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.
Colombia for Families
Bogota, San Gil, Medellin, Nuqui & Cartagena
Best for: Family, Off the beaten track, Wildlife
Lots of Latin America is ruled out for a break over the school summer holidays as it's bang in the middle of the cold winter or rainy season. This is the best time to see the incredible humpback whales that visit Colombia's Pacific coast though, which is an amazing experience for all the family! Combine this with three lively cities and white-water rafting in the adventure capital of San Gil and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable family holiday.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Your family adventure begins in Colombia's vibrant capital, Bogota, where we've included a graffiti tour by bike, a really fun way to see the city. From here, you head on to Santander, driving through the incredible Chicamocha Canyon before reaching San Gil. There's lots of activities on offer here; we've included a white-water rafting excursion down the River Fonce to get you started. Afterwards, fly onto Medellin, and ride the city's iconic public transport: cable cars high up above the city! Next, take a flight across dense jungle to the secluded beaches of Nuqui. Whilst the area teems with wildlife, the playful humpback whales and their breathtaking displays are the main draw to the remote destination. Your last stop is the iconic colonial city of Cartagena, where we've left your time at leisure but there is plenty to do such as a day's snorkelling around the Rosario Islands or perhaps a canoe trip down the La Boquilla mangroves.
Day 1 : Bogota, Colombia
Stay at B.O.G Hotel
Arrive in Bogota, where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel, located close to all the great restaurants that have popped up in Colombia's buzzing capital. On a Sunday, many of Bogota's streets are closed to traffic so we've included a privately guided graffiti bike tour - this is a really fun and informative way to see the city and is the best way for little legs especially to cover the distance!
Days 1 - 3 : 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 to keep the whole family entertained from high-adrenaline fuelled extreme sports to gentle walks to secluded waterfalls where you can take a dip. We've included a white-water rafting activity down the River Fonce.
Days 3 - 5 : Medellin, Colombia
Stay at Diez Hotel for 2 nights
Head back to Bucaramanga and take a direct flight to the fascinating city of Medellin. Known for its troubled history, Medellin is now a city transformed and is an absolute delight to discover and explore. The locals, or 'paisas', are incredibly proud of their city and with good reason. Enjoy a full day tour, first discovering the city's highlights, such as Comuna 13 with its vibrant graffiti art and Botero Square home to the artist's iconic sculptures, before heading on to the village of Santa Elena which prepares every year for Medellin's fabulous flower festival.
Days 5 - 8 : Nuqui, Colombia
Stay at La Kuka for 3 nights
Transfer to Medellin's domestic airport and leave the city, flying across dense jungle to the Choco coast. You'll arrive to the tiny town of Nuqui, where you'll be met and enjoy a 45 minute boat ride to your remote jungle lodge. The undeniable draw to this secluded spot is to see the humpback whales that migrate from Antarctica to mate and birth their young in Nuqui's warmer waters. This is a real Robinson Crusoe destination though and there's lots to do from exploring nearby waterfalls and natural pools, bathing in the local hot springs, catching some surf and visiting the indigenous community up river.
Day 8 - 9 : Medellin, Colombia
Stay at Diez Hotel for 1 night
Return to Medellin and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. We recommend heading out to one of the great restaurants in the El Poblado district.
Days 9 - 12 : Cartagena, Colombia
Stay at Bastión Luxury Hotel for 3 nights
Your final stop is the beautiful Cartagena, a must on any Colombia itinerary and loved for its pretty streets, fascinating history and colonial architecture. We’ve left your time at leisure here so you can explore the Old Town, wandering its quaint and cobbled streets, and relax by the pool. You may choose to arrange a day trip to the Rosario Islands, where you can swim in the sea and snorkel, or we can organise a cooking class for the family so you can all hone your skills and sample the Caribbean flavours!
Day 12 - 13 : Flight home
Transfer to Cartagena to begin the journey home.
When to go
Nuquí is a wet and wild destination and rain falls throughout the year. Whilst it can be visited year round, the main draw for many are the humpback whales that migrate from Antarctica to Colombia's warmer waters to mate and birth their young, arriving in July and leaving in October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Rafting on the River Fonce
San Gil is well known as Colombia’s adventure capital, its most popular activity amongst couples and families alike is white-water rafting. Head out today for a fun-filled experience down the River Fonce with its grade II and III rapids.
Bogota Graffiti Tour by Bike
Vibrant works of art adorn many of Bogota’s walls, its colonial heart given a new lease of life by graffiti artists who have found an outlet for their political and social opinions. Explore this work as you cycle through the streets with your guide.
From $3275 per person
Based on a family of four 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.