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Colombia Holidays

Colourful and captivating with a magnificent backdrop of verdant rainforest and the soaring Andes mountains, Colombia is one of South America's best kept secrets full of unique sights and sounds.

Discover intriguing museums and a thriving café culture in Bogotá before heading to the lush plantations and towering wax palms of the Coffee Region, then onto the tropical Caribbean coast. A sparkling jewel in Colombia's impressive crown, the walled city of historic Cartagena is atmospheric and romantic with tradition around every corner. Here palenqueras, ladies dressed in vividly coloured dresses, balance bowls of delicious fresh fruit on their heads, vying for your attention with horse-drawn carriages, live Latin-American music and the bustle and smells of al fresco dining. Just a few hours along the coast are the pristine white sands of Tayrona National Park, where jungle meets beach. Here you can splash in the ocean and snorkel the colourful reefs, or simply listen to the rhythmic sound of the waves.

Colombia is also full of lesser known hidden gems; Indiana Jones wannabes can wonder at the mysterious megalith statues of San Agustin or hike to the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida), a Machu Picchu-style ruined kingdom, lost in the jungle for a millennium until its discovery in 1973. To the west, Cali is known as the capital of fiestas and the locals dance salsa on the streets en masse every Sunday afternoon. To the east you will find the vast grasslands and wildlife of Los Llanos, and to the south the stunning basilica church of Santuario de las Lajas, close to the Ecuadorian border, which straddles a vast canyon and could easily be straight from a hanseatic fairytale.

With all this amazing diversity combined with the wonderfully friendly people, this spellbinding destination is guaranteed to seduce all who visit.


Colours Of Colombia
11 days / 10 nights
from €2,143
  • Cartagena
  • Coffee region
  • Villa de Leyva
  • Bogotá

  • Jewels of Colombia & Peru
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €2,863
  • Machu Picchu
  • Cusco
  • Bogotá
  • Cartagena

  • Colombia Journey
    9 days / 8 nights
    from €2,199
  • Experience a private salsa dance class
  • Learn more about Colombian coffee and its growing process
  • Explore the historic city of Medellín
  • Enjoy a city tour of Cartagena

  • Medellin Extension
    4 days / 3 nights
    from €692
  • Colonial Santa Fe de Antioquia
  • Charming Guatapé
  • Beautiful views
  • Fascinating tour of Medellín

  • Tayrona National Park Extension
    3 days / 2 nights
    from €599
  • Beautiful setting inside the national park
  • Rugged tropical beaches
  • Rustic accommodation

  • San Agustin Extension
    3 days / 2 nights
    from €771


    Colombia map
    Vibrant Bogotá is emerging as a cosmopolitan city with an exciting art and food scene. La Candelaria, Bogotá’s old town, has beautiful colonial buildings and cobbled alleys peppered with street vendors and museums, whilst the northern area of the city is home to some excellent restaurants. Take the cable car up Monserrate for fabulous views or visit nearby Zipaquirá, famous for its underground Salt Cathedral.
    The jewel of Colombia’s cities, Cartagena’s historic old town is easily explored on foot as you wander through the maze of picturesque streets. The colourful and bustling colonial plazas have plenty of street theatre to enjoy and the old city walls have excellent views of the Caribbean Sea. Explore the fascinating fortress and discover the city’s beaches in the new town.
    Medellín is located in the Aburrá Valley, part of the Andes mountain range. The second largest city in Colombia, it has seen a huge transformation to become a thriving cultural city. Dynamic El Poblado has an excellent choice of bars and restaurants whilst Patio Bonito has a more relaxed hipster vibe. The surrounding region is a lush mountainous area with colourful villages.
    Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park is a popular destination for those looking to explore Colombia’s natural wonders in a beautiful and rustic setting. Take a stroll along the park’s long stretches of rugged beaches, enjoy a guided hike through the jungle in search of wildlife, such as the endemic cotton-top tamarin, or simply relax and take in the ocean views.
    Coffee Region Colombia
    Coffee Region
    This charming region boasts a landscape of sweeping valleys, lush plantations and rolling hills dotted with traditional haciendas and colonial towns. Salento is perhaps the most popular of these towns, with its colourful architecture and many restaurants. The area is also home to the Cocora Valley and its towering wax palms, plus Los Nevados National Park where you will find some of Colombia’s most striking scenery.
    Caribbean Islands Colombia
    Caribbean Islands
    Colombia’s Caribbean coast has many islands to explore, which are most easily accessed from Cartagena. The Rosario Islands are reached by boat while the islands of San Andrés and Providencia are only a short flight away. Swim in pristine waters and enjoy laidback island life, perfect for a few days of relaxation after exploring the country.


    Colombia boasts a variety of excellent hotels and lodges which complement this wonderful country full of colour, culture and character.
    Enjoy a luxurious stay in a colonial hotel in the heart of the old city of Cartagena or a modern property in vibrant Bogotá. Or why not extend your tour with a relaxing break on stunning Providencia Island off Colombia’s Caribbean coast?
    Here we highlight a selection of special properties which can be easily included as part of your Colombia holiday.
    Four Seasons Casa Medina
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Spa
  • Gym

  • Casa San Agustin
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Pool
  • Roof terrace

  • Hotel Casa del Arzobispado

    Hacienda San Jose
    Coffee Region

    Hotel Punta Faro
    Isla Mucura

    La Palma y El Tucan


    Our selection of day tours will really make your holiday to Colombia come alive.
    Cartagena Street Food Tour
    Approx 4 hours
    from €173
  • Taste authentic colombian dishes
  • Explore charming Cartegena

  • Coffee Tour with tasting at Hacienda San Alberto
    Approx 5 hours
    from €162

    Medellin's Social Transformation
    Approx 4 hours
    from €88
  • Medellin's recent history
  • See how the city has transformed
  • Ride the Cable Car

  • Graffiti Bike Tour
    Approx 4 hours
    from €115
    Explore historic La Candelario
    Rosario Islands
    Approx 8 hours
    from €147

    Birdwatching in the Rio Blanco Reservation
    Approx 7 hours
    from €267

    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Kerry Ann Govier

    Whilst in Bogota make sure you take the cable car to the top of Monserrate Hill - the views over the city are spectacular!

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Rachel Pettyfer

    In Medellin, make sure you take a ride on the cable car for amazing aerial views - carry on all the way to Parque Arvi and you suddenly feel a whole world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it's definitely worth a visit!

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Michelle Tachon

    Cartagena's historic centre is bursting with colour with brightly painted mansions and bougainvillea clad balconies. One of the most popular ways to soak up the atmosphere of this magical city is with a leisurely horse and cart ride around the cobbled streets.

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    Colombia Fast Facts

    Time Zone

    -5 hours

    Flight Time to Colombia

    12¾ hours


    Colombian Peso

    Visa Required?

    For stays over 90 days only

    €20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

    Recommended Immunisations

    Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster
    Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
    Yellow Fever
    Yellow Fever

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Enjoy comprehensive cover in Colombia from just €69 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

    Visa information given is given for Irish citizens holding a valid Irish passport with at least 6 months validity remaining. Immunisation guidelines assume routine Irish childhood immunisation has been given and will not apply to all situations. Medical advice should be sought. Your Trailfinders consultant will advise you of the specific visa and immunisation requirements for your trip.


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