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Aerial view over the Guatape islands in Colombia

Yacht Experiences

Coffee, culture, and coral reefs in Colombia

Vivacious Colombia is a wonderful choice for a voyage through stunning land and seascapes, and rich culture. See snow-capped mountains from tropical beaches, dance the salsa in Cartagena, and encounter indigenous tribes as you cruise between destinations on a luxury yacht.

When to go:
December – April

4X4 LA GUAJIRA & KOGUI

Your Colombian journey commences in the beautiful La Guajira, where your Pelorus guide will escort you to your waiting yacht. After you’ve settled into your luxury vessel, expert guides will take you for an off-road adventure in 4x4s over desert dunes. For something a little less intense, take paddleboards out spotting pelicans and flamingos among the mangroves.

Transfer by helicopter to the indigenous Tungueka community. Here you will find the largely uncontacted Kogui where you’ll witness their straightforward, symbiotic relationship with the natural world, unchanged for centuries, and try their unique cuisine.

LOST CITY & PALOMINO

You’ll wake up and breakfast having arrived in Santa Marta with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada—the world’s highest coastal mountains—in view while you’re bathed in tropical sunshine.

Transfer by helicopter to Ciudad Perdida or ‘The Lost City’ built by the Tayrona tribe in 800AD. Having seen this hidden wonder from above, land at the Hacienda La Victoria for a late lunch before touring a gorgeous coffee plantation. For the coffee-lover, it doesn’t get much better than sipping the country’s renowned coffee while in this location.

A region of adventure in Latin America, Palomino is found in the foothills of Sierra Nevada. It’s a lush region of indigenous communities and beautiful, jungle-fringed beaches where mountain glaciers reach for the azure waves of the Caribbean.

You’ll arrive by helicopter before meeting a local indigenous guide who will take you by tubes and paddleboards downstream as you absorb the area’s wild abundance. After enjoying a barbecue lunch in the wild, you’ll trek through the jungle, accompanied by howler monkeys and exotic birds, until you arrive at a gorgeous hidden beach. Relax, snorkel, or ride horseback across the sugar white sand. Sip a sundowner as an exquisite dinner is prepared.

SALSA AND CLASSICAL IN CARTAGENA

Since the rhythm in the air as your yacht approaches colorful, colonial Cartagena. Discover the salsa capital of the world’s cobbled streets and pastel facades before seizing the opportunity to learn the famous dance.

Feeling confident in your footwork? Perform in the Old City beside some of Cartagena’s top professional dancers. Or appreciate others in a private performance while you relax over a meal of superbly crafted regional delicacies with rum, cacao, and cigars.

Explore the Castillo de San Felipe fortress’s hidden tunnels and scenic lookout points. Once used by the military to defend Cartagena, Pelorus can gain special permission for you to enjoy a delicious dinner in the historic fortress walls before a performance by the Barranquilla Carnival-themed drummers and dancers.

Discover the efforts made by a local education project in La Boquilla that is attempting to improve the prospects of children hailing from this fishing community. Afterward, attend the Cartagena Classic Music Festival for an exclusive concert before a fabulous dinner with the musicians and festival guests.

SAN BERNARDO & MONTES DE MARIA

Leave behind Cartagena’s riot of color and snake-like hips as your yacht cruises into the natural haven of the San Bernardo Islands. Discover this archipelago’s sunken wrecks and snorkel over its incredible marine biodiversity. Take in the tropical serenity of Tintipan’s mangrove channels in a kayak. At Santa Cruz del Islote, swim in the nighttime bioluminescence found here. Kitesurf with world-class instructors on hand to help you lift yourself off of the azure waves of the Caribbean.  

From your yacht, board a helicopter and travel to Montes de Maria. Among this verdant region’s renowned coffee and cacao plantations, discover the Afro Colombian micro-culture that exists here and discover the hammock weavers’ crafts. At the end of the day, join Grammy Award-winners ‘Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto’ and learn how to play the drum and gaita flutes. Return to your yacht and dine beneath the stars.

Take the helicopter next to the UNESCO-protected San Basilio de Palenque. This town was founded by escaped slaves in the 1600s and, alongside a local historian, you’ll learn about its extraordinary story. Return to your yacht for a final evening recounting the multitude of stories and memories you’ve acquired on this epic Colombian voyage.