The Colombia Experience


Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, colorful streets, and exotic flavors of Cartagena. From indulging in succulent lobster at Blanca Beach to exploring the historic neighborhood of Palenque, our 7-day luxury adventure will take you on a journey through the best that this enchanting city has to offer. 

Stay at luxurious hotels, discover the Mud Volcano, explore the Getsemani neighborhood, and learn to cook delicious local cuisine in a private cooking class.

Are you ready to experience the magic of Cartagena? Our journey begins with indulging in succulent lobster at Blanca Beach, followed by a stay at luxurious hotels where you’ll be pampered and treated like royalty.

Next, we’ll explore the historic neighborhood of Palenque, where we’ll learn about its rich history and vibrant culture. We’ll also visit the Mud Volcano, a natural wonder that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

We’ll then head to the charming Getsemani neighborhood, where we’ll stroll through the colorful streets and immerse ourselves in the local culture.

To top it all off, we’ll indulge in a private cooking class, where we’ll learn to prepare and savor the delicious local cuisine of Cartagena.

Throughout our journey, we’ll create priceless memories with new friends, explore the city’s rich history and culture, and indulge in moments of pure relaxation and indulgence. Join us on this unforgettable adventure through Cartagena.

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Get ready for an extraordinary adventure as we whisk you away to the captivating wonders of Cartagena, Colombia. Your itinerary will lead you through the vibrant streets of this historic city, the hidden gems of traditional neighborhoods, and the tranquil beauty of nearby villages. Prepare yourself for a journey filled with cultural immersion and awe-inspiring landscapes.

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Your Cartagena experience is all about embracing the magic that lies within this remarkable destination. You'll wander through the bustling streets of the old city, absorbing the vibrant energy and admiring colonial charm. Marvel at the intricate details of historic sites and discover the stories of resilience and cultural significance they hold.



Get ready to be embraced by the charm and luxury of our carefully selected accommodations. After a day filled with cultural exploration, you'll retreat to havens that exude elegance and tranquility. Imagine yourself indulging in the opulence of a five-star hotel nestled in the heart of Cartagena's historic district.

Explore the day-by-day itinerary.



Day 1

Welcome to Cartagena, Colombia.

Tonight, we kick off our extraordinary journey with a delectable multi-course welcome dinner fit for royalty.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Colombian cuisine as we raise our glasses filled with exquisite wines and bubbly.

Let the celebration begin!

Day 2

Rise and shine!

Today, we escape to the breathtaking beaches of Cartagena, ready to bask in the sun’s embrace.

Feel the warmth on your skin, let the sand massage your feet, and surrender to pure bliss.

As we lounge luxuriously, a mouthwatering lobster feast awaits, adding a touch of decadence to our seaside sanctuary.

This day is all about embracing our divine essence and cherishing the beauty of self-care.

Day 3

Prepare to immerse yourselves in the heart and soul of Cartagena.

We embark on a journey through the traditional neighborhoods, with Getsemani taking center stage.

Let the vibrant murals and expressive graffiti ignite your spirit, reflecting the resilience and creativity of the community.

We’ll delve deep into the captivating history and culture, sharing in the stories that have shaped this remarkable place.

And to honor our heritage, a traditional lunch in the Afro-Colombian community will be a moment of connection and celebration.

Day 4

Today is your day to explore freely.

Step into the walled city of Cartagena and let its charm enchant you.

Lose yourself in the maze-like streets, adorned with colorful colonial architecture that whispers tales of a bygone era.

And for the adventurous souls, don’t miss the opportunity to embark on an exhilarating mud volcano tour.

Allow the mineral-rich mud to rejuvenate your spirit and connect you with the healing powers of nature.

Day 5

Brace yourselves for an extraordinary journey to the ancestral village of Palenque.

This sacred place was founded by brave African souls who escaped slavery, preserving their heritage and culture.

Prepare to immerse yourself in the rhythm of Bantú language, dance to the beats of traditional music, and witness the living legacy of their customs and spiritual beliefs.

As we walk through this historic village, we’ll pay homage to the resilient spirits who paved the way for freedom and celebrate the luminous achievements of Palenque’s sons and daughters.

Day 6

Today, embrace Cartagena on your own terms.

Explore the vibrant streets, uncover hidden treasures in the markets, indulge in the local flavors that ignite your taste buds, or simply find solace in the city’s tranquil spots.

This is your opportunity to create your own Cartagena tale, leaving an imprint in every step.

As our enchanting journey draws to a close, we gather to enjoy a heartfelt farewell multi-course dinner.

With the sun setting in a breathtaking display of colors, we’ll toast to the bonds and memories we’ve created.

Day 7

Enjoy your last morning in the hotel with another scrumptious breakfast, and say your goodbyes to your new friends!

Check out at the hotel and get whisked away by your private transfer to the airport where you will head home or onwards to your next adventure.

No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.


Connect with amazing people.

We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.

Experience attentive
and authentic hospitality.

Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.

Be pampered with only the best.

There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.

Feel safe and secure.

Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.

Say "goodbye" to FOMO.

Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.


The Colombia Experience

What is included:

Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow up.

  • Up In The Air Life On-site Tour Leader
  • Bon Voyage Group Video Call with the Up in the Air Life Team
  • Pre-trip Concierge Support for room upgrades and optional tours
  • Pre-trip Concierge Support for spa appointments
  • Pre-trip Concierge Support for restaurant reservations
  • Up in the Air Life Private Concierge Chat during the trip
  • 6 Nights Stay in luxurious accommodations in Cartagena, Colombia
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotels
  • Welcome Multi-Course Dinner with wine and bubbly
  • Seaside Lobster Feast
  • Guided tour through captivating neighborhoods, including Getsemani
  • Traditional lunch in the Afro-Colombian community
  • Free Day to explore the walled city of Cartagena
  • Optional Mud Volcano Tour
  • Journey to the ancestral village of Palenque
  • Free Day to embrace the magic of Cartagena
  • Farewell Dinner on the beach
  • Transportation to all hosted activities
  • VIP Meet + Greet Private Airport Transfers
  • Personalized hand-selected gifts in your Swag Bag

What is not included:

We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!

  • Round-trip airfare to and from the destination
  • Travel Medical Insurance Insurance (Please note this is required to attend the trip.)
  • Room Upgrades are available for purchase after booking
  • Optional tours are available for purchase after booking
  • Tips for Tour Leader, Guides and Drivers
  • Passport or Visa Processing Fees
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the time of travel with at least 2 free visa pages.
  • Expenses for vaccines that may be required

Can you envision yourself on this trip?

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