USE code Eb2022COL for $100 off 2022 dates!
jan 29 - feb 6, 2022
feb 12 - feb 20, 2022
march 12 - 20, 2022
aug 20 - 28, 2022
nov 26 - dec 4, 2022
dec 27 - jan 4, 2023
9 days/8 nights
P.S. All payments can be broken up into a $500* deposit + 3 additional installments.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We've teamed up with @funforlouis and the adventure travel gurus at Live the Adventure to run an action-packed trip to Cartagena and Medellin, Colombia. Louis and team FTLO designed and scouted an amazing itinerary full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will you leave you with a deep appreciated for Colombia's vibrant people, nature, and culture. Meet other young adults as you zip through crystal waters, bathe in volcanic mud, drum to Colombian rhythms and fall in love with this beautiful country.
8 nights accommodation in centrally-located hotel in a shared room with someone of the same gender
In-country transportation for included activities
Flight from Cartagena to Medellin
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Cartagena cultural walking tour (including Castle visit)
Volcano mud bath experience
Social impact drumming experience
Private boat trip to Rosario Islands
Commune 13 graffiti and culture tour
Medellin cable car trip
Day trip to Guatape town and Penon rock
Coffee farm visit
Trip leader and local hosts
International flights (into Cartagena and out of Medellin) (est. $600-$800)
Mandatory trip insurance
Meals not mentioned, not including alcohol (budget $200-$300)
Transportation to/from airport for arrival and departure flights
For the love of
day by day
*Itinerary is indicative of 2021 and is subject to change
Day 1 - Cartagena
Land in Cartagena by 2pm and head to our centrally-located hotel to check in.
In the late afternoon, meet up with your new travel crew for a quick welcome meeting before getting happy hour at the perfect spot to watch your first Colombian sunset.
After a mojito or two, we'll head to dinner at a lively restaurant that serves typical Cartagenian food.
Private transfer from the airport to the hotel - $35
Day 2 - Cartagena
After a good night's rest, we'll start the trip off with a full day of Colombian cultural immersion. Our local host will pick us up from the hotel for a walking tour of Old Town, giving an overview of important landmarks and events, as well as pointing out the best places to eat, shop, and drink. After that, we'll head to the Castillo de San Felipe for a fascinating look at the techniques used to guard the city.
We'll have a traditional lunch at a local hotspot in one of the area's palenques. From there, we'll visit a music school that helps children find purpose through music and mentoring. Enjoy a performance of the local beats before learning how to play a drum yourself!
Last but not least, we'll head to the tiny Totumo Volcano for a very unique experience that really can't be described.
Day 3 - Islas del Rosario
Have an early breakfast before we depart for Islas del Rosario for the day! We'll hop in a speedy little private boat out to the crystal blue waters of the Carribbean where you'll have the change to ogle Pablo Escobar's abandoned casino and even snorkel around one of his sunken airplanes!
For lunch, we'll head to a secluded beach club where you can grab a mojito, play some volleyball, or just relax in the sun.
We'll take the boat back to Cartagena, where you can freshen up at the hotel or wander through the charming and colorful streets.
Day 4 - Cartagena
rum & salsa
This morning, you have some free time to explore Cartagena on your own. Walk along the fortress wall, pick up some delicious coffee, or go check out street art in the neighborhood of Getsemani.
In the late afternoon, head with the crew for a tasting of Colombia's most popular spirit... rum! We'll learn about the history, production, and mixology.
That evening, if you're still on your feet, you'll have the chance to learn some dance moves at one of the liveliest salsa spots in the city.
Day 5 - Cartagena
heart of medellin
In the morning, we'll catch a flight to Medellin for the second half of our trip.
That night, we'll have dinner in one of Medellin's trendiest neighborhoods. Be prepared to try some dishes you've never even heard of before!
*Domestic flight times change for each trip and will be confirmed 2 weeks before departure.
Day 6 - Medellin
for the love of coffee
This morning we'll head to Commune 13, once considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, to meet with a local who will walk us through his community, explaining how art, music, and dance have rebirthed this vibrant area of Medellin. From there, we'll ride up Medellin's cable car for some absolutely breathtaking views.
In afternoon, we will head to the hills in search for a caffeine fix.
Did you know that 95% of Colombian coffee is produced by family farms? This afternoon you'll have the chance to visit one of these little operations that has been passed down from generations. We'll learn all about the coffee making process, from seed to the first sip!
Day 7 - Guatape
Get ready for an active day ahead!
Today, we'll get up early to head into the countryside to see a different side of Colombian life. We'll start with a boat ride along a reservoir where we'll have the chance to see one of Pablo Escobar's abandoned houses that was once bombed by a rival cartel.
We'll stop for lunch in what is dubbed "Colombia's most colorful town" before heading to Penol rock to hike up 700 steps - tiring but definitely worth it for the views!!
Day 8 - Medellin
We've left today totally free for you to customize to your interests and soak up some final Colombian vibes.
That evening, we'll have a farewell group dinner to recap the trip.
After dinner, join your new travel family for one last night out in Medellin. Ball pit anyone?
Day 9 - Medellin
Sadly, today is the last day in Colombia. Join your travel group for one last breakfast before heading to the airport. Flying out later? The hotel will happily store your bags until you leave.
Private transfer from the hotel to airport - $35
“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ― Gabriel García Márquez
Just for fun
Colombia have over 2,000 miles of coastline - AKA beach heaven!
Colombia has been voted the happiest country in the world multiple times.
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, after only Brazil, which is 10 times its size.
Please note: Louis Cole is not attending or leading this trip. You will have an experienced trip manager.
Colombia is safe but it's important to be mindful of your surroundings. Always have your purse/bag in front of you at all times and be extra careful in busy tourist areas.
The sun can be very intense in Colombia, even on cloudy days. Be sure to apply sunscreen before heading out for the day!
Cash is king in Colombia. Be sure to use to the ATM at the airport to withdrawal some Pesos!
Cartagena is a major port city on Colombia's beautiful Caribbean coast. This is a vacation spot unlike any other. Cartagena has a little bit of everything: breathtaking beaches, volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, extensive cultural history, a thriving theater and art scene and some of the most incredible food. The mix of new and old makes Cartagena the perfect spot to relax as you wander the cobblestone streets of the 16th century during the day, and watch the sun set over the modern skyline by night.
The national language is Spanish
The national currency is the Colombian Peso
Tap water is okay to drink in Colombia
In restaurants and hotels, a 10% tip is generally included when you get the bill.
The closest arrival airport is the Cartagena Rafael Núñez Airport (CTG)
The closest departure airport is Medellin José María Córdova International Airport (MDE)
Try to learn a few key words in Spanish before the trip. It'll come in handy!
We know how much you'll love the Colombia trip...
but don't take our word for it! Check out some of our alumni reviews.
"FTLO curated an amazing experience and I'd definitely recommend it for anyone considering organized travel. The agenda was perfect, the accommodations were fantastic and the people were great. I also appreciated how hard our group leader Will worked to make everyone comfortable and to ensure we all had a great time."
"I spent NYE with a lovely group of people in Colombia. It was such a wonderful experience! The trip was thoughtfully planned out and I loved all of the activities. I got sick on the trip and our tour guide, Makayla was so kind. She handled everything with such grace and continuously checked on me. Out of the two cities, Medellin was by far my favorite. I highly recommend!"
"I contacted them via chat and was impressed with the amazing customer service I received. Traveling to Colombia with FTLO I think has been one of my best travel experiences so far... I enjoyed everything that was planned in the itinerary and I think if I were to have tried to plan this trip on my own it would not have been as enjoyable. Traveling with FTLO was stress free! I went on this trip with FTLO with hopes that I would enjoy it enough to be able to travel more with them, learn about new places and make memories with new friends- and that is exactly what I got. Can’t wait for the next one!"