Whether you’re seeking adventure sports, flamboyant fiestas, architectural wonders or wildlife encounters - charismatic Colombia is calling.
Our Colombia trips score an average of 4.63 out of 5 based on 169 reviews in the last year.
In all Colombia is an amazing country to visit. It should be a destination for anyone thinking of traveling overseas. Be prepared to eat a lot Colombians love their food. Take the advice in the itineary about what to bring to wear, etc. It certainly helps.
Review submitted 08 Sep 2018
'Best of Colombia' is a superbly well balanced itinerary and we had an excellent guide in William. Medellin, Barichara, and an encounter with an indigenous community on a mountain top in Tayrona national park were the runaway highlights for us but there wasn't a stop on the tour that disappointed. There are a couple of longish travel days but these are perfectly manageable. Pack for at least three different climates: it's often chilly in Bogota, there's a lovely dry heat in Medellin and it's hot and humid in Cartagena and along the Caribbean coastline! Tourism has only really taken off in Colombia in the relatively recent past after many years of strife, which gives an unspoilt and fresh feel to the country compared to some other destinations we have visited. We highly recommend this trip!
Review submitted 06 Sep 2018
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Colombia, you may find yourself travelling by:
Rub shoulders with locals while travelling on a local bus – it’s a great way to mix with different crowds and a cheap way to get around.
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Colombia you may find yourself staying in a:
Sleeping in a hammock while staying at a traditional hacienda is an authentic treat for travellers who are happy to forego a mattress for a few days in favour of a real life experience.
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Not required
While tipping isn’t mandatory, it's advisable to tip restaurant and hotel staff since many Colombians receive low wages. Any extra income will be welcomed.
Internet access is easily found in Colombia’s large cities and metropolitan areas, but less so in more remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Colombia, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas, especially if travelling in mountainous regions. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Colombia.
Sit-down, flushable toilets are the standard in Colombia, although toilet paper and soap may not be provided, so be sure to carry your own. Public toilets are quite rare so don’t expect to find many, except at the airport or in museums or malls.
Soft drink = 1,500 COP
Beer = 2,000 COP
Simple meal in a local restaurant = 6,000 COP
Meal in an international restaurant = 15,000-20,000 COP
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Colombia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas and large hotels, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option in Colombia.
ATMS are common in large cities like Bogota and Medellin, and are found in and near shopping centres, tourist areas and hotels. ATMs are less common in rural areas and smaller towns, so you're advised to prepare for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Colombia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/colombia/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.