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Caribbean Retreat
Costa Rica, Panama
Caribbean Retreat

This chilled out 10-day trip is all about the Caribbean vibe: white-sand beaches, reggae music, hammock siestas and serene turquoise water. We journey down to the Rastafarian town of Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica by rafting down the extravagant Rio Pacuare, named 1 of the 5 most beautiful rivers in the world by National Geographic! We then settle in the wonderland of Bocas del Toro in Panama to experience everything that the Caribbean has to offer. There's a very cool mixture of Latin and Creole culture present in this region and English-speaking locals give you a break from practicing your Spanish to joke about with the people here. There’s also some stellar diving and snorkeling in the unbelievably clear water, as well as very underrated waves for surfing on the picturesque Caribbean beaches. And no trip through the Caribbean is complete without hopping on a yacht and gliding across the crystal waters with a beverage of your choice in hand and your entire Free & Easy group around you!

 
Caribbean Retreat
Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo

Puertio Viejo may be in Costa Rica, but it is definitely a Caribbean town first and a part of Costa Rica second as Afro-Caribbean culture dominates here. Reggae music and a nice smelling smoke comes out of virtually every door you'll pass as you cruise down this one-road town on a sweet cruiser bicycle. Adding to its Caribbean feel is several spectacular beaches, amazing food, wicked surfing and an overall chilled out attitude that could make even the most high strung individual relax and take life 'free and easy'. A pretty rowdy late night scene may keep you up late here enjoying the party, but come morning you'll want to spring right up and forget about being hungover to ensure you get a good look at the miles of pristine Caribbean beach surrounding this awesome town!

 
Caribbean Retreat
Panama
Bocas Del Toro

Bocas del Toro consists of six Caribbean islands just 32 km from the Costa Rican border in Panama, and between those six islands and the clear turquoise water that separates them there is a wonderland of beauty and activity to behold. Life in Bocas provides everything from stunning Caribbean white-sand beaches to wondrous snorkelling and diving opportunities through pristine reefs to awesome surfing on surreal Caribbean breaks to just hanging out on a yacht, casting out a fishing line out and sipping your drink. And the vibe in Bocas is very much Caribbean, with some delicious local cuisine and the overall laid-back Rasta vibe felt throughout the islands. Plus Panama's insanely cheap beer and rum has created in Bocas one of the wildest party scenes in Central America!

 
Caribbean Retreat
Costa Rica
Alajuela, San José

Alajueal is a small city in the plateau of the Costa Rican mountain range that helps make up the Central Valley along with San Jose, Heredia and Cartago the Central Valley is surrounded by mountains and 4 active volcanos, Poás, Barva, Irazú and Turrialba. Alajueal is a great place to walk around and see what a city in Costa Rica really looks like. Busy and busily streets are adorned with small colourful shops of all shapes, sizes and varieties while markets fruit stands, church parks and restaurants are closely scattered around the city. 

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
The Secret of South America

Get ready to fall in love! Colombia has what you’ve been looking for: adventurous activities, majestic landscapes, friendly people, and a chill beach life, all with that FnEZ twist. This means fewer tourists and more travelers, less congested routes and more off-the-beaten-path locales, and less planning and more enjoying! This South American secret has been hidden from view for far too long, but it is ready for us now! With fun hostels, a great backpacker scene, a feeling of safety, incredible adventure sports, funky bars and restaurants scattered through the country, you’re in for a wild ride through this stunning country!

From city to city, full of unique and fresh stops in between, this 20-day trip through Colombia will totally crush any preconceived notions you have about this beautiful and diverse country. Starting in Medellin, a jungle city with a vibrant life force, down through the rainforests boasting incredible views and adrenaline pumping action, to the beaches and pristine nature along the Caribbean, to our final stop in Cartagena, an unbelievable city jutting out into the Sea: this non-stop trip (with some hammock time, of course) will satisfy your need for culture, history, nightlife, cuisine, adventure, hiking, and breathtaking landscapes. Join us in Colombia for a trip of a lifetime! 

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
Medellín

Welcome to Colombia! You’re first taste of this wild country will leave you begging for more. Medellin is a vibrant, energetic city tucked away in a lush valley of the Andes Mountains. There is a tranquilo pace here, with awesome parks, funky cafes, and groovy nightlife. The culture will push you into an immediate integration with the Colombian lifestyle! The amazing Euro-style architecture, the mouth-watering cuisine, and the fun-loving locals will pull you into this whole other world. The El Poblado neighbourhood we’re staying in keeps you in the mix, but also offers a haven to relax and take it all in. From paragliding to hiking to simply getting lost in the winding streets, this city will awaken your inner adventurer and leave you feeling welcome in Colombia!

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
Guatapé

On the outskirts of Medellin, there is a quaint town with a lot of heart and soul. Guatapé has a unique spirit you won’t find anywhere else. With its vividly painted buildings and tile work, a great jungle lake, and a strong backpacker vibe, this place is one in a million. Our accommodation is a great hub for travelers, attracting fun, like-minded people. While there are many activities available, it's the perfect place to let the outside world fade away, and just relax. The views from La Piedra, a 10 million-ton rock visible from miles around the countryside, are something you're sure to want to write home about. A true Free & Easy destination, Guatapé will steal your heart and ignite the explorer in you to delve deeper into Colombia. 

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
Rio Claro

Rio Claro is a rare gem that we can’t wait to show you! Named after the river running through it, Rio Claro is your chance to experience a true eco-lodge, and see rainforest conservation first hand. Our accommodations are truly epic jungle huts, with 3 meals included (score!). This stop is a wildlife lover’s paradise! Keep an eye out for creatures big and small, from your front doorstep to the deep jungle. Plus, to please the thrill-seeker in you, there are fantastic activities like caving, rafting, and zip-lining. There is never a dull moment here! A chill spot where you can bask in the beauty of natural forests growing on limestone rocks, you'll spend your nights listening to the sounds of nature all around you. The surrounding area, including the river and rainforest, is cleaned of human pollution by the hotel, which means you can feel good about staying here! 

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
San Gil

A small city with an authentic Colombian feel, San Gil is a travelers paradise. It’s THE place for adventure sports in Colombia, with rafting, kayaking, hiking, paragliding, and much more to choose from. You’ll never be bored in San Gil, even if you aren’t much of an adrenalin junkie. Enjoy the local market, and winding streets, and beginner hikes during the day, and be sure to check out the main square where locals meet for drinks and chats. This jungle paradise is picturesque, the relaxed atmosphere is so chill, and the people are super friendly. Plus, the nightlife is amazing! Go dance the night away with your new friends and discover the magic of the Colombian music scene! When you come with Free & Easy, there’s sure to be a party!

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
Costeño Beach

With a great backpacker community, this stop on our epic trip is chill, fun, and unforgettable. Costeno may be a bit off the beaten path with only a few huts on the beach but… that’s how we like it! This is such a Free & Easy location, we had to share it with you. This is your daydream come to life and it’s a great place to disconnect for a few days and leave the internet behind. Days here will be filled with beach fires, beach bars, hammocks, warm Caribbean air, sipping on coconuts, and super fun activities like river tubing and yoga on the beach! The nights will be filled with unique bars, laughter, great friends, and amazing memories. This place is what it’s all about: slowing down, taking it all in, and truly enjoying life! Plus, you’ll have your new FnEZ family to share it with. 

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
Tayrona Park

The Tayrona National Park is a 150 square kilometers protected area with incredible rainforest, and several of the most beautiful paradise beaches in Colombia, most of which are only accessible by hiking, or by boat. The dense rainforest, massive trees, and huge rock formations will make you feel like you're in Jurrasic Park! You'll be hiking old paths of the Tayrona indigenous people, crossing massive stones laid down as much as 500 years ago. Plus, there is a ton of biodiversity, making it a beautiful Caribbean paradise with over 300 species of birds and 770 species of plants! The big draw for backpackers to the park is, of course, the beaches! We’ll be doing a 2-day hike to a secret beach, read about it in our next stop! 

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
Secret Beach in Tayrona

Our secret beach is absolutely picture perfect. An isolated, sandy beach, surrounded by dramatic mountains, and waves crashing on the shore, this is the kind of beach you dream of encountering, and we'll have nearly the entire place to ourselves! In order to get to this stop on the trip, we’re going to be doing a super amazing hike! It is a 3-4 hour hike that will take us right to our private paradise! The hiking path is well covered from the sun and heat (We do have options for those who do not want to do the hike). There is such a sense of accomplishment, hiking into a little known beach, and spending the night. There are great Ecohub beach huts for us to relax in, and the beauty of it all will take your breath away. What more could you ask for? We’ll hike back the next day, stopping at other epic beaches and 500-year-old indigenous towns, to continue on our epic journey through Colombia! 

 
The Secret of South America
Colombia
Cartagena

Our final stop on this trip is Cartagena! Last but definitely not least, this huge port town on the Caribbean is jutting out into the ocean, creating a unique cityscape that will keep you exploring until the last second. Are you into architecture? There are super cool buildings, amazing castles to check out, and fun street walks. Are you into food and nightlife? There are a ton of fun funky bars, cafes, and restaurants to explore. Are you just into being in Colombia and soaking it all in? Yup, you can you do that here too. This is the perfect place to get your final taste of the Colombian lifestyle, cuisine, and nightlife since it has the best of all of it! You’ll spend your days here wondering if this was all a dream, wishing you could stay forever! 

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Caribbean Retreat
Costa Rica, Panama
Caribbean Retreat

This chilled out 10-day trip is all about the Caribbean vibe: white-sand beaches, reggae music, hammock siestas and serene turquoise water. We journey down to the Rastafarian town of Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica by rafting down the extravagant Rio Pacuare, named 1 of the 5 most beautiful rivers in the world by National Geographic! We then settle in the wonderland of Bocas del Toro in Panama to experience everything that the Caribbean has to offer. There's a very cool mixture of Latin and Creole culture present in this region and English-speaking locals give you a break from practicing your Spanish to joke about with the people here. There’s also some stellar diving and snorkeling in the unbelievably clear water, as well as very underrated waves for surfing on the picturesque Caribbean beaches. And no trip through the Caribbean is complete without hopping on a yacht and gliding across the crystal waters with a beverage of your choice in hand and your entire Free & Easy group around you!

Caribbean Retreat (10 days)
The Secret of South America
Colombia
The Secret of South America

Get ready to fall in love! Colombia has what you’ve been looking for: adventurous activities, majestic landscapes, friendly people, and a chill beach life, all with that FnEZ twist. This means fewer tourists and more travelers, less congested routes and more off-the-beaten-path locales, and less planning and more enjoying! This South American secret has been hidden from view for far too long, but it is ready for us now! With fun hostels, a great backpacker scene, a feeling of safety, incredible adventure sports, funky bars and restaurants scattered through the country, you’re in for a wild ride through this stunning country!

From city to city, full of unique and fresh stops in between, this 20-day trip through Colombia will totally crush any preconceived notions you have about this beautiful and diverse country. Starting in Medellin, a jungle city with a vibrant life force, down through the rainforests boasting incredible views and adrenaline pumping action, to the beaches and pristine nature along the Caribbean, to our final stop in Cartagena, an unbelievable city jutting out into the Sea: this non-stop trip (with some hammock time, of course) will satisfy your need for culture, history, nightlife, cuisine, adventure, hiking, and breathtaking landscapes. Join us in Colombia for a trip of a lifetime! 

The Secret of South America (20 days)

Itinerary for this adventure

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Caribbean Retreat: 10 days in Costa Rica, Panama

Day 1 Alajuela, San José
Group flights arrive in to San Jose, stay at nearby Alajuela Backpacker’s and get to know your new travel family over cold beers and pizza!
Day 2-5 Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Early morning departure for white water rafting on Costa Rica’s infamous Rio Pacuare (includes buffet breakfast and lunch in the jungle, whole trip covered by FnEZ). Continue on a coaster bus (AC) and arrive in the late afternoon into the rasta Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo. Spend the following days with optional activities like our FNEZ beach bicycle parade, waterfall day trip, Jaguar Rescue Centre tour and the infamous Tasty Tuesday Party with our good friends at Tasty Waves Cantina!
Day 6-8 Bocas del Toro, Panama
Take a short shuttle to the Costa Rica border, cross into Panama! Take another shuttle and then a speedboat to the islands of Bocas Del Toro and stay overtop the water at our guesthouse. Spend the following days with optional activities like coral surfing (under sea deep boarding), snorkeling, surfing, fishing, a catamaran booze cruise or exploring and shopping around the funky vibes of Bocas Town.
Day 9-10 Alajuela, San José
Take a speedboat back to mainland, shuttle to the Costa Rica border and shuttle to a lunch spot along the Caribbean coastline. Continue on via a coaster bus (AC) to Alajuela Backpackers where you can laugh about your adventure with your new best friends over cold beer, rum and pizza! 

Pura Vida!

The Secret of South America: 20 days in Colombia

Day 1-3 Medellín
Group flights arrive throughout the day. We will spend 3 nights in this jungle city and get settled into the Colombian lifestyle. Prepare to get hit with some amazing culture, history and night life! We will take a private bus to Guatapé on the last day.
Day 4-5 Guatapé
Arrive during the day. It's time to have your mind blown with some of the worlds best views & indulge in the colourful community and sites of Guatapé. Get on a private bus on the last day to Rio Claro.
Day 6-7 Rio Claro
We will spend one night at the eco-accommodation, followed by a full day of adventure, and then we’ll be jumping on an overnight bus.
Day 8-10 San Gil
Arrive in the morning, spend three awesome days in the adventure & extreme sport capital of Colombia! If you're looking for wild activities, this is the stop! On the last day take a shuttle to the airport for a short flight to Santa Marta.
Day 11-14 Costeño Beach
Arrive in Santa Marta, take a bus to Costeno Beach. Time to take in the Caribbean beach lifestyle of Colombia! On the last day here, take a private bus to Tayrona National Park.
Day 15 Tayrona Park
After a short travel day from Costeno Beach arrive at the park, get prepped & rested up for the following day's amazing hike!
Day 16 Secret Beach in Tayrona
Hike through some of S. Americas most lush jungle, across indigenous trails while listening to the plethora of surrounding wildlife. Spend one night here, in amazing Eco-Hab huts on stilts, on the secret beach.
Day 17-20 Cartagena
Hike back the next day, stopping at some other amazing beaches along the way. After Tayrona we will catch a private bus to Cartagena. Exploring one of Latin America's most vibrant, rich in culture, and exciting nightlife cities! On the last day, group flights depart and an incredible journey comes to an end.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Whitewater Raft Down the Rio Pacuare

Traveling by river can be a fun way to travel and see the surrounding nature, and if that river happens to be very fast and rapid and you're flying down it on an inflatable raft then it's so fun that it's better than any ride you've ever been on at an amusement park! Whitewater rafting down a river is a thrilling activity, and when you do it in a tropical setting it's also warm, exotic and encompassed by beautiful and lush jungle vegetation and waterfalls pouring right into the river. The Rio Pacuare in Costa Rica is where we experience this thrill and it's an absolutely surreal setting, named 1 of the 5 most beautiful rivers in the world by National Geographic, rafting down this river will make you feel like you're flying right through the rapids of Jurassic Park!

Go Scuba Diving

Diving is like no other experience on Earth. Life under the water is silent and peaceful, everything is flowing and moving in a way that we land creatures are unaccustomed to. Despite all of our high tech equipment, we are extremely out of our element in the water and it is a humbling experience to watch and observe what life is like under the sea. Fish come in all shapes, sizes and colours and move together in a harmonious unison through beautiful coral and twisted sunlight. On our trips, scuba diving is a huge activity as we travel to countries that offer some of the best diving in the world. The Caribbean in Central America possesses the second largest reef in the world, the warm waters of the South Pacific in Southeast Asia are home to the largest diversity of sea-life in the world and the seas of the Mediterranean are full of rich history and beauty. There is a whole universe under the ocean and experiencing what it's like to be in it is a must at least once in your life!

Hike to an Amazing Viewpoint in Guatapé

Looking for the best views in Colombia? Well get your camera ready and head on up to El Peñón de Guatapé! Put on a comfy pair of shoes, fill up a water bottle, and grab your hiking partner: we’re going to a viewpoint! Here at Free & Easy, we’re huge fans of viewpoints, and this is one of our favourites, so that’s saying something! In Guatapé, there are amazing rock formations all around, but El Peñón (The Rock) is made of a type of granite, and has avoided erosion. Former indigenous inhabitants of the region worshiped the monstrous formation, and today it is a National Monument in Colombia. Up we go! The hike takes you up concrete stairs, 740 steps to be exact. Not exactly grueling, but a feat none-the-less, and you are well rewarded! Overlooking beautiful, flourishing islands in all directions across the lake, this peaceful viewpoint is totally worth the climb! Take a deep breathe, take it all in, and take a selfie! There are also locals selling their handicrafts at the top, giving you a chance to pick up a souvenir before heading back down!

Tubing on a Rainforest River

This incredible activity is a must do. That’s why it’s included on your trip! Woohoo! On this day trip, we’ll see the awesome rainforest that makes Colombia so unique. So grab your TFF, a few cold ones, and get ready for a chill afternoon floating down the river! You’ll be floating through jungle landscapes with prehistoric-like rock formations. Take in the view and just be… with a drink in your hand and your friends all around you! Plus, the float ends at a gorgeous beach on the Caribbean. We’ll spend a few hours floating under a canopy of trees, with nothing but sunshine, the sounds of birds, and your new FnEZ Family to keep you company. The river runs into the Caribbean, so we’ll stop at a beach and check out a local BBQ restaurant for some great food and a couple drinks to carry us into the night! From reeds to waves, this day is nothing short of adventurous. With FnEZ, you’re always getting the best bang for your buck, and you’re always getting the best activities available! What more could you ask for? Join us in Colombia for 20 days of more adventures like this one!

Walking Tour with Metrocable Ride

A walking tour is the best way to really get to see a city. Having a local show you around, you’ll learn all of the history, see all of the sights, and even find some hidden gems! Plus, you’ll get to stretch your legs and work off some of the rum from the night before! Medellin is a hub of beautiful architecture, amazing graffiti art, and a very interesting colonial style that is so unique to Colombia. If you think things like this are boring, thing again! The history is at times interesting, devastating, and uplifting and you won’t be able to take your eyes off of your bright and captivating surroundings. As an added bonus, is there a better way to end a walking tour than by hopping in a cable car to see the city from above? We don’t think so! Hop into the Medellin Metrocable, and cruise up to the surrounding mountains. You truly have to see it to believe it! These are some of the city’s best views, so don’t miss out!

Take a mud bath in an active volcano

Take a mud bath in an active volcano: this is for real! At FnEZ we’re always looking for unique experiences, and we think we nailed this one! El Totumo Mud Volcano is located about 45 minutes outside of Cartagena so naturally it makes sense that we will stop in for a quick splash on our way by. The small 49 foot Volcano was once full of lava, but is now full of warm mud! We’ll take the quick stroll up the side of the Volcano and hop in! Plus, you can opt in for a massage while in the volcano! If you'd rather just float in the mud and absorb the wild feeling that’s totally cool too. If you’re looking for a true Colombian experience this is it, and it boasts some amazing lakeside views of the beautiful Santa Catalina region. Let the minerals and revitalization of a natural mud bath take over and once you’ve finished you can walk just a minute to the nearby lake and rinse off. It is said that the mud has anti-aging properties, so take your time and soak it all up!

Hike Tayrona National Natural Park

This is a huge highlight on this trip! This hike takes our already amazing 20-day trip in Colombia, tailored with you in mind, up to a whole new level! Imagine, you’ve been hiking for hours, enjoying the jungle, the warm sun is peaking through the leaves, and everywhere you look is another picture perfect moment in nature. Then, through the trees, you can hear it: waves! You run ahead and burst out of the jungle onto a pristine white sand beach. There are beach huts, palm trees, and the roar of the Caribbean Sea in front of you! This rewarding moment cannot be duplicated or forged. These are the moments we live for! Leading up to this moment, you’ll be joining your two leaders and your FnEZ Family on a 3-4 hour hike on preserved indigenous trails, some of which are up to 500 years old! Tayrona is home to lush, green, vibrant jungle and 108 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, and you’re likely to see a few mantled howler monkeys! Along the way, you’ll get to experience the indigenous way of living, as preserved by the park through buildings and sometimes entire villages. Once you arrive at our secret beach, the accommodations are simple yet, somehow, everything you need (Depending on the time of year, the water may not be safe to enter due to strong riptides). The eco-habs are up on stilts, and you can let the sound of the sea lull you to sleep. The next day you get to head back on the trails and hike your way out of the incredible jungle.

Foodies Get Ready!

If you like food, you’ll love Colombia! Especially in the city centres, Medellin and Cartagena, the food scene is unreal! These great culinary experiences won’t break the bank, either! You will have some of the best meals of your life for a fraction of what you’d pay at home. The restaurants range from great local eats, to funky cafes with specialty items, to cool bars with signature cocktails, to amazing fusion restaurants with brand new flavour combinations that will blow you away! The food is a major highlight in the two cities that bookend our 20-day trip in Colombia. Throughout Colombia there is a definite European vibe, and it extends into the food. From street meat to classy and artistic restaurants, you won’t be disappointed with your dinners here. Plus, in classic Colombian fashion, there’s more than meets the eye. Many establishments will have live DJs, street terraces, hidden gardens out back, and a really cool vibe that will remind you that you aren’t in any rush. Just eat, drink, and be happy!

Experience Colombian Nightlife

A trip to Colombia is not complete without letting loose and enjoying some of the nightlife! The cities that book end our trip, Medellin and Cartagena, both offer unforgettable experiences. Nightlife in Colombia has a unique Latin flare that is unlike anywhere in the Americas. All over the country, bars offer vibrant nightlife with amazing food and drinks, and the dancing will keep you grooving until the wee hours of the morning. While you’re out, you have to try some locally brewed beer, and of course, the rum! Famous for their rum, Colombia even has whole bars dedicated to the local brew! In Cartagena, try out some of their cocktail bars, focused on perfecting their unique recipes. In Medellin, just grab your favourite drink and hit the streets! It’s hard to explain, you have to see it to believe it, but the colourful streets are filled with happy people, all evening long, enjoying food, drinks, and a uniquely vibrant social atmosphere. You’ll see street performers, eat fresh street food, and join people dancing everywhere! So if you’re looking for a good time, join us in Colombia, and we’ll show you around!

Try Caving in Rio Claro

This is hands down the thing to do in Rio Claro, and for good reason! The area itself is a diverse rainforest amongst limestone rocks and a flowing river. You’ll be in a jungle paradise surrounded by massive cliffs and your travel buddies, embarking on an adventure like no other: caving! The river has slowly carved out all sorts of caves and overhangs from the marble rock along the riverbed. This creates an amazing setting to try out this incredible sport. Taking hiking to a whole other level, trek deep into the dark tunnels and large caverns that make up the subterranean system of caves if Rio Claro. The guides here are very well trained in the safety of caving, and they also know how to have a good time! You’ll be glad you tried it. There’s something about walking through dark caves, getting muddy, and looking around with your headlamp that makes you feel so alive and confident! You’re truly discovering and exploring he unknown, stepping where so few have stepped before. So grab your TFF, some water shoes, and get out there to discover something new!

Explore Cartagena

It becomes clear upon arrival why the colonial city of Cartagena is an essential stop while in Colombia as you’re hit with the colourful streets lined with street performers, food carts, amazing restaurants, and cocktail bars. Also the architecture is awesome, you feel like you’ve stepped into a piece of European explorer past, you can sense the history that exists in the ancient buildings and streets. We love it so much that we include a guided tour of the city to take it all in at a FnEZ pace. You can expect to have your mind blown while sitting atop La Popa Monastery overlooking the entire city with your group, or walking the walled old city with a fresh coconut in hand. We love Cartagena so much that we dedicate 3 days to properly explore this Caribbean gem, once you’ve arrived we dare you to take the smile off of your face!

Experience Colombian Coffee

It’s smooth, it’s aromatic, it’s bold: it’s coffee and your life wouldn’t be the same without it. Heck, a lot of things probably wouldn’t exist without it (that project you’re working on, for example). Luckily for you, Colombia is the world’s 3rd largest coffee producer! If you’re a coffee fan, you could be at the source of it all. Once you try good, Colombian coffee, you’ll find it hard to go back to your regular brew. Colombia has a reputation for having a mild, well-balanced flavour to their coffee beans, and it’s darn delicious. If you are into coffee at all, you’ll love what they’re brewing down here! If you aren’t, that’s because you haven’t been drinking this! Give it a try, trust us, you won’t be disappointed. Pour yourself a cup of joe every morning, and bring some beans home with you when you sadly have to leave this beautiful country. Just make sure you bring enough: once you share it with your friends, you’ll have them begging for more!

Practice Yoga on the Beach.

Practicing yoga on the beach in warm, tropical weather provides you with the perfect environment to learn how to find a calm within yourself and feel your mind truly relax. Listening to the sounds of the jungle and the crashing of the waves on shore only adds to the bliss of this experience. You can experience practicing yoga in a beautiful and isolated setting under the expert guidance of yoga instructors on several of our our trips. So take an hour or so out of your day to stretch, breathe and enjoy one of the best yoga sessions of your life in paradise!

Surf a Wave.

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 6 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & Colombia) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it.

Go Paragliding in Colombia!

There may be no better way to get a feel for how beautiful a place is than by slowly soaring above it. As backpackers, an excursion like paragliding often gets neglected by the need for things like rum and more rum. But when you get to a place that is just so visually incredible that it defies description then we highly recommend forking out the extra dough to get yourself high and enjoy a view like none you've ever had. There are plenty of places in the world where you can paraglide, but Colombia is one of the best and when you're flying through the sky and staring down at the beauty below, it's easy to see why.

Zip Lining

Experience the rush of adrenaline as you step off the platform, the wind in your face as you begin to speed up, leafy branches whipping by until you burst into a sweeping view of the surrounding landscape…feel like you’re flying yet? This is zip lining! It takes you to previously inaccessible parts of the country, from lush rainforests to tangled jungles. As you soar through and above the canopy, you get a bird’s eye view of everything around you for miles. While being up high in the sky isn’t for the faint of heart, zip lining takes you to a whole new world where you can sit back, relax, and zip along enjoying panoramas you probably couldn’t find anywhere else. It’s no surprise that when you come upon a group of zip liners there’s nothing but smiles and whoops of excitement as they travel from tree to tree and on to new adventures.

Sail through the Caribbean

The Caribbean Sea is famed for its calm, tropical waters and its thousands of pristine islands that have come to be known as the picture of paradise. And the best way to explore this beautiful sea and its many islands is by gliding along it smoothly and calmly on a sailboat. You can pretty much take your pick for where to begin and where to drop anchor when sailing though the Caribbean but our chosen spot for this experience is Bocas del Toro in Panama, an archipelago made up of several islands that provide plenty of beauty to be explored in and around each one. Loading up on a sailboat with your group, a fully stocked cooler, snorkel gear, fishing rods and any other necessary supplies is one of, if not the best way to spend your days here and we definitely do plenty of sailing when we are in Bocas del Toro.

Fly Under Water

Ever wonder what it would be like to be able to swim under water like a dolphin or a shark, moving at high speed, gliding up and down and moving with ease and being able to see all the splendour of life in the sea? Well, you can! It's being called Coral Surfing and it's a wicked new experience being offered that seems to have been pulled right from a video game or some kind of virtual simulator, but it's real and it's unbelievably cool and fun! You hold onto a set of carbon fins that is pulled by a boat, the fins act as wings under the water and allow you to dive up and down with speed simply by tilting your wrist. You can even use the wings interchangeably to perform spins! The whole experience is beyond surreal and to add to it all you're flying through the clear, turquoise water over pristine coral and lush reefs that provide constant visual wonder.

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

We get so many people who come on our trips that say they don't like seafood and won't eat it - usually, they're not from a coastal town. So when we serve up a fresh barracuda or tuna or some other tasty fish that the fisherman caught that morning and we convince them to give it a try, the first thing they say (with a satisfied smile) is that this doesn't taste like the seafood they've tried. There's just no getting around it, fish is meant to be eaten fresh! And the only thing tastier than a fresh fish is one that you caught, too! Catching the fish that you eat used to be a part of life and still is in many parts of the world, however, more and more people are buying from the commercial fishing industry which is unsustainable and is destroying the ocean's eco-system. We offer the option to go fishing on nearly all of our trips with friendly, local fisherman that show you their tricks - it's an experience that not only teaches you the importance of fishing but is also a hell of a good time: on a boat, with friends, with beer, in the sun, drifting down a tropical coastline… 'nuff said!

Practice Yoga on the Beach

Practicing yoga on the beach in warm, tropical weather provides you with the perfect environment to learn how to find a calm within yourself and feel your mind truly relax. Listening to the sounds of the jungle and the crashing of the waves on shore only adds to the bliss of this experience. You can experience practicing yoga in a beautiful and isolated setting under the expert guidance of yoga instructors on several of our our trips. So take an hour or so out of your day to stretch, breathe and enjoy one of the best yoga sessions of your life in paradise!

Go Snorkelling

Snorkelling is a great alternative for those looking to save a little money on diving costs or those who can’t dive for medical reasons. Floating along the surface of the water at any one of our incredible destinations around the world will give you a peak into a magical underwater world. More confident snorkelers can even dive down to get a closer look at the fauna and flora found in our oceans. From glittering fish, to colourful anemone, and super cool sharks (don’t worry, the non-carnivorous ones), snorkelling is a wonderful experience for the non-diver. So snap on a mask and grab your flippers (and DON’T inhale while diving) and you’ll be all set for a little adventure under the sea.

Puerto Viejo Waterfall Tour

Follow the trip leaders for a free tour and hike to a local waterfall in Bri Bri aboriginal territory. There's no better way to escape the Costa Rican heat than finding yourself under the lush jungle canopy and jumping into the fresh waters of the rainforest. Shuttle bus and tour included in your trip price!

Tasty Tuesday Fiesta at Tasty Waves Cantina!

it’s the most notorious party in the Caribbean, and Free and Easy Traveler has been teaming up with Tasty Waves Cantina since its inception! Get ready for some serious tropical vibes, reggae ton music, and partying with the local rastas all Tuesday night. Complete with a massive bonfire, street food, Free and Easy drink discounts and the best surprise to ring in midnight…it’s the best party in Puerto Viejo! (Transportation covered by your trip leaders.) *** we always try and schedule our trips to make it to this party. However it's not always possible. If we can't make the Tasty Tuesday Fiesta we replace it with the epic Saturday Karaoke party.

Caribbean Bicycle Parade

What better way to beach-hop than cruising with 20 of your new best friends on a retro bicycle along the Caribbean coast? Throw in a couple bar stops scattered along the palm tree dotted coastline of Puerto Viejo with its chill reggae vibes and you’ll see why our infamous Free and Easy Caribbean Bicycle Parade has been a staple and highlight on our Costa Rica/ Panama trip since we started it! Don’t forget some pirate gear! (It's only $5 a day for a bicycle rental - don’t forget to hold onto your bike an extra day if you’re wanting to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center!)

Beach Cleanup

Our Trash Hero beach cleanups are a great way to do good, feel good, and get some beach all at the same time. With thousands of tons of trash swirling around the oceans, the unfortunate reality is that some of it washes up onto the beautiful beaches we fall in love with around the world. So we thought ‘Let’s do something about this!’ Our partnership with Trash Hero began in Koh Lipe, Thailand, where they regularly organized beach cleanup days. Today, Trash Hero has gone viral and can be found operating in Thailand and Indonesia, and is spreading into dozens more countries at a rapid pace. On our end, beach cleanup day quickly became one of the most fun and rewarding days on our Thailand trip. So we decided to spread the love, and have instituted a beach cleanup day into our regular itineraries across the world. Through our sponsorship and partnership with Trash Hero, our travellers and others like them have since collected tens of thousands of kilograms of trash from the beaches we travel to…and really, there’s nothing more epic than saving the world! ** We will always strive to make a beach cleanup happen, but sometimes we may not be able to make it happen **

Accommodations and Transportation

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What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Accommodation (Central Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-6 person rooms throughout the trip

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: Costa Rica & Panama (10 Days)

  • Paradise Islands in Panama
  • White Water Rafting down the Pacuare River
  • Jungle waterfall hike (incl. transporatation to hike)
  • Underwater surfing
  • Tasty Tuesday party **some trips we are not able to make the Tasty Tuesday party. In those cases we go to the epic Saturday karaoke party.
  • Sunset beach BBQ

Meals: Costa Rica & Panama (10 Days)

  • Buffet breakfast and lunch during White Water Rafting day trip
  • Sunset beach BBQ

Optional Activities: Costa Rica & Panama (10 Days)

  • Carribean bicycle tour
  • Fishing
  • Scuba Diving 
  • Snorkeling 
  • Waterfall tour
  • Catamaran booze cruise
  • Caving
  • Jaguar Rescue Centre tour 

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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Activities: Colombia (20 Days)

  • Tubing on a Rainforest river to a Caribbean beach
  • Tayrona Park 2-day hike to a secret beach and waterfall (includes Park entry)
  • Sleep in Colombian Eco-Habs on a secluded beach
  • Hike ancient trails & experience an indigenous village with history dating back 500 years
  • Cartagena City Tour, including entry/transportation to La Popa Monastery for the cities best views
  • Walled fortress tour of Cartagena's old city
  • Hike in Rio Claro National Park (3 meals included in the park)
  • Medellin City Tour, including Cable Car for pristine views
  • Hike El Peñón de Guatapé for some of the worlds best views (entry included)
  • Experience the tranquility of Colombia's beach life
  • Explore and indulge in the extreme sport & adventure capital of Colombia
  • Experience Colombian Coffee & Caribbean Cuisine

Meals: Colombia (20 Days)

  • 3 meals included during our stay in Rio Claro

Optional Activities: Colombia (20 Days)

  • Surfing
  • Graffiti Tour of Medellin
  • Paragliding
  • Take a Mud Bath in a Volcano
  • Snorkeling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Paint Balling
  • History Tour of District 13: Medellin's most notorious neighbourhood
  • Caving
  • White Water Rafting

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