Family-friendly adventure activities

Family-friendly Adventure Activities

 

Cartagena is a great option for a family-vacation.  Besides the beautifully preserved old walled city, there are oodles of outdoor activities that you can do. Cartagena is also a relatively safe city, especially if you stay within the touristy areas. 

 

 

Baru Bird Sanctuary

 

Visit The Baru Bird Sanctuary

If you are a family of nature lovers, or even if you just want your kids to see the diversity of wildlife in Colombia, a visit to the Baru Bird Sanctuary is a great learning experience.  The birds’ natural habitats are recreated as closely as possible to their which also allows you to get a glimpse of Colombia’s many different landscapes and microclimates.

 

Volcan del Totumo

 

Visit El Totumo And Take A Bath In Mud

Volcanos and a mud bath?  This could be every kid’s dream come true! This unique experience is relatively easy to organize and you can book it as a day trip through most tour operators in Cartagena. 

 

 

snorkeling cartagena

 

Get Out On The Water

Water sports are by far one of the most popular activities to do in Cartagena. 

The land is surrounded by a large reef with is home to 280 different species of fish, sharks, and rays. The sea is calm and suitable for young swimmers.  One of the best ways to get your feet wet is by visiting the Rosario Islands. The white sand beaches and turquoise waters are perfect for a day in the sun and you can easily rent snorkel gear from the nearby vendors.

If you are looking to be out on the water but would prefer to stay relatively dry, you can all of our Dream Yacht rentals here!

 

mangroves at La Boquilla

 

Check Out The Mangroves At La Boquilla

Located just 20 minutes drive from Cartagena,  La Boquilla is a small fishing village that is the jumping off point for mangrove tours.  The tours normally last just a few hours but are a fantastic way for your kids to learn about the rich biodiversity of these important ecological areas.

 

Although adventure normally implies hiking, water sports or other outdoor activities, depending on where you are from, a trip to the old walled city may be a pretty big adventure!  The historic old town feels like it has been taken right out of Spain and if your kids have never been to Europe or a similar colonial city, they may experience a bit of culture shock!

 

Bike tours in Cartagena

 

Bike Tours In Cartagena

Bicycling is often one of the best ways to explore a city or area.  You are able to cover a lot more distance than walking but unlike being in a car which whisks you from place to place, you are moving slow enough to really appreciate your surroundings.  It can also feel a lot cooler than walking through a city, especially if you visit during the dry season when the weather is hot and sunny.

 

Cartagena is a flat city and is great place to discover by bike.  Although the traffic can be pretty crazy outside of the city walls, an early morning ride through the old town is an amazing way to start the day.  You can rent bikes from many different shops in the old town.  Don’t stress too much about trying to find the best price.  Most bikes cost roughly the same. However, just make sure to double check the breaks and steering before you get started.

 

We highly recommend riding along the city walls to get a great view of the old walled city, Bocagrande and the sea itself. Like the streets of the old city, this is best attempted very early in the morning when other visitors are still sleeping off the previous day’s nocturnal activities.

 

Regardless of where you decide to ride, try and go as early in the day as possible  or in the evening (if you are there during the off season) to escape the heat of the day. Carry plenty of water and wear sunscreen if you are riding more than 20 minutes or so especially if you are coming from a cold climate.  The best way that you can ruin a vacation is by sunstroke or sunburn (believe us, we know after finding out the hard way.)

 

Cartagena old walled city is a relatively straightforward city to explore but if you want to hear the history and insider tips on the city, we recommend taking a bike tour.  Cartagena has an absolutely fascinating history and you won’t want to miss it! We would love to plan a personalized Dream Experience for you. Inquire here.

 

 

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Sailing Adventures Near Cartagena

There is absolutely nothing like sitting on a sailboat feeling the wind race through your hair and the sea mist settle on your skin.  Cartagena is a great place to get your sailing fix in.

Sailing Cartagena

The calm water around Cartagena makes it a safe place for mariners to launch their boats and it makes for a relaxing, and, luckily, not too thrilling,  place for sailing tours. While many people choose to sail their own boats to Cartagena, there are plenty of options for getting out on the water without having access to your own sailboat.   Boats can be chartered through different companies (give us a call or send an email and we will find the best available boat to fit your needs.)  If you would prefer to do a simple afternoon or evening tour, we highly recommend the Pirate Ship Boat Tour.  This themed sailboat will make you feel like you are Jack Sparrow cruising through the Seven Seas and kids will love it.  The tours range from evening sunset trips to day-long beach trips.  Regardless of which one you choose, you will get to see amazing skyline views of Cartagena.

 

If you are looking for something a bit more low-key and romantic, you can also hop on a small catamaran for a short tour through the harbor. You can dangle your hands in the water and feel the sea rush by  This can even be booked at sunrise or sunset.   

 

If you are an experienced sailor, you are also able to rent catamarans by the hour so you can spend the day at your leisure.

 

 

cartagena riding girl on a beach

 

Horseback Riding Near Cartagena

 

Horses have long been part of Latin American history and horses and were an important part of the Spanish development of the region.   Horseback riding is a great way to explore the area around Cartagena and there are a number of different places that you can go to start your horseback riding adventure.

 

Horseback Riding On The beach

Horseback riding along the beach in Cartagena is probably one of the most romantic things you can do on your trip to Cartagena.  The sound of the waves hitting the shore and the feel of the sea breeze through your hair combined with the rhythmic swaying of your horse creates an atmosphere of tranquility that few other experiences can match.

 

Most horseback riding tours including a quick lesson on how to handle a horse for new riders, lunch on the beach, and round trip transfers.  Whether you want to gallop along the beach or glide slowly along, the horseback riding guides will try their best to match you with the perfect horse.  You can also choose whether you want to spend a few hours or a full day riding. The rides can be customized to meet your needs whether it is a romantic ride along the beach with your partner or a group of friends and family wanting to experience a unique way to explore Cartagena’s beaches. 

 

 

Horseback riding in Tayrona National Park

 

Horseback Riding In Tayrona National Park

For travelers heading to Tayrona National Park near Santa Marta to experience the beautiful scenery, well-maintained trails, and the many, many beaches,  you may want to consider a horseback ride through the park.   Rides are offered for short distances along the way of the most popular hiking trail which gives you the chance to hike and ride, you don’t have to choose and have the best of both worlds.

 

If you are interested in exploring this beautiful area on the back of a new four-legged friend, please let us know.  We will be happy to connect you with highly recommended and trusted companies to make sure that you get the experience that you have always dreamed about.

 

Our Concierge Dream Team will be happy to plan a Dream Experience of your preference for you and your group.

 

 

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