Boxing Clever in Cartagena

This 5-Day Boxing Vacation In Cartagena, Packs A Punch With Tropical Beaches And Culinary Treats Thrown In For Good Measure


This is so much more than your typical wellness escape. This 5-day Cartagena itinerary is about getting up close and physical with the Cartagena locals, whilst celebrating the art of boxing in Colombia, one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations.

Trade your cashmere gloves for some boxing guantes and fight the power in the grass-roots boxing gyms of Cartagena, Colombia!

Colombia’s most creative travel agency, This is Colombia, has crafted a unique boxing adventure designed for heavyweight travelers who are done with the whole yoga retreat thing.

Much like Colombia, boxing is shedding its reputation as being violent and dangerous and is fast becoming the coolest trend to get hooked on.

F**** the gym and the whole ‘get the perfect bikini body’ B.S., you’ll get to work out with local trainers in a variety of world champion-producing gyms and reward your hard work with some traditional holiday trophies.

This Is Colombia’s talented travel team have balanced every training session with a cultural or beach activity to strike a perfectly heavyweight vacation match up that will be a big hit when you tell the folks back home all a-bout it.

Trip Details

Who will like it

Early-adopters looking to tick off the newest holiday destination and sports craze in one big hit. If you’re a cultural nut who craves a work out with some Caribbean beach sparkle thrown in, then this itinerary is for you

Trip length

4 nights, 5 days


From $1,500 per person

From $1,850 per person (high season)


Day 1

Welcome to Cartagena

Arrive and get settled into your colonial house or hotel. A local guide will line your stomach with some scintillating ceviche and some tropical cocktails in some of the city’s coolest hangouts. Your first night is all about getting into the Caribbean swing of things.

Day 2

Welcome to the Jungle

Learn of Palenque’s fighting traditional with a sparring session with one of the town’s most successful female boxers. This tiny village produced Colombia’s first world champion, Antonio Cervantes, also known as “Kid Pambelé”. Meet the kids looking to fight their way towards a better future through the discipline of boxing and the wonderful musicians that give Palenque its unmistakable African rhythms. Finish off on a foodie high with a traditional protein-packed lunch with the locals before heading back to Cartagena. In the evening, you’ll be switching to your dancing shoes for a Latin Dance class to get you into the Caribbean groove.

Accommodation is basic. You will sleep in hammocks in one of the traditional huts built by the villages inhabitants for visitors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared by a chef that will accompany the expedition.

Day 3

City & Islands

Get a work out in the gym where the likes of Colombian fighter, Paola Riojas, made a name for herself. This is the mecca of Cartagena boxing. Box with the best local trainer and translator by your side. Change holiday shifts with a late morning spot of island hopping in your own private speedboat or yacht, before settling down for an incredible 3-course meal at a luxury beach retreat, far from the tourist rif-raf.

Day 4

From Hood to Spa

Time for one final workout in one of the few remaining barrio gyms. Anibal Gonzalez trains men, women and children in the humblest of rings. You’ll get to help the next generation of boxers find their feet by donating your Cartagena boxing gloves at the end of your session. After a healthy pick-me-up-brunch, head to Cartagena’s most luxury spa for much-needed massage and invigorating facial.

Day 5

Depart Cartagena

You just have enough time for some last-minute shopping and a quick street food snack before catching your flight back home.

Plan your Trip

Tempted to kick some serious ass in the Caribbean? Contact a member of our travel team to organize a friendly punch up in Colombia

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Trade your cashmere gloves for some boxing guantes and fight the power in the grass-roots boxing gyms of Cartagena, Colombia!

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