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Colombia

A land of stunning beaches, ancient civilisations and colonial grace, Colombia has shaken off the image of recent years to emerge as one of the most captivating countries in South America.

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    Discover Colombia - Group Tour

    Bogota (2 nights), Villa de Leyva (1 night) Pereira (3 nights), the Central Andes Coffee Zone, Cartagena (3 nights), and Bogota (transit)

    11 days £3202

    Departing: 26th September 2014

Things to See & Do

  • Bogota

    Bogota

    Picturesque, with an important architectural heritage, Bogota is home to one of the world’s best Pre-Columbian art collections, fantastic museums, including the renowned Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) and the historic colonial centre - La Candelaria. Bogotá today is a modern city with an intense and vibrant cultural, intellectual and social life.

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  • Cartagena

    Cartagena

    This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the colonial jewel of the Americas, founded in 1533 by the conqueror Don Pedro de Heredia. The cultural wealth resulting from the mix of races, its architectural beauty, the sea and the warm evening wind make Cartagena one of the most fascinating towns in the Caribbean.

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  • Coffee Region

    Coffee Region

    The coffee farming region is a geographical area comprising three Colombian departments: Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío, respectively represented by the capital cities of Manizales, Pereira and Armenia, the most important towns. Most of Colombia’s coffee production is concentrated here and it is therefore referred to as the ‘Zona Cafetera’ (Coffee Zone). Climatic conditions, with temperatures ranging from 8 to 24 degrees, geographic characteristics, an Andean tropical forest between 1.300 and 1.700 meters, and geological particularities determine the production of high quality coffee. Travelling trough these fertile valleys, you can observe endless coffee plantations and their colourfully painted wooden houses encased by balconies which make it a very picturesque landscape.

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  • Islas Rosario

    Islas Rosario

    The Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y San Bernardo is one of 46 national parks in Colombia and was created to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Colombian Caribbean coast. The park occupies an extension of 120.000 hectares and comprises the submarine platform and coral reefs on the west of the island of Baru, the barriers of the Archipiélago de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, as well as Islas Tesoro, Rosario, Múcura and Maravilla. The 23 coral islands and islets were formed relatively recently – 5,000 years ago - due to the activity of ancient volcanoes which lifted the seabed creating favourable conditions for the development of coral reefs. Three eco-systems prevail: coastal lagoons, the mangroves around them and tropical forests. The islands can be visited on a day trip from Cartagena.

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  • Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira

    Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira

    The Salt Cathedral is an underground church located 200 metres inside a salt mountain. Originally the salt miners had carved out a sanctuary, then in the 1950’s this was enlarged. The current cathedral was constructed in the 1990’s.In the central nave is the main altar, above which is a cross measuring 16m in height and 10m in breadth, made by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez and which is the largest cross made from salt in the world.

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  • San Agustin

    San Agustin

    A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Colombia’s most important archaeological reserves, San Agustin can trace its origins back some 5,000 years. Shrouded in mystery and carved from volcanic rock, these statues of gods and mythical animals represent the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America.

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  • Salto Yuri

    Salto Yuri

    Salto Yuri is one of the many spectacular waterfalls in Canaima. It is accessible by ‘curiara,’ a local canoe carved from laurel wood through jungle and ‘tepuys,’ the world’s most ancient rock formations. A swim in the pinkish waters, that result from plant decomposition, is a highlight of this adventure.

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  • Villa de Leyva

    Villa de Leyva

    Villa de Leyva is located 207km from Bogotá at an altitude of 2.140 m, and is one of the most beautiful towns in the area, ideally seen by foot. Villa de Leyva was declared a national monument in1954, and has remained practically unchanged, with very few modern constructions. One can still breathe the atmosphere of colonial times when visiting the Plaza Mayor (the country’s largest central plaza), home to the Colonial Art Museum, the Monasterio and Convento del Carmen and the Museo del Maestro Acuña, which exhibits works by this important painter, sculptor and writer.

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  • Tayrona National Park

    Tayrona National Park

    Situated on Colombia’s Atlantic coast, the reefs, mangroves and jungles of Tayrona National Park are home to puma, turtles and over 300 species of birds. The hills above the coast provide a stunning habitat for a number of ecohabs too, beautifully situated cabins that offer comfort, style and spectacular views.

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  • Pereira

    Pereira

    Enjoy a half day walk inside the Santuario de Flora y Fauna Otún Quimbaya, located 15 km from Pereira. This ecological reserve created in 1996 to protect the biodiversity of the pre Andean rain forest with lakes, waterfalls and rivers is the perfect habitat for numerous bird species, tapirs of the “páramos”, howler monkeys, spectacled bears, insects and about 200 butterfly species. Arrival by car to La Suiza and start of the walk to see the jungle and observe the flora and fauna.

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Highlights of Colombia

Travel Experts

  • Mike Gurrey

    Make sure to sample as much coffee as you can, all the different flavours and types - a coffee lovers dream!

    Mike Gurrey
    Sales Consultant
  • Sue Livsey

    Take the cable car to Monserrate for great views of Bogota.

    Sue Livsey
    Latin America Product Manager
  • Sue Livsey

    The pacific coast at Bahia Solano is perfect for spotting whales and dolphins from July to October.

    Sue Livsey
    Latin America Product Manager

Best Time To Go and Weather

December to April are a good time to visit Colombia due to the weather.Generally in Colombia the climate is wet and tropical; summer is the principal rainy season from May to November although there is no specific dry season. The eastern, Caribbean and Pacific lowlands experience an equatorial climate with high temperature and high humidity all year round. In the upland areas conditions are cooler and cold in the mountains.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT -5hrs
  • Flight Time11 hrs
  • VisaNot for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsHepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria,Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever**
  • CurrencyColombian Peso (Col $)
  • CapitalBogota
  • Area1,141,748 sq km
  • Population43 million
  • Dialling Code+57
  • Electricity110V 60 Hz
  • LanguageOffically Spanish but there are also 65 Indigenous languages

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