Wildlife & Birding
For Colombia’s best wildlife spotting opportunities and a chance to discover a real, unexploited part of the Amazon try our Amazon Adventure tour which can also run on a private basis. Whale-watching can be arranged on Colombia’s little visited Pacific coast where thousands of humpbacks are usually found from July to September.
Birders will probably know that Colombia boasts the highest number of bird species in the world. Head to the Eastern and Central Andes to observe such species as the endangered Yellow-eared Parrot and the Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant or head to the Pacific Chocó to glimpse Great Curassow, Plumbeous Hawk and many more.
Hiking, Diving & Active
As well as the iconic Lost City trek, Colombia also boasts some other superb locations for trekking including remote Cocuy National Park. The landscape is breathtaking and the adventurous can embark on one to nine day hikes here. The vast canyon of Chicamocha in Santander has one of Colombia’s most spectacular cable car rides. Colombia also boasts excellent diving - from more budget-friendly options at Taganga (near Santa Marta) to the incredibly rich and clear Caribbean waters of San Andrés and Providencia. There are unique and exciting diving options for amateurs and experienced divers alike.
For adventure sports San Gil in Santander is the place to head to. Whether you fancy taking on the rapids, rappelling down waterfalls, riding on mules through rugged country or want to get a bird’s eye view whilst paragliding, Santander has it all. Finally, horse-riding can be arranged around Villa De Leyva as well as around San Agustin, and golf, now blossoming in Colombia with over 50 unique courses across the country, can also be arranged.
Coffee & Cuisine
One of the largest coffee producers in the world, Colombian coffee is also amongst the finest in quality. Stay in traditional fincas (farm houses), learning about the intricacies of coffee production. Ride horses through plantations, encounter endemic wax palm trees and visit the quaint coffee towns of Filandia and Salento. For foodies Colombia offers a whole range of possibilities. Learn to cook Caribbean style with a cooking class in Cartagena, or local Colombian dishes like Ajiajo, a chicken stew, in Manizales. Experience the cutting edge of Colombian cuisine in the upscale dining area of Zona Rosa in Bogota.
Luxury & Honeymoon
If you are looking for a Colombia tour with a touch of class let us come up with a plan to suit your specific interests, with some beautiful and memorable places to stay as well. Unwind in an eco-retreat surrounded by dramatic beaches and exotic rainforests in Tayrona National Park, relax in a beautiful converted farmhouse in the coffee region or pamper yourself in a grand colonial property overlooking the hypnotic cityscape of colourful Cartagena de Indias.
Whether you like to explore cities by yourself, or have our expert guides show you some hidden secrets, Colombia boasts some lively and interesting cities. Live the high life in Bogota with world-class museums, cultural attractions and restaurants, or dance the night away to the famous Salsa rhythms of Cali. Why not explore Medellin, the hometown of Colombia’s most famous artist, Botero, and enjoy the cultured vibe of this city? Finally no trip to Colombia is complete without exploring the beautiful alleys and plazas of Cartagena de Indias.
Head South to Pasto for the colourful Blancos y Negros carnival, in early January. Make sure to wear old clothes and stock up on white powder before joining in the celebrations at this quirky festival. For something a little more boisterous, party with Colombians at the Barranquilla Carnival, Latin America’s second largest after Rio De Janeiro’s (in late February or early March). For more cultural options why not indulge your literary appetites at Cartagena’s Hay Festival in late January or early February, or celebrate Medellin’s famous Festival of Flowers in early August.
Blessed with a Caribbean and a Pacific coast Colombia is not short of beach options. The most impressive include Parque Tayrona, combining some spectacular beaches with a national park. The Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Providencia offer some stunning remote beach options with opportunities to dive, hike, ride a horse or just relax on their spectacular azure shores.
Desert wilderness and indigenous culture distance this north-easterly department from the rest of Colombia. Expansive beaches backed by sand dunes provide relief from the heat of the day, whilst hammocks and traditional dwellings are the accommodation option en-route. Famous for its salt flats and flocks of wild flamingos, all of which can be seen during a three or four day itinerary, La Guajira is a location for those looking for adventure.
Southern Colombia is a region of great diversity, with a wealth of landscapes, peoples and cultures. Few outsiders have discovered this beautiful area, where captivating cities with ancient monuments meet spectacular wildlife havens and mud volcanoes.
Elegant churches, world-class museums, excellent shopping and an exciting nightlife make Bogota captivatingly cosmopolitan. The city`s Gold Museum is the best in the world, offering a unique insight into the history, origins and traditions of this intricate craft. Walk or take the cable-car to Monserrate church for stunning cityscapes. Wander through the historic Candelaria area and admire the colourful mishmash of architectural styles. Bogota is constantly developing as a city, but while progressing toward the future it has still retained its fascinating history, keeping traditions alive.
The Salt Cathedral
The Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira, found underground inside a salt mine, is an impressive architectural feat measuring 75m long by 18m high. Lying 200m below ground, this Roman Catholic church is testament to the faith and perseverance of the miners. Built in 1932, the church houses three rooms showing the birth, life and death of Jesus. Quietly wander the grounds and feel the charming atmosphere of this unique phenomenon.
Villa De Leyva
The whole town of Villa De Leyva has been a national monument since 1954, and is almost completely unspoiled by modern architecture. With its meandering, cobblestone streets, this colonial town seems to have escaped the hands of time. Locals will greet you with a welcoming smile.
The Coffee Triangle
Dotted with fincas (traditional farmhouses), the coffee triangle is one of the greenest and most beautiful regions of Colombia. This area not only boasts beautiful scenery, a quaint way of life and picture-postcard villages, but is also home to the spectacular Parque Nacional los Nevados, which contains active volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and lunar-like landscapes. Take a dip in the thermal springs on your way back from the park to reinvigorate for the rest of the adventure ahead.
The 'White City' of Popayan
Partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1983, the town`s administration had the foresight to devote lengthy time and care to Popayan's reconstruction, and two decades later there is almost no evidence of damage to the stunning, almost uniform-white streets. Filled with impressive churches and colonial architecture, it`s easy to spend hours wandering around this tranquil town where every beautiful street leads onto another.
San Agustin is one of the true gems of Colombia - a village blessed with stunning scenery, a fascinating history and an environment perfect for hiking, horse riding and rafting. The archaeological park displays incredible statues of a lost civilisation still shrouded in mystery. Here folklore meets infectiously friendly and welcoming locals, and you`ll see why many consider San Agustin a paradise on Earth.
Squeezed between the cloud basin of Cordillera Central and the dense Amazon basin, Tatacoa boasts an ecosystem dramatically different from anywhere else in Colombia. Though technically a dry tropical forest, Tatacoa certainly feels like a desert with its abundance of fruit-bearing cacti and beautiful, barren landscapes. This little-seen area is as serene and tranquil as it is charming. Take a dip in the open-air swimming pool in the heart of the desert, looking out for turtles, lizards and eagles as you drive through the desert in an open-air buggy. Wander at dusk through the beautiful sparseness of El Cuzco.
Other regions of Colombia
This incredible tour will take you into the heart of the Amazon as you trek through an uninhabited region of Amazonian jungle. Take a boat to discover remote Amazonian tribes, look out for monkeys, alligators, turtles, jaguars, eagles, parrots, anacondas and pink Amazonian dolphins. Shower in a waterfall and sleep in hammocks and traditional wooden cabins.
Caribbean Islands of San Andrés & Providencia
Discover another side to Colombia on the beautiful islands of San Andrés and Providencia. The slow pace of life and welcome of the friendly locals on these islands will soon soothe all travel weariness. Take the opportunity to go for a boat trip, go snorkeling or diving, horse riding, hiking, or simply relax on the beach.
La Ciudad Perdida
The famous La Ciudad Perdida (Lost City Trek) is the highlight of many people`s Colombian adventure. Discovered as recently as 1975 by treasure hunters, the city had vanished from all maps for centuries. Six days of trekking through jungle, wading through rivers, and finally, climbing the thousand steps to the magical Lost City makes for an incredible experience. Learn about the history of the Tayrona people, who built the city between the 11th and 14th centuries as you enjoy this exhilarating and intrepid adventure.
Cartagena & the Caribbean Coast
Cartagena, a fairy-tale city of legends is the poster-boy of Colombian tourism. A UNESCO Heritage Site, it boasts stunning colonial architecture, leafy balconies, cobbled alleys, giant churches and open-air cafes in mellow plazas. This is a city to wander endlessly and randomly - as there`s something new and interesting around every corner. Head north of Cartagena and take a dip in a mud volcano with magical healing powers!
Get your adrenaline rush in Colombia`s adventure sports capital. Whether you fancy taking on the rapids, climbing up challenging rock faces, riding horseback through rugged country or want to get a bird`s eye view whilst paragliding, San Gil has it all. If you prefer something more leisurely, visit the quaint plaza and its striking 18th century stone cathedral, or go for a stroll in Parque El Gallineral, which is set on an island and dotted with silver-branched trees.