As the second-most biodiverse country in the world after Brazil, Colombia has a lot to offer. Home to soaring Andean summits, rolling green valleys and wild- sandy beaches, it’s a land of magnificent beauty. Paired with colonial rich towns and archaeological treasures, it’s a country that has it all. After extensively researching each and every corner of Colombia, we have created a number of fantastic itineraries to inspire your Colombian adventure and allow you to get under the skin of this beauty of a country.
A holiday to Colombia has it all: white-powdered beaches, snow-capped mountains, charming colonial cities, Amazonian rainforest, seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, around 1,800 bird species, and quite possibly the best coffee in the world…so what are you waiting for? Colombia is full of surprises! So much so have a look at these 10 interesting facts we bet you didn’t know until now.
Colombia is a patchwork of picturesque coastlines, bustling cities, diverse landscapes and colonial charm. With much to see and do, our specialists have shortlisted their top five things to see and do in Colombia.
Thanks to its equatorial location, Colombia’s landscapes are as diverse as they are beautiful. From palm fringed beaches and snow capped mountains, lush jungle and rolling coffee plantations, Colombia’s amazing topography is amazingly varied allowing visitors to enjoy a countless array of adventure activities.
For those drawn to the road less travelled, Latin America has its fair share of hidden pockets and intriguing destinations to discover.
Carpeted with dense, wildlife-rich jungles and lined with a dazzling coast, combine the jungle and beach in Latin America for a memorable holiday.
Bogota, San Gil, Coffee Triangle, Santa Marta, Lost City Trek & Tayrona
Best for: Culture History, Off the beaten track, Specialist
Combining the perfect mix of colonial charm with outdoor adventure, this itinerary takes you on a journey to some of Colombia's unmissable highlights. Perfect for those who love the outdoors and want to do something that little bit different. Amongst the action and adventure, you'll go where very few do and embark on the challenging but rewarding trek to Colombia's incredible Lost City.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Discover Colombia's capital city and soak up its urban cool, before heading to the adventure capital San Gil. Explore its rugged topography, white-water raft down its pristine rivers and hike through its dramatic and wild landscapes. From here, you'll head to the lush countryside and rolling hills of the Coffee Triangle. This is a laid back place but the adventure doesn't stop: hike amongst the tall wax palms of the Corcora Valley and venture out on horseback. Next, the biggest challenge reaps the biggest rewards: embark on a multi-day trek through the jungle to the mysterious archaeological site of the Lost City. Mix with remote tribes, swim in waterfalls, discover some of the country's most majestic tropical scenery and spend time at the incredible Ciudad Perdida itself. Before heading home, recover in Tayrona National Park, relaxing on its white sand beaches or exploring its jungle trails to uncover further archaeological remnants from the Tayrona people.
Days 1 - 3 : Bogota, Colombia
Stay at Casa Deco Hotel for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Bogota, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Bogota is home to a wealth of culture, with cobbled streets and buildings steeped in history in La Candelaria, as well as the leafy Plaza de Bolivar and stunning Cerro de Monserrate. We've included a half day bike tour: the best way to cover the city's diverse districts and the most fun!
Days 3 - 5 : near San Gil, Colombia
Stay at Hotel Boutique Wassiki Campestre for 2 nights
Escape the city today and fly to Bucaramanga. You'll enjoy a private transfer through the incredible Chichamocha Canyon, stopping en route for photos and to admire the view. Check in to your hotel just outside of San Gil, Colombia's adventure capital. There's plenty to do here from high-adrenaline fuelled extreme sports such as paragliding above the canyons to gentle walks through forest to secluded waterfalls where you can take a refreshing dip. We've included a white-water rafting activity down the River Fonce to get you started!
Days 5 - 8 : Pereira, Colombia
Stay at Sazagua Boutique Hotel for 3 nights
This morning, private transfer back to Bucaramanga and take a direct flight to Pereira and on to your charming hacienda, located in the heart of the coffee region. During your time here, soak up the coffee culture and spectacular landscapes. A full day tour to Valle del Cocora and El Ocaso has been included. Hike through the national park and discover a variety of flora and fauna, as well as the Quinidan wax palm- Colombia's national tree before heading on to traditional coffee growing fincas, where you'll learn about the production process and sample some of Colombia's finest. On your second morning, we've included a half day horseback riding excursion to El Palomar. Suitable for all abilities, you'll discover the countryside and take in the sweeping panoramas the way the locals have for centuries.
Day 8 - 9 : Santa Marta, Colombia, Colombia
Stay at Casa de Isabella for 1 night
Transfer back to Pereira and take a connecting flight to Santa Marta. Check in and evening at leisure.
Days 9 - 13 : Sierra Nevada, Colombia
Stay at Lost City Trek Accommodation - Hammocks & Tents for 4 nights
Once the epicentre of the ancient Tayrona civilisation, Cuidad Perdida was abandoned at the time of the Spanish Conquest and remained untouched until the 1970s. Embark on a five-day trek through spellbinding countryside to uncover this ‘Lost City’.
On day one, you'll be picked up from your hotel in Santa Marta and driven to Machete Pelao by 4x4 to begin your trek through the Mamey region to the Lost City. At around 6.8km, this day of walking is likely to take around 4 hours.
On the second day, embark on the longest trek of the route with around 15km to cover. This is likely to take around 8 hours, though you’re rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery, indigenous villages and perhaps a swim in crystal clear waters.
Day three, your effort are rewarded with the most incredible experience as you reach the Lost City. With its terraces, stairs, pathways and remains of Tayrona homes, Cuidad Perdida is a beguiling, intriguing archaeological wonder, and a chance to delve into the culture of an ancient civilisation.
Turn back towards modern civilisation on the fourth day, walking for around 4 hours and covering 9km through the spectacular jungle landscape and rich flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada. Enjoy your final night in hammocks before heading to the coast tomorrow.
With only 6km to walk, your final day of the Lost City Trek is gentle and allows time for reflection on the amazing experience.
Days 13 - 15 : Near Tayrona, Colombia
Stay at Villa Maria Tayrona for 2 nights
After completing the Lost City trek, you'll undoubtedly be tired and in need of some relaxation so we're whisking you by private transfer to the Caribbean Coast, on the doorstep of the wild and beautiful, Tayrona National Park. We've kept your final day at leisure and suggest taking the shuttle into the park to explore its secluded coves and beaches.
Day 15 - 16 : Overnight flight home
Private transfer back to Santa Marta to check in for your flight to Bogota begin your journey home.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Bogota by Bike
One of the best ways to get around Bogota is by bike, particularly on a Sunday when much of the city is closed to traffic and on this tour you'll get a great overview of the capital's history and the bustling city it is today.
From $3864 per person
Based on two people travelling together
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.