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Colombia Holidays

Colombia holidays are full of adventure, intrigue and fun. From the sprawling metropolis of Bogota to the idyllic beaches of the Caribbean coast, this vibrant and colourful country has something for everyone.

Bogota is the perfect place to start your Colombia travel adventure. This vast city sits more than 2,000 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest capital cities not only in South America but the world. In the historic La Candelaria neighbourhood, old meets new in winding cobbled streets like Calle del Embudo (or ‘the funnel’), where colonial-era buildings sit in contrast with modern graffiti murals sprayed by local artists. No matter where you go in the city, you’ll find an abundance of shops and cafes selling Colombia’s finest export - coffee. The rich aroma of intense, dark coffee beans spill out of these cafes - and having a hot, frothy coffee freshly prepared in front of you is a must during your Colombia holiday. You can even tour a coffee plantation to observe the coffee journey, from bean to cup.

Immerse yourself in culture on Colombia holidays

Over on the Caribbean coast, you’re just a short boat ride from paradise islands like the Islas del Rosario, is colourful Cartagena. In this charming city, the tree-dotted streets are a riot of colour, with pretty houses painted in vibrant hues of yellow, pink and blue lining the pavements. In the city centre, salsa music floats out of bars and cafes which surround the public squares, while cevicherias serve up their signature zesty, cured fish to locals. The city is enclosed by its old crumbling walls that are full of charm from their vantage point overlooking the sea.

From Cartagena, you can take a bus ride to the lush forests and sandy beaches of Tayrona National Park. In this tranquil oasis, the only noises are the sound of the waves and the calls of monkeys, while at night the dark night sky is lit by a million stars. Spend your afternoon relaxing in a hammock overlooking the ocean, or pitch a tent on the beach and camp overnight if you want to spend more time in this heavenly habitat.

Home to a diverse landscape and fusion of cultures, a multicentre holiday is a great way for you to explore Colombia, giving you the chance to combine exciting stays in the city with a relaxed beach break.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Observe shimmering pre-Colombian gold, pottery, stone, wood and textiles at the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) in Bogota
  • Take a cable car up Bogota Monserrate from its base next to the vibrant La Candelaria neighbourhood for city views
  • Head to the sunny Caribbean coast and lively Cartagena, where rainbow-coloured houses line the pretty streets
  • Visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, a breath-taking church situated in salt mine tunnels 200 metres underground the city of Cundinamarca

Time Zone

GMT -5

Flight Time

11 hours

Currency

Colombian Peso

Visa Information

No visa required for stays of up to 90 days

Language

Spanish

Health Information

Check https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries for the latest updated information

Things to do in Colombia

Colombia has a wealth of interesting sights and cities to explore.  Bogota is becoming well-known for some of the world's best street artists. The jewel in Colombia's crown is the colourful colonial city of Cartagena. Nestled on the Caribbean coast, this UNESCO world heritage city is a place to view incredible sunsets, enjoy sumtuous food and walk along spanish colonial forts. 

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    Cartagena

    Watch wonderful Pelican dive for fish before sunset.

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    Coffee region

    Learn how to make the best coffee in the world in this lush green, picturesque area of Colombia.

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    Bogota

    Explore Bogota's street scene

  • Lucy, Destination Specialist

    Lucy

    Destination Specialist

    “Don’t miss the chance to explore Bogota’s incredible graffiti art. Take a tour of some of the best artwork and learn about the artists, history and influences of the art form.”