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A group of travelers poses in the jungles of Colombia.
Julie Ribi
A girl looks at Tayrona beach.
Two girls in bikinis watching a sunset over Cartagena.
A group of travelers poses on a beach in Colombia
Julie Ribi
A group of travelers tubing down a river in Colombia
A group of travelers in a mudbath.
A group of girls in bathing suits pose next to the Caribbean.
Julie Ribi
Caribbean Coasting: 10 days in Colombia
Colombia
Caribbean Coasting

Kick-off your epic 10-day Colombian adventure in a cabaña right on Costeño Beach just outside of the bustling city of Santa Marta. If you’ve had your fill of the beach there’s the option to hop onto a motorbike and head into Tayrona National Park for a jungle trek. From there we head to Polamino, where we stay in tiki huts for two nights. As the cherry on top of this trip, we finish off in the bright city of Cartagena. Here you can eat delicious Colombian food to your heart's content, experience the epic nightlife, explore the walled city, and so much more! 

 
Caribbean Coasting: 10 days in Colombia
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. 

 
Caribbean Coasting: 10 days in Colombia
Caribbean Colombia Sunet
Colombia
Palomino

Palomino is a great little town tucked away on the northern shore of the Caribbean between the Ocean and primary rainforest. Besides its small town artisan vibes and beautiful scenery the town is also known for the Palomino river ( which its named after ) this stunning river starts far back in the Colombian mountains of los Sierra in tropical rainforest and emptys into the Caribbean Sea, this sparkling river was one in part of creating the legend of el dorado and the lost city of gold due to all the sparkling gem stones that cover the river bottom to create a sparkly experience, while you float down the river. 

We stay at a cool Hostel that is a only a 3 minute walk from the beach Tiki Hut, has a full bar, kitchen and swimming pool

 
Caribbean Coasting: 10 days in Colombia
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! 

Caribbean Coasting

Caribbean Colombia Trip: 10 Days

Caribbean Colombia Trip: 10 Days

Caribbean Coasting

Kick-off your epic 10-day Colombian adventure in a cabaña right on Costeño Beach just outside of the bustling city of Santa Marta. If you’ve had your fill of the beach there’s the option to hop onto a motorbike and head into Tayrona National Park for a jungle trek. From there we head to Polamino, where we stay in tiki huts for two nights. As the cherry on top of this trip, we finish off in the bright city of Cartagena. Here you can eat delicious Colombian food to your heart's content, experience the epic nightlife, explore the walled city, and so much more! 

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Caribbean Coasting: 10 days in Colombia
Colombia
Caribbean Coasting

Kick-off your epic 10-day Colombian adventure in a cabaña right on Costeño Beach just outside of the bustling city of Santa Marta. If you’ve had your fill of the beach there’s the option to hop onto a motorbike and head into Tayrona National Park for a jungle trek. From there we head to Polamino, where we stay in tiki huts for two nights. As the cherry on top of this trip, we finish off in the bright city of Cartagena. Here you can eat delicious Colombian food to your heart's content, experience the epic nightlife, explore the walled city, and so much more! 

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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.

Day 1-2 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 3 Secret Beach in Tayrona
After a short travel day from Costeno Beach to Calbazo for lunch, arrive at Tayrona National Park. Hike through some of South America's most lush jungle, across indigenous trails while listening to the music of surrounding wildlife. Spend one night here, in amazing Eco-Hab huts on stilts, on the secret beach. Hike back the next day, stopping at some other amazing beaches along the way, including Juan del Guia for a post-hike swim. We will catch a shuttle to Santa Marta.
Day 4-6 Santa Marta
Arrive in Santa Marta, where you can dive, snorkel, and take in the cool rasta vibes. Take shuttle to Cartagena on the last day.
Day 7-10 Cartagena
Arrive in Cartagena. Explore one of Latin America's most vibrant and culturally rich cities, boasting amazing nightlife! 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

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!

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!

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!

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.

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

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

  • 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

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

Find out how much spending money you will need here.

Activities: Colombia (10 Days)

  • Tubing on a Rainforest river to a Caribbean beach
  • Tayrona Park 2-day hike to a secret beach (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
  • Walled fortress tour of Cartagena's old city
  • Experience the tranquility of Colombia's beach life

Optional Activities: Colombia (10 Days)

  • Surfing
  • Cartagena City Tour, including entry/transportation to La Popa Monastery for the cities best views
  • Experience Colombian Coffee & Caribbean Cuisine
  • Paragliding
  • Snorkeling

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