Cartagena Discovery

5 days from $1,375 per person*
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Welcome to Cartagena - a colonial gem and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three main neighborhoods make up this coastline city: San Pedro, San Diego, and Gethsemani. Explore the beautiful architecture in the cathedrals and palaces, and the famous "old walled city". Enjoy a divine mud bath at the Totumo Volcano, just outside of Cartagena City. Explore the Rosario Islands with a private guide.

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Copies of Passports Required - Passport
    • Meet and Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Ananda Boutique Hotel
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private - 1/2 Day Historic Walking tour- Cathedral, Gold Museum ( 4 hrs) - Guide/Admission
    Ananda Boutique Hotel
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private - 1/2 Day Volcan de Lodo Totumo (Mud Volcano, 4hrs ) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Ananda Boutique Hotel
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Shared - Rosario Islands Tour (Majagua Isla Grande) (with lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Boat
    Ananda Boutique Hotel
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
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Day 1: Cartagena

In order to confirm your trip you must submit copies of your passports for Colombia bookings.

Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.

Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and local guide from Airport to Hotel or within city and vice versa

Accommodation: Ananda Boutique Hotel

Ananda Boutique Hotel, a space that conveys the spirit of luxury and comfort in perfect harmony, the perfect place to reach that ultimate state of happiness. Ananda Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena de Indias, near the Plaza de Santo Domingo. The Ananda Boutique Hotel is a restored colonial house of the sixteenth century, in which everything is designed and ready to surprise, as the old wells, and original water tanks are exposed to the public and turned into an open room, or the traditional colonial viewpoint from which you can see amazing views of the city. The beautiful suites (Luxury, Deluxe & Superior Junior Suite) are charming in every detail, have been lovingly restored and upgraded by a recognized team of designers. Ananda Boutique Hotel is a place, is a state of mind. Simply dazzling.

Cartagena
Cartagena
Ananda Boutique Hotel
Ananda Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Cartagena

You will be met at your hotel by your bilingual guide to commence your private guided 4 hour walking tour through the streets of Cartagena. Your tour will take through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock tower entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches. Your guide will divulge the myths and legends, histories and stories of Cartagena from ancient time’s right up to the present. From the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning Church, on through to the Plaza Bolivar with its shady areas, where a fresh Lemon juice can be enjoyed whilst watching the world go by. Enjoy a historical visit to the Inquisition Palace, considered one of the most elegant buildings in Cartagena, characterized by its outstanding colonial architecture.  Throughout its interior, visitors to the museum will find instruments of torture and prison cells. The inquisition used this structure as its central command, a stronghold where criminals were held.  Cartagena is steeped in history and a delight to stroll the streets with your own personal encyclopaedia of knowledge guiding you from one interest to the other.

Includes Bilingual Guide, entrances to Gold Museum & Cathedral. For clients staying within the historic center.

Accommodation: Ananda Boutique Hotel
 Cathedral in Cartagena
Cathedral in Cartagena

Day 3: Cartagena

You will be met by your guide and walked to your vehicle to commence your tour of the Volcan de Lodo Totumo (mud volcano). You will begin by heading an hour and a half along the costal highway to reach the site. Legend has it that the volcano was once the home of the devil and spewed hot lava; a local holy man doused the volcano in holy water vanquishing the devil and turning the hot lava in to rich mud. It’s not cold, it’s warm! It does not seem to have a bottom, and it’s impossible to sink. This is truly one of the strangest experiences you will have along the Caribbean coastline. The Volcano is 20 metres high with basic wooden steps up to its crater at the top. Slipping in to the mud may be one of the strangest things that you have done but none the less an experience to be cherished. In fits and giggles you will wallow in the grey goo and maybe even take the opportunity for a massage from one of the local masseurs. The mud is said to have exfoliation properties cleansing the skin as you have fun! From one experience to another you slither out of the mud and gingerly make your way down the other side of the Volcano. From this point there will be someone on hand to take you to the water’s edge of the Ceínega (spring) where you will be washed down in this natural lagoon. The facilities here are basic but the experience makes it well worth while.

Accommodation: Ananda Boutique Hotel
Mud Volcano
Mud Volcano

Day 4: Cartagena

Take a fun full day excursion out to the Rosario islands on a shared boat. The Rosario Islands are formed by 23 separate coral Islands. It´s one of the 46 Natural National Parks of Colombia, created to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Caribbean Colombian Coast. Its marine habitats create one of Colombia's most diverse and richest marine ecosystems in Colombia. The Park has an extension of 120.000 marine and land hectares, and is associated with marine pastures, mangroves and the numerous species of algae and animals that have their habitats in the area. The Rosario Islands are an about an hour ride from Cartagena by motor boat. The route takes you through the Bahia de Cartagena and into the open sea through the Bocachica strait, and passing between the Bateria de San Jose and Fuerte de San Fernando. The boat will take you on a panoramic cruise through the Islands and then onto the Aquarium where you can pay an additional entrance fee to walk around the Island of San Marin de Pajarales and learn about the many varieties of marine life and species in the area. There will be a simple lunch included on Playa Blanca where you will have about 2 hours at leisure, before heading back to the mainland.

Note: Private transport with bilingual guide only to the pier in Cartagena, does not include bilingual guide on boat or at beach.

Accommodation: Ananda Boutique Hotel
Rosario Islands
Rosario Islands

Day 5: Cartagena

Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and local guide from Airport to Hotel or within city and vice versa

Accommodation:

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Ananda Boutique Hotel: Cartagena

Ananda Boutique Hotel, a space that conveys the spirit of luxury and comfort in perfect harmony, the perfect place to reach that ultimate state of happiness. Ananda Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena de Indias, near the Plaza de Santo Domingo. The Ananda Boutique Hotel is a restored colonial house of the sixteenth century, in which everything is designed and ready to surprise, as the old wells, and original water tanks are exposed to the public and turned into an open room, or the traditional colonial viewpoint from which you can see amazing views of the city. The beautiful suites (Luxury, Deluxe & Superior Junior Suite) are charming in every detail, have been lovingly restored and upgraded by a recognized team of designers. Ananda Boutique Hotel is a place, is a state of mind. Simply dazzling.

Ananda Boutique Hotel
Ananda Boutique Hotel
Superior Junior Suite
Superior Junior Suite
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