Colombia’s friendly people and dramatic scenery are quickly making it the hottest adventure holiday destination in South America.
Colombia is rapidly becoming the place for holidays to South America, as it opens up doors to news visitors and tours.
Now politically stable with well-developed flight and road infrastructure, Colombia makes for a fantastic trip.
Rightly, it is gaining a reputation as the most beautiful and friendly of countries.
Rural regions remain delightfully unspoiled, beaming smiles, open arms and unrivalled hospitality await.
Enjoy snow-capped mountains, white sand beaches, ancient archaeological treasures and much more in the various climes of Colombia.
Due to the country’s history, international tourism is still in its infancy and vast areas of the country have been largely untouched by foreign visitors.
Those that do journey here will find the country’s cities highly sophisticated and culturally rich, in what is sure to be a holiday remembered forever.
Don’t forget to read our Colombia Travel Highlights Guide.
Below you will find a few of the many attractions Colombia has to offer for your holiday.
Writers, painters and now travellers flock to Cartagena, a wonderful colonial port.
Cartagena’s city wall wraps itself around historic churches, plazas and narrow streets. Fruit sellers, dancers, musicians and more all give the city a vibrancy.
The old ways runs alongside the modern as the very best in 5* hotels and top-end restaurants sit on streets whose taxis are horse-drawn carriages.
Visit castle San Felipe de Barajas for a tour, and the Getsemani neighbourhood for street art and drinks.
Bazurto market is chaotic, enormous, frenetic and often smelly – this is the real underbelly of Cartagena, away from its glistening lights.
Nestled at 2,650m/8,694ft between Andean peaks, Bogotá enjoys a near year-round spring climate. This recurring energy permeates every aspect of life here.
Wander La Candelaria’s winding and colourful streets with its coffee shops, artisanal shops and dynamic nightlife.
Peruse the world’s most important and impressive collections of pre-Colombia gold work at the Muséo de Oro, one among many excellent museums.
Savour wonderful culinary treats and zesty fresh fruit juices on the streets.
This is Bogota, Colombia’s vibrant capital.
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Our bike tour was very good we had an excellent guide
Rio Claro was absolutely wonderful - the fact that there were many people there meant we mixed a lot and loved it. Amount of time there was just right.
Our private taxi to Rio Salento was with a lovely taxi driver, very safe, very polite.
Snorkelling was magnificent, a very nice place.
On The Lost City trek - the guide was Camacho, who was great. We were given fresh sheets on the beds at camp, the washing facilities are poor and toilets very basic. Camacho did a great job at looking after our diets. We had a big downpour one day and the path became a mud bath - Camacho was great at helping us along safely. The weather cleared and next 3 days were amazing.
Overall we loved Colombia - it was a lovely place to go and the people were really friendly. We had lots of laughs and were reassured knowing there was help at the end of the phone if need be.
C Crowther, UK, 2016
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I only made a flying visit to the Colombian Pacific Coast around Nuqui.
This is certainly a place to get away from it all as the area is like an island surrounded by tropical jungle.
Lodges with limited electricity, no mobile phone reception nor internet, masses of wildlife, whales, white sandy beaches, surf, jungle trails, canoe rides, lots of seafood and tranquility.
To many, heaven.
A Lyall, UK, 2015
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