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Marine Turtle, Providencia Island, Colombia

San Andres and Providencia Islands

Just over 800 kilometres northwest of Colombia’s Caribbean coast and only 150 kilometres east of Nicaragua lies a series of idyllic islets and cays with beaches, coral reefs and perfect, clear waters.

San Andres and Providencia, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000, offer world-class diving, with pristine reefs and 30 metres of visibility.

You can hike in the green mountains or cycle the coastal paths of either island. Or, of course, simply unwind on one of the many stunning beaches. Both islands can get busy in holiday season and access can be difficult.

Mountains, Colombia
Mountains, Colombia

Highlights of Colombia & Sail Rosario Islands

This journey through Colombia takes in a host of the nation’s highlights, from the grand colonial churches and street art of Bogota to the UNESCO World Heritage city and coffee-growing regions of Cartagena.
With just a sprinkling of internal flights and some indulgent nights spent aboard a privately chartered yacht exploring the turquoise waters of the Rosario Islands, this is a beyond the ordinary way to experience the “gateway to South America“.

13 days

from £10,550 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 £4,750 pp

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Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Visit Providencia Island

Visit the very periphery of Colombia – a Caribbean island where English is spoken and that is regularly claimed by Nicaragua.

Santa Catalina Island

Stroll across a long wooden bridge at the northen tip of Providencia to explore the most laid back corner of a laid back island.

Caribbean Beaches

Relax on one of Colombia’s beautiful beaches and discover secluded islands along the Caribbean coast.

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Diving Adventure

Excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities.

Accommodation

Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

Miss Elma £££££

  • Colombia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

A beachfront property situated in the Fresh Water Bay, Miss Elma is a simple property flanked by turquoise ocean – here, the island is the star of the show. With just four air-conditioned rooms,all with balconies and sea views,this small hotel prides itself on its personal service with typical Caribbean charm. There are plenty of activities to enjoy locally, from swimming to diving to snorkelling. The McBean National Park, with its mangroves, lagoons and shallow coral waters, is just a boat ride away. Note: there is no hot water!

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Deep Blue £££££

  • Colombia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The hotel’s thirteen guestrooms are clean and fresh, yet stylish, with a crisp blue and white palate. Each has a private balcony and huge windows with beautiful sea-views towards Crab Caye. Rooms have queen size beds, air conditioning and ceiling fans along with flat-screen TVs. The restaurant at Deep Blue serves a mixture of dishes that fuse the traditions of Spain, Colombia and the Caribbean accompanied by global delicacies. Daily specials vary according to what fresh ingredients are available locally, and smaller tasting plates are offered to graze on throughout the day. The bar and restaurant deck are down to earth and relaxing, perfect for sunbathing or enjoying a cocktail by moonlight.

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Meet our experts

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.

James Armitage

James has discovered the huge variety of landscapes from the flat Llanos flood plains to the towering Andes and the rich golden beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

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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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John put together a phenomenal itinerary to Colombia that included the Colombian Amazon, a place that we understand to be little visited. What a trip it was – you have made Steppes clients out of us, John.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

Sailing around the Rosario Islands was not something we had even considered, but we are so grateful to John for putting this enchanting archipelago on our radar.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

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