Charming colonial towns, unspoiled beaches, beautiful landscape and diverse wildlife
Having been off-limits for many travellers in the past due to security concerns, Colombia is now safe to visit and rapidly becoming one of the brightest stars in South America. Famed for its excellent coffee and friendly people, the country offers a rich cultural history, a host of charming colonial towns and buzzing modern cities. Add in stunning mountain landscapes, pristine beaches, cloud forests, rain forests and a host of UNESCO World Heritage sites and it is not hard to see why it is becoming such a popular place to visit.
Tourism here is still a relatively new industry, though the beautiful historic city of Cartagena has been firmly established on the Caribbean cruise ship circuit for many years. However, international visitor numbers are rising rapidly and there are some very good hotels in the larger cities. Accommodation options in rural areas are usually more ’charming’ than luxurious but several exclusive smaller hotels are now beginning to spring up in smaller towns and villages.
Long-haul international flights arrive at the spanking new El Dorado International Airport in Bogota. The capital city has much to offer visitors and is a natural starting point for your exploration of the country.
Colombia is famed for its coffee and it would be a crime not to visit the beautiful Coffee Region, which many feel is the heart and soul of the country. Discover quaint colonial towns, delightful coffee haciendas, and the curious wax palm – Colombia’s national tree.
A few hours’ drive north of the Coffee Region is Colombia’s second city, Medellin. Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ due to its pleasant climate, art and architecture lovers will be particularly interested to see the Plaza de las Esculturas (otherwise known as Botero Park) and the striking modern architecture in this thriving city.
For some beach time, a visit to either Tayrona National Park near Santa Marta or the Islas Rosarios off the coast of Cartagena are stongly recommended. Or for a real get-away-from-it-all experience head to the remote island of Providencia – which also offers excellent diving.
Heading south, the city of Cali is the Salsa centre of the country, where hips move like nowhere else, and the charming ‘White City’ of Popayan is a gateway to the World Heritage archaeological sites at Tierradentro and San Agustin.
The Amazon beckons for nature lovers: Take a flight to Leticia where the Colombian border meets Peru and Brazil for an amazing rainforest experience. Meanwhile avid birdwatchers will have a field day in Colombia with the largest number of bird species (almost 2,000) of any country in the world.
To discover more about Colombia and the broad variety of experiences it offers, give us a call or send us a message.
Places we love to stay
Sofitel Santa Clara
The Sofitel Santa Clara is a magnificent historic hotel set in the walled city of Cartagena.View details about Sofitel Santa Clara
Overall Hotel Sazagua is a delightful retreat and offers great value; it is our number one choice for the Coffee regionView details about Hotel Sazagua
Anandá Hotel Boutique
The Anandá is one of the best run – and best value – boutique hotel options in Cartagena.View details about Anandá Hotel Boutique
Punta Faro Resort
Service at the Punta Faro is friendly and professional, and it makes a great escape after discovering the colonial treasures of Cartagena.View details about Punta Faro Resort
Park 10 Hotel
The long-established Park 10 Hotel is a safe bet and located in a safe, quiet and leafy area of Medellin.View details about Park 10 Hotel
La Nube Posada
Stylish Boutique Hotel renowned for Colombian cuisine in Barichara, a picturesque, 300-year old Colonial Town.View details about La Nube Posada
La Posada de San Antonio
Colonial houses converted into a small hotel in historic Villa de Leyva where the reception area doubles as an art gallery.View details about La Posada de San Antonio
Although it is not set inside Tayrona National Park we believe that this hotel offers a better experience than those inside the park itselfView details about Merecumbe Hotel
Casa San Agustin
Located in the heart of the old city of Cartagena three historic houses have been redesigned to create a charming contemporary hotel.View details about Casa San Agustin
This hotel is a great choice for those that like cutting-edge design and want to mingle with the hip crowd.View details about W Hotel