Experience South America's best-kept secret.
Colombia is one of those gems of South America that many travellers still don’t know about, and this ten-day adventure is the ideal way to experience its mountains, hidden beaches, cobblestoned towns and so much more. Be captivated by Bogota’s colonial-era centre, laze on palm-fringed stretches of Caribbean shoreline and meet the locals that make Colombia one of the world's friendliest countries. While Tayrona National Park and the Guachaca region offer gorgeous hiking trails, off-track swimming holes and powdery beaches nestled in lush jungle, eye-catching towns like Barichara are a dream to explore, and adrenaline-fuelled San Gil is just moments away. For an off-track trip in South America that’s full of rhythm, music, colour and life, Explore Colombia is right up there with the best of them.
Wander beneath the floral balconies of Cartagena, the World Heritage-listed town combining Caribbean splendour and irresistible old-world charm
Tayrona National Park is a nature escape that seems to have it all, from perfect beaches and mountain backdrops to wildlife-filled jungle
Admire the colonial-era architecture of Barichara – this little gem is widely considered Colombia's prettiest town. Get lost on the cobblestone streets or head to nearby San Gil, a hotspot for adventure sports
Colombia enjoys a stable year-round climate, but it can get particularly hot and humid on the coast. Be sure to drink plenty of water and wear adequate sun protColombia enjoys a stable year-round climate, but it can get particularly hot and humid on the coast. Be sure to drink plenty of water and wear adequate sun protection.
The hiking in Tayrona Park (day 4) is one of the highlights, but it’s important to prepare. Bring footwear you can tackle (possible) mud in, and don’t forget your swimming gear for the beaches along the way.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK CLOSURE –28th January - 28th February 2018
Tayrona National Park will be closed from 28th January 2018 to 28th February 2018 as a result of discussions between the park operators and the local indigenous people regarding the ecological recuperation of the ecosystem. Trip departures starting on the 10th and 24th of February 2018 will not visit Tayrona National Park and instead visit ‘Sierra e Mar’ a tropical rainforest with a similar landscape to Tayrona. The included hike will offer a big diversity of fauna and flora as well as having the option to swim in crystal clear fresh water rock pools.
Please note that the Single Supplement does not include nights 3 & 4
Our Explore Colombia trips score an average of 4.66 out of 5 based on 61 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