordinary natural phenomenon which only occurs in a few parts of the world– the bioluminescent plankton. Begin your tour during the afternoon, as the sun begins to set. Gain an understanding of these unique creatures from your knowledgable guide. Hop aboard your boat and sail for 10 minutes to the cove of Puerto Naito. Dive into sea and swim in the warm water which is full of bioluminescent plankton. With every movement you make, the plankton will generate light, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Choose to meet at the meeting point or choose the option including roundtrip transportation. If you choose the option with transportation, you’ll also have some free time to explore Playa Blanca.

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Totumo Volcano and Mud Baths: Day Tour from Cartagena

3. Totumo Volcano and Mud Baths: Day Tour from Cartagena

Besides the views, Totumo Volcano is known for its mud baths that offer a natural form of water and mineral therapy that helps beautify the skin and provide relaxation. This is a fun, unique full-day experience that allows you to take advantage of a natural spa that you can only enjoy in Colombia! Totumo Volcano is located in the municipality of Santa Catalina, about an hour from Cartagena. Sit back and enjoy the scenic ride through Bolívar, a region of Colombia that features breathtaking tropical landscapes. The area surrounding Totumo Volcano offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and forests. Enjoy a guided tour of the region before heading to the small volcano itself, for the highlight of your day trip! According to local legend, a priest sprinkled holy water onto the lava-spewing volcano and tamed it into the natural relaxing mud bath spa that exists today. Climb up the 50-foot volcano, accessible by a staircase, and enter the crater to relax in the natural mud that the volcano produces. Sitting inside the mud volcano, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Santa Catalina region. The mud itself is not only relaxing but its minerals are renowned for helping rejuvenate the skin. Later you can enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch near the mud baths (not included in the tour price). You'll have the option of a personal massage from one of the attendants. Afterwards, take a swim in the nearby lake to rinse off the mud before returning to your Cartagena hotel.

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From Cartagena: Mangroves Trip With Lunch

4. From Cartagena: Mangroves Trip With Lunch

Journey from Cartagena to the nearby fishing village of La Boquilla. Experience the atmosphere of a place that has retained its Afro-Caribbean heritage from the days when the area was once a haven for freed slaves. Meet locals who are proud of their African ancestry and children feel the rhythm of the percussion in each movement. Boat through the mangrove forest and keep your eyes peeled for the amazing animals native to the region. Take in the unique surroundings of the swamp as you pass through bright tunnels formed by dense foliage overhead. See the fishermen pulling in their nets. When you return from your mangrove adventure, dig in to a delicious lunch of typical Afro-Caribbean cuisine. Enjoy the flavors of coconut and other local seasonings common to Caribbean gastronomy mixed with fresh, locally-caught seafood. Take a short walk on the beach to digest your lunch before heading back to Cartagena. 

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Cartagena: Private City Tour

5. Cartagena: Private City Tour

Make the most of this private tour to visit the principal sites of interest in the old city of Cartagena — all while traveling in comfort, on board a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Starting in the downtown area, you will head to the Manga neighborhood, where you can appreciate the beautiful mansions built at the beginning if the 20th century. Continue on to the highest part of the city where there is a convent dating from the beginning of the 17th century. Visit the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, considered the most important fortification in South America. From here, you will head to the walled city with a stop for some shopping. Following a little retail therapy, visit the different squares of the city and admire the old colonial houses. After a journey of historical discovery, fast forward to the present day and explore the modern part of Cartagena, including the Bohemian neighborhood of Gethsemani. This neighborhood is so authentically charming and on the cusp of commercial explosion. Immerse yourself in Spanish colonial architecture, dance halls, graffiti art, boutique hotels, food vendors and stunning public plazas.

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Cartagena: Romantic Sunset Sailing Trip

6. Cartagena: Romantic Sunset Sailing Trip

Surprise your partner with a romantic experience or appreciate a sunset aboard a sailboat with your family or friends on this 2-hour sunset sailing trip in Cartagena. Soak up the wonderful views on a private sailboat for up to 4 people, and benefit from a completely relaxing experience with optional hotel pickup and drop-off. After you set sail, enjoy the breeze of the air while the setting sun fills the Cartagena sky with a red-colored tone. Listen to music, drink beer or a cocktail, or bring your own champagne or wine, and watch the sun setting as you sail around on the tranquil waters. Before sailing, you can also make use of the beach at the facility. Relax under the sun with beach chairs, umbrellas, a bar, massages, and much more.

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Cartagena: Full-Day Coffee & Cocoa Farm Tour

7. Cartagena: Full-Day Coffee & Cocoa Farm Tour

Get to know the artisanal coffee process while you learn about wonderful life stories from farmers with organic farms. Be immersed in the rich nature inside the forest of the Montes de Maria surrounded by rivers, huge trees, butterflies, and monkeys. Start with a 2-hour drive between Cartagena and San Jacinto, on the way you will learn about the music of the region and its influences. Upon arrival in San Jacinto, the guide will be waiting for you to show you a small local museum built by the local people to tell their story. Continue the adventure aboard a 4x4 vehicle (the only way to get there) to reach the forests where the farms are located. The farmers will tell you about their life and their families and will show you why coffee that grows surrounded by bananas, aguacate, yucca, and chili tastes better. Learn how to roast it over a fire (avoid burning it) and then grind it to taste the best coffee in the world. Back in town, visit the houses of the artisans who weave beautiful hammocks that have a certificate of origin and capture centuries of history in their weavings.

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Cartagena: Photography Workshop Tour

8. Cartagena: Photography Workshop Tour

Discover the historic walled city of Cartagena whilst taking part in a theoretical and practical photo workshop. Bring your camera and learn the fundamentals of photography in addition to the historical background of the city. Learn more about architectural, fashion, documentary, and landscape photography whilst improving your visual narrative in each of these areas. The information you receive is personalized according to your needs, level and skills. Prior experience is not required.

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Cartagena: Private Rum Tasting

9. Cartagena: Private Rum Tasting

Discover the history behind the drink that represents the Caribbean. Walk through the streets of Getsemani, see iconic places and learn how rum is connected to the daily life of the people of Cartagena. Meet with one of the most knowledgeable rum people in town in one of the small houses in Getsemaní. Learn how to differentiate the rums and recognize their differences, as you share your best memories downed with rum. After having a little introduction and tasting some rums, go out and see what the drink looks like in the daily life of the locals by visiting local stores and bars.

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Cartagena: Private Kitesurfing Classes

10. Cartagena: Private Kitesurfing Classes

Get your adrenaline pumping with one of the most fun and enjoyable activities in Cartagena: kitesurfing. Have an amazing time learning how to kitesurf with a team of dedicated and experienced instructors that will teach you the basics of the sport, or help improve your skills if you’re a more experienced kitesurfer. Choose between options of a 1-hour class with or without hotel pickup and drop-off, or more intensive 6-hour or 9-hour classes. For those last two options, you can divide your classes into more than 1 day, to have more time practicing. Rest assured that the experienced instructors have your safety as a top priority, and only operate beginner lessons in conditions that are suitable and safe. Involve the whole family as there is no age limit for these lessons, ensuring everyone is free to participate and discover why kitesurfing is so addictive. Before or after the lessons, you can enjoy the beach at the facility. Replenish your energy stores as you relax under the sun with beach chairs, umbrellas, a bar, massages, and much more. Feel free to spend the whole day in this Caribbean paradise, if you wish.

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What people are saying about Cartagena, Colombia

I really enjoyed this tour, it was a wonderful experience. We had private new car to transport us back and forth that was very comfortable. Our tour guide Paulina did a outstanding job the entire duration of the tour. Paulina spoke English very well which was A+++. She gave us insight about Columbia our entire road trip to the volcano. We were referred to an amazing steak house for Dinner by Paulina . It was pleasure having Paulina as a tour guide. She highly recommended.

Our tour guide Reuben was awesome. The mangroves tour was a great experience and I would definitely want to do it again. After the boat ride we had an authentic Columbian lunch and that was some of the best food we had in Columbia hands down. I recommend going to this tour.

SO MUCH FUN!!! All inclusive package is the way to go - hotel pick up transport, fun experience, go pro & such friendly staff & a bar while waiting! Loved it & highly recommend!

Great experience, enjoyed a lot the view of the Cartagena from above; paratriking flight was safe and comfortable, a nice activity suitable for all ages

The lady was very nice and emailed me the photos and videos as well as sending to me on WhatsApp and even delivered the SD card to my hotel.