Reasons to Visit
From the rugged, tropical paradise of Tayrona National Park, backed by equitorial rainforest, to the beautiful white-sand beaches of San Andres and Providencia, Colombia offers a wide range of beautiful beach options, although the accommodation options can be somewhat limited!
Synonymous with Colombia, coffee has been exported from Colombia for around 200 years. The Zona Cafetera is becoming something of an attraction, with visitors tasting coffee at traditional fincas. As well as the coffee, the region is geographically stunning with spectacular panoramas of rolling hillsides, lush fertile vallets and quaint colonial villages.
Whilst most renowned in the fortified city of Cartagena, there are fine examples of colonial architecture spanning Colombia from the historical La Candelaria in Bogota and Villa de Leyva to the pretty villages in the coffee region.
Despite having developed a reputation that may deter visitors from travelling, Colombia has entered a period of relative stability. It is now without doubt one our favourite destinations for a diverse and enthralling experience, albeit one for those with an adventurous spirit and a desire to see somewhere off the beaten track.
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Tayrona National Park sits on the edge of the world's highest coastal mountain range.
Colombians refer to the Amazon region as Amazonia. This vast expanse of jungle and wildlife accounts for a third (643,000 sqkm) of the country’s total area. The population is around 404, 000 with few towns and settlements in the rainforest.
Colombia’s Caribbean coast is home to numerous attractions that draw tourists to Colombia. The jewel of the coast is Cartagena with many tourists flocking to see the old romantic city. Taganga is also a beautiful spot.
This half day tour takes you to the Castillo de San Félipe de Barajas -the greatest fortress ever built by the Spanish in the colonies. It is an impressive structure erected between 1639 an 1657.
A tour of the Cordillera will give you a true impression of the life and culture encompassed by Coffee region, from quaint towns and stunning views, this is a full day insight into the "Triangulo Del Café".
For the beauty of its landscapes, the richness of its earth, and its jewel beneath the earth's surface, Zipaquirá is somewhat of a must during a stay in Bogotá.
Overlooked in the past, Colombia’s doors are now opening as a new tourist destination. Combining Caribbean heat and hospitality with verdant, rolling coffee plantations this land is a must for the discerning and intrepid traveller.
10 Days from £2,325pp
An introductory tour of Colombia, taking in Bogota and its surroundings and the impressive Cartagena.
15 Days from £3,820pp
Explore the main highlights of Colombia including Bogota, Villa de Levya, the coffee region before heading up to the Caribbean coast with Cartagena and the Tayrona National Park.
12 hours 40 mins (Bogota, via Madrid)
Air France & Iberia
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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