Celebrate freedom and Carnival on the Caribbean coast of Colombia
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Carnival In Cartagena & Barranquilla

7 days/6 nights

*limited space available

Just show up. Everything else will be waiting for you.


Let's meet on Colombia's vibrant Caribbean coast to celebrate the resilience of the African descendant people of San Basilio Palenque, the first freed town in the Americas, and revel in the world's second largest Carnival celebration! We'll explore Cartagena's colonial past and incredible architecture in the Walled City (where we'll call home), relax on a pristine beach accessible only by boat, and learn salsa. We'll chat with local community activists to learn about the status of Afro-Colombians in the region, then take short ride to Barranquilla to shake loose during Carnival.


  • The best of historical tours and fun opportunities to let loose on the same trip

  • Visit site key to local Black history

  • Learn to dance like the locals by day and put it to practice by night

  • Smell and taste the delectable flavors that blend African, Spanish, and indigenous cuisine

  • Relax in our private and safe home oasis complete with colonial architecture perfect for selfies

  • Access local communities that most tourists can't find

  • Get in touch with African ancestors through a libations ceremony

See a sample itinerary below.

The Curated Itinerary

Day 1: Get Acquainted with Cartagena

Arrive in Cartagena and get settled. By evening, meet your experience facilitators over dinner and learn about all that is in store for the week. End the night with locals at a local lounge.

Day 2: Explore the Walled City

Treat yourself to a walking tour of the Walled City, a centuries old fortress filled with picturesque winding cobblestone streets, markets, and the flavors of old Cartagena. We'll even see the places where our ancestors were once sold, and invoke their spirits through a libations ceremony.

Day 3: First Freed Town in the Americas


San Basilio de Palenque will be our oasis for the day, as it was for enslaved Africans that escaped to its refuge and preserved their culture and language which can be traced to present-day Congo. We'll get a short history lesson and tour of this UNESCO Heritage Site.

Day 4: Breathe In, Breathe Out

Enjoy a free morning, and then pause for lunch with a local activist and community organizer fighting for the rights of Black Colombians. Then let's put on our dancing shoes for a salsa class!

Day 5: Party in Barranquilla

Enjoy the short ride to Barranquilla where we'll shake our tails at the world's second largest Carnival celebration!

Day 6: Day at the Beach

After a day of partying, hop on a boat that will carry us to an exclusive island beach resort for relaxation and recuperation. We'll end the night with a farewell dinner among friends.

Day 7: Departure

Say goodbye to the majesty of Colombia's Caribbean coast. But not before stocking up on souvenirs and local spirits.

Reserve Your Spot


  • A custom curated immersive cultural experience that is black-centered and supports local economies

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations in a well-appointed boutique hotel located in Cartagena's Walled City (single occupancy upon request)

  • Breakfast each morning

  • All transfers and ground transportation to scheduled activities

  • Admission to all programmed visits to museums and historical sites

  • Welcome night meals and drinks, meals included on tours

  • Social media-ready photos of you each day

  • Branded swag bag full of travel goodies

  • Travel intention setting and reflection sessions

  • Your choice of travel t-shirt from MyTravelTee.org

Not included:
  • International flights

  • All meals not listed

  • Optional excursions

  • Travel insurance

For cancellation and refund polices, see Terms and Conditions.

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