Hay Festival

Lose yourself in rich literary history and exuberant tropical landscapes at the Colombian chapter of the Hay Festival. Celebrating literature from across the globe, Hay Festival in Cartagena de Indias draws some of the most exciting writers of our times. As well as attending fascinating talks and workshops over two days, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to VIP events, from afterparties to a private dinner with the festival directors and a prominent author.


January 2024


From $7,756 per person


12 people

Staying in the new Casa Pestagua, a Relais & Chateaux-listed 17th-century mansion in the historic walled city of Cartagena, you’ll have plenty of time to explore this romantic Caribbean city. Wander the cobblestone streets, lined with brightly painted townhouses and balconies overflowing with flowers, horse-drawn carts and Palenquera women in traditional dresses.

Next you’ll set out on an overland 4×4 adventure to Mompox, a town lost in time. Nestled on the banks of the Rio Magdalena, this 500-year old colonial town recalls a bygone era. Its languid pace of life and sense of complete isolation have captured the imagination of many an author, including Nobel Prize-winning Gabriel García Marquez who wrote of Mompox: ‘Sometimes we dream about it, but it doesn’t exist.’

Explore historic buildings and beautiful churches in shades of white and ochre. Discover the town’s literary past and spend a balmy evening gliding up the Rio Magdelena by boat. You’ll also learn to make handicrafts at a workshop taught by local artisans.

Finally, wind down at Agua Baru, a hill-side Caribbean retreat on the Baru peninsula. Gaze out across glittering turquoise waters from your stylish bungalow. Snorkel or scuba-dive amongst colourful coral reefs and darting shoals of tropical fish. Or simply laze in a hammock with a coconut and a good book.

Interested in a small group holiday to the Hay Festival in Colombia? Get in touch with one of our experts to begin planning your adventure.


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