The Real Deal: This guided adventure includes two nights (the first and the last) at Hotel Ambala in Bogotá, three nights at Hotel El Viajero in Cartagena, two nights Hotel Campomar in Tolú, three nights at Hotel Divanga in Taganga, and one night sleeping in a hammock in Tayrona National Park; three breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner; guided sightseeing, including a tour of Cartagena, a full-day boat excursion from Tolú to the San Fernando Islands, and an excursion to Tayrona National Park; a round-trip flight between Bogotá and Cartagena on Avianca or a similar carrier; transportation by boat and public buses; hotel taxes; and the services of an English-speaking group leader and local guides, from $1,799—plus a departure tax of $33.
When: Depart June 19, July 24, Aug. 28, Oct. 2, Nov. 8, Dec. 11, 2010, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 26, April 30, June 4, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 17, Oct. 22, Nov. 26, Dec. 31, 2011.
The fine print: A departure tax of $33 per person is additional. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $90. Most meals are not included; your food expenses can be anywhere from $200 to $300.
The average group size is 10 people; maximum is 15. Airport-hotel transfers upon arrival are $20 per person, based on two or more passengers; add $15 for a solo passenger. Airfare to and from Colombia is not included. To book, refer to trip code SMCH. Check the consular information sheet for the latest State Department travel updates and alerts. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Gap Adventures, 800/708-7761, gapadventures.com.
Why it's a deal: The price for this package breaks down to about $167 a night and includes 11 nights' accommodations, some meals, guided sightseeing, a round-trip local flight, transportation by bus and boat, and all taxes. Plus, English-speaking group leaders will offer guidance, support, and sightseeing suggestions throughout the trip.
More: Optional activities include a Totumo mud volcano bus tour with lunch ($21–$26 per person), a guided boat tour of El Rosario Islands with lunch ($29–$34 per person), and a Chiva Rumba nighttime ride featuring an open rum bar, fried food, and live music on board ($24–$26 per person). Additional nights are not available for this tour.