Visit Colombia

Unspoiled towns, superb natural parks and tropical beaches: Colombia has a lot going for it. Get under the skin of its exciting capital, Bogotá, or step back in time in the preserved colonial town of Villa de Leyva. Taste the famous local brew high up in a rolling coffee estate or snorkel off the coast of the Rosario Islands. Take on the national parks, trekking through changing landscapes of mountain, rainforest, palm-fringed coast or desert plain. Then reflect among ancient buildings and statues left by pre-Colombian civilisations. All you need to do is start planning…

Excellent

Excellent itinerary in Cartagena beautiful city. Very much enjoyed our stay.

Lisa
November 2016

Colombia highlights

  • Immerse yourself in buzzing Bogotá and see its historic centre dotted with street art
  • Watch reptiles and mammals going about their business in Tayrona National Park
  • Wander the narrow streets of the romantic colonial city of Cartagena
  • Visit the coffee estates outside Pereira for sweeping views over the green hills
  • Snorkel in the clear blue waters around the idyllic Rosario islands
  • Go back in time in the beautifully preserved town of Villa de Leyva
  • Marvel at pre-Columbian artefacts and huge stone statues in the Unesco rated San Augustin Archaeological Park
  • Take a tour of Medellin, formerly known as one of the most dangerous places in the world, now a lively and creative city
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Unforgettable experiences – our insider suggestions to the best things to do in Colombia.

Fill up on street food

Cartagena’s cuisine presents an exciting blend of Spanish and African flavours. On this guided tour, you’ll try no less than 15 different street food dishes and you can even have a go at making some yourself.

Traditional Colombian corncake
Colombia

Graffiti tour by bike

Get to know Bogotá’s La Candelaria district on a cycling tour. Your guide will show you the grand buildings of the area and stop to explain the stories behind the many works of street art here.

Make your own hot chocolate

Tour the verdant hills and colonial villages of the coffee region, then pay a visit to a cocoa plantation. Here you’ll toast and grind the seeds to make yourself the freshest hot chocolate of your life, before sitting down to lunch on the farm.

Chocolate
Colombian emeralds

Go hunting for treasure

Follow an emerald expert around the streets of Bogotá, where you can learn about the mining process and see where these precious stones are refined and sold.

Local fruit tasting

Colombia’s climate encourages a great variety of fruit to thrive. Sit down to a leisurely tasting session of fruits, both strange and familiar, and discover some exciting new flavours.

Colombian fruit
Hot air balloon

See the countryside by balloon

Start your day early with a lesson in inflating a hot air balloon. Then it’s up, up and away for 45 exhilarating minutes over a rolling terrain of coffee country. Glide back down to earth to pick up your flight certificate and enjoy a coffee back on solid ground.

Be a Colombian cook

Follow a local expert on a shopping expedition around a bustling Bogotá food market. Next, haul your ingredients off to a cookery class where you’ll make (and eat) a typical Colombian lunch.

Traditional Colombian meal
Colombia

Learn a local sport

A unique opportunity to learn a traditional sport created by an ancient civilisation. Tejo, invented by the Chibcha people, involves the launching of a metal disc at a clay-covered board. You score points by striking a paper parcel of gunpowder and triggering a small explosion.

Join a literary excursion

Walk the streets of Cartagena with an expert on local writer Gabriel García Márquez. The tour includes locations featured in the fiction of Márquez, as well as places that were particularly important to the writer in his lifetime.

Cartagena, Colombia
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