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Snorkelling & Diving in Colombia

Cartagena + Rosario Islands
GRA7B
7 NIGHTS
FROM £795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Snorkelling Diving Holiday Rosario Islands Colombia Mucura Cartagena

If you want to enjoy a snorkelling or diving holiday in the spectacular Rosario Islands in Colombia, this itinerary offers a delightful mix of sightseeing and a paradise coral island, with the option to upgrade to quieter Mucura Island. Also visit the historic walled city of Cartagena. English speaking city guide & all transfers included, but pay for dives locally.

Snorkelling Diving Holiday Rosario Islands Colombia Mucura Cartagena
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Snorkelling & Diving Holiday
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Colombia
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Cartagena
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San Felipe Castle
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La Popa Monastery
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Rosario Islands
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Isla Grande
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Coral Reefs
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Water Sports
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Bay of Cartagena
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Snorkelling & Diving Holiday
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Colombia
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Cartagena
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San Felipe Castle
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La Popa Monastery
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Rosario Islands
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Isla Grande
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Coral Reefs
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Water Sports
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Bay of Cartagena
Day 1
You will be met at Cartagena Airport and transferred to this tropical port city, situated on the Caribbean coast.
 
Check into your hotel in this colourful city, whose magnificent 16th century walled Old Town is a World Heritage Site.
Day 2
This morning enjoy a half day private tour of the city of Cartagena de Indias, starting with a visit to the 17th century La Popa Monastery situated outside the Old Town on a hill that marks the highest point in the city, with spectacular views over Cartagena Bay and the modern high-rise city, as well as the Old Town. Dedicated to Our Lady of La Candelaria, this charming Augustinian monastery has a beautiful chapel with an ornate gold altar.
 
We then visit San Felipe Castle located on San Lazaro Hill, the largest Spanish military building in the New World dating back to 1536. It was built to guard the city’s landward side from invasion and has a complex system of tunnels connected to the Old City, used to distribute provisions and for a possible evacuation. The tunnels were built so that any noise would echo along them, making internal communications easier and allowing the citizens to hear even the slightest sound of an enemy advance.
 
Afterwards we enter the old walled city and walk through Las Bóvedas, a series of 23 vaults built in the 18th century and considered the last major military colonial construction within the city walls. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards and later they became jail cells. Nowadays they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewellery, clothing and souvenirs.
 
Our last stop is the church and monastery of San Pedro Claver, built in the early 17th century by the Jesuits. Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest, was a defender and protector of slaves and lived in this monastery until his death. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the charming Old Town independently.
 
Note: Short skirts should not be worn when visiting churches, monasteries and religious shrines. Colombia is the world’s largest producer of emeralds, so let your guide know if you would like to buy one and he will take you to a reputable store.
Day 3
An early transfer to the dock this morning for your 1-hour transfer by speedboat to the beautiful Rosario Islands in the Bay of Cartagena.
 
This spectacular archipelago of 27 coral islands is a marine park, with crystal clear turquoise waters. It covers an area of around 500 square miles (1,300 sq km) and its coral reefs, mangroves and lagoons support over 1,300 different marine species.
 
Check into your hotel and relax on your tropical Caribbean Island.
 
Note: One bag of 23 kg allowed per person on the boat. Excess baggage can be stored in Cartagena.
Days 4 To 7
At leisure to enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the clear turquoise waters of the spectacular Rosario Islands in the Caribbean Sea.
 
Scuba diving, kayaking and bicyle hire can be arranged with your hotel (pay locally). You can also arrange an optional visit to the tiny island of San Martín de Pajarales, which has an aquarium and an oceanarium.
 
Note: The Rosario Islands allows day visitors from Cartagena, so be aware that the beach will be busy in the middle of the day.
Day 8
Today transfer 1-hour by speedboat back to Cartagena Harbour.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to Cartagena Airport for your flight home.

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