What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, including a beach picnic
    12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, including a beach picnic
  • 12 night’s accommodation, including beachfront hotels with swimming pools & spas
    12 night’s accommodation, including beachfront hotels with swimming pools & spas
  • All activities, from salsa classes to river tubing, included. Local Flash Pack guides & driver
    All activities, from salsa classes to river tubing, included. Local Flash Pack guides & driver
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • 2 domestic flights to Medellín & Santa Marta
    2 domestic flights to Medellín & Santa Marta
  • Private minibus, bikes, kayaks, cable cars, private speedboat & airport pickup any time on day 1
    Private minibus, bikes, kayaks, cable cars, private speedboat & airport pickup any time on day 1

Cruise around the spectacular Rosario Islands by private boat, and trek the rainforest of Tayrona National Park with a beach picnic en-route. Learn how to salsa and knock back rum in the colourful city of Cartagena, and cycle through the traffic-free streets of Bogotá during Ciclovía. Party at one of the capital’s hottest nightspots, and learn how to play an ancient sport involving gunpowder and beer. Climb to the summit of La Piedra del Peñol and kayak across the Guatapé reservoir. Tube down the tropical wilderness of Palomino River, visit a Colombian coffee plantation and take a tour around the reformed artistic hub of Medellín. Stay at a series of sublime hotels, with rooftop spas, beach bars and inviting turquoise pools

 

The appeal of Colombia lies in its intoxicating contrasts. Here, you have a country with powdery-white beaches and vibrant coral reef. You have pulsating rooftop bars and colourful alleyways that whisper the tales of an ancient, pirate-filled history. You have vast tropical rainforests with tribal heritage and artistic cities that have entirely re-invented themselves from a chaotic, drug-addled past. True to form, our adventure to this land of plenty will drink in every last inch of its rich cultural treasures. We’ll cycle past the street art of Bogotá, and party in one of the capital’s most eclectic nightspots. We’ll dive right into an eccentric local sport involving gunpowder and beer, and tube down the vast greenery of the Palomino River, cold beer firmly in hand. We’ll knock back rum and learn how to salsa in the colourful streets of Cartagena, soaking in the city’s vivid historical legacy along the way. We’ll marvel at the transformation of Medellín – once at the centre of Colombia’s drug wars – and wander the sunny plazas and waterfront of Santa Maria. Get set to climb the giant rock of La Piedra del Peñol, kayak the shimmering Guatapé reservoir  and trek through the mangroves of Tayrona National Park. Climb abroad for a thrilling day zooming around the Rosario Islands by speed boat, with jet skis and snorkels to explore the warm, turquoise waters. Hand-pick beans at a Colombian coffee farm, and stay at a series of gorgeous boutique hotels with rooftop spas and beach bars. With its drugs past confined to the Netflix series of Narcos, Colombia is shaking off its dangerous reputation like a vigorous shimmy at your salsa class in Cartagena. Just like you emerging from your steamy rainforest trek onto golden sands, the country is entering an AMAZING new era and now is the time to visit. Pablo who?

 

The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Cruise around the Rosario Islands by private boat, with coral reef and white-sand beaches
  • Knock back rum and learn to salsa in the ancient colourful city of Cartagena
  • Tube down the remote tropical waterways of the Palomina River
  • Party in one of Bogotá's leading nightspots, and take part in a local sport involving gunpowder and beer
  • Trek through the rainforest of Tayrona National Park, and tuck into a beach picnic
  • Climb the iconic Piedra del Peñol before kayaking across the Guatapé reservoir
  • Hand-pick coffee beans on a Colombian farm, and meet the family behind some of the world's best coffee
  • Stay at a series of stunning hotels, with rooftop pools, spas and private beach bars

Itinerary

Day 1: HOLA Bogotá

Take a private transfer from the airport to your boutique Bogotá hotel. Meet your guide and fellow Flashpackers and embrace your new city in style, with a meal out at the dazzling, circus-like restaurant of Andrés DC

 

BOOM you’ve landed in Bogotá. The endlessly vibrant capital of Colombia is where your 13-day adventure begins. You’ll be met by private transfer from the airport, ready to be whisked off into a Colombian world of colourful cities, tropical rainforests and paradise beaches. First up, arrive at your contemporary boutique hotel, where your expert guide will be waiting in the lobby. This evening, we’re heading to the legendary and riotous Bogotá hot spot of Andrés DC. The insane décor, amazing food and sizzling party atmosphere here are perfect for kicking off the adventure in style. Get the cocktails in with your new Flash Pack crew, and say bienvenidos to Colombia!

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Dive straight into Bogotá nightlife with a visit to Andrés DC

This legendary restaurant is the hottest ticket in town

Andrés DC Bogota

Put the jetlag to one side to party the night away

The twinkling lights of Bogotá beckon

Day 2: Cycling & CULTURE WITH A BANG

Take a bike ride through Bogotá on traffic-free streets, before exploring the museums and sights of La Candelaria – the pulsating heart of the capital. Get involved in “Tejo”, a traditional Colombian game involving gunpowder and beer

 

Every Sunday morning, the streets of Bogotá are filled with bikes, as the streets are shut off from traffic in favour of some serious pedal power. Here at Flash Pack, we like to get involved with local culture, so this morning we’re hopping on bikes for a three-hour cycling tour around the city. We’re then leaving the saddle behind and heading to La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic heartland. You’ll get to explore the impressive Plaza de Bolivar, the renowned Botero Museum and the dazzling Gold Museum. Culture isn’t all statues and paintings though, so next up it’s time for an eccentric Colombian game involving gunpowder and beer. Known as “Tejo”, this health and safety nightmare of a past-time is actually a traditional sport. The aim is to create a mini-explosion by throwing a metal disc called a “tejo” towards a gunpowder-lined target. What could possibly go wrong?! The only currency is beer so BYOB, grab your tejos and let the chaos begin!

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Bogota Bike tour Colombia

Cycle the eclectic streets of Bogotá

A stroll through La Candelaria promises a riot of colour

Marvel at the grand Plaza de Bolivar

Admire the dynamic street art

BYOB for the explosive game of Tejo...

Day 3: A ROCKIN’ GOOD CLIMB AND KAYAK

Fly northwest to the creative city of Medellín. Travel to Guatapé, and climb the iconic zig-zag staircase to the summit of La Piedra del Peñol rock. Drink in the views before kayaking across the Guatapé reservoir. Return to Medellín, and drink in its buzzing nightlife 

 

From one buzzing city to the next, after breakfast you’re boarding a plane to the mountain-clad city of Medellín. And unless you’re still mid-Narcos, this city is no longer ran by Pablo Escobar and has firmly shaken off its notorious reputation. We’re heading to Guatapé, where the huge rock of La Piedra del Peñol and its iconic staircase can be found. Just a mere 654 steps, the climb to the top is definitely worth it once you catch a glimpse of the views across the Guatapé reservoir. Drink in the stunning views of the basin, because next up you’re kayaking across its shimmering surface (wondering how fit you need to be for a Flash Pack adventure? Find out more here). You’ll then be whisked back to your hotel in Medellín, just as the vivacious night life begins to hot up.

 

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Zigzag up the La Piedra del Peñol (only 654 steps to the summit!)

Soak in sweeping views of the Guatapé reservoir

Admire the view from up high... then kayak across it

Soak in the artistic vibes of mountainous Medellín

Important notes

Fly into: Bogota 

Fly out of: Cartagena

During February, Tayrona National Park may be closed to help it recover and keep its wild beauty. If your adventure occurs during this period then please get in touch to find out what else we have in store for you!

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

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