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Colombia: Bogotá to Cartagena

A carefree Caribbean escape with stops in Bogotá, Santa Marta, Tayrona and Cartagena.

From its soaring capital to its shimmering Carribean coast, this tour immerses you in everything Colombia is famous for. The journey begins in the high altitude city of Bogotá where we’ll explore its graffitied streets by day and shake our arepas in its largest gay bar by night. In Tayrona National Park we’ll venture into the humid jungle photographing howler monkeys, tamarinds, toucans and other exotic fauna. To wrap up our adventure we’ll melt into Cartagena’s laid-back Carribean lifestyle. As part of our Flex Tour line, this adventure is bursting with optional activities such as a gay salsa lesson, private Colombian cooking class, river tubing experience or an afternoon snorkelling.

For anyone interested in extending their South American adventure, our Peru: The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu hike kicks off right as this tour concludes.

Please Note: 2021 and 2022 booking conditions differ, please ensure you have read all booking conditions thoroughly.


Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy plenty of free time in Colombia’s famous walled city, Cartagena
  • Delve into Tayrona National Park, where tamarin monkeys, poison-dart frogs and caimans are in no short supply
  • Make bad good choices at Theatron, arguably the largest LGBT club in the Americas
  • Enjoy an unforgettable bird’s-eye-view of Bogota from Monserrat Mountain
  • Get optional cooking and/or salsa lessons from local gay Colombians
  • Discover South America’s second oldest city, Santa Marta, on a private walking tour
  • Float down peaceful Don Diego River on an optional river tubing experience
  • Relish in Rosario Island’s sun, sand and sea during an optional snorkelling excursion

DATES AND PRICES

Sep. 30 - Oct. 8, 2021 (From $2,895.00 USD)
OPEN
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $2,895.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $680.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $500 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure (2021)
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Scott Marquardt
May 19-27, 2022 (From $2,895.00 USD)
OPEN
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $2,895.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $680.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $500 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure (2022)
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Scott Marquardt
Sep. 29 - Oct. 7, 2022 (From $2,895.00 USD)
OPEN
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $2,895.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $680.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $500 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure (2022)
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Scott Marquardt
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Bogotá

Hola! Welcome to Bogota. This vibrant city has moved beyond its chequered past, and today offers a combination of bohemian cool, colourful graffiti and big city swagger. The city’s openly lesbian mayor is a sign of just how progressive this Latin American capital has become. We start our tour with a welcome meeting at 5pm, followed by our official Welcome Dinner at Andres Carne de Res—a truly Colombian experience that Lonely Planet describes as “equal parts Tim Burton, Disneyland and Willy Wonka”.

Day 2 Bogotá

Today we explore the historic Candelaria district and its colourful graffitied walls. More than pretty paintings, these murals contain deep messages and learnings about Colombian politics, culture and religion. Be sure to try some chicha along the way, a traditional Colombian street drink made from fermented fruit rinds. This historic neighbourhood is also home to a university district, full of cobblestoned streets and centuries-old houses. After working up an appetite we will enjoy a local lunch, then a stop that will literally take your breath away—we’ll take a cable car to the top of Monserrat Mountain, at 3,050m/10,000ft you can see the whole city unfold before you. Dinner is optional, and then it’s time to rumbear at Theatron, a massive gay club with 13 (!) separate dance floors. If you are keen to learn some salsa with a local gay instructor, this is also an option we’d LOVE to organize for the group in the early evening. 

Day 3 Santa Marta

If you aren’t nursing an Aguardiente hangover, you’re welcome to meander Bogota one last time. Then in the early afternoon we’ll catch a short flight to Santa Marta. Brimming with fascinating history, this small coastal city was the first Spanish settlement in Colombia, the country’s oldest surviving city, and the second oldest city in South America. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel, do a short orientation walk through the historic centre, and then have an optional dinner to try some of the city’s famous arepas.

 

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 4 Tayrona

Slather on the sunscreen and choose your cutest bathing suit because we’re off to the treasure of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, Tayrona National Park. With some luck we may spot some cotton-top tamarin monkeys, poison-dart frogs and caimans. We will spend the day exploring both the park’s jungle trails and pristine beaches. After a full day exploring we head to our paradise in the jungle where we can relax by the pool and then later enjoy a traditional Colombian dinner together.

Day 5 Tayrona

After yesterday’s big jungle jaunt, we have a very relaxed itinerary today. Feel free to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before joining us for our exciting optional activity: tubing down the nearby Don Diego River! This relaxing—and yet totally hilarious—excursion begins in the jungle where you’ll be given an inflatable tube to mount. You’ll then be let loose to slowly float down the peaceful river with plenty of opportunities to spot playful howler monkeys, fluttering butterflies and exotic birds. Upon arrival at the mouth of the river, you will have the chance to explore a virgin beach, take a dip, or just enjoy a sandy catnap. If the aforementioned tubing experience isn’t your thing, you’re more than welcome to relax by our hotel’s pool or perhaps take a romantic stroll towards the beach. Tonight we’ll enjoy an included dinner together at our hotel.

Day 6 Cartagena

After a leisurely breakfast we are off to Cartagena—arm yourself with a good book, podcast or music as we’ll have to weather a 5-hour drive. The historic walled city of Cartagena has a laid back Caribbean vibe, and is undoubtedly one of the jewels of Latin America. Upon arrival we will walk through the narrow cobblestone streets and grab a cocktail on the old city wall while watching the sunset. Later in the evening you are free to take in the romantic and charming vibe on your own or join the group for an optional dinner.

Day 7 Cartagena

Today we have two incredible optional activities for you. In the morning we’d love if you joined us on an optional snorkeling experience in nearby Rosario Islands. The collection of 27 islands are protected national park and famous for their calm, teal waters with vibrant coral systems below the surface. After a morning of sun, sand and sea, feel free to kick back at the hotel, grab a quick bite and then change into your stretchy pants for this afternoon’s optional cooking class. On this mouthwatering activity we’ll learn the secrets to Colombia’s unsung cuisine from a local gay chef. Then we’ll get to devour our own creations for dinner. If you decide to skip the optional cooking class, our local guide will have plenty of restaurant recommendations you may be interested in.

Day 8 Cartagena

Yet another beautiful day to enjoy this colonial coastal gem, que rico! Why not explore the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress dating back to 1536? Alternatively, head to the nearby beaches one last time and soak in those last few hours of Carribean sun. Tonight we gather for an included Farewell Dinner where we’ll get a taste of the city’s world-class seafood. To wrap up our night (and the entire tour) we’ll enjoy farewell drinks at a gay or gay-welcoming bar.

Day 9 Departure

Ciao for now! Today is the final day of our tour and we wish everyone safe travels home. From the whole Out Adventures team, muchas gracias for joining our gay Colombia tour!


GUIDES AND HOSTS

OPERATIONS MANAGER & HOST

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival transfers to Out Adventures’ joining point hotel
  • A gay Out Adventures host throughout and a local English-speaking guide
  • All accommodations for the duration of the tour
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All included activities and entertainment mentioned in the itinerary, including national park fees
  • All land transportation in comfortable, air conditioned vehicles
  • Mineral water available on all transportation (Please bring your own refillable water bottle)

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International and domestic airfare (details will be provided when the official Trip Guarantee is sent to group)
  • International departure taxes
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Departure transfers from Out Adventures’ finishing point hotel
  • Gratuities for staff, including activity operators and drivers (budget approximately $80–$120 USD)
  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.

LGBT INFO FOR Colombia

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring, visa information, required
vaccinations, travel insurance and more.
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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Cartagena
Bantu Hotel
"Orika" Room
Cartagena
Bantu Hotel
"Orika" Bathroom
Cartagena
Bantu Hotel
Courtyard
Cartagena
Bantu Hotel
Pool
Bogota
B.O.G Hotel
Superior
Bogota
B.O.G Hotel
Superior
Bogota
B.O.G Hotel
Lobby
Bogota
B.O.G Hotel
Restaurant & Lounge
Santa Marta
Casa de Leda
Superior
Santa Marta
Casa de Leda
Terrace
Santa Marta
Casa de Leda
Pool
Santa Marta
Casa de Leda
Pool
Tayrona
Villa Maria
DBL with Jungle View
Tayrona
Villa Maria
DBL with Jungle View
Tayrona
Villa Maria
Washroom
Tayrona
Villa Maria
Jungle Terrace
Tayrona
Villa Maria
Exterior
Tayrona
Villa Maria
Pool



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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

Well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a nice restaurant and/or bar, (sometimes) a fitness centre, and a pool/sauna. Customer service is exceptional and always includes a concierge service.

Scroll down to ‘Examples Of Accommodations’ for specific information and photos about the accommodations used on this tour.

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Physical Rating: 2 - LIGHT

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If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Shared/Twin Room when booking this tour.

If you are a solo traveller interested in booking a private room, please select single supplement when booking this tour (based on availability). If you are willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Solo Shared.

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