Classic Colombia



Discover the history, charms and rhythms of Colombia

14 days £3,195 pp This is the per person group tour price, based on 2 sharing. The price is subject to change with exchange rate and flight cost fluctuations.
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Discover this land of contrasts on this fascinating tour of Colombia's highlights. Begin by soaking up the history of the diverse and busy capital, Bogotá. Marvel at the architectural feat of the Salt Cathedral and learn the secrets of growing arguably the best coffee in the world, in the verdant Coffee Triangle. Travel to the rejuvenated city of Medellin, home to Botero's famous sculptures and artwork. Finally, lose yourself in the historic and picturesque city of Cartagena, taking time to admire the magnificent architecture that gives the city its UNESCO World Heritage status.


  • Wander cosmopolitan Bogotá
  • The internationally acclaimed Museo Botero
  • The colossal Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • The colonial gem of Villa de Leyva
  • Traditional villages in the Coffee Triangle
  • Learn about the coffee-making process in the heart of Colombia's coffee region
  • Medellín, Colombia's 'City of Eternal Spring'
  • Marvel at Cartagena’s beautiful architecture

Places Visited

Bogotá - Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá - Villa de Leyva - Pereira - Valle de Cocora - Filandia & Salento - Medellín - Cartagena

What's Included

Arrival & departure transfers
Ground transport with driver
Domestic flights
Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
English-speaking guides
Entrance fees to sites & parks

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Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive at the airport in Bogotá where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative. Transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Bogotá at your own pace. Overnight in Bogotá.

Please note: hotel check-in opens at 3 p.m., but if you arrive before this, you will be able to store your luggage at the hotel.

Overnight in Hotel B3 Virrey, Bogotá

Meal plan: n/a

Nestled high in the Andes at 2620 m. (8646 ft), Bogotá, or Santafé de Bogotá to give it its full title, is a city of contrasts, with high-rise buildings standing next to colonial churches, museums and artisan cafés. Its influences range from Spanish and English to Indian. It is a city of wild traffic and calm oases reflecting a bygone era. 

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Day 2 : Bogotá: Half-day city tour

After breakfast, embark on a half-day visit to the historic centre of Bogotá known as La Candelaria. Visit the Plaza de Bolívar, where a statue of the great liberator Simón Bolívar is located. The visit continues with the renowned Museo Botero and Museo del Oro. The afternoon is free for your to explore Bogotá at your leisure. Overnight in Bogotá.

Overnight in Hotel B3 Virrey, Bogotá

Meal plan: Breakfast

Nestled high in the Andes at 2620 m. (8646 ft), Bogotá, or Santafé de Bogotá to give it its full title, is a city of contrasts, with high-rise buildings standing next to colonial churches, museums and artisan cafés. Its influences range from Spanish and English to Indian. It is a city of wild traffic and calm oases reflecting a bygone era. 

La Candelaria is an historic neighbourhood in downtown Bogotá. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings utilises Spanish colonial and baroque styles, with iron windows, sturdy wooden doors and internal patios with beautiful yet hidden gardens. This vibrant district hosts the Botero Museum, which showcases not only the works of Colombia's most famous painter but also paintings by Monet and Picasso from Botero's private collection. The 'barrio' is also home to the largest and most impressive gold museum in the world, showcasing an enormous assortment of pre-Hispanic gold work, the church of Monserrate, with its stunning views over the city, many government buildings and an array of cafés and restaurants to suit every taste.

The Museo Botero is a colonial house in Bogotá filled with works of art created and donated by the renowned Colombian painter and sculptor, Fernando Botero. The museum houses one of Latin America's most important international art collections. There are over 100 of Botero's works on show, in addition to artwork from his own personal collection that includes pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.

Bogotá's Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) has a permanent exhibition of approximately 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles: all of incalculable value to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Museo del Oro is considered as one of the most important museums of its kind internationally and has been functioning since 1939. In 2007 it underwent a complete overhaul to make it an interactive museum that brings the objects on display to life.

The Plaza de Bolívar, previously known as the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, at one time as a bullring and also as a gallows. The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is built on the remains of Bogotá's first church, constructed in 1539, and houses an important collection of religious artefacts including textiles and artwork that has been collected over four centuries. The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows renaissance and neoclassical influences with carved stonework and tall columns. Around the Plaza de Bolívar are the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogotá’s offices (the Edificio Liévano), the oldest school in the country, San Bartolomé, and the Casa de los Comuneros, so named to honour one of the earliest movements for independence from Spain towards the end of the 17th century.

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Day 3 : Bogotá - Salt Cathedral - Villa de Leyva

Depart Bogotá and head north towards Zipaquirá, travelling through the Bogotá savannah. After a journey of 1-1.5 hours, reach the impressive Salt Cathedral, a true feat of engineering. The excursion will begin by visiting the cathedral in a tunnel that passes the fourteen Stations of the Cross and continues to the dome. Next, reach the enormous cross carved into the saline rock and finally the three naves of the Cathedral that represent the birth, life and death of Christ. Later, we visit the mine where there is an excellent auditorium that can seat up to two hundred people, host film screenings and events such as fashion shows. The trip ends at a mirror of water where it is possible to experience the amazing visual effects of water on carved saline rock.

Continue on a 2-hour trip to Villa de Leyva in the afternoon. Upon arrival to Villa de Leyva, check in at the hotel. Overnight in Villa de Leyva.

Overnight in Posada de San Antonio, Villa de Leyva

Meal plan: Breakfast

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 metres under a halite mountain. The name Zipaquirá refers to Zipa, the leader of the Muisca tribe and the chief of these rich salt mines. The name 'Salt Cathedral' is used principally to attract tourists; although it is a functioning church that receives up to 3,000 visitors on Sundays, it has no bishop and therefore no official status as a cathedral in Catholicism. The icons, ornaments and architectural details of the cathedral are hand-carved in the halite rock and impressive marble sculptures are on display within. At the entrance, there are 14 small chapels, representing the Stations of the Cross and illustrating the events of Jesus' last journey. The main altar is found in the central nave, above which is the largest cross made of salt in the world, measuring 16 metres high and 10 metres wide, made by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez. The Salt Cathedral is considered one of the most notable achievements of Colombian architecture and has been designated a 'Jewel of Modern Architecture'. The cathedral represents for the Colombian people a valuable cultural, environmental and religious patrimony. The cathedral is part of a larger complex including "Parque de la Sal" (Salt Park), as well as a small museum of mining, mineralogy, geology and natural resources.

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Day 4 : Villa de Leyva and surroundings

Enjoy this colonial jewel, discovering its cultural and ecological attractions. Visit the Fossil Museum, founded in 1977 and located 5.5 km away from Villa de Leyva. The museum was built exactly at the place where a kronosaurus was discovered. On the outskirts of the town, visit El Infiernito, a pre-Hispanic Muisca site, where around 30 stone columns known as megaliths are located. It is believed that these columns are about 2,200 years old, and that this space was reserved for the cult of fertility by the phallic shape of the stones. Others, on the other hand, believe that it was used as an astronomical observatory.

Return to the hotel and overnight stay.

Overnight in Posada de San Antonio, Villa de Leyva

Meal plan: Breakfast

Declared a national monument in 1954, the beautiful town of Villa de Leyva was founded in 1572 by Hernàn Suàrez de Villalobos, who named it after Andrès Dìas Venero de Leyva, the first president of Nueva Granada. In colonial times, Villa de Leyva played a central role in independence developments, and the Viceroy and his entourage spent much time here. To this day, the town has been preserved in its entirety; virtually no modern architecture exists. The result is a colonial town par excellence - a place where the streets are still cobbled and the walls still whitewashed. Stroll through its unhurried streets where the locals will greet you with a welcoming smile. Swelled with visitors from Bogotá on weekends, it is typically much quieter and more pleasant on weekdays.

Discovered in 1977 not far from Villa de Leyva, you can visit an incredible fossil of a Kronosaurus, the most complete Kronosaurus fossil in the world. The fossil measures about 7 metres long (without the tail). This creature, tail and all, would have measured about 12 metres in length despite not having reached its teenage years.

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Day 5 : Villa de Leyva - Bogotá - Pereira

After breakfast, return to Bogotá. On the way, stop at the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo. Founded by the Dominicans in 1620, this was an important point of evangelisation in a region populated by indigenous communities. The tour ends at Bogotá Airport for your departure flight to Pereira in the evening. On your arrival in Pereira, you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel in the coffee region. Overnight in the coffee region.

Overnight in Hacienda Castilla, Pereira

Meal plan: Breakfast

Pereira is the capital city of the department of Risaralda in Colombia. Bang in the heart of the western region of the country, Pereira lies in a small valley branching off the western Andes mountain chain. An urban centre in a coffee-producing region, this regional capital is a principal gateway into a verdant region

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Day 6 : Valle del Cocora - Filandia - Salento - Pereira hacienda

After breakfast, leave for the Valle de Cocora in the central mountains of the department of Quindío. Upon arrival in the valley, either hiking or on horseback (not included), head into the cloud forest to enjoy the biodiversity of flora and fauna. On the return journey, cross the River Quindío while walking along an ecological pathway that takes you past the tallest wax palms in the world. Learn why the indigenous people here worshipped this tree. Then enjoy a typical lunch and enjoy some free time here.

In the afternoon, continue 10 km towards the traditional town of Salento to enjoy a tour that visits the Plaza de Bolívar with its colourful balconies, the Calle Real, the handicrafts shops and the Cocora viewpoint. Then, transfer to the village of Filandia to enjoy a tour that includes a viewpoint, colonial homes, the Plaza de Bolívar and the coffee shops. Here, enjoy some time soaking up the regional atmosphere and perhaps some local spirits before returning to the hotel. Overnight at your hacienda in the coffee region.

Overnight in Hacienda Castilla, Pereira

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

 In a country full of beautiful landscapes, the Valle de Cocora stands out as one of the most picturesque. The valley stretches east of Salento into the lower reaches of Parque Nacional Natural de los Nevados. Everywhere, you’ll see the famous Quindian wax palm, Colombia’s national tree and the largest palm in the world (up to 60 metres tall). Valle de Cocora is also home to a trout farm and the trout dishes are particularly good. The endemic fauna is semi-mythical:  mountain tapirs, spectacled bears, pumas, sloths, yellow-eared parrots, black-billed mountain-toucans, Andean condors and hummingbirds. Wow!

Filandia and Salento are two small pretty colonial style villages in the coffee region of Colombia, both set in stunning surroundings. Salento is the oldest village in the Quindio region with cobblestone streets and a wealth of restaurants, cafés and bars. Filandia is home to the beautiful María Inmaculada church. Its streets lined with colourful buildings with wooden balconies.

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Day 7 : Buenavista - San Alberto Plantation and Coffee Processing - Pereira

Today, enjoy a half-day visit to the coffee plantations along the steep hills typical of this area. Visit Hacienda San Alberto, one of the traditional coffee estates located near the town of Buenavista Quindío. The tour begins with an introductory talk about coffee, its preparation, toasting, the characteristics of quality and the properties that allow for such a variety of coffees in the world. The route continues through the plantations, allowing you to appreciate the work of the coffee pickers. Walk through the coffee plantations and learn about the production system in detail, including the harvest, the drying in the sun and treatment in this land of volcanic terrain along the Central Andes Mountain Range which has been declared a world Heritage site by UNESCO and that offers the perfect climatic conditions for coffee growing. Free remainder of the afternoon for individual activities. Overnight stay.

Overnight in Hacienda Castilla, Pereira

Meal plan: Breakfast

Colombia's coffee triangle is so named for the triangle formed by the region's three main towns - Armenia, Manizales and Pereira. Between these is the region that produces the majority of Colombia's coffee - arguably the best coffee in the world. Coffee growing contributes to more than one in three jobs in agriculture in Colombia, and coffee is an integral part of Colombian life and culture. UNESCO inscribed Colombia's "Coffee Cultural Landscape" into its World Heritage List in 2011. 

The harvest in Colombia takes around a year, although the main period is between October and May/June. Most of the plantations in Colombia cultivate Arabica beans, which produce a delicate and light-tasting coffee that is widely recognised and consumed. The process begins when the bean is planted and takes approximately 75 days to germinate. The seedling is then placed in a plastic bag and placed in partial sunlight until its base dries. Two years after plantation, the tree bears its first fruit, which is harvested when the bean is red in colour, dry and ripe. Once the fruit has been picked, the pulp is stripped away and the bean is cleaned and dried in the sun (the big haciendas now use special machinery to strip and dry the beans quickly). The beans are dried or exported in preparation for sale, before being ground up and prepared for human consumption. 


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Day 8 : Pereira - Medellín

After breakfast, transfer to the city of Medellín (a 6-8 hour drive). During the journey, stop at the Mirador del Pipinta for views over the Cauca River. Upon arrival in Medellín, check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Medellín at leisure. Overnight in Medellín.

Overnight in Hotel Boutique La Campana, Medellín

Meal plan: Breakfast

As the second largest city in Colombia, the bustling streets of Medellín are awash with features that highlight its historical and cultural significance. Medellín is also noted for its numerous sculptures from local artist Fernando Botero. Botero’s sculptures frequently show people that have been purposely swollen and enlarged, something done to convey his negative attitude towards politics.

This is a city reborn from the ashes of the notorious Escobar cartel that controlled it until the 1990s. Its resurgence is considered nothing less than remarkable.

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Day 9 : Medellín: El Peñol rock and Guatapé

Today, you head to the town of Guatapé to visit the enormous El Peñol rock. The journey to El Peñol takes around two hours, during which you will have time to appreciate the outstanding landscape of Antioquia. Visit the picturesque village of Guatapé where all of the houses are painted in quaint pastel colours and after lunch, visit the Guatapé reservoir, with a 30-minute boat tour. For those who wish to climb El Peñol for outstanding views, there will be time for this. Return to Medellín and overnight at your hotel in Medellín.

Overnight in Hotel Boutique La Campana, Medellín

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Located on the outskirts of Medellín, the town of Guatapé is known for its brightly coloured houses and is a popular weekend getaway for residents of Medellín. One of the town's main attractions is its reservoir, created by the Colombian government for a hydro-electric dam, and the huge El Peñol rock that stands within it. It is possible to climb El Peñol, with a zig-zagging staircase winding its way to the top with over 600 steps. The reward for the climb is panoramic views of the whole Guatapé reservation.

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Day 10 : Medellín: Social transformation tour

After breakfast, begin a half-day tour to visit the areas of Medellín that best represent the social transformation that has taken place in the city over the last 20 years. In the 1980s and '90s, Medellín was one of the most dangerous cities in the world, with the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and his Medellín Cartel operating at their peak. With his death in 1993, the reign of 'El Patrón' came to an end, but it took until 2002 for the city to start seeing real changes, when the government began to invest heavily in infrastructure and public education.

Nowadays, the 'City of Eternal Spring' is one of the most innovative metropolises in the world. Visit the barrio San Javier, which used to be one of the most unsafe suburbs of Medellín. Located 7 km from the city centre, it is an excellent example of the social transformation that has taken place over the last few years. Arrive here by the Metrocable that joins the north-east area with the city centre, the installation of which has been life-changing for many of the inhabitants of Medellín. Learn more about the city’s transformation after the death of Pablo Escobar and explore Medellin’s newest invention: the outdoor escalators in the Comuna 13 district. Discover stories about the district's past by visiting the most important places marked by historical events and see graffiti that acts as a form of artistic expression for the community. Enjoy beautiful views over the city from San Javier.

Then, continue to La Plazoleta (renamed Plaza Botero) located in the city centre. This area fell into decline in the 1980s but today houses 23 sculptures by Fernando Botero. The artist donated the sculptures to the city in 2000 and thus contributed to the cultural transformation of the city.

After the tour, the rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore Medellín at your own pace. Overnight in Medellín.

Overnight in Hotel Boutique La Campana, Medellín

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 11 : Medellín - Cartagena

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. The evening is free for you to explore Cartagena independently. Overnight in Cartagena.

Overnight in Kartaxa Lifestyle Hotel, Cartagena

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 12 : Cartagena: Half-day Panoramic City Tour

Begin your half-day city tour with panoramic views of the city from the Convento de La Popa. Continue to the Castillo San Felipe and walk around the fortress, learning about the castle's construction, the feats of engineering to build it, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Then, continue to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) to visit the Convent and Church of the San Pedro Claver compound, built in the 17th century. Lastly, head to Bovedas, a collection of archways built into Cartagena's city walls and used until the end of the 18th century to house armaments, then later as a prison. Nowadays, it’s an artisan centre where handicrafts can be browsed and purchased.

The afternoon is free for you to explore Cartagena at your own pace. Overnight in Cartagena.

Overnight in Kartaxa Lifestyle Hotel, Cartagena

Meal plan: Breakfast

Meander through Cartagena’s picture-perfect streets. You cannot fail to admire a city that oozes beauty and whispers its long history from its famous battlements.

Founded in 1533, Cartagena became the main port on the Caribbean coast during Spanish rule. Treasure was stored in the city until it could be taken to Spain and for this reason, in the 16th century, Cartagena suffered five sieges including one led by Francis Drake in 1586. This is why the Spaniards then built the forts (Fuertes) and walls (Las Murallas) that still encompass the old town. The Puerta Del Reloj (Clock Gate) signals the entrance to the inner part of the walled city, also called Calamari. Just behind this is the old slave market situated in the Plaza de los Coches. The Plaza de la Aduana and Plaza de Bolivar also have fascinating historical context, as well as the numerous churches, museums, convents and monuments.

Cartagena is so distinguished that the entire old town is enshrined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The Convento de La Popa sits on the tallest hill in Cartagena. It boasts panoramic views of the city as well as having the most beautiful cloisters in the country. Legend has it that the convent was founded by the Augustinian monk, Alonso Paredes, who was fasting in the desert when he had a vision in which the Virgin Mary demanded that he build a monastery on the tallest point in Cartagena. When he went to carry out the demands, he found that a pagan sect had already built a shrine on the same spot so he threw their idol from the top of La Popa and replaced it with a statue of the Virgin de la Candelaria, which still stands there to this day.

Built by the Spanish and named in honour of King Philip IV of Spain, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is a fortress located on the Hill of San Lázaro. Sited there because its strategic location dominated access to the city by land or sea, the fortress has been expanded over the years. The castle has resisted French, British and Spanish attack throughout its chequered history, As for the walls of San Felipe de Barajas, as Cartagena was a major slave port, they are said to be splattered with the blood of traded captives. 

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Day 13 : Cartagena: Free day

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Cartagena independently. Overnight in Cartagena.

Overnight in Hotel Alfiz, Cartagena

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 14 : Departure

At a suitable time, you will be collected and transferred to the airport for your flight to Bogotá and onward travel.

Meal plan: Breakfast



All accommodation subject to availability. Final accommodation choices will be confirmed after booking.

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Hotel B3 Virrey

Bogotá (2 nights)

Located close to Parque El Virrey in the desirable Chico area of north Bogotá, Hotel El Virrey is a modern, stylish boutique hotel with a strong focus on environmental sustainability. It has an eye-catching facade, which is covered in a vertical garden, and rooms are decorated in a simple but chic manner. Rooms at Hotel B3 Virrey are equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk and private bathroom with hairdryer. Facilities at the hotel include Wi-Fi, a fitness centre, currency exchange and bicycles. El Tres Bar and Restaurant offers light meals, snacks and cocktails.

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Posada de San Antonio

Villa de Leyva (2 nights)

Posada de San Antonio is a charming colonial house located close to Villa de Leyva's historical centre. The hotel has kept its original, traditional features, with gabled roofs and wooden beams throughout. The uniquely decorated large rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a mini-bar, cable TV and Wi-Fi. Facilities at the property include an on-site restaurant and coffee shop.

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Hacienda Castilla

Pereira (3 nights)

Located just 15 minutes from Pereira Airport in the Risaralda department of Colombia, Hacienda Castilla is a traditional converted farmhouse built in 1716. With just 12 rooms, wide corridors, high ceilings and a picturesque courtyard, the hacienda is an atmospheric base from which to explore the coffee region. The main house is surrounded by large gardens featuring mango and guava trees, orchids and lilies, and is home to more than 30 species of birds. There is an on-site bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

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Hotel Boutique La Campana

Medellín (3 nights)

This cosy boutique hotel is located in Medellín's exclusive La Poblado neighbourhood, close to restaurants, bars and shopping malls. The hotel also functions as an art gallery featuring Colombian artists, with the works on show changing every three months. The hotel has 23 rooms, each with a minibar, Wi-Fi access, safe and cable TV.

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Kartaxa Lifestyle Hotel

Cartagena (2 nights)

Paying homage to the first name given to Cartagena, used during the 18th and 19th centuries due to the influence of the Basque people in the city, Kartaxa Lifestyle Hotel has a strong focus on the city's artists and bohemians of the 1930s. The hotel is located in Cartagena's historic centre, where artists used to gather. With just 26 rooms, you can be sure of a high standard of personalised service. All rooms come equipped with a TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, restaurant, bar/lounge area and a spa.

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Hotel Alfiz

Cartagena (1 night)

Hotel Alfiz is a charming, small boutique hotel located in the middle of Cartagena's lively and historic walled city. You are no more then a 10 minute walk from anything in the old city and less then 15 minutes from the beach. 

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Wildlife of Colombia

Remote Amazon, schools of whales and incredible birdlife

Active Colombia (1-14 days)

Hiking, diving, horseriding and more

Coffee & Cuisine of Colombia (2-7 days)

Stay on a coffee farm, experience Caribbean cooking and fine dining

Luxury Colombia

Eco-retreats in the rainforest, converted coffee farms and more

Colombia's Cities (1-5 days)

Discover Medellin's statues, Bogota's street art and Cartagena's charms

Colombia's Beaches (1-7 days)

Remote beaches along the Caribbean and Pacific coast

Tayrona Extension (3 days)

Explore the beauty of Tayrona National Park

Colombian Odyssey (18 days)

An epic journey through Colombia

Black & White Carnival (16 days)

Get carried away at Carnaval de Negros y Blancos

Culture & Birds of Colombia (15 days)

A gentle intro to Colombia's birds and historical sights

Birds & Mammals of Colombia (15 days)

See Why This is Earth’s Second-most Megadiverse Country

Classic Colombia (14 days)

Discover the history, charms and rhythms of Colombia

Colombia Adrenaline Rush (8 days)

Rafting, rappelling and paragliding in Santander

Amazon Adventure (7 days)

Venture into the heart of the Amazon

Lost City Trek (7 days)

The most intrepid trek of all

Caribbean Chillout (6 days)

Idyllic beaches, water sports and great seafood


David and Rahul, what a great company you run! My tailormade trip to Colombia was just perfect! Your advice and guidance in advance of the trip was excellent. I loved the accommodation in Bogota and Cartagena; quaint and traditional. And the staff were incredibly friendly, welcoming and helpful. Your agent, Russell, was very attentive, and the drivers allocated to transport me were punctual, friendly and helpful! I cannot fault a thing. Thanks so much for planning such smooth-running trip for me. And, naturally, Colombia was the big star; can`t wait to visit again!

Stuart Robinson , Tailormade Colombia

We have just returned from a three week trip to Colombia organised on a private basis by Travel the Unknown. This followed our tours with them to both Eastern and Western Turkey in 2015 and to Iran in 2014. We view all three trips as great successes, wherein everything that was promised, was delivered. We will be planning further trips with them.

James & Margaret Stewart , Tailormade Colombia

Seamless, worry-free travel in a far flung corner of the world. It was the best way to make sure we used our travel time seeing the country, interacting with the people, and tasting the food. I`ve already spent enough time, in queues, on buses, or just generally lost to appreciate a well planned trip.

Sean and Bonnee Gregg , Tailormade Colombia

Thanks so much for a wonderful trip. The whole trip was fantastic. Our guides throughout were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. The Humming Bird walk in Manizales was probably the highlight but it`s not easy to choose. We will definitely travel with Travel the Unknown again.

Shaun Matthews , Tailormade Colombia

An amazing and comprehensive tour of Colombia. This is a beautiful county, go now before it gets too touristy!

Gillian Lowe , Tailormade Colombia

Thanks for making my trip possible and so successful in such a short time. I loved every single second and the trek to the Lost City is amazing. Would do it again in this precise moment. And Colombia was a pleasant surprise, the country is incredible and really safe against the common stereotypes. It is a place I would be happy to live in, with the good weather, the colours and on particular the music. The food was incredible and freshly cooked. I am normally a fussy eater but I had every single meal almost cleaning the plate every time! Really enjoyed the fresh fruit supplied during the breaks.
The package was excellent considering the very short notice. I was impressed by the efficiency and the great communication.

Lisa Zardoni , Lost City Trek, Colombia

I would recommend Travel The Unknown`s Colombian Odyssey tour for anyone who wants a fairly comprehensive tour of the highlights of Colombia. I would definitely advise an add on to Cartagena, if you haven`t already visited. Colombia is a wonderful place to take a holiday whether you have been to Latin America many times before or even if it is your first trip. Travel The Unknown have definitely chosen the best places to stay and we were very well looked after. If you want a completely tailormade trip, I`m quite sure that the experience would be equally excellent. It`s good to find a smaller company where you get a more personal service and which goes to off beat places or off beat areas of well known but far away places.

Julie Crank , Colombian Odyssey, Colombia

There have been so many highlights on our 15-day trip to Colombia: the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colonial towns of Villa de Leyva and Cartagena, learning about the coffee culture, the wonderfully crazy Carnaval de Negros Y Blancos at Pasto to name a few. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to introduce us to the local culture, making this one of the most memorable trips I've ever taken.

Albert Chau , Festivals of Colombia, Colombia

The Lost City trip was amazing. Would recommend this trip to anyone who has a sense of adventure and not afraid to leave their comfort zone. Machu Picchu is nothing like this and the sense of achievement you get when you reach the Lost City is truely outstanding. I am now looking for a similar adventure in another part of the world.

Daniel Bean , Lost City Trek, Colombia

This was a great adventure. Be prepared to get hot and wet but the rewards are worth it. Beautiful scenery and we learnt a lot about the history of Colombia and the local region from our guide. Would recommend Colombia to any travellers. Thanks to Travel the Unknown for organising trip, we had no issues which allowed us to appreciate the country even more. This was one of the best treks I have done. Very enjoyable and some amazing scenery.

Terry Cooper , Lost City Trek, Colombia

Travel the Unknown organised a brilliant three-location private trip to Colombia, including Bogotá Gold Museum, coffee-country and colonial and Republican Cartagena. Practical arrangements for transport, hotels and guides worked well. It was a delightful tour.

Tony Cram , Tailormade Colombia
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