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Colombia: Bogota to Medellín

A carefree gay Colombia escape with stops in Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellín.

From its soaring capital to its shimmering Caribbean coast, this gay tour immerses you in everything Colombia is famous for. The journey begins in the high altitude city of Bogotá where we’ll explore its graffitied streets and colonial history. We’ll melt into Cartagena’s laid-back Caribbean lifestyle while snorkelling off nearby islands and exploring the city’s cobblestoned streets. To finish things off we explore Medellín, the city of eternal spring. Together we’ll learn about the city’s volatile past on a private city tour, take in the spectacular views from El Peñon de Guatapé, and get to know the city’s LGBTQ+ leaders at a private dinner party. 

 


Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a guided tour and plenty of free time in Colombia’s famous walled city, Cartagena
  • Take in an unforgettable bird’s-eye-view of Bogota from Monserrat Mountain
  • Explore La Candelaria, a historic neighborhood in Bogota
  • Marvel at a collection of pre-Columbian gold at Museo del Oro (The Gold Museum)
  • Get optional cooking and/or salsa lessons from local gay Colombians
  • Relish in Rosario Island’s sun, sand and sea on a private snorkelling excursion
  • Take in the awesome views of El Peñon and the surrounding lakes, and snap a selfie in the picture-perfect town of Guatapé
  • Explore Medellín with a private guide, taking in Parque de las Luces, Parque Berrio and Comuna 13
  • Mix and mingle with Medellín’s movers and shakers during a private chef-hosted dinner party

DATES AND PRICES

2025
May 23-31, 2025 (From $5,995 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $5,995.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,200.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Juan David
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Bogotá

Hola! Welcome to Bogota. This vibrant city has moved beyond its chequered past, and today offers a combination of bohemian cool, colourful graffiti and big city swagger. The city’s openly lesbian mayor is a sign of just how progressive this Latin American capital has become. We start our tour with a welcome meeting at 5pm, followed by our official Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Bogotá

Today we explore Bogotá and its Candelaria district and its colourful graffitied walls. First, we make a stop that will literally take your breath away—we’ll take a cable car to the top of Monserrat Mountain, at 3,050m/10,000ft you can see the whole city unfold before you. After taking the cable car back down, we’ll walk through the city center to explore La Candelaria, Colombia’s oldest neighborhood. This historic neighbourhood is also home to a university district full of cobblestoned streets and centuries-old houses. No visit would be complete without a stop at the spectacular Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), featuring the world´s largest collection of pre-Columbian gold and other metals. After working up an appetite, we’ll stop for a local lunch before heading back to our hotel. This evening, dinner is optional, and you also have the option to join our night-out excursion to explore the city’s vibrant gay scene including Theatron, a massive gay club with 13 separate dance floors.

Day 3 Cartagena

After a leisurely breakfast we are off to Cartagena via a short flight, make sure to grab a quick snack or lunch while we’re at the airport. The historic walled city of Cartagena has a laid-back Caribbean vibe, and is undoubtedly one of the jewels of Latin America. Upon arrival we will walk through the narrow cobblestone streets for a short guided city tour then grab a cocktail on the old city wall while watching the sunset. Later in the evening you are free to take in the romantic and charming vibe on your own or join the group for an optional dinner.

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 4 Cartagena

Grab your sunscreen and cutest bathing suit – this morning we take a speedboat to the nearby Rosario Islands for our private snorkeling tour. The collection of 27 islands are protected national park and famous for their calm, teal waters with vibrant coral systems below the surface. We’ll enjoy a delicious local lunch on one of these small islands before heading back to the city. Later this evening you can join our optional cooking class. On this mouthwatering activity we’ll learn the secrets to Colombia’s unsung cuisine from a local chef. Then we’ll get to devour our own creations for dinner.

Day 5 Cartagena

Yet another beautiful day to enjoy this colonial coastal gem, que rico! Lounge by the hotel pool, get lost in the city’s winding cobblestone streets or head out to explore the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress dating back to 1536. Tonight we gather for an included dinner where we’ll get a taste of the city’s world-class seafood.

Day 6 Medellín

Hola! Welcome to Medellín, aka The City of Eternal Spring. This verdant and mountainous city was once deemed the most notorious in Colombia. However, over the past few decades it has blossomed into a safe and innovative South American destination. Our day will begin with a short flight from Cartagena to Medellín. Upon arrival we’ll unpack in our luxe hotel then head out for a short walk to explore the chic neighbourhood of El Poblado. Later this afternoon you have the option of taking a private salsa dancing class with a local gay instructor. This evening we regroup for a delectable Paisa dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 7 Medellín

Early this morning we head off to Guatapé and Peñon, about a 2.5 hour drive depending on traffic and road conditions. Our first stop will be the Peñon Boulder, one of the most spectacular destinations in the surrounding area of Medellín. The 200-meter-high monolith can be climbed with a staircase of 740 steps. From the top we’ll enjoy breathtaking views over the stunning surroundings full of green mountains and blue lakes. From there we head to an upscale glamping site to enjoy a delicious lunch alongside the lakes.  After lunch we’ll cruise on a motorboat for an hour to see the beautiful islands and the impressive country homes that line their coasts. Back on land, explore the pretty, cobblestoned streets and alleyways of Guatapé. Learn a bit about its history, reconstruction, its zocalo friezes, or visit some of the shops along the way. Finally we head back to Medellín where you can join the group for an optional dinner, and perhaps check out El Poblado’s buzzing gay nightlife.

Day 8 Medellín

After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a private city tour to learn more about the fascinating history of Medellín. The tour begins at the civic centre before winding through Parque de las Luces, Berrio and Botero. After a traditional lunch we’ll get to know Medellin’s journey from dystopia to utopia as we tour the infamous Comuna 13—the most dangerous barrio in what was then the most dangerous city in the world. There you’ll interact with the community, learn how community members used graffiti to tell their stories, and witness firsthand how public projects like the mountainside escalators helped transform the neighbourhood. To wrap up our unforgettable trip we’ve been invited to a secret dinner with the city’s LGBTQ+ movers and shakers—complete with a private chef!

Day 9 Departure

Ciao for now! Today is the final day of our tour and we wish everyone safe travels home. Muchas gracias for joining us in Colombia.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

COLOMBIA GROUP LEADER

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
  • A local English-speaking guide throughout
  • All accommodations for the duration of the tour
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All included activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All land transportation in comfortable, air conditioned vehicles
  • Gratuities for drivers, day/city guides, hotel porterage and included meals
  • Mineral water available on all transportation 
  • A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees. Read more here.

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International and domestic airfare (details will be provided when the official Trip Guarantee is sent to group)
  • International departure taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for group leader (budget approximately $80–$120 USD)
  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.

LGBT INFO FOR Colombia

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring, visa information, required
vaccinations, travel insurance and more.
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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Bogota
Hilton Bogota
Pool
Bogota
Hilton Bogota
Reception
Bogota
Hilton Bogota
King Room
Bogota
Hilton Bogota
Bathroom
Cartagena
Hotel Capellan de Getsemani
Pool
Cartagena
Hotel Capellan de Getsemani
Rooftop
Cartagena
Hotel Capellan de Getsemani
Superior Queen
Cartagena
Hotel Capellan de Getsemani
Bathroom
Medellín
Landmark Hotel
Pool
Medellín
Landmark Hotel
Exterior
Medellín
Landmark Hotel
Lobby
Medellín
Landmark Hotel
Deluxe Queen


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Willem B

The great rapport among the host, guides and group members made it a most enjoyable trip
Colombia: Bogota to Medellín
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Colombia still has an unsavory and unsafe reputation among some foreigners, so I was pleasantly surprised by its climatic, biological and cultural diversity, its progressive policies and relative security. The great rapport among the host, guides and group members made it a most enjoyable trip.

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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

Well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a nice restaurant and/or bar, (sometimes) a fitness centre, and a pool/sauna. Customer service is exceptional and always includes a concierge service.

Scroll down to ‘Examples Of Accommodations’ for specific information and photos about the accommodations used on this tour.

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