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Aerial view over the Guatape islands in Colombia

Yacht Experiences

Coastline, Coffee & Culture in Colombia

Immerse yourself in the varied landscape of Colombia, a country steeped in traditional Latin American charm. From Andean summits and glacial valleys, to the luscious Amazon rainforest and Caribbean waters, Colombia simply oozes vivacious colour and character.

When to go:
December – April

La Guajira

Begin your Colombian adventure in the enchanting region of La Guajira where your Pelorus guide will escort you on board your luxury yacht. Settle in before your expert local guides whisk you away on a 4×4 off-road adventure along stunning trails and rugged desert dunes. Or for something a little less high-octane, gently while away the hours paddle boarding amongst the mangroves surrounded by pink flamingos and pelicans.

Helicopter to the indigenous Tungueka community, where Kogui families live. It is a truly unforgettable experience to engage with these largely uncontacted people and understand how they preserve their unique cultural traditions. You will witness first-hand, their astonishing, symbiotic connection with nature as you share a meal with them, delighting in their local delicacies. There are few better ways to take in this extraordinary land than to witness the stunning simplicity of the Kogui way of life, who in possessing a rich understanding of their surroundings, understand the Earth to be a living being and see humanity as its “children.”

Sierra Nevada

Wake up in Santa Marta and as you enjoy an energising breakfast onboard your yacht, catch a glimpse of the Sierra Nevada, the world’s highest coastal mountain range. The snow-capped peaks are an unforgettable sight to witness from the tropical setting of your aft deck.

Explore Ciudad Perdida, ‘The Lost City’, by helicopter to fully appreciate the vast and cryptic archaeological remains of an ancient city, once built by the Tayrona tribe in 800AD, 650 years before Machu Picchu. This magical land and indigenous communities which inhabited it remained hidden and protected by its remoteness. 

Helicopter to the colonial Hacienda La Victoria for a late lunch before taking a tour of the expansive coffee plantation, as fascinating as it is beautiful. For the coffee-enthusiasts amongst you, this is a picturesque plantation to sit and sip on a world-renowned cup of Colombian coffee.

Palomino

A region that calls to adventurers in Latin America, Palomino is a prime example of the diversity Colombia has to offer. Located at the foothills of Sierra Nevada, this small town is home to an ethnically diverse population including members of the Kogui and Arhuaco tribes. This region boasts distinct indigenous communities along the river banks and rich ecosystems. The verdant jungle spills onto pristine beaches which separate dramatic mountain glaciers from the Caribbean ocean. 

Arriving by helicopter you will be greeted by a local indigenous guide who will take you on paddleboards and tubes downstream until sheltered by the forest canopy. This is the perfect way to take in the rich abundance of flora and fauna including exotic birds and howler monkeys. Enjoy a wild and delicious barbecue lunch in this jungle paradise, before trekking through lush wilderness until you discover a tropical beach. Snorkel, relax, or ride horses along the dazzling white sand. Unwind with a cocktail whilst dinner is prepared, as the sun gently dips below the horizon.

Cartagena

Immerse yourself in the local culture of passion, colour, and rhythm as your yacht approaches colonial Cartagena. The streets are an explosion of colour, as quaint and cobbled streets are lined by pastel facades with luxuriant bougainvillea hanging from balconies.

As the Salsa capital of the world, this is the perfect opportunity to learn the traditional art of Salsa. Within this sprawling city, Salsa represents happiness and expression, which unites society. If you are feeling confident take the chance to perform in the Old City alongside Cartagena’s top professional dancers. Or enjoy a private performance whilst sampling local cuisine prepared by a renowned chef. Indulge yourself in the best rum, cacao, and cigars that Colombia has to offer.

Discover the historic Castillo de San Felipe fortress. Satisfy the inquisitive historian within you and explore hidden tunnels and stunning lookout points, once used by the military to defend the city. Pelorus can gain you special permission to enjoy a delicious dinner within the walls of the fortress. Following this, you will be treated to a performance by Barranquilla Carnival-themed drummers and dancers.

Visit a local education project improving the lives of children in the fishing community of La Boquilla. Enjoy an exclusive concert and settle down for an invigorating dinner alongside musicians and guests of the Cartagena Classic Music Festival.

Colombia's Indigenous Tribe Kids in the jungle Colombian coffee beans from the coffee plantations
majestic monkey perched on a jungle branch, Colombia Beach shacks and beach signs in Colombia

Islas del Rosario

Worlds away from the bustling city of Cartagena, your yacht will cruise into the idyllic seclusion of San Bernardo’s island archipelago. Spend your days snorkelling amongst the underwater flora and fauna diving below the surface to explore sunken wrecks. Glide through the beautiful silence of Tintipan’s mangrove channels by kayak, whilst admiring the majestic tropical scenery which surrounds you. Pay a visit to the fascinating San Cruz del Islet to witness the dazzling blanket of bioluminescent algae that light up under the night sky. Take the plunge and swim in the water as it glitters in the darkness. Get your heart racing and learn to Kitesurf with world-class instructors in the azure Caribbean waters. No matter your skill level, your expert instructors are sure to get you lifted into the air. 

Montes de Maria

Board a helicopter from your yacht and head to the untouched mountain area of Montes de Maria, home to a remarkable Afro-Colombian micro-culture. Visit the mountain’s famous coffee and cacao plantations before learning about the local craft of hammock weavers. As the sun sets, learn about Cumbia music and how to play the drums and gaita flutes with the Grammy Award-winners, ‘Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto’. Be whisked back to your yacht for a restorative dinner under the stars.

Helicopter to the quaint streets of San Basilio de Palenque, a town declared Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Founded by escaped slaves in the 1600s, it continues to preserve a fascinating African heritage. Accompanied by a local historian learn about the escape routes and devastating history. Return to your yacht for a final evening on board sharing stories and memories of the wonderful array of cultures and landscapes this beautiful country has to offer.