One of the most beguiling regions for 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. Marvel at the beauty of the region. From groups of distinctive indigenous communities settled along the river banks, to rich eco systems amongst the verdant jungle stretching all the way to the pristine sandy beach, which separates mountain glaciers from the Caribbean ocean. Best accessible by helicopter, it makes this exotic expanse one of the rarely visited jewels of Colombia.
You will be greeted by a local indigenous guide to paddleboard and tube downstream until sheltered by forest canopy. A fabulous chance to take in the abundance of flora an fauna; including, exotic birds and howler monkeys. Following this adventure-packed morning, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by Pelorus, along the river bend in a jungle paradise. Once you break through the jungle mass onto the sandy strip, you will be able to relax on the beach, snorkel or ride horseback along the dazzling white stretch. Unwind by settling down to watch the sun dip below the horizon, amidst a sky of orange and magenta hues.
Similarly to Colombia’s Latin American neighbours, rhythm and colour runs through this countries veins, and it is here you can immerse yourself within the passion of a culture as brilliant as the colours of colonial Cartagena. Streets are abuzz with an explosion of colour, as quaint and cobbled streets are dressed with pastel facades and luxuriant bougainvillea hangs from balconies. It is quite the cultural refresh from the remote jungle wilderness.
As the Salsa capital of the world, this is the perfect opportunity to learn this traditional art. Within this sprawling city, Salsa represents happiness and expression, which unites society. If you are feeling confident, perform at a private villa in the Old City alongside Cartagena’s top professional dancers and a live band. Or, if you would rather, enjoy a private performance whilst sampling local cuisine prepared by a renowned chef. Indulge yourself in the best rum, cacao and cigars that Colombia is famous for, before heading to Castillo de San Felipe fortress. Satisfy the inquisitive historian within you and explore dark tunnels and lookout points, once used by the military to defend the city, before sitting down to dinner within the fortress’ walls. Here, you will be treated to a performance by Barranquilla Carnival-themed drummers and dancers.
An immersion into these culture filled streets is a step into the world of Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Explore Cartagena through the lens of renowned novels like Love in the Times of Cholera and Of Love and Other Demons which perfectly capture the zeitgeist of the periods. Visit a local education project improving the lives of children in the fishing community of La Boquilla, before attending an exclusive concert and settling down for delightful dinner alongside musicians and guests of the Cartagena Classic Music Festival, held in January.