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Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

1. Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

Set sail for the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park on a full-day tour from Cartagena. The catamaran departs from the Muelle de la Bodeguita pier in front of the walled city. After your welcome drink, enjoy the journey to the Rosario Islands, sailing and motor sailing on the catamaran. The vessel is equipped with comfortable seats, where you can sit both in the shade and in the sun. There is a bar service on board, so you can enjoy a variety of soft drinks throughout the excursion.  Experience paradise with a stop in front of an idyllic beach of turquoise waters and white sands, where you can swim and play with fun inflatables. Practice snorkeling, if you wish, and admire the fascinating underwater life with colorful tropical fish and various types of coral. The crew will prepare a delicious lunch for you to enjoy on board while you sail back to Cartagena at the end of a relaxing day.

Cartagena: Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

2. Cartagena: Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

Experience clear blue waters, white sand, and awesome corals on a day tour to the Corales del Rosario National Park. Discover the group of islands on the coast of Colombia, a perfect natural environment to have fun and relax. Start the day with a morning pickup from your hotel. Continue to a relaxing private island where beach chairs and umbrellas await you. Spend time in the sun and have a seafood cocktail or lemonade in one of the most beautiful places you will visit. Afterward, continue to Cholon to enjoy a mini party in the water with music, drinks, and people from other boats. Finally, stop at Playa Blanca in Barú Island, where there will be a more private space waiting for you away from the main concentration of boats and vendors. Here, eat a typical island lunch and spend the rest of the day on the beach, relaxing and swimming, before returning to Cartagena.

From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

3. From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

Enjoy a paradisiacal day relaxing on the white sand beach of Baru Island's aptly-named Playa Blanca. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cartagena, take a 1-hour journey in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to Baru. Learn more about local life in both the city and the island towns from your local driver. Once in Baru, take a quick, idyllic stroll along the beach to reach where you will spend the day. Make the most of all the facilities the place has to offer, including sundecks to relax on the beach. In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch with several options including vegetarian and meat dishes. If none of the options take your fancy feel free to order anything else on the menu and only pay the difference. Head back to the beach after lunch to relax for another few hours before beginning the journey back to Cartagena in the evening.

Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

4. Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM in an air-conditioned bus. Meet your guide who will provide all the details about your upcoming adventure and the route. At 9 AM, arrive at the island of Baru and board a boat. Cruise for 15 minutes through the crystal clear waters until you arrive at the snorkeling site. After 1 hour of enjoyable snorkeling, continue the tour into the mangroves to see birds, iguanas, and other species. Discover the fascinating landscapes of the island and the life of the native species who inhabit this magical ecosystem. At 1 PM, head back to Playa Blanca to enjoy a delicious lunch with options of fish, chicken, or vegetarian. Once you've eaten, spend some time swimming in the clear waters or relaxing on the beautiful white sand beach. At 3:30 PM, board the return bus which will drop you off back at your hotel.

Cartagena: Paratriking Flight from the Beach

5. 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.

Totumo Volcano and Mud Baths: Day Tour from Cartagena

6. 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.

Cartagena: Beach Horse Ride and Colombian Horse Culture

7. Cartagena: Beach Horse Ride and Colombian Horse Culture

Ride a horse along a scenic beach in Cartagena with a bilingual, English and Spanish-speaking guide. Find out about the local Colombian Paso Fino horse breed, and enjoy a small-group experience for no more than 6 people. Begin your activity with hotel pickup in Cartagena and get transferred comfortably to the ranch. Upon arrival, listen to an in-depth explanation about the Colombian Paso Fino, see how well the horses are cared for, and watch a demonstration of what they can do. From there, you'll be taken to the beach and paired with the perfect horse for your experience level, whether you've never ridden before or are an expert rider. Set off on your ride along the beach, and feel the smoothness of your horse's gait — paso fino means fine step. Disconnect from everything and tune in to the sound of the waves. Enjoy the sea breeze on your face, and have your photos taken by your guide so you can just focus on having an amazing time. After a couple of hours, you'll be taken to a beachfront restaurant where you can enjoy the ocean and sun while lunch is served before you are taken back to your hotel.

From Cartagena: Mangroves Trip With Lunch

8. 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. 

Cartagena: Romantic Sunset Sailing Trip

9. 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.

From Cartagena: Tierra Bomba Island Mountain Bike Tour

10. From Cartagena: Tierra Bomba Island Mountain Bike Tour

Discover Tierra Bomba Island's magnificent contrast of mountain and sea on a guided mountain bike tour. See the island's famous sites, lush beach and mountain landscapes, learn about its history, and tuck into a tasty lunch by a pristine beach. Depart Cartagena by boat bright and early. Once on the island, hop onto your mountain bike and start your outdoor adventure. Cycle past vibrant landscapes of rolling hills, turquoise sea and white sand beaches dotted with coconut trees. Then, arrive at your first historical area: Bocachica. Here, learn about Fort San Fernando de Bocachica's turbulent history, where many pirate and corsair attacks were blocked. Stop for a relaxing break on one of the many beaches of Bocachica, enjoying the warm breeze and cooling your toes off in the blue waters. Next, cycle onwards to the port area for your lunch. Tuck into a typical regional meal with a choice of fried fish or grilled chicken, accompanied by coconut rice, plantains, and salad. Finally, enjoy a rest on the sand, a dip in the sea, or a snooze under the coconut trees until you catch your boat back to your original meeting point.

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What people are saying about Cartagena

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 77 reviews

The BEST day trip you could do for Playa Blanca! Jose is an amazing guide, so hospitable. The pick-up was fairly early (6:45 AM) but we got there at the perfect time - right before the beach starts getting super busy. Our guide took us to our own private, fenced-off restaurant of the beach where we soaked up the views and some of the sun in our very own gazebo. The set-up was perfect because you don't get too many vendors coming to you, but can look for anything you want to buy at a distance. The wait staff at Mambo Beach was also super awesome - we were able to order drinks, lunch, etc. with ease. Would HIGHLY recommend this trip - probably the best one for the best value out of everything I looked into re: Playa Blanca.

It was very peaceful, you only get off to snorkel, not at the islands. The yacht was really nice, it looked new, the drinks were good an it was very clean.

It was fantastic but you need being additional money for experiences, drinks and souvenirs.

Great experience. Would recommend for the price and activities

Was the most amazing experience! Would highly recommend!