Traditional vacations of simply lounging on a beach for half a day and picking through chintzy souvenirs at tourist traps for the other half are so 20th century. Today’s travelers expect more from their vacation experiences. They pick holiday hotspots that are historically rich and that will help them to expand their knowledge of other cultures. It’s for that reason that so many seasoned travelers make their way back to western Colombia each year. This year, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of coastal Cartagena and the art-lovers’ paradise of Medellin with a 7-day/6-night journey through the two cities with Pacific Holidays. Here are some activities that will help you to get the most out of your trip.
Cooking Class and Bazurto Market Culinary Tour
One of the fastest ways to get to the heart of a country’s culture is to indulge in some of its native dishes. In Cartagena, you can do more than just visit local restaurants. You can take culinary lessons from home cooks, who love to show off their skills using their country’s abundant produce.
Learn to Salsa Dance in Cartagena
After sampling the dishes that you’ve prepared in your cooking classes, you could be ready to burn off some calories. A really fun way to do this is through dance, and it just so happens that Cartagena has a few salsa dance studios where you can perfect your steps and turns.
Discover Medellin’s Museums
Medellin is known for its artists, and their works are often on display in the local museums. You can start with the Museum of Antioquia, which features art depicting early Spanish colonization, and then you can step over to the Modern Art Museum of Medellin that houses works from artist Deborah Arango.
Paraglide the Andes in Medellin
Medellin is located in a valley that is surrounded by the majestic Andes Mountains. An exhilarating way to take in the region is to join one of Medellin’s paragliding tours. Before you prepare to soar through the Andes like the giant condor, be sure to pick a paragliding outfit that has experienced, licensed pilots and good consumer reviews.
Despite our ideas for an unforgettable Colombian vacation, you could still technically spend all of your time sunning yourself on the beaches of Cartagena and browsing souvenir shops in Medellin. You’ll get no judgment from us. What you will get is an incredible vacation deal when you take advantage of our 7-day/6-night journey to Cartagena and Medellin starting at $799 per person.