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Magdalena River Cruise: Colombia’s Hidden Gems

13 days from £4,200pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Overview & Highlights

Available from May 2025!

Enjoy a cruise along Colombia’s mythical Magdalena River through historic colonial towns pulsating with Latin rhythms.

Begin by exploring historic Cartagena before your enchanting eight-day river cruise, then discover the wildlife-rich jungle of Tayrona National Park and relax on Caribbean beaches.

Arrive in the colonial walled city of Cartagena and discover its fascinating history on a series of walking tours. Then embark on your river boat for an unforgettable eight-day cruise through northern Colombia’s heartlands.

Step through the streets of Palenque, the first free city in Colombia, then explore historic Calamar by paola bicycle taxi.

Browse hand-made crafts in Santa Barbara de Pinto, then spend two unforgettable days in Mompox. Discover this stunning town’s lively music scene, colonial architecture, traditional jewellery, and nearby wildlife at Ciénaga Pijiño.

Next it’s time to experience the beat of El Banco, famous as the birthplace of cumbia music, and enjoy live performances from the town’s friendly locals.

Go birdwatching in Magangue and discover the colonial charms of Nueva Venecia before finishing your cruise in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla.

Relax with three days in wonderful Tayrona National Park, a pristine haven of Caribbean beaches backed by thick tropical jungle filled with wildlife.

  • Explore historic Cartagena.
  • Visit a series of charming historic towns, including bucolic Mompox.
  • Go birdwatching in Magangue.
  • Enjoy a day of relaxation on the beaches of Tayrona.

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Sally Dodge Travel Expert A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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