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Wonders of Colombia River Cruise in 2025 with Amawaterways

Experience luxury with AmaWaterways on a spectacular 7-night river cruise from the vibrant city of Cartagena to the bustling port town of Barranquilla. Relax in the comfort of your elegantly appointed twin balcony stateroom, which provides stunning panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. This river cruise is the perfect opportunity to explore the wonders of Colombia. As you journey along the magnificent Magdalena River, one of the country's most historic and emblematic waterways.

Wonders of Colombia River Cruise in 2025 with Amawaterways

DEPARTURE DATE: January 18, 2025
Countries Visited: Columbia

OVERVIEW

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Colombia, the "Land of a Thousand Rhythms," as you journey along the magnificent Magdalena River. Explore the streets of Palenque, the first free city in Colombia, moving to the rhythms of cumbia and vallenato music. Delight in the colorful neighborhood of Getsemaní in Cartagena, a vibrant neighborhood and a creative hub of Colombian artistry. Discover how Spanish and pre-colonial cultures combined to bring us the music, minds, and culture that shape the country today. Let these breathtaking destinations inspire you as you embrace the soul of this mesmerizing river and the heart-warming people who live alongside it.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
January 18, 2025from $5,094 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 7-night river cruise from Cartagena to Barranquilla in elegantly appointed twin balcony stateroom
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, and music library
  • Fresh water replenished daily
  • Complimentary Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes
  • The services of one of AmaWaterways’ wonderful Cruise Managers throughout your river cruise and land journey
  • Nightly entertainment including cultural performances
  • High-quality Wi-Fi
  • Sun-deck pool
  • Fitness room
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • All fine dining on board, plus a special dinner on shore in El Banco
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks included during lunch and dinner
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • A variety of excursions, including birdwatching and boat tours
  • 24/7 Colombian coffee and tea station
  • Immersive excursions in every destination
  • Exclusive year-round Carnaval Celebration in Barranquilla and cumbia performance in El Banco
  • A knowledgeable guide who will accompany you along your river cruise journey
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sat Jan 18Cartagena
2Sun Jan 19Gambote – Palenque
3Mon Jan 20Santa Barbara de Pinto
4Tue Jan 21Mompox
5Wed Jan 22Mompox
6Thu Jan 23Magangue
7Fri Jan 24Nueva Venecia
8Sat Jan 25Barranquilla

DAY 1 – Cartagena

EMBARKATION
Getsemaní Tour
Sundown Cruise

Arrive in Cartagena, the beautiful capital of the Bolivar region located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. After settling into your stateroom, enjoy a tour through the breathtaking Getsemaní neighborhood. With the vibrant colors of the homes and street art as well as the mouthwatering local delicacies that can be found throughout the area, this historic neighborhood will delight all your senses. Upon returning to your ship, embark on your journey along the magical Magdalena River.

DAY 2 – Gambote – Palenque

Drum Rhythms and Freedom
Calamar
Historic Tour by Paola

In the morning, experience the town of Palenque, the first “free town” in the Americas. Founded by those who fled a life of slavery during colonial times, the spirit and appearance of this town has been preserved through time. In 1713, the Spanish crown issued a Royal Decree that officially freed the people of Palenque from slavery. Immerse yourself in the town’s deeply rooted culture and traditions, which are so distinct that UNESCO declared Palenque to be a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. An important piece of their heritage is the music and rhythmic style that was developed in this city, which you will enjoy during a special performance by local musicians. Later in the day, visit Calamar. Located at the entrance of the Canal del Dique, this town was first settled in 1840. Witness historic sites such as the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Conception as you tour this beautiful destination by paola (a bicycle taxi for two). (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – Santa Barbara de Pinto

Walking tour
Mompox
Exclusive Jazz Street Performance

Spend your morning in Santa Barbara de Pinto, located on the banks of the Mompox arm of the Magdalena River. Enjoy a walking tour through this traditional town, where you may see local landmarks such as the Santa Barbara Church and enjoy intricate hand-made crafts created in the town. In the afternoon, arrive at the island town of Mompox, where you will be welcomed with open arms and lively music during an exclusive jazz performance played by local musicians.

DAY 4 – Mompox

Cienága Pijiño exploration
Historic Walking Tour

A town frozen in time, Mompox embodies the appearance of what many villages looked like during colonial times. Founded in 1540, this remote village became an important Spanish trading post. Some Spaniards found Mompox to be a haven for keeping gold and other treasure protected from the pirates that pillaged coastal cities like Cartagena, and with this precious metal and the work of skilled artisans from Spain came beautifully crafted artifacts. Since then, the town has become famous for its incredible filigree jewelry, which you can learn more about during your tour of this town in the afternoon. While visiting the largest inland island in Latin America, journey through the incredible ecological Ciénaga Pijiño region, exploring the massive lake that is home to a variety of flora and fauna native to the region. In the afternoon, take a stroll through this storied town on a guided walking tour. With stunning colonial churches, breathtaking nature surrounding the town, and delicious local delights such as capa cheese and butifarra, Mompox is sure to be a highlight of your journey along the magnificent Magdalena River.

DAY 5 – Mompox

Scenic Cruising through the La Mojana Region
El Banco
Walking tour
Shoreside Dinner and Exclusive Cumbia Performance

Bid farewell to Mompox before embarking on a scenic cruise down one of the most breathtaking stretches of the Magdalena River – a picturesque part of the La Mojana region – and reaching the town of El Banco, nestled at the intersection of the Magdalena and César rivers. Founded in a strategic location for both the native people and the Spaniards, the town was repeatedly destroyed in their struggles and then rebuilt atop its ashes. In 1749, a freed black slave named José Domingo Ortiz led a group of settlers to this special location, carrying with him a statue of the Virgin Mary, staking this place as their new home. Because of this connection, the Virgin of Candelaria — a special invocation of the Virgin Mary — is specially venerated in this region. Embark on a guided walking tour of this incredible destination and learn more about its history as the birthplace of cumbia, an iconic genre of music and dance that has now been popularized around the world. What began as a courtship dance practiced by African slaves later incorporated American steps and European and African instruments has become a worldwide sensation, which is especially popular in the Andean region of Colombia. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive dinner in town and witness an incredible cumbia performance by locals.

DAY 6 – Magangue

Birdwatching tour
OR Cienága hike
Scenic Cruising from Magangue to Nueva Venecia

Witness the sights, hear the bird calls, and watch the wildlife around you as spend the day docked near Magangue. Immerse yourself in the presence of Colombian nature surrounding this city on a birdwatching tour, giving you a unique opportunity to see birds only found in this specific part of the country. You can also take a hiking tour through the picturesque cienága, teeming with Colombian wildlife.

DAY 7 – Nueva Venecia

Stilt-House Village Tour
Barranquilla
Exclusive “Carnaval” Celebration

In the morning, visit the Floating Village of Nueva Venecia. A charming town filled with inviting locals, Nueva Venecia, or “New Venice,” can only be navigated by boat. With its beautiful colonial houses, vivid architecture and local sanctuary protecting the native flora and fauna, this town highlights the beauty and warmth of Colombia. Witness its splendor as you tour the village. While here, explore this village and learn more about the lives of its people during a guided tour. Enjoy the traditional crafts and art that is on display, learn about the techniques the fishermen of Nueva Venecia use, and taste the local delicacies as you embrace this village and its unique culture. Later in the day, venture to the beautiful seaside city of Barranquilla, a vibrant destination home to notable musicians, writers and artists. Immerse yourself in the warmth and culture of the city’s atmosphere as you venture through this magnificent location, where you may visit famous landmarks such as the bocas de cenizas, the point at which the magical Magdalena River meets the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, and the “Carnaval” Museum, which showcases the unique history of this incredible festival. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive “Carnaval” celebration just for AmaWaterways guests as we bring the full traditional experience to our guests all-year round.

DAY 8 – Barranquilla

DISEMBARKATION
Bid your ship and crew farewell as you disembark and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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