Colombia

Caribbean islands, colonial cities, jagged coastal national parks, lush green hills, Amazon jungles, tropical grasslands and Andean coffee plantations – this is Colombia. Discover the birthplace of salsa in the west, the wonderful Amazon nature in the South, your own tropical paradise in the north and the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountain range in the north east overlooking small fishing villages. As well as these stunning landscapes, Colombia also has incredible cities to visit such as Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin, in particular, will show you the Colombians’ friendly nature, their pride in where they come from and their rhythm of life.

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colombia Highlights

 •Explore the stunning, sultry Caribbean coast city of Cartegena. Colorful streets, cobblestone alleyways, colonial heritage, boutique shopping, and fun nightlife – we’re sold!
Visit Bogota’s Gold Museum, a must-see display of ancient gold art, and visit the Zipaquira cathedral just outside the city, excavated deep underground from an old salt mine.
Relax in the Virgin beaches of Tayrona National Park.
Fly over a banana plantation from a Zip Line.
• Visit the Botanical Garden & Butterfly Farm (3000 butterflies from 40 different species)
• The “Balsaje” is a local favorite leisure activity, floating on top of a bamboo raft, the smooth swift flowing currents of the La Vieja (Old Lady) River meander through a stunning natural scenery.
• Visit the Cocora Valley (home to the Quindio Wax Palm), a majestic valley and the perfect place to “lose yourself” for a few hours.
• Join Coffee expert, David on a private excursion to see and understand all the aspect of coffee. Not only a coffee tasting, but also its social impact, the technicalities of growing, new practices, barista lessons etc.
• Snorkelling and diving off the Rosario Island National Park, an archipelago of 27 islands with great marine life and picturesque beaches – minus the crowds.Juan David is our Coffee expert. We can arrange severa

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Below are a few top experiences that can feature in your bespoke Colombia itinerary.

• Explore the stunning, sultry Caribbean coast city of Cartegena.
• Visit Bogota’s Gold Museum, a must-see display of ancient gold art, and visit the Zipaquira cathedral just outside the city, excavated deep underground from an old salt mine.
• Visit Tayrona National Park to relax in the crystalline blue waters, wild jungle, ancient ruined cities and giant boulders towering over hiking trails.
• Explore Villa de Leyva, a beautiful small colonial town set high in the Andes with whitewashed colonial buildings, cobbled lanes, terracotta tiles roofs and incredible Plaza Mayor.
• Snorkel and dive off the Rosario Island National Park, an archipelago of 27 islands with great marine life and picturesque beaches – minus the crowds.
• Do a Graffiti Tour in Bogota, to learn about the culture and history of this amazing local art scene.
• Visit the Cocora Valley (home to the Quindio Wax Palm), a majestic valley and the perfect place to “lose yourself” for a few hours.
• Join Coffee expert on a private excursion to see and understand all the aspect of coffee. Not only a coffee tasting, but also its social impact, the technicalities of growing, new practices, and barista course.
• Fly over a banana plantation from a Zip Line.
• Visit the Botanical Garden & Butterfly Farm
• Follow the swift flowing currents of La Vieja (Old Lady) River as you meander through stunning scenery on a floating bamboo raft.

Colombia

WHEN TO GO

 Colombia, rather wonderfully, is a year round destination.

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TIME ZONE

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TIME FRAME

7 + nights to 2 weeks.

CURRENCY

COLOMBIAN PESO

FLIGHTS

Bogota (BOG); Cartagena (CTG)


bogota | cartajena | coffee triangle | santa marta (tayrona national park)  |  medellin | VILLA DE leyva

BOGOTA

The transformation that Colombia’s capital has undergone over the last decade is astounding, emerging as one of the most happening cities in Latin America. Bogotá is often people’s first taste of Colombia and while it is a useful springboard for exploring the rest of the country, it is also a great place in its own right. It’s big and it’s busy but it is packed with cool restaurants and galleries and museums.

CARTAJENA

Cartagena is Colombia’s coastal gem and its most romantic city. The warm Caribbean breeze gathers up sounds of salsa music and the scent of the flowers that cascade down from the balconies of the rainbow-coloured houses that line its cobbled streets.

TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK

Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean coast is a surreal place all round: crystalline blue waters, wild jungle, ancient ruined cities, and giant boulders towering over hiking trails. The real Instagram favourite is the vistas of Cabo San Juan beach, and the view of two mirrored beaches from a viewpoint above the sea: Caribbean perfection.

VILLA DE LEYVA

A picturesque historical town set high in the Andes, Colombia‘s Villa de Leyva is one of the country’s top attractions and is home to some of its best preserved colonial architecture. Located a three-hour drive northeast from the capital Bogotá, the 16th-century cobbled streets, terracotta tile roofs and whitewashed buildings welcome visitors to this unique corner of the Boyacá department.

COFFEE TRIANGLE (ZONA CAFETERA)

A trip to Colombia would be incomplete without a visit to Colombia’s coffee triangle. Here, you will find high end fincas where you can harvest, roast, and taste the local coffee bean crops. Once you’ve got your caffeine buzz, explore the local area on horseback through the countryside, enjoy trips to the tropical fruit market in Filandia, and hiking in the nearby cloud forest.

HOTELS WE LOVE

Nothing but the best. Browse the hotels that may feature in your bespoke Colombia itinerary.

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CASA SAN AGUSTIN

You will experience a luxuriously chic and relaxed atmosphere at this authentic boutique hotel, which was re-imagined to maintain a colonial heritage intact within three beautiful white-washed houses. It’s 20 guestrooms and 11 suites beautifully decorated preserves the authentic Colombian style, which seamlessly incorporates the modern services and amenities for today’s traveler. From original frescoes in the Library to centuries-old wood beamed ceilings, Casa San Agustin’s architecture evokes the city’s rich history of the 17th century.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena-Colombia

Sofitel legend, cartagena

In 2012, the Sofitel Santa Clara became Sofitel Legeng, thus joining a collection of landmark properties located in cities with a rich cultural heritage all around the world. Travel back in time and discover the legendary story of this iconic hotel infused with French art de vivre, the perfect combination of age-old tradition and local hospitality. Truly an iconic hotel where heritage meets modernity.

Casa Medina-Bogota-Colombia

Casa Medina

This landmark 1946 building, boasts some of the most quietly elegant rooms in the city – complete with beamed ceilings, hand-carved wooden furnishings and fireplaces to cozy up to, no two rooms are the same. Steps from the buzzing financial district and the gourmet paradise of the Zona G, Casa Medina is an urban retreat for discerning travelers.

Four Seasons Hotel Bogota

Four Seasons Hotel Bogota

The energy and creativity of Colombia’s capital city are best experienced with a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Bogota. In the buzzing Zona Rosa area, find yourself just steps away from the city’s best shopping, nightlife and cafes, then come back to settle in at this intimate, modern Hotel where contemporary elegance is found everywhere from the spacious suites to the perfectly poured Colombian espresso.

top experiences in Colombia

There are many great experiences to be had in beautiful Colombia, but if we had to choose our top 3 experiences, these are it!

 

LAS ISLAS, BARU

Reconnect and refresh your spirit amidst the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Colombia’s Isla Baru. Located just 45 minutes away from Cartagena, Hotel Las Islas is a sophisticated, environmentally conscious retreat, with luxurious accommodations and exceptional amenities. Settle into your immaculately appointed bungalow, with its views of the sea or of the neighboring Parque National Natural Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo. Visit one of the restaurants and bars for locally sourced, expertly prepared cuisine, Relax by the freshwater pool, take in the views from the solarium or explore one of the many activities available at the hotel.

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hacienda Bambusa, THE COFFEE REGION

Hidden among the lush and verdant scenery of Colombia’s coffee producing region, Hacienda Bambusa is a working plantation that offers guests an ideal place to relax and explore. The area is rich in breathtaking scenery and incredible flora and fauna. At Hacienda Bambusa the central courtyard is surrounded by 8 rooms, each with a private balcony with woven hammocks and birdsong. Ideal for families, couples and nature lovers who want to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful natural environment. It also makes an great base from which to explore the Coffee Triangle and surrounding plantations, colorful colonial market towns and the gorgeous Valle de Cocora and Los Nevados National Park. Visit the hotel website.

 

MF in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Ecohabs

Ecohabs is a hotel with rustic-chic bungalows on a hillside property with sea views, dining, a spa and breakfast. The hotel works closely with the native communities in order to support local education and other social programs, and the staff’s love of the park is infectious – generating a humbling atmosphere. Visit the hotel website.

 

Why book with Us?

Because we’ve been there!

Travel Expertise

Marie-France first traveled to Colombia in 2013 as a buyer for ‘Buy Colombia’.  Since then, Colombia has emerged as a safe and captivating destination for those searching for culture, coffee and mountainous landscapes and jungle-fringed beaches. Since then, she has crafted many bespoke itineraries to Colombia, for her discerning clients.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get in touch! We look forward to getting started on your bespoke Colombia itinerary.

WHAT THEY SAY

Don’t take it from us, hear what our clients have to say.

“Our Bespoke trip to beautiful Colombia both met and exceeded our expectations! The Casa San Agustin in Cartagena and Las Islas were both exceptional properties with wonderful rooms and service. The land services (guides, private transfers, excursions, etc ..) provided by your preferred partner in Colombia, were excellent. We were especially thankful that they could accommodate real-time adjustments to the itinerary as we went along. As for any ‘wow’ moments, Las Islas Resort is itself something to experience.”

The Antosik Family

March 2020 , Destination: Colombia, Central America

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