Jason cordially invites YOU to join the “21 Days



Jason cordially invites YOU to join the “21 Days
 Jason cordially invites YOU to join the “21 Days of Jason” Celebration in South America! We’re taking our talents to Cartagena, Colombia! © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved TRAVEL TO CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Veterans Day Weekend | November 11 – 16 | 15 spots
Fall in Love with Colombia’s Cultural Treasure
TRIP COST: starting at $1,899 per person
DEPOSIT: $299 due on March 31, 2015
REMAINING BALANCE: Paid Monthly ($267)
© Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved 21 Days of Jason Planned Itinerary
The Up in the Air Life Tour Company has created an amazing itinerary with the best of the best activities & tours in the magical city paired with exclusive rooftop dining socials & hobnobbing through the beautiful cobblestone streets to dance lounges & social clubs by night. From floating away in therapeutic mud volcanoes overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Touring Cartagena by night on the Chiva Bus pulsating through the beautiful Old City, having a Cuban Cigar in your left hand & Whiskey on The Rocks in your right, Visiting Historical Palenque, the first free town in The Americas settled by Africans, to taking a journey by Sea to the mystic Rosario Islands archipelago for a relaxing day of massages and snorkeling on crystal clear coral reefs. You are in for the time of your life. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate! What's included?
• Jason's VIP Birthday Party: Exclusive 21 Days of Jason Event during the trip on Saturday night including a reception, dinner and drinks under the stars, and let's not forget dancing till your feet hurt! • 21 Days of Jason Swag Bag: A special birthday swag bag for Jason's guest with a few of his favorite things. • Up in the Air Life Virtual Concierge: Months prior to the trip we provides calls, a private Facebook group, and 24-­‐hour email support. • Welcome Packet: A packing list, departure checklist, and destination information. • Onsite Staff in Cartagena: We’ve arranged for you to have an UITAL representative who will be onsite so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. • Lodging Accommodations: Hotel accommodations for 6 days and 5 nights. • Meals: All Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinners are included with the exception of one night in which you are free to venture out on your own. • Tours, Activities, and Excursions: City Tour, Mud Volcano Tour, Day Trip Excursion to Playa Blanca Beach, Tour of Palenque, Pool Party, and more © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved • Airport Ground Transfers: We will pick you up from the airport and provide transportation to your hotel on arrivals and departures. • Local Transportation: Transportation for all tours is also included. • Up in the Air Life Swag Bag: All UITAL trips include a personalized Swag Bag created by Up in the Air Life • Flight Booking Assistance: Recommendations to book the most economical flight for your trip • A few extra surprises along the way! Shhhhhhhhhh!! Not included in the Tour Cost: • Flights and/or other transportation to/from Colombia • Unlimited alcoholic drinks are not included • One dinner is not included • Transportation within Colombia outside of organized activities • Souvenirs or meals not specified on Tours • Optional activities • Travel/health insurance • Passport/visa fees *Note: This trip is ALL INCLUSIVE of meals and tours except one dinner is not included. Some Alcoholic drinks are included at events but Unlimited alcoholic drinks are not included. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Arrival Airport -­‐ Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) Lodging Accommodations Ananda Hotel Boutique (www.anandacartagena.com/en/) Calle del Cuartel 36-­‐77, Centro, 130015 Cartagena de Indias, Colombia © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Day 1 (Wednesday, November 11th): Arrivals. Check into your hotel. Relax, your vacation has just begun. Welcome Reception with cocktails at Cafe Del Mar tonight followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Sitting pretty on the historic walls, Café del Mar, has been a landmark of Cartagena's nightlife scene for more than a decade. It's privileged position atop the Baluarte Santo Domingo, the westernmost point of Cartagena's 17th century fortifications, underpin the bar's enduring appeal. The unbroken sea views and refreshing breeze make Café del Mar the undisputed king of Cartagena sundowners and attract an international crowd that don't mind paying New York prices for the chance to knock back a Mojito and watch the sun sink into the sea. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved The popular bar's top tables hug the walls providing a romantic spot for couples to canoodle their way into another evening in the most seductive city in the Caribbean. Day 2 (Thursday, November 12th): Breakfast at hotel. We leave in the morning for the Cartagena City Tour (4 hours) – The guided city tour starts with the transfer from the city centre to La Popa Convent. You will have a great view over the whole city from the convent. From there we proceed to the biggest fort the Spaniards had built in their colonies in South America, the fortress San Felipe de Barajas. We will visit all parts of the fortress and some tunnels, as well as the statue of Don Blas de Lezo. From the fort we walk to Cartagena’s historical centre. We cross one of the oldest parts of the city (Getsemani), where the main character (Florentino Ariza), from the book “Love in Times of Cholera” by the author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, lived. We enter the walled city centre through the official entrance, which nowadays is the town’s landmark: the Clock Tower. Behind it lies Los Coches Square with the Monument of Don Pedro de Heredia, who founded Cartagena de Indias 1533. We walk through the narrow colorful alleys, pass by beautiful squares and parks and come to the church of San Pedro Claver. We continue walking to the Bolivar Square next to the cathedral of Cartagena. Santa Catalina de Alejandria Cathedral was built in 1577 and is the home of the archbishop. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Afterwards we visit the Santo Domingo Square, where the oldest church of the city is located. From there we proceed over the city walls to the Santa Teresa Square to the Naval Museum and from there we continue to the Clock Tower where our tour ends. Lunch at La Casa de Socorro – Enjoy delicious authentic cuisine at a local restaurant. La Casa de Socorro is located on the other site of the city behind the theatre. We will walk there after our tour. Fresh Limes, Hot Salsa, Sour Cream and Festival of the Sea Platter pictured. Afternoon on your own. Explore the walled city at your leisure. Dinner: Join us for an intimate group dinner at Santo Domingo Square – which you visited earlier. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Day 3 (Friday, November 13th): Breakfast at hotel. Today we venture off on a Day Trip to Playa Blanca (7 hours)– Their beach is better!!! Playa Blanca on Isla de Baru is a long, gorgeous white sand beach with gentle warm turquoise water. The kind of beach that is so insanely beautiful that you end up taking the same photo over and over because it is just so damn beautiful! From Cartagena, Playa Blanca is 45 minutes by speedboat. As we arrive, vendors will be offering an array of corral necklaces, stone carvings, fresh lobsters, coconut cocktails and 30-­‐minute massages. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Here we will have a typical Caribbean lunch: Fried Fish with plantain, coconut rice and salad. After lunch you have more time to enjoy the beach until the speedboat takes you back to Cartagena around 3pm. Group Dinner tonight: Details and location are a surprise. Shhhhhhhhh!!! Rumba en Chiva (8pm -­‐ midnight) – Experience a traditional Colombian Party Bus this evening! Chivas are traditional buses that used to provide transportation from village to village. We will get into a colourful open Chiva Bus and drive along Laguito, Bocagrande, Castillo Grande, the city centre, Manga and the Castillo San Felipe. The tour guide, in this case an animator, provides a great atmosphere and explains the sights. The band plays with accordion and guacharaca Colombian Music (mainly Vallenato and Cumbia). We stop at the Bovedas and eat typical Cartagenero Fritos (fried pastry made of corn, yucca or potato flour, filled with meat, egg and cheese). Late Night Dancing in the nightlife district on your own. The tour ends at midnight in Cartagena’s nightlife district, the Arsenal Street, where many clubs and bars invite you to keep partying. Day 4 (Saturday, November 14th): Breakfast at hotel. Leave in the morning for a Day Trip to Volcano of Toumo (The Mud Volcano) for 6 hours. El Totumo Mud Volcano (or Volcán de Lodo El Totumo in Spanish) lies about one-­‐and-­‐a-­‐half hour's drive from Cartagena. Technically it's not a real lava-­‐spewing, ash-­‐throwing volcano, but rather a 15-­‐metre-­‐high mound full of mud, which makes for a unique Colombian spa experience and endless fun. The Volcano is not everyone's cup of tea -­‐ or pot of mud to be exact. It's perfect for adventurous souls who love the idea of swimming in a crater full of warm mud -­‐ which definitely has its upsides. You get a relaxing mud massage, and because of the high buoyancy, it's a truly hilarious experience trying to swim (or even remain upright) in the brown viscous mud. Most visitors will tell you it's an incredible sensation being covered in mud, and makes for great pictures. The Volcano also has alleged healing qualities as its minerals are said to help rejuvenate the skin. And, according to local folklore, El Totumo once spewed lava and ashes, but it was then turned to mud after a local priest, who believed the Volcano was the work of the devil, sprinkled holy water into it and banishing the evil spirit. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Lunch at Manzanillo del Mar where you can take a walk on the beach, relax or go swimming. Late afternoon we will head back in Cartagena. Jason's VIP Birthday Party Cocktail Reception: After your rested up from the volcano we will start the night out with a cocktail reception. Enjoy a cigar as we reflect on our memories we’ve made these last few days. Intimate Dinner: Let’s break bread and enjoy a delicious Colombian meal under the stars. Dinner is hosted at Restaranta Club de Pesca, one of the finer restaurants in Cartagena, is set on the marina with an amazing view of the strip. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Late Night Dancing: The night will end with dancing at Café Havana. This hotspot, is the utopian ideal of nightclubs everywhere. By 9 p.m., the U-­‐shaped bar is packed with both young and old, stylish locals and sunburnt travelers alike, all vying for mojitos or a shot of local liquor Aguardiente to loosen them up for the Latin jazz bands that play starting at 11 p.m. nightly. The décor is very much Hemingway’s Cuba, with elegant woodwork alongside lazy ceiling fans doing little to quell the heat of skilled salseros living it up on the dance floor below. Stay tuned for more details and a few surprises in pure Up in the Air Life style. Day 5 (Sunday, November 15th): Breakfast at hotel. Meet in Lobby at 9:00am for Day Trip to Palenque, the last standing colony built by freed African American slaves. Return to hotel at 1pm. From Cartagena we drive about 60-­‐90 minutes to San Basillo de Palenque, where we meet our local tour guide (a Palenquero). We visit the village as well as the cultural centre and learn about the history. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Founded by escaped slaves during the 17th Century, this tiny village was heritage listed by UNESCO in 2005 due to its strong African linguistic, musical and cultural traditions. It is considered the first free town in the Americas and is definitely worth a visit in order to gain a fuller picture of Cartagena, the history of slavery in Colombia and Latin America and to observe a community where Afro-­‐roots and traditions have been preserved and maintained including a distinct creole language (Palenquero), folkloric dance, cuisine, dress, hairstyles, political organization and social structure. Benkos Biohó an escaped slave from Guinea Bissau hid here with 36 more men and women. Until the sixties there was no connecting road to San Basillo de Palenque. The Palenquero originated there, a language that is not spoken in any other part of the world. Palenque has a fascinating history and is the origin of the Mapalés de Bullerengue and the origin of all Afro-­‐Colombian styles of music and dances. Lunch in Palenque: Afterwards you will be offered a refreshing beverage and you can taste a typical dish from Palenque for lunch. After lunch we drive back to Cartagena. ALL WHITE Farewell Dinner at Casa de la Cerveza. While overlooking breathtaking views of Cartagena we will induldge in a delightful dinner at one of our favorite rooftop restaurants. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved Day 6 (Monday, November 16th): Breakfast at hotel. We bid you farewell and shall see you soon. Your pick-­‐up times will be confirmed on Sunday. © Up in the Air Life, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved 

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