Are Colombians Latin America’s friendliest people? It’s hard to be sure, but our Travel Specialists all agree they would certainly be contenders. From the chilly capital of Bogota to the sultry Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena and the lush Coffee Triangle, it is hard to travel anywhere in Colombia without meeting a friendly face. In fact, Colombians will go out of their way to welcome tourists and ensure you are enjoying their beautiful country. And we guarantee that you will indeed enjoy your time in Colombia. Because what’s not to love?
Bogota is probably the first place you will visit in Colombia. And it is fast becoming one of Latin America’s most exciting capitals. Explore the thriving art scene, world-class museums, and the jumble of outdoor markets. And once you have worked up an appetite, pop into any number of world-class restaurants which have vaulted to the top of the World’s Best lists in recent years. Oh, and if you long for a ‘proper’ coffee – Bogota has the best brews in Latin America.
But it is Colombia’s countryside which we love above all else. Lush, rolling hills covered in coffee plantations, banana plants, and bougainvillea. Cloud forests teeming with hummingbirds. And in contrast, the dramatic Andean Mountain Range, where the highest peak reaches some 5,776m. No matter what you do, don’t miss spending time in the Coffee Region or exploring the lovely towns of Antioquia.
Colombia’s most famous attractions lie along its Caribbean coast. Sumptuous Cartagena is a photographer’s dream; its historic centre is a warren of cobbled streets and pastel-hued facades. Spend a few days wandering through the splendid streets and then travel along the coast to nearby Santa Marta. From here, it is just a short drive to Tayrona National Park. This staggeringly beautiful park encompasses the Sierra Nevada Mountains, lush rainforest and palm-fringed beaches.
But there are many more places to visit in Colombia beyond the highlights! From the incredible coloured river of Caño Cristales to the Lost City Trek and Pacific coast. Discover Colombia now before the rest of the world catches on!
When to go to Colombia?
– December to March is the peak season; book ahead for hotspots such as Cartagena.
– Visit Caño Cristales from July to November to experience the explosion of colours in the river.
Our Expert’s Choice:
– See the unique natural spectacle of the Liquid Rainbow when Caño Cristales bursts into colour.
– Discover the remote and rugged Guajira Peninsula, home to indigenous Wayuu communities.
– Visit the spectacular Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) ruins near Santa Marta which are accessible only on foot.
– Experience the colourful Christmas festival of lights in Medellin, when the whole city comes alive with thousands of sparkling displays.
– A gentle amble from Barichara along the Camino Real is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Colombian countryside at your own pace.