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Bolivar Department

Cartagena 3 Day Plan #1: Rosario Islands, Cooking Class, Mud Volcano, Mangroves

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Day 1: Rosario Islands + Boat Cruise and lunch

Stop At: Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y San Bernardo, Colombia
You’ll be starting your day with an 8 am pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned car. From there we’ll take you to pier de la bodeguita (Wharf of the Bodeguita) where a speedboat will be waiting to take you on a breathtaking ocean cruise touring the Rosario Islands to arrive at a beautiful picturesque beach for a typical Caribbean lunch, crystal clear waters, water-sports, white sands, palm trees and a return trip to Cartagena for a 4 pm arrival.
You’ll be assigned your personal beach space which will be exclusive for yourself and members of your group.
You’ll receive full beach service, a fantastic typical lunch; use of deckchairs and umbrellas; a cocktail on arrival and English speaking hosts.
You will have the full day to relax and enjoy your space, along with the ability to hire gear for snorkeling, paddleboarding or kayaking.
This will be one of the highlights of your Caribbean adventure!

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Markets, Cooking Class, City Tour

Stop At: Walled City of Cartagena, Calle 41, Cartagena 130002 Colombia
You’ll start your day with a wonderful experience of a tour through the amazing fruit markets of Bazurto. Once here you’ll come to know almost every exotic fruit and vegetable available in this wonderful country.
Following this tasty experience, you’ll continue onto the second part of this tour. Where you’ll enjoy a cooking class and learning every step of the preparation of a typical dish from this region. Of course, you won’t just be watching from a comfortable chair, but you’ll be involved in every aspect of cooking. So you’ll be able to re-create this dish when you’re back home.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Walled City of Cartagena, Calle 41, Cartagena 130002 Colombia
Day 2 continues with a fantastic 3-4 hour city tour. You’ll be driven around in an air-conditioned car and told the full history of this fantastic ancient city. You’ll be stopping at all the main points of interest including museums, parks, the fort of San Felipe, a walk in the historic center and finishing up with a bit of optional shopping, before being driven back to your hotel with an expected arrival of approximately 8 pm.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Mud Volcano and Mangrove Tour

Stop At: Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), Santa Catalina, Caribe Colombiano, Cartagena Colombia
You’ll begin your tour with a collection from your accommodation and a short drive to El Volcán de Lodo El Totumo (The mud volcano of Totumo). With an approximate elevation of just 20 meters this volcano houses a natural pool of volcanic mud, with an amazing relaxing effect and attributed healing powers of the skin, this is one of the most desirable tours of Cartagena.

After your relaxing mud bath, you’ll be cleaned by local women, all of whom are heads of their respective families and responsible for your cleaning. At the end of this process, we head to the beautiful beaches of Manzanillo del Mar where you’ll enjoy a swim in the tropical waters.

Next, you’ll enjoy a wonderful traditional Caribbean lunch and a bit of relaxation before heading to part 2 of this fantastic tour.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Playas de la Boquilla, Cielo Mar Carrera 9 No. 20-14 Playa la Boquilla, Cartagena 130001 Colombia
In Boquilla, a small community of fisherman on the coast of the Caribbean Sea you’ll start your panoramic journey in a comfortable man-made canoe through the canals of the surrounding mangroves with the guidance of some of the local fisherman. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a stroll through the community while drinking coconut water and discussing all the amazing wildlife you have just seen.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We'll be collecting you for all of the tours from your hotel in Centro or Bocogrande in Cartagena.
Departure Time
7:30 AM
3 days
  • 3x Lunch
  • 2x Boat Ride
  • City Tour
  • Full Day Rosario Islands Tour
  • Mud bath in mineral rich Totumo Volcano (group tour)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide on all excursions
  • Mangrove tour (group tour)
  • Markets tour and cooking Class
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y San Bernardo
  • Entry/Admission - Walled City of Cartagena
  • Entry/Admission - Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)
  • Entry/Admission - Playas de la Boquilla
  • Experiences and Transportation not mentioned in the plan
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the plan
  • Personal expenses and tips
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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