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Colombia tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Colombia is one of South America's hottest travel destinations. Lush coffee plantations and intoxicating cities, pre-Columbian ruins and coastlines on both the Pacific and Caribbean make a perfect blend. Paired with characterful music played in salsa clubs, Andean villages and at vibrant fiestas, and the nature of the Amazon rainforest, and Colombia's diversity is well noticed.

Cartagena, a colonial city on the Caribbean coast, is Colombia's cultural crown jewel, full of colour and history. Within its fortified walls are churches, colonial mansions and plazas, and these impressive surroundings have inspired Cartagena's strong literary tradition. La Zona Cafetera - the coffee growing region in the heart of the country - is another popular attraction. Travellers can stay in fincas, traditional coffee farmsteads where the art of making coffee can be seen at first hand. The capital city, Bogota, and the beach holiday resorts on Colombia's twin coast are other Colombia travel highlights, not to be missed.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
11 hours

Time zone
GMT -5

Currency
Colombian peso (COP) = 100 centavos

Language
Spanish

Travel advice
(UK/US) None

Special offers in Colombia

Caribbean and Panama Canal

16-day stay and cruise from £5,375 pp incl. flights

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Enjoying all-inclusive luxury throughout, this tailored cruise pairs Caribbean island hopping with the vibrancy of Latin America. After cruising between beach-fringed islands, you’ll take in the European treasures of Colombia and Panama, enjoying two luxury hotel stays.

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Complete Colombia

16-day tailor-made independent tour from £3,915 pp incl. flights

Take in the spellbinding history and pristine natural beauty of Colombia on this tailor-made, independent tour. Pair city stays in Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellín with the country's palm-fringed Caribbean coast and its verdant hinterlands of coffee plantations and village-dotted cloud forests.

Caribbean and Panama Canal

16-day stay and cruise from £5,375 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive! Includes $200 on board spend and hotel stays
Book by: 30 November 2017

Enjoying all-inclusive luxury throughout, this tailored cruise pairs Caribbean island hopping with the vibrancy of Latin America. After cruising between beach-fringed islands, you’ll take in the European treasures of Colombia and Panama, enjoying two luxury hotel stays.

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Where to go in Colombia

The Pacific Coast

Colombia is the only country in South America to have a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The 1,300-kilometre-long Pacific coast stretches from Panama in the north to Ecuador in the south, but has only recently started to open up to tourism.

Santander

Santander is a department in the northeast of Colombia. Its main town is Bucaramanga, known of its many parks and agreeable year-round climate. But it is the region's superb natural features - mountains, caverns, rivers, caves and Andean forests - that attract most visitors, many of them basing the…

Popayan, San Agustin & Tierradentro

Popayán is an attractive colonial city in the southwest of Colombia, characterised by its fine white buildings and cultured air. The city grew up as a cool mountain retreat for Spanish sugar cane owners based in the sultry Cauca Valley.

The Coffee Triangle (Zona Cafetera)

The Zona Cafetera - or Coffee Triangle as it is also known - is a picturesque mountain region where much of Colombia's ‘black gold' is grown and harvested. The climate is pleasant, the countryside green. Visitors can stay in traditional farmsteads called fincas, and this is a great way to learn abo…

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Colombia articles

British Museum hosts gold exhibition from Colombia

The British Museum has launched its latest exhibition, Beyond El Dorado, which features 200 artefacts from Bogotá's Museo del Oro (Museum of Gold) and showcases the mystery and majesty of ancient Colombia before the 16th-century arrival of the Spanish.

Guide to the World's Best Coffee Regions

Coffee is grown in about 70 countries around the world, so it's difficult to decide where the very best beans are produced. Here Guy Eardley-Wilmot, Coffee Taster at Sea Island Coffee spills the beans and takes us on a quick voyage around some of the world's main coffee growing regions.  

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