A Musical Journey from the Crescent City to Colombia

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Aug 15 - 22, 2024
Group size: 1 - 28
A Musical Journey from the Crescent City to Colombia
Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Aug 15 - 22, 2024
Group size: 1 - 28

About this trip

Embark on an unforgettable journey celebrating the profound musical bond between New Orleans and Colombia! Despite the distance, these vibrant cultures harmonize with the universal language of music, intertwining two rich heritages in an extraordinary fusion of rhythm and soul.

Led by the acclaimed Latin Grammy nominee, Gregorio Uribe, this immersive experience promises a dynamic blend of cultural encounters. From intimate sessions with local musicians to hands-on workshops with artisans and luthiers, from vibrant festival dancing to salsa club nights, and from educational visits to organizations nurturing music in underserved communities, every moment promises to resonate with the heartbeat of Colombia's musical spirit.

But the adventure doesn't end there! Amidst the rhythmic tapestry of Colombian melodies, indulge in the tantalizing flavors of one of the world's most dynamic cuisines from high-end restaurants like Zumaia and Candé to eating with the locals in La Boquilla and the Petronio Gastronomic Festival. Behold the breathtaking natural wonders that adorn Colombia's landscapes!

Join us as we delve deep into the essence of this exchange, embracing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Festival de Música del Pacífico Petronio Álvarez. These festivals transcend mere celebration; they embody the living legacy of diverse musical traditions, enriching both Louisiana and Colombia with their captivating rhythms and folklore, leaving an indelible mark on audiences worldwide.

¡Nos vemos pronto amigos!

Important Note: The order of the activities listed on this itinerary are subject to change 

Discover Cali's Petronio Festival

The Petronio Álvarez Festival is a celebration of the cultural wealth of the Colombian Pacific. It is an event that attracts visitors from all over the world and contributes to the dissemination of Afro-Colombian culture. The festival was founded in 1997 to promote the music and culture of the Colombian Pacific. 

In its 23 years of existence, it has become the most important Afro-American music festival in Latin America bringing together more than 1,000 artists from all over the Colombian Pacific, as well as from other countries and attracting over 1 million visitors during its 6 days of fair. 

The musical genres presented at the festival include currulao, marimba, bunde, patacoré, currulao, socavón, among others. The festival also includes a gastronomic fair, an artisanal exhibition, and a varied cultural program. 

For further info, explore this NPR piece about Petronio that exclusively features voices of the incredible musicians, artisans, and academics, and  we will meet during our travel.

Cartagena: Beauty, Flavor, & Tradition

Cartagena, the vibrant coastal city steeped in history and culture, stands as the other captivating hub of this unforgettable journey. With temperatures soaring up to 34°C, Cartagena's sun-kissed shores beckon travelers to explore its timeless beauty and immerse themselves in its rich heritage.

Beyond its balmy climate, Cartagena boasts a resilient population dedicated to stabilizing the territory, addressing inequalities, and combating social issues, making it an inspiring destination for cultural exchange and exploration. Join us as we get to know some of the young artists using music as a way to amplify their generation's voice.

From inside the walls of its Old City that recall the Spanish influence found in New Orleans' French Quarter to the beautiful beaches of the Tierra Bomba island, Cartagena will offer a kaleidoscope of experiences for adventurous souls.

As you embark on this journey of a lifetime to Colombia, let the enchanting rhythms of the Petronio Festival and the timeless charm of Cartagena captivate your senses and ignite your spirit of adventure. Allow yourself to be inspired by the resilience and beauty of Colombia, a land brimming with endless possibilities and unforgettable experiences.

Booking and Cancellation Policies

- Book your spot with a 50% deposit.
- On May 15th 2024, you may confirm your spot with the remaining 50%. The deadline to confirm your participation is May 20th.
-  If you are booking for two people on double accommodation, we will assume you are booking a double bed. If you need separate beds, please contact info@impulsetrvel.co after you make your booking.
- If you book for one person on double accommodation, you will be assigned a roommate. Please contact info@impulsetrvel.co if you have a pre-stablished roomate. If not, we will try to make the best roommate matching with the single participants booking double accommodation. 

If you have to cancel your participation for any reason, these are the cancellation policies.
1. If you cancel anytime before May 15th 2024, 20% of your deposit amount will be refunded.
2. If you cancel after the 15th of May, your payment is non-refundable. It can be transferred to another person, but an extra cost for domestic flights change of name might apply.

Important: The trip organizers reserve the right to cancel the trip until May 20th. For that reason, we recommend booking your international flights To Cali and from Cartagena after that date. 

What’s included

  • House party and jam
    Food and drinks, music workshop, jam session.
  • Transport Services
    All ground transportation for scheduled group events
  • Airport transfers
    Private group and single transfers to/from the Airport
  • Project's contributions
    All NGOs visited will receive a meaningful donation to support their work
  • Festival Tickets
    VIP access to the festival
  • Accommodation
    7 nights of accommodation with breakfast included. Cali: Hotel Intercontinental. Cartagena: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
  • Meals and drinks
    7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Flight ticket
    One way Cali-Cartagena with 1 23kg checked bag

What’s not included

  • Tips and gratuities
    Sugg $15-20 USD x day
  • Extra expenses
    Gifts, souvernirs, posters, cards etc
  • Travel insurance
    We strongly recommend you travel with a travel and health insurance
  • VAT Hotel Taxes
    VAT for hotels or other government taxes (these are waived for non-colombian travelers by showing your passport with the entrance stamp at hotels when checking in).
  • Lunch
    Days 1,2,4 and 5
  • Dinners
    Days 1, 3 and 4 (3 and 4 are meant to be taken in the Petronio Gastronomic Festival)
  • Alcoholic drinks
    Not included except for the house party on day 2.
  • International Flights
    Arrive in Cali Aug 15. Depart from Cartagena Aug 22.

Available Packages

Full plan double occupancy
Available until July 31, 2024
Deposit: $2,645
Full plan single occupancy
Available until August 1, 2024
Deposit: $3,245


Day 1, Thu 15th Aug
Meet and greet and Cali's International Airport

Embark on a seamless Colombian adventure! Start with our transfers from Cali Airport to the Intercontinental Hotel. Enjoy the hotel amenities and explore on your own the lively vicinity of the hotel. Welcome to a harmonious blend of comfort, festivity, and enchantment in Cali! 

Your Organizer

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. promotes, preserves, perpetuates, and encourages the music, culture, and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs, and other cultural, educational, civic, and economic activities.