June 28 - July 4, 2018
Are you ready to take a journey with Black & Abroad?
Cartagena is a sexy coastal city with the perfect mix of culture, tropical bliss and history. In June, we’re bringing an intimate group of individuals together to immerse themselves in the soul that runs through this wonderful city.
We’ve crafted a unique flow of moments and experiences that will set the standard for how you travel in the future. You’ll find the travel experience we’ve created will ask that you become an explorer who walks away with a true taste of what Cartagena’s culture has to offer.
day 1: bienvenidos a cartagena!
You’re finally here! We’ll whisk you away from CTG Airport after your arrival into the city and take you to your 5-star accommodations. After you get settled into your new digs, we’ll introduce you to the rest of your crew for the week; an intimate group of individuals from all over the world ready to experience Cartagena’s culture and history. As a group, we’ll all head to our welcome dinner and kick off our new journey together.
day 2: THE REAL CARTAGENA
The best way to get to know a destination is by gaining a bit of its history. Today, we’ll be taking a tour that gives you a deep dive into Cartagena’s roots. We’ll immediately immerse ourselves in the local culture by trekking through the city, sampling local foods, learning about the people and the African influence in their customs and beliefs, visiting local markets, and stopping at the highest peak it the city for an amazing view.
day 3: CARTAGENA & CHILL
Now that you’ve got your feet wet in Cartagena, today’s the perfect opportunity to discover some of the things that make the city so great. Get to know your new travel companions, check out that cool spot your friends back home recommended, stop by the open markets, or hang out with a mojito poolside at our accommodations for the week. Today is your day to do as you please.
In the evening, we'll head to a local night club to groove to some salsa vibes over great food & drinks and even better company!
day 4: PLAY AT LA PLAYA!
Bring your sunscreen because today is all about the beach! We’ll be hopping on a speedboat and heading to the gorgeous Baru Island to visit Playa Blanca, one of Colombia's most spectacular beaches to enjoy the sun, the beach and the Afro-Colombian music. Vibe out while you have a Piña Colada and soothe yourself in the crystal clear waters.
While on the island, we’ll also visit a local town called Santa Ana for a taste of its Afro-Colombian history and culture.
DAY 5: THE POWER OF PALENQUE
Today, we’ll be taking a journey to Palenque, a town established by runaway slaves with big African roots and a history lesson you won’t get in any textbook. Here, we’ll learn about their music, dance, culture, customs and beliefs. We’ll tap into the rhythm of the town by taking drum lessons and learn how the hair styles of the local women played a very important role in their path to freedom.
DAY 6: let's get dirty!
Today kicks off bright and early as we head out of Cartagena to become one with nature. Just a short distance outside of the city, we'll visit the Totumo Mud Volcano and purify ourselves in the mud baths, known to have your skin feeling brand new. We'll have lunch and head back into the city.
In the evening, we'll come together one last time for a celebratory dinner. Let our last meal together as a travel crew be a time to reflect on the unforgettable week Cartagena gave you, and for the memorable experience you gave yourself.
DAY 7: ADIOS AMIGOS!
We know, it feels like you just got here, but it’s time to say goodbye. Use today to check off those final items on your list for the city before it’s time to head home. The week may have flown by, but the memories and friendships you've made will last forever.
We've carefully crafted an itinerary tailored to give you a deep dive into all that Cartagena has to offer. In addition to soaking in the city's rich history, you'll meet individuals from all walks of life! And most importantly, we've done all of the planning and hard work for you. Just show up ready to enjoy yourself!
Cartagena is one of Colombia’s most vibrant destinations. Filled to the brim with an assortment of attractions, Cartagena is a cultural enclave of soul and innovation with something to offer everyone. The music, the people, and most importantly, the history make Cartagena a city to remember.
Cartagena's beaches are second to none and you'll have full access to enjoy the unbelievably blue waves and warm sands. Soak in the sun, the views and the soothing sounds of the water. You'll return home with a tan that will make all of your friends envious they didn't join you!
Your home away from home for the week is a lush, boutique accommodation in one of the exclusive areas in Cartagena, but just a stone’s throw from popular attractions. You'll find it's the perfect place to relax and lay your head after a day of exploring in the city. And yes, there's wifi!
Cartagena's cultural pockets provide several opportunities to really dig into the city life, and we've built in time in the itinerary for you to freely explore and immerse yourself. From the open markets & galleries in the Walled City to the shops in tucked away throughout the city streets, there's a little something for every taste.
The Black & Abroad travel community is full of individuals worldwide with a lust for exploration and the appreciation for a deeper travel experience. These are the people who will be joining you on this journey. We've intentionally limited our journeys to no more than 14 travelers to make sure everyone gets the appropriate attention & the chance to connect with like-minded individuals.
Live in the moment and let someone else record it! Our professional photographer will be there every step of the way to capture the best points in your journey, and you'll get those photos throughout your stay to share with your friends and family back home.
Your investment of $2500 (or if you are utilizing our payment plan option, an initial deposit of $599, and 5 monthly payments of $420 - totaling $2699) includes:
- 6 nights at an upscale, 5 star boutique villa*
- Transfers to/from CTG airport
- All activities on itinerary and transportation to/from activities
- All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners (alcohol not included unless indicated-- see itinerary for additional details)
- Personal travel concierge to take care of all of the questions you may have
- A professional photographer commissioned to capture those unforgettable moments during your journey
- Your own Black & Abroad Journeys Traveler's Kit, with exclusive Black & Abroad gear
- A few surprises!
*Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We may also have a limited number of private rooms available on a first come, first served basis (for an additional fee). If you are interested in a private suite, please contact us regarding availability.
What's Not Included?
- Flight to/from Cartagena
- Travel Insurance (we recommend purchasing coverage for your trip)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Incidental room charges in hotels/accommodations
- Individually selected activities during your free time
- Individual tips to experience providers and venues
Are you coming?
There comes a time when you have to decide what kind of traveler you want to be. Here’s a chance to transition from tourist to journeyer.
This Black & Abroad Journey has been meticulously designed to tap into our three principles:
EXPLORE the world. EMBRACE the culture. EMPOWER the people.
To ensure that we remain true to our mission, we’ve partnered with local businesses, guides, and venues to give you a truly Colombian experience. From your one-of-a-kind hotel, to guides who have a deep connection to Cartagena’s Afro-Colombian history, your journey with us is a step above the experience you’d receive from a mass market, run-of-the-mill tour. This isn’t a vacation. This is a journey. Are you ready?
Cartagena is waiting for you.