Colourful colonial houses of Guatape, Columbia

Colombia Holidays

Just like its famed coffee, this country will bring your senses to life. Whether it’s the blossoming culture, pioneering travel experiences or colourful history, nothing in Colombia is done in half measures.

There are few countries in the world that the vast tourist industry has not assimilated but Colombia is one of them, and we urge you to travel to Colombia before the rest of the world wakes up to the fact that it has neglected one of the highlights of South America.

Downtown Bogota, Colombia
Downtown Bogota, Colombia

What to expect on your Colombia Holiday

We strongly urge spending some time in Bogota to visit the old colonial area of Candelaria with its classic Spanish architecture, huge plaza and old-world ambience as well as the buzzing modern zones that are replete with bars, restaurants, coffee shops and a wave of young Colombians who are revelling in a new safe and more liberal social world. Urban addicts should also visit the salsa city of Cali and modern Medellin, infamously associated with Pablo Escobar.

San Alberto Coffee Farm, Coffee Region, Colombia
San Alberto Coffee Farm

Coffee Region

Colombia produces some of the world’s finest coffee and a visit to the picturesque Coffee Region or any of the small family-run haciendas that are springing up around the country should feature in your trip.

Even if coffee is not your drink of choice, there are some highly scenic walks and horse treks to be had through coffee-country. Alternatively, you may choose to hold onto your hat and travel in the back of one of Colombia’s famous Willy Jeeps to explore plantations and a vertiginous landscape dotted with 60 metre high Quindian Wax Palms, the national tree of Colombia.

San Agustin archaelogical structures, Colombia
San Agustin, Colombia

UNESCO sites

History and archaeology buffs will revel in the UNESCO-designated San Agustin Archaeological Park and sister sites of Alto de los Idolos and Alto de las Piedras. Enormous pre-Colombian statues and funerary complexes dot the Andean landscape and it’s likely that you and your guide will be the only visitors.

If an Indiana Jones experience is more your style, then head to Tayrona National Park and embark on a six-day trek from a wild boulder-strewn and jungle fringed coast to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City). This is a challenging hike that ascends the slopes of the impressive Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. A less testing hike is to the ruins of Pueblito that can be visited as a day trip.

Rosario Islands, Colombia
Rosario Islands, Colombia

Colonial Legacy

Those interested in Spanish colonial legacy should head out from Bogota to the white-washed buildings and cobble-stoned streets of Villa de Leyva, stopping on the way to explore the huge underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira. Continue further into the countryside and arrive at the picture-perfect town of Barichara. The fortified port city of Cartagena should be high on your “to-see” list. The centre is a maze of Bougainvillea-draped balconies and terracotta roofs with coastal ramparts and forts to clamber over that will please the most demanding of military historians.

If you have enough holiday time for a few beach days, then the rugged Tayrona coast, the calm waters around the Rosario Islands or the coral encircled Caribbean island of Providencia are all worth considering.

Explore Colombia

  • Bogota
  • Cartagena
  • Coffee Region
  • Colombian Amazon
  • Guajira Peninsula
  • San Agustin
  • San Andres & Providencia Islands
  • Santa Marta & Tayrona N.P.

Experiences

Discover some of our suggested activities to include on your Colombia holiday

Salt production, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

Salt Flats

Visit the salt flats at Manaure.

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Cabo de la Vela village, La Guajira, Colombia

Visit local fishing communities

Explore Cabo de la Vela, a remote fishing village.

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Jungle trek2, La Paloma Reserve, Colombia

Discover the Jungle

Hike jungle trails and visit riverside communities.

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Wooden boat, Leticia, Colombian Amazon

Nuqui Adventure

Visit the ‘Eden’ of the Pacific Coast; Nuqui, only accessible by air and surrounded by jungle.

Humpback Whale, Bahia Solano, Colombia

Whale Watching

Between July and October, go whale watching in the Pacific Coast.

Tatacoa Desert, Huila, Colombia

Tatacoa Desert

Take the time to visit the impressive Tatacoa Desert with its wild west landscape, huge cacti and beautiful hummingbirds.

Mortino Waterfall, San Agustin, Colombia

Self-Drive to Magdalena River

Drive through rural San Agustin to see the mighty Magdalena River and the waterfalls of Bordones and Mortino.

Horse Riding, Cocora Valley, Colombia

Horse Riding Adventure

Horse ride or hike to El Tablon, a small site with a collection of sculptures in their original setting.

San Agustin archaelogical structures, Colombia

San Agustin Archaeological Park

Discover artefacts dating back to 3300 BC in San Agustin and marvel at the forest gallery of huge stylised stone sculptures.

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Ecohabs, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Stay at the Ecohabs

Stay at the only hotel in the National Park, with its huts perched on the hillside overlooking the jungle and the sea.

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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San Pedro Claver Church, Cartagena, Colombia
Colombia

Highlights of Colombia

Combine a host of Colombia’s cultural highlights, spending time in vibrant cities, peaceful mountain villages and fertile coffee growing valleys, topped off with time on the coast.  

15 days

from £4,695 pp

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Salt production, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia
Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

Off-the-Beaten-Track in Colombia

This Colombian adventure unveils some of the nation’s most offbeat locations, while still taking time to privately tour the galleries and architectural highlights of the cosmopolitan capital.
An extraordinary trip for intrepid visitors to “the gateway to South America”, it traverses both the Amazon Rainforest and the Guajira Peninsula.

18 days

from £5,465 pp

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

Colombia is a firm Latin favourite with John, who’s most memorable moment in the country included an exhausting hike through the wild (and lawless) Darien Gap with The Times journalist Martin Fletcher.

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