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.

San Pedro Claver Church, Cartagena, 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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San Andres Providencia, Colombia

Visit Providencia Island

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

Bridge, Santa Catalina, Colombia

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.

beach at Capurgana, Colombia

Caribbean Beaches

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

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Diving, San Andres Island, Colombia

Diving Adventure

Excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

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.

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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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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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