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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.
OUR HOLIDAYS TO COLOMBIA
Colours Of Colombia
Jewels of Colombia & Peru
Tayrona National Park Extension
San Agustin Extension
WHERE TO GO IN COLOMBIA
Tayrona National Park
OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN COLOMBIA
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
Casa San Agustin
Hotel Casa del Arzobispado
Hacienda San Jose
Hotel Punta Faro
La Palma y El Tucan
THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA
Cartagena Street Food Tour
Coffee Tour with tasting at Hacienda San Alberto
Medellin's Social Transformation
Graffiti Bike Tour
Explore historic La Candelario
Birdwatching in the Rio Blanco Reservation
Top Tips From Our Experts
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!
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!
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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