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Colombia: Bogotá to Cartagena

10 days, 3 cities
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From $2819 with flightsPayments as low as $254

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Why Go?

There’s more to Colombia than meets the eye. On the surface, the colors—both natural and man-made—will stop you in your tracks. Dig a little deeper, and the country’s long and complicated history will captivate you. Feast on local cuisine, and you might just end up calling home to say you’re never leaving.

What are the top highlights?

  • Hike, zipline, and wave to sloths in Chicaque Natural Park
  • Climb 650 feet to the top of the Rock of Guatapé and score some serious Colombia #views
  • Immerse yourself in Bogotá’s open-air museum, AKA the street art scene
  • Treat your taste buds to all kinds of Colombian cuisine, and by all kinds of Colombian cuisine we mean arepas
  • Lounge in the sun on a sandy beach and snorkel in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters of Barú Island
  • Visit Comuna 13, a once notorious neighborhood in Medellín that has transformed into a center of art and culture

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private motorcoach
  • 8 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner with food & drinks
  • Dinner on first night in Medellín
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Entrance to national parks, Medellín Botanical Garden & other select attractions


You’ve selected an UltimatePlus departure. Nice choice! You’ll be staying at upgraded hotels throughout your trip. Each property is located in a safe and convenient area to ensure a comfortable stay, in rooms that are only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Actual accommodations will be made available to you 30 days before your trip.

Looking for our standard accommodations? Choose a departure date without the starburst icon, and you’ll stay at a combination of boutique hostels and hotels.


Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Full trip itinerary


  • Day 1: Fly to Bogotá

    Here we go, people. Time to brush up on that Spanish, prep all five of your senses, and board your flight to Bogotá, Colombia.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
    • Transfer to your hotel, check out your room, and start to meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
    • Settle in for the night and get ready for a full day in Bogotá tomorrow.
  • Day 2: Tour Bogotá

    Has it hit you yet? You’re in Bogotá, Colombia, the third-highest capital city in the world (8,660 ft above sea level). Which makes sense when you realize you’re actually chillin’ in the Andes mountains. One look at the city’s architecture reveals that Bogotá is new and old. It’s lively and peaceful, a true microcosm of Colombia and one of South America’s greatest urban destinations.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Join your Tour Director on a tour of La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic quarter.
    • Feast your eyes on the impressive array of (legal) street art and then walk through Bogotá’s (also legal) main square, Plaza Bolívar.
    • Get familiar with the area around your hotel with an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
    • Take the funicular up to Monserrate, a hill that overlooks the city, and enjoy some free time with a side of views

    Free Time Suggestions

    Museo del Oro: Have you ever wanted to see 55,000 pieces of gold in one place? It’s your lucky day, because Bogotá’s most popular museum can provide exactly that. It’s not as good as gold. It’s better.
    Azahar Café: Colombian coffee is considered some of the best on the globe, supplying 15% of the world’s coffee. You’ve most likely tried Colombian coffee…but have you ever tried it in Colombia? Now’s your chance.

    In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Dinner. Enjoy an authentic meal and drinks at one of Bogotá’s renowned restaurants popular for live music and dance.

  • Day 3: Tour Chicaque Natural Park + Optional Chiva Ride

    Yeah rainforests are cool but have you ever been to a cloud forest? These rare habitats stand out from the rest due to the low-level clouds that sit right above the trees. And Chicaque Natural Park is a prime example. Throw on your comfiest walking shoes, eat a good breakfast, and douse yourself in bug spray—you’ve got a front row seat to the nature show: Colombia edition.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Arrive at Chicaque Natural Park and join a local guide on a leisurely 2–3-hour hike through the forest.
    • Zipline high above the trees, keeping an eye out for friendly-looking sloths who deserve a courtesy wave at the very least.

    Chiva Ride (extra cost)

    A chiva bus is a colorful nightclub on wheels. Hop on and party across Bogotá with a live band, two included drinks, and endless fun. After this, you won’t want to travel any other way.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 4: Travel to Medellín & Tour the City + Included Dinner

    When you hear Medellín, you might think of Pablo Escobar, one of the world’s most infamous drug lords. But trust us when we say that over the last 20 years, Medellin has completely reinvented itself, garnering a reputation as a city of innovation. Plus, it’s nestled in the Aburrá Valley and surrounded by verdant mountains, making Medellín straight-up beautiful.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Transfer by plane to Colombia’s second largest city, Medellín.
    • Stop and smell the roses at the Botanical Garden of Medellín.
    • Walk through Botero Plaza, where you’ll find 23 sculptures by Colombian artist, Fernando Botero (perhaps you know his work from the ever-popular “y tho” meme).
    • Put your skills to the test during a graffiti workshop and dance lesson.
    • Enjoy an included dinner with your group at a local spot.
  • Day 5: Tour Guatapé and the Rock of Guatapé

    You know those big boxes of crayons you always wanted as a kid? The ones with every color imaginable? Well once you step foot in Guatapé, you’ll forget all about those crayon dreams because this town might just be the most colorful place you’ve ever seen.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Hop on the bus and head to Guatapé, where you’ll spend the day trying to figure out how one town could possibly be so vibrant.
    • Climb the 740 steps of the Rock of Guatapé for insanely picturesque views of the lake and town below.
    • Work on that friendly but effective splash as you kayak around the man-made lake with your group.
  • Day 6: Free Day in Medellin or Optional Coffee Plantation & Whitewater Rafting

    Ahh, time to relax. Or not, it’s totally up to you. Spend the day exploring the city of Medellín and treating your taste buds to as many Colombian dishes as you can find, or opt in for a caffeine—and adrenaline—fueled day touring a coffee plantation and rafting down a river. Two options. No wrong answer.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Pueblito Paisa: This landmark is culture meets history meets your Instagram feed. Pueblito Paisa is a replica of a typical turn-of-the-century town, and it happens to be located at the top of Nutibarra Hill, which is the perfect spot to score some panoramas of Medellin.
    Arepas: Foodies unite: the arepa is quintessential Colombian food and you have to try it. Luckily it won’t take long to stumble upon your fair share of these tortilla-pancake hybrids. Some have cheese. Some have meat. All are delicious.

    Coffee Plantation & Whitewater Rafting (extra cost)

    Learn how coffee goes from plant to bean to brew during a visit to a Colombian coffee plantation. Once you’re nice and caffeinated, it’s time to change gears and get your whitewater rafting on. Lunch is included.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 7: Travel to Cartagena + Optional Sunset Catamaran Cruise

    Just when you thought you’d seen it all, another city beckons: Cartagena (pronounced “carta-hey-na”). The city’s contrast of ancient and modern makes it one of the most popular places to visit in Colombia.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Say buh-bye to Medellin as you begin the journey to the final city on your Colombian adventure.
    • Arrive in Cartagena, where your Tour Director will give you a brief walking tour of the Bocagrande neighborhood.

    Sunset Catamaran Cruise (extra cost)

    When the sunsets on its way, the catamarans will play. Hop aboard this funky boat, grab a tropical drink and prepare to be dazzled by the sun going down over the ocean.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 8: Tour Cartagena

    Nowhere else is the juxtaposition of old and new as strong as it is in Cartagena. There’s the beachside neighborhood of Bocagrande with an array of high-rise hotels and restaurants, and then there’s the historic Old Town, home to walls and structures that are over 500 years old.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Walk through Cartagena’s Old Town with a local guide.
    • Visit Plaza Bolivar, one of the city’s main squares, an excellent spot to observe locals go about their day.
    • Stare in awe at the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, considered to be the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies.

    Free Time Suggestions
    The Walls of Cartagena: The Old Town walls were built in the 1500s by the Spaniards to keep pirates from attacking. And due to exemplary preservation efforts, they look pretty darn good for 500 years old. Feel that cool, ocean breeze as you walk along the larger sections of the wall.
    Getsemaní: If you want to go where the cool kids go, Gersemani is the place for you. There’s street food (hello, arepas), dance halls, live music, and tons of friendly locals to show you how it’s done.

  • Day 9: Visit Barú Island + Farewell Dinner

    Your final full day in Colombia should be one to remember. Which is why you’re going to spend it on an island paradise, Barú Island. Once you arrive, you’ve got some decisions to make. Is it a lounge by the beach kind of day? Or an action-packed, swimming and snorkeling kind of day? The choice is yours.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Travel by speedboat on your way to sunny Barú Island.
    • Enjoy a full day in paradise doing everything from beach lounging and hammock napping at Playa Blanca, to snorkeling and swimming.
    • Chow down on an included lunch with nothing but time and beach beauty on your side.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some laughs and any stories you may have missed along the way at this included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 10: Fly Home

    ¡Adiós, amigos!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.


    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Simple, flexible booking

Lock in your spot, then pay over time. If you change your mind, we’ll help you change your trip—no fees, no fuss. It’s really that easy.

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Dates: Dec 2, 2022 – Dec 11, 2022December 2, 2022 – December 11, 2022
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Total price with flights$2819

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