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Caribbean Coast Cartagena – Palomino in 7 Days

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In our programs, you  travel completely independently without a tour guide. Southamerica planet takes on the task of booking and paying for all hotels / transport / and tours in advance. For all excursions there is an English speaking guide who will explain you to the places visited. At the airport / for an easy start / there is someone with a name sign with your name and takes you to your first hotel. You will receive vouchers for all hotels by email.

Our prices are without international flight / we  also can purchase at good rates, or you can arrange those yourself. You just provide us with your flight number and planned arrival and departure time, so we know when to send someone to meet you at the airport.


Including:

  • Hotel nights with breakfast in double rooms
  • Tours as mentioned including entrance fees
  • Private transfers as mentioned with Spanish speaking drivers
  • 24/7 assistance

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Port tax Islas Rosario (about USD $ 6 p.)
  • Tips and other personal expenses
  • Tours on your own
  • Public transport costs

Day 1 

Arrival at Rafael Núñez airport in Cartagena. A driver will be waiting for you at the exit to take you to the hotel, a short 20-minute drive.

Cartagena de Indias is by far the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. Its centuries-old walled-in city center, that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seems to have been made for people to wander around for hours. It’s maze of colorful colonial houses on narrow streets and alleys ending in shadowy squares where, in the afternoon, street musicians and dancers show the best of the swinging Caribbean culture. But there is also plenty to do outside the city walls. The archipelago Islas del Rosario is at an hour’s boat ride from the port city. And of course they have the pearl white beaches and turquoise-colored sea that the Caribbean is famous for. Even closer are the beaches of Cartagena, where you can end the day with a swim in the sea and by watching the enchanting sunset.

Casa Mara 2 Nights Casa Mara is a colonial style hotel located in a building from 1991 in the Getsemaní neighborhood, in the historic

center of Cartagena. The hotel has comfortable air-conditioned rooms, a patio with a small pool, a rooftop terrace and a spa where you can enjoy a nice massage treatment.


Day 2

Note: You have to be present at the port of La Bodeguita at 8:00 am. From the port to the island by boat it will take about 45 minutes.

In the morning you will be picked up from the hotel to be taken to the port from where you will go to the Rosario Islands by boat. Once there, you can relax on the private beach. There are several optional activities, such as snorkeling, which can be organized on site. The typical Colombian lunch is included as well as towel service. In the afternoon, you will return in the same boat to Cartagena where the driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel.

The Islas del Rosario The Islas del Rosario archipelago is located 35 kilometers southwest of Cartagena and is made up of 27 small coral islands and some islets. The archipelago is surrounded by coral reefs, where the color of the sea is a combination of turquoise and cerulean colors. This entire area has been named Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo.


Day 3 

A driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to Palomino (+/- 6 hours). During the drive you will pass through Barranquilla and Santa Marta and you will also have views of the Caribbean Sea and Tayrona Park.

Palomino

The coastal village of Palomino is a perfect starting point to visit the beaches of Tayrona Park. The mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta are also just around the corner. This carefree, little village on the road between Santa Marta and Riohacha was discovered by hippies and backpackers and has, in recent years, become one of Colombia’s most popular holiday destinations. Tourism has remained small-scale, however, and the village still has a very laid-back atmosphere. The village is located on a long and wide beach, has beautiful sunsets and there is always a coconut seller around for some refreshments. The sometimes wild waves at Palomino are ideal for surfers. Swimming is not always possible, so pay very good attention when entering the water.

Note: Make sure you bring enough cash with you because the only ATM in Palomino ATM does not always work. The yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for this area.

Ecohotel Playa La Roca is located on the outskirts of Palomino and has direct access to the beach and there is continuous restaurant service. The hotel has a wet area and a swimming pool. All rooms have a fan and a private bathroom

Tip:     Tubing Hotel La Roca/ optional 

The coastal village of Palomino is a perfect starting point to visit the beaches of Tayrona Park. The mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta are also just around the corner. This carefree, little village on the road between Santa Marta and Riohacha was discovered by hippies and backpackers and has, in recent years, become one of Colombia’s most popular holiday destinations. Tourism has remained small-scale, however, and the village still has a very laid-back atmosphere. The village is located on a long and wide beach, has beautiful sunsets and there is always a coconut seller around for some refreshments. The sometimes wild waves at Palomino are ideal for surfers. Swimming is not always possible, so pay very good attention when entering the water.

Note: Make sure you bring enough cash with you because the only ATM in Palomino ATM does not always work. The yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for this area.


Day 4 + 5

Enjoy two free days in this small Caribbean paradise where you will find backpackers from all over the world. Walk on the beach, learn to surf in one of the many surf schools, enjoy a tasty grilled fish and have a delicious cocktail. You can also stroll through the sandy and narrow streets of the coastal town, where creative people from different places sell jewelry, handbags and handmade crafts.


Day 6 Cartagena

Transport from Palomino to Cartagena (+/- 6 hours). A scenic drive along the coast with views of both the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains and the Caribbean Sea, and the towns of Santa Marta and Barranquilla are also on this route. + Hotel Casa Mara 1 Night


Day 7 Back home or more tours

A driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to Cartagena airport, a short 20 minute drive.


Cancel

In case of cancellation up to 4 weeks before departure, 20% of the total travel sum will be charged by SAP, unless other conditions are stated in the agreed contract. Cancellation charges from hotels / airlines or other services booked by us are subject to the terms of the cancellation policy of the hotel / airline or any other company. When these companies charge cancellation costs, these will be added to the 20% of the travel sum. In case of cancellation between 4 and 2 weeks before departure, 30% of the total travel sum will be charged by SAP, unless other conditions are stated in the agreed contract. Cancellation charges from hotels / airlines or other services booked by us are subject to the terms of the cancellation policy of the hotel / airline or any other company. When these companies charge cancellation costs, these will be added to the 20% of the travel sum. If canceled within 2 weeks before departure, no refund will be received, unless other conditions are stated in the agreed contract.

Responsible travel & sustainable tourism:

Responsible travel is very important to SAP. Not only do we aim to be environmentally friendly, but we are also committed to good and fair information provision, protecting Colombia’s cultural heritage, and treating local communities with respect, always trying to stimulate the local economy. The (sexual) abuse of children, the use, buying and / or selling of drugs is prohibited and will be reported by us to the local authorities. We try to minimize the impact of the trip on the environment by working as much as possible with sustainable hotels that have measures in place to save energy and water. In addition, it is up to the customer to deal with this in a responsible manner.

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Caribbean Coast Cartagena – Palomino in 7 Days

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