SENSORY EXPERIENCES

Cartagena is awash with fun things for you to get into – all you need to do is pick something that suits your tastes. Why not sign up for a Colombian rum tasting session at El Barón? This 90-minute long experience (at one of the best bars in the city) takes you on a journey through the exquisite flavors, fascinating history and intriguing processes associated with rum. Sip on some veritable works of art that combine the finest of spirits with full-of-flavor local ingredients.

If you’re a Colombian coffee aficionado, then Café San Alberto’s molecular tasting is a must-do. Let the owner, Gustavo Villota, take you on a leaning journey to widen your knowledge of Colombia’s main export. Sample a rich variety of flavors and textures, as you take part in a slow tasting process which will give you deep insight into this ever-aromatic bean.

Beginners’ mixology workshops at the Hyatt Regency Cartagena give amateurs the chance to learn the basics behind creating cocktails. Mixologist Camila Pérez offers three different classes: introduction, cocktail techniques and a practical exam, as well as drinks tasting. Book well in advance because spaces are limited.

Learn how to make chocolate and all about its origins at the ChocoMuseo Cartagena. They hold specialist workshops, as well as personalized ones which are great for all the family (you can take home all the chocolate you prepare).

Ready for a banquet fit for a king? Try the chef’s tasting menu at Carmen Restaurante, complete with wine pairings. Varied and precisely balanced, this five or seven course gastronomic feast is inspired by local ingredients and fresh, Colombian products.

Surprise yourself by booking your place at one of the delectable secret dinners offered up by chefs Sebastián Pinzón and Jaime Rodríguez. Hip and happening Proyecto Caribe’s meals are on every Thursday and Friday in a spacious apartment near the stunning Torre del Reloj, giving diners the chance to take a culinary journey along the Colombian Caribbean. Exclusive, personalized service and an unforgettable eight-course menu await the 14 lucky guests.

Last – but by no means least – is ‘the’ wine tasting in the cellar of Sofitel Legend Santa Clara’s restaurant, 1621, with renowned sommelier Óscar Santos. The hotel also puts on the famed “Great Wines Dinner”, in which chef Dominique Oudin prepares a six-course menu paired with six different wines selected by a guest wine connoisseur.