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Salt production, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

Off-the-Beaten-Track in Colombia

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Duration

18 Days

Prices Start from

£4,750 ex. flights

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.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Squirrel Monkey, Amazon 1

Colombian Amazon

Travel deep in the Colombian Amazon to explore the rainforest in search of native wildlife.

Humpback Whale, Caribbean Sea 2

Go Whale-Watching

Go whale-watching on the untouched Pacific Coast to scout for humpbacks.

Caiman 3

Discover the Wetlands

Fly east to Llanos to explore the wetlands and experience life on a working ranch.

Typical Wayuu house, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia 4

Guajira Peninsula

Travel to the desert-like Guajira Peninsula, home to the Wayuu people.

Why we like it

Our unique journey through Colombia incorporates the lesser-known jewels in the crown of offbeat Colombia – from pink river dolphins and remote fishing village to rainforest boat journeys and meetings with the Wayuu people. Combining the Guajira Peninsula with the Colombian Amazon in a wonderful blend of culture, wildlife and wilderness, this highly customisable route is bursting with extraordinary experiences for intrepid travellers.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Days 1-2
    Bogota
  • Day 3
    Bogota - Leticia - Colombian Amazon
  • Days 4-5
    Colombian Amazon
  • Day 6
    Colombian Amazon - Leticia - Llanos
  • Days 7-9
    Llanos
  • Day 10
    Llanos - Nuqui
  • Days 11-13
    Nuqui
  • Day 14
    Nuqui - Guajira Peninsula
  • Days 15-17
    Guajira Peninsula
  • Day 18
    Guajira Peninsula - Bogota
Capybaras
Capybaras

Wetlands & Whale-Watching

Spend time discovering the vast tropical wetlands that lie in the east of the Andes in search of the giant anteaters, scarlet ibis and capybaras that call these flooded grasslands and dense woodlands home. Congregating groups of capybaras and log-like spectacled caiman are more common sightings, but it is not impossible to spot some of the largest jaguars on Earth in this thrilling region. On Colombia’s west coast, travel to a remote oceanfront eco-lodge to embark on daily humpback whale-watching excursions, go on kayaking trips, try your hand at surfing or simply walk along the deserted beach.

Hammocks on the Beach, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia
Hammocks on the Beach, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

Guajira Peninsula & the Wayuu People

Venture to the northernmost peninsula in South America where the vast desert landscape of the Guajira Peninsula basks in the flow of the trade winds. Arid and scolded by the sun, this is a place that has remained largely isolated since colonial times and does not appear on many typical itineraries. Stay in a remote fishing village in a hand-picked property to explore the area with a private guide, and perhaps visit the nearby salt flats. Have the chance to meet with a community of Wayuu people, the Native American ethnic group who herald from the peninsula and thrive in this harsh environment.

Sloth, Amazon
Sloth, Amazon

Explore the Colombian Amazon

Journey by plane and up-river boat ride to the remote Calanoa Jungle Lodge, spending thrilling days exploring the rainforest on foot and by boat in pursuit of native wildlife. Head out in both the early morning and evening excursions in the company of an expert local guide, learning about the flora and fauna and searching for some of the smaller and most elusive jungle creatures. Travel atop murky brown rivers in a dugout canoe deep within the Amazon Rainforest, navigating tributaries overhung with spider monkeys and watched by countless disguised species. With luck, catch a glimpse of the iconic pink river dolphin.

Bolivar Square and Cathedral, Bogota, Colombia
Bolivar Square and Cathedral, Bogota, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia

Bicycle Tour of Bogota

The sprawling metropolis of Bogota, still fringed with shanty towns to the south, merges enchanting churches, vibrant cultural events, engaging museums and a plethora of gastronomic experiences. The Baroque and Spanish colonial architecture and plazas of historic La Candelaria are some of the city’s biggest draws, while the modern uptown zone is packed with restaurants and cafes abuzz with a new generation of “rolos” revelling in an era of peace and stability. Hop on a privately guided bicycle tour of historic central Bogota, the canvas for highly imaginative and colourful graffiti and murals, to learn about the strong social and political messages of current and past injustices conveyed by the artists. Afterwards, sample traditional Colombian cuisine at one of our favourite eateries.

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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

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £4,750 Per person

When to travel

Colombia in January

December to March is peak season in the country, with plenty of sunshine and dry weather perfect for relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Andes. December and January, in particular, is a busy time both for locals and tourists holidaying, so it is worth booking accommodation in advance.

Colombia in February

December to March is peak season in the country, with plenty of sunshine and dry weather perfect for relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Andes.

Colombia in March

December to March is peak season in the country, with plenty of sunshine and dry weather perfect for relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Andes.

Colombia in April

April to June is the beginning of the rainy season, but it is mainly restricted to short, sharp, showers. Easter is a popular time for locals to travel so be prepared to plan ahead should you wish to visit then.

Colombia in May

April to June is the beginning of the rainy season, but it is mainly restricted to short, sharp, showers. Easter is a popular time for locals to travel so be prepared to plan ahead should you wish to visit then.

Colombia in June

April to June is the beginning of the rainy season, but it is mainly restricted to short, sharp, showers. Easter is a popular time for locals to travel so be prepared to plan ahead should you wish to visit then.

Colombia in July

July to September is a great time to explore the Andes region, as it is a mini dry season. The Amazon continues to receive a lot of rain throughout the year.

Colombia in August

July to September is a great time to explore the Andes region, as it is a mini dry season. The Amazon continues to receive a lot of rain throughout the year.

Colombia in September

July to September is a great time to explore the Andes region, as it is a mini dry season. The Amazon continues to receive a lot of rain throughout the year.

Colombia in October

October and November are the wettest months in much of the country, so visitor numbers are low. Road travel can become tricky, but periods of bright sunshine can still be enjoyed.

Colombia in November

October and November are the wettest months in much of the country, so visitor numbers are low. Road travel can become tricky, but periods of bright sunshine can still be enjoyed.

Colombia in December

December to March is peak season in the country, with plenty of sunshine and dry weather perfect for relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Andes. December and January, in particular, is a busy time both for locals and tourists holidaying, so it is worth booking accommodation in advance.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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