Explore Colombia

10 Days | Experience South America's best-kept secret.

4.8 out of 5 based on 45 reviews submitted.
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Colombia is one of those gems of South America that still is often skipped on the tourist trail. 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 on this 10-day South American adventure. 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 that’s full of rhythm, music, colour and life, Explore Colombia is right up there with the best of them.

Trip overview

Map of Explore Colombia including Colombia
Start
Cartagena, Colombia
Finish
Bogota, Colombia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Colombia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
GGSC
This trip generates 38 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • 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.
  • Head to a local factory supporting women in work and keeping alive a traditional paper-making method by using the natural fibres of the Andean fique plant.
  • Stay in the vibrant Chapinero neighbourhood in Bogota, one of the most culturally diverse parts of town.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • For groups departing between June and August 2024 days 3 to 5 will have an amended itinerary due to safety concerns for tour groups in the Santa Marta area. See itinerary for details.
  • 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 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.

Itinerary

Map of Explore Colombia including Colombia

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Public bus, Van

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights)

Activities
  • Cartagena - Orientation walk of hotel neighbourhood
  • Tayrona National Park - Entrance fee
  • Tayrona National Park hike
  • Barichara - Visit to a local artisan paper factory
  • Barichara - Walk along Camino Real to the village 'Guane'
Add on activities
  • Cartagena - San Felipe de Barajas Castle - COP25000
  • Cartagena - Volcan de Lodo El Totumo - COP140000
  • Mountain Bike Cañon Suarez (transportation included, min 7 pax) - COP390000
  • Barichara - Pescaderito swimming hole - USD16
  • Rafting Fonce River (transportation included) - COP190000
  • Ants Cooking Class - COP45000
  • Coffee Tour - COP150000
  • Bogota - Museo Nacional - COP40000
  • Bogota - Graffiti Tour - USD7
  • Bogota - Montserrate cable car - COP22000
  • Bogota - Gold Museum - COP5000

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 3,4 (Guesthouse) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) in order to purchase Entrance tickets to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

3. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 in Cartagena. If you are unable to find a suitable flight it is possible to book additional nights at the joining accommodation.

4. This trip ends on Day 10 and you are free to leave at any time.

5. In order to comply with tourist regulations set by the Colombian government, a copy of your passport will be required. This will be emailed to our local office in Colombia, your tour leader will assist you with this on day 1.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 45 reviews submitted.
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Shaaf · Traveled May 2024
This was a trip of a lifetime for me ,it was my first solo trip and Dani made me feel safe and welcome the whole journey. I will miss this country very much. Thank you again Daniel Atehortua Orozco
Review submitted 30 May 2024

Meagan · Traveled April 2024
My trip through Colombia was amazing! I learned so much about the countries history and culture. It was a lot of fun and we did a lot of activities that I never would have found on my own which made the trip special.
Review submitted 06 May 2024

Susanne · Traveled April 2024
I would highly recommend Colombia as a must see destination. It is a beautiful country and we always felt safe. I learned so much about Colombia’s history and the efforts made to make it a travel destination. Our leader Andrea Nieto was so helpful and organized that it made travel a breeze
Review submitted 06 May 2024

Christina · Traveled March 2024
The adventures continued in this area of Columbia. Never a dull moment. Our group leader Andrea was a group source of information and went above and beyond by following up after answering our questions with additional articles that we could read if we were interested. Very informative. We learned an enormous amount about life in Columbia and we will return. The food was so yummy, and the Columbians were always kind and friendly, with many of them providing additions tips to add knowledge to our trip. Columbia should be on everyone's list. Hurry, before word gets out and it's overrun by tourist and cruise ships.
Review submitted 29 Mar 2024

Eva · Traveled March 2024
I can't put into words just how great this trip was. Andrea, our tour leader, was incredible in every way! The itinerary has the perfect balance of everything! Whether that's history/culture, nature/urban landscapes/small towns - there's something for everyone. We met absolutely fantastic people along the way, from local crafts/traders to other tour guides who are specialists in areas like Bogota and Tayrona park. Loved seeing just how resilient the people of Colombia are. I couldn't recommend this trip more!!
Review submitted 06 Apr 2024
Explore Colombia
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