- Journey from Colombia's rejuvenated capital, Bogotá, to the iconic colonial city of Cartagena.
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Agustín.
- Visit the perfectly preserved town of Villa de Leyva, a colonial jewel.
- Discover the spectacular Andean scenery, friendly local people and energetic rural markets.
Immerse yourself in a country emerging from over half a century of lawless solitude. Colombia now offers a freshness, vitality and warmth of welcome that will appeal to the most jaded traveller.
We’ve designed this tour to showcase historic, artistic, cultural and scenic highlights in a circular itinerary that includes the cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena. These vital national and regional capitals tell the story of Colombia from early indigenous communities, through colonial rule, the annexation of power by drug cartels to a modern and stable nation. We’ll also see epic Andean scenery in the Coffee Region and visit the remarkably well-preserved Spanish colonial town of Villa de Leyva, among a long list of tour highlights. There will be a focus throughout on traditional and modern Colombian cuisine.
This is a thrilling time to visit what is arguably South America’s most engaging and exciting county.
WHY SHOULD I TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA?
This specialist tour offers an opportunity to be in the vanguard of visitors that are re-discovering this remarkable country. Security issues have been addressed and the warm welcome you will receive is a far cry from the hackneyed image of Colombia as a “troubled” nation that’s ruled by drug cartels. Colombia has a wealth of interest for the curious traveller from world’s highest bird count to some of the most important pre-Columbian archaeological sites in South America.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR to Colombia?
This small group will be supported throughout by an experienced guide and joined at each location by a selection of Colombia's foremost historians and specialists. It will be educational, entertaining and experiential, not only providing an insight to history and culture but the opportunity, for example, to try your hand at the traditional and popular game of Tejo, that involves tossing lumps of metal at small packets of explosives.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers. Visiting as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay the single supplement.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single supplement will apply.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN COLOMBIA?
We use a good standard of accommodation throughout, occasionally in historic buildings. Sometimes the accommodation will be functional but always clean and en-suite.
ARE INTERNAL FLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE BASE TOUR COST?
Yes, all internal flights are included starting from Bogota and ending in Cartagena.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE?
You ideally need a moderate level of fitness to participate. There are no challenging hikes or particularly strenuous activities other than one two-hour trek to a nature sanctuary across rocky terrain and this is optional. Please bear in mind that some days are fairly long, and you may be on your feet for a number of hours.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN COLOMBIA?
Colombian food is very diverse, each region of the country having its own characteristic dishes. Recipes are handed down from generation to generation, influenced by not only indigenous Colombian culture, but Spanish, African and Arab cultures as well.
Bandeja paisa is the hearty national dish of Colombia. It comprises of Colombia’s staple ingredients - rice, plantain, an arepa (corn cake), avocado, ground beef, chorizo, black sausage and fried pork rind, with a fried egg thrown on top for good measure. This rather intimidating plate of calories and carbohydrates is generally accompanied by a rich bean soup. Good luck!
However, while meat features heavily in most restaurants, vegetarians and vegans are easily catered for.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Colombia is a year-round destination, however, September is within the dry season and a perfect time to travel to Colombia. Days will be warm and the evening's cooler, possibly requiring a light jacket, other than in Cartagena, which is on the tropical Caribbean coast and consistently hot and humid.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.