Several agents arrange boat tours to Islas del Rosario. A set of small islands out of the coast. Usually the tour include lunch, a visit to an aquarium and a few hours at Playa Blanca. Not included in the price is harbor tax and park entrance (C$14.000 total) and the entrance fee to the aquarium (C$20.000). If you buy your tour at one of the street vendors, don't pay in advance, preferably pay part or all at return in Cartagena. At least one of these tours is to a resort "Coco Liso" which is something like a Colombian butlins. You will be promised a beach, pay a high fee, then disembark a boat after an hour and a half to be greeted with a fairly basic hotel, gimicky pool, and about 6 square feet of beach. Buying a piece of "coral" jewellery from one of the many hawkers, engage them in conversation, and they might lead you to their private beach - quite beautiful, and all the more interesting for having its existence totally denied by the tour operators. The tourist offices in the centre of the old town and a good place to compare the many possible trips to the islands.


The Colombian Natural Park of Islas del Rosario is one of the country’s most important nature reserves and is located primarily underwater in the shape of mangroves and coral reefs, letting you experience its wonders as nature intended.

Just an hour away from Cartagena, paying a visit to these wonderful islands is easy even if your trip to Colombia is not that long. This feature gives you an easy escape if the touristy Cartagena scene gets too busy.

Once you get there, you’ll be surrounded by a picturesque mixture of blue and turquoise waters that have shaped the rocky islands and their wonderful white sandy beaches. Isla Grande, in particular, is blessed by a variety of landscapes that you can enjoy while staying at one of the seven different hostels located in the former luxurious mansions of Emerald barons. They are as opulent as that fact suggests, with great swimming pools, airy terraces, and well-appointed rooms – as well as privileged locations right on the seafront.

A great thing about this secret paradise is that it has something in store for every kind of traveler. If your thing is adventure, then you’ll be able to kayak through a unique ecosystem of majestic mangrove tunnels and lagoons of Isla Grande and out onto the sea. You’ll be able to go diving, or sport-fishing, while the more relaxed visitors can easily idle away for a day on the beach, chilling in a hammock, or sipping a cocktail while watching the sunset.

Visiting Isla Grande and the rest of the keys is a never-ending magical trip. You can take a private yacht tour or visit the brackish water lake at the heart of Isla Grande to bask in its stunning and surreal spectacle of phosphorescent plankton which, on a dark, star-free night, seem to glow and oscillate with light at every touch of the water. Submerge yourself in the lake to dance with tiny green lights all around your body.


Las islas del Rosario (o Corales del Rosario) es un pequeño archipiélago formado por unas 28 islas,1​ que es parte de la zona insular de Cartagena de indias,2​3​4​ con una superficie terrestre de 20 hectáreas (0,20 km²) ubicado frente a las costas del Departamento de Bolívar, a la misma latitud que la península de Barú. En ellas se ubica uno de los parques nacionales naturales de Colombia, creado para proteger uno de los arrecifes coralinos más importantes de la costa Caribe colombiana.

The Rosario Islands (or Corales del Rosario) is a small archipelago formed by some 28 islands, 1 that is part of the island area of ​​Cartagena de Indias, 2 3 4 with a land area of ​​20 hectares (0, 20 km²) located off the coast of the Department of Bolívar, at the same latitude as the Barú peninsula. In them one of the national natural parks of Colombia is located, created to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Colombian Caribbean coast.


Las islas consisten en una pequeña plataforma compuesta de sucesivas formaciones coralinas a diferentes profundidades.1​

El parque tiene una extensión de 120.000 ha, desde la línea de marea más alta hasta el beril de los 50 metros de profundidad, comprende la plataforma submarina y los arrecifes de coral al occidente de la península de Barú, los arrecifes de los archipiélagos de Nuestra Señora del Rosario y de San Bernardo y la plataforma submarina entre estos dos archipiélagos, además de las islas de Tesoro, Rosario, Múcura y Maravilla.

The islands consist of a small platform composed of successive coral formations at different depths.1

The park has an area of ​​120,000 ha, from the highest tide line to the 50 meter deep beril, it includes the underwater platform and coral reefs west of the Barú peninsula, the reefs of the Our archipelagos Señora del Rosario and San Bernardo and the underwater platform between these two archipelagos, in addition to the islands of Tesoro, Rosario, Múcura and Maravilla.


The Islas del Rosario (Rosario Islands), also referred to as Corales Islas del Rosario (Coral Islands of Rosario),[1] is an archipelago located off the coast of Colombia, approximately 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Cartagena.[2] It is one of the 46 Natural National Parks of Colombia. The national park was founded in 1988,[1] to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Colombian Caribbean coast. People can visit the national park area of the islands, and tours are available.[3] Isla Rosario has an aquarium and open-sea oceanarium (oceanario) that people can visit.[4][5] Activities include swimming, snorkeling[6] and fishing, among others.


The park has an area of 120,000 square kilometres (46,332 square miles), from the line of the highest tide to the beryl of the 50 metres (164 feet) of depth, it extends from the underwater platform and the coral reefs west from the Island of Baru, the reefs of the archipelagos of Nuestra Señora del Rosario and San Bernardo and the underwater platform in between, as well as the Tesoro, Rosario, Mucura, and Maravilla islands.

This area was declared a Natural National Park due to the necessity to preserve and protect the coral reefs and the associated ecosystems, such as the sea grass and mangroves, and the numerous species of seaweed and animals that inhabit them.

Coral reef formation is "...enhanced on the windward side of the islands" due to wave action and water qualities that encourage coral growth.

The islands have become popular tourist destinations for day tours as well as hotels and lodges on a few of the islands.[7]




Why consider booking our Colombia National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places for which Colombia is famous, and on top of that, you get to see 7 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Colombia can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Bogota and surrounding Andes, Caribbean Coast and the Amazon of Ecuador; the latter for the Colombian Amazon still not being recommended for foreign visitors. Colombia is a very large country, so you need to fly. To do so at hardly any additional costs, you need to book both Bogota and Cartagena - and Quito if you want to include the Amazon module - in your international ticket.

Destinations Overview:  Bogota old town, Cartagena, Villa de Leyva Zipaguira Salt Mine Church, Chingaza Reserve, Iguaque National Park, Flamencos Reserve, Cienega Mangroves Reserve, Lake Fuquene, Tayrona National Park, Manaure Salt Flats.




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