Be enchanted by Colombia and discover the country's highlights, all whilst staying in luxury boutique properties along the way. Brimming with culture, colonial charm and dramatic landscapes, this itinerary is a great introduction to Colombia.
Adventure in Colombia
With its equatorial position, Colombia is home to palm-fringed beaches, snow-capped Andean mountains, lush Amazon jungle and coffee-strewn hill tops; its physical geography is amazingly varied allowing visitors to enjoy a countless array of adventure activities.
Santander and San Gil
For those with a love for adventure sports, the region of San Gil and Santander is a paradise location. Nestled amongst the Andean mountain tops in the north east of Colombia, it is hailed as the adventure capital of the country and offers an array of adrenaline fuelled activities to enjoy. From white water rafting down the rivers of Rio Fonce and Rio Suarez, to rappelling down waterfalls, hiking and mountain biking through the beautifully majestic Chicamocha Canyon and cave exploring in the Indian Cave, there is limitless opportunity to get outdoors and explore.
The Lost City trek ‘Ciudad Perdida’ is easily one of the most adventurous and breath-taking treks in Latin America. Built by the Tayrona people, this pre-Colombian town was abandoned around the time of the Spanish conquest, and only rediscovered in the 1970’s. Hidden in the depths of the Sierra de Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains, this archaeological site is accessible only by foot and takes four or five days to complete. Hiking through the lush green jungle, wading through crystal clear rivers and swimming in fresh natural pools, is what makes the journey so special. To guide you through this untouched and varied terrain, an indigenous guide from one of the local communities will lead you to the ruins and offer a personal insight to their indigenous culture and history of their lands. If you like adventure, spectacular scenery and doing something completely different then the lost city trek is not to be missed. But be warned, this journey is back to basics, with accommodation being limited to hammocks or bunk beds and basic facilities.
Valle de Cocora
Cocora is one of the most strikingly beautiful areas of Colombia. Nestled between the town of Salento and the Los Nevados National Park, embarking on a half-day trek through its dense green valley you will have the opportunity to see Colombia’s national tree- the Quindian wax-palm, the world’s tallest wax palm, which towers over 60 feet high. Hike through grassland, dense cloud forest and gawk and these giant wax palms. This trek is easily one of the best half-day treks in the country and a great way to explore Colombia’s dramatic landscapes.
Los Nevados National Park
This stunning national park is a vast 131,000 acre nature reserve, brimming with snow-capped mountain peaks, fiery volcanoes, steamy cloud forest and winding rivers. It is an adventure wonderland, which offers an array of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing and ice climbing. An endless array half-day and full-day treks are on offer here which range from high altitude treks through the snow field peak of Nevada del Tolima to scenic walks through páramo and woodland landscapes. This area of Colombia is a treat for trekking fanatics.
Providencia and San Andres
For underwater adventures, the islands of Providencia and San Andres offer a sea of multi-coloured coral reefs home to rays, sharks, turtles and hundreds of tropical fish. With its warm-crystal clear waters and access to more than 40 different dive sites, these islands are recognised as a UNESCO biosphere reserve and revered for their quality of snorkelling and diving.