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Introducing Colombia

Visiting Colombia
Explore one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, not only in terms of wildlife and flora, but also in terms of landscape, culture and gastronomy. Visit both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, then head off into the Andes and Amazon. Read more

Things to do

Whether you’re seeking adventure, local culture, or simply looking to relax by the Caribbean Sea, Colombia offers a wonderful experience, and the warmth of its people will make you feel at home.

When is the best time to visit?
Located near the equator, weather conditions in Colombia vary only slightly throughout the year, making Colombia a great year-round destination. Read more

How many days do you need to visit Colombia?

To get a good taste for Colombia you will need at least a week, and ideally a bit more. Here are more details, and you can compare tours of various durations here: 5 days · 6 days · 7 days · 8 days · 9 days · 10 days · 12 days · 14 days

Colombia Tours & Itineraries

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Beach at Tayrona Park
Map of The Real Colombia - 9-Day Adventure
The Real Colombia - 9-Day Adventure

In nine days, explore the ice-capped summits of the Sierra Nevada to the white sand beaches of the tropical Caribbean coast to discover a range of indigenous and contemporary cultures, as well as astounding biodiversity. Drive across city centres and take scenic mountain roads through the famous coffee region. Experience Colombia’s warm climate and culture by river and sea on rafting and sailing expeditions. 


The lush coffee region of the Cocora Valley
Map of Bogota, Cocora Valley, Medellin and Cartagena - 9 days
Bogota, Cocora Valley, Medellin and Cartagena - 9 days

On this 9-day tour, you'll get to explore the historical and cultural side of Bogota before heading to the wax palm forests of the Cocora Valley. After spending some time on a local coffee plantation, head over to the beautiful city of Medellin, the home town of the famous Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. Finally, head north to the Pearl of the Caribbean, the colorful town of Cartagena.

Sky and trees reflected in the Amazon River
Map of Colombia Andes, Amazon & Caribbean - 14-Day Itinerary
Colombia Andes, Amazon & Caribbean - 14-Day Itinerary

This tour takes you off the beaten path and truly epitomizes the diversity that runs through Colombia and its people. Colombia's mountains, jungles, Caribbean beaches, Spanish colonial architecture, rural and indigenous cultures combine to offer a quite unforgettable tour in one of the world's great (and yet uncharted) destinations.

Cartagena
Best of Cartagena - 5-Day Itinerary

Explore Cartagena’s colonial architecture by foot, partake in its rich culinary scene, and meet the local characters for an authentic glimpse into Colombia’s Caribbean culture. Cartagena’s old town is like an outdoor museum, whose stories will be told by an experienced local guide.

One of Tayrona's stunning beaches on the Caribbean Sea
Map of Colombia's Caribbean Coast  - 7 Days
Colombia's Caribbean Coast - 7 Days

This 7-day land and sea adventure covers all the highlights along Colombia's northern coast. You'll experience the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, explore the beautiful Tayrona National Park, hike through mountainous jungles, go birdwatching, visit a coffee farm, and finish your trip with a relaxing trip to the Rosario Islands by private speedboat.

Cartagena & Tayrona Park - 5 Days
Map of Cartagena & Tayrona Park - 5 Days
Cartagena & Tayrona Park - 5 Days

This fun 5-day adventure hits two major highlights along Colombia's northern coast. First, you'll experience the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, an inner-walled city oozing with colonial architecture and history, not to mention hip hotels and rooftop bars. Then drive east towards Santa Marta to spend a few days at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (Tayrona Park) for a slice of South America's prettiest coastline. Explore on your own or take a guided tour of the park's hiking trails and exotic beaches.

Make The Most of Your Time in Colombia

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Hike through the Valle de Cocora in Colombia's Coffee Triangle.
10 Days in Colombia - 5 Unique Itineraries

If you have 10 days in Colombia you can visit two or three areas of the country, thanks to low cost airfares that can jet you quickly between different regions. Enjoy the...

Boat on Palomino Beach
2 Weeks in Colombia - 4 Unique Itineraries

Planning to spend two weeks in Colombia? This amount of time opens up a wide range of possibilities to explore multiple areas of Colombia at a leisurely pace. You can visit a...

Colombia Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Tayrona Parque, Colombia
Best Time to Visit Colombia

Colombia has tropical weather and a stable equatorial climate throughout the year. High seasons for tourism are December-February and June-August, coinciding the driest...

Cartagena
Best Places To Visit In Colombia

Colombia’s diverse culture and geography attract visitors from across the globe. You’ll discover an incredible range of places and people. Everywhere you go, you’ll enjoy the...

Colombia Travel Advice

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Ultimate Guide to Island Hopping in Colombia
Ultimate Guide to Island Hopping in Colombia

Beyond the untamed landscapes and Spanish Colonial heritage of Colombia's mainland, coral islands beckon. For visitors looking beyond the country's highlights, these gems offer...

Colombia Honeymoon
Great Honeymoon Ideas for Colombia

The romantic city of Cartagena, white-sand Caribbean beaches, beautiful Coffee Country and sizzling salsa dancing combine to make Colombia a wonderful honeymoon destination....

Colombia Destination Guides

Colombia Coffee Country
Ultimate Guide to Colombia's Coffee Region

Colombia's coffee region set amidst the rugged hills between Medellin, Cali and Ibague produces some of the finest coffee in the world. Besides learning how the coffee is made,...

Colombia Experiences

Unique things to do in Colombia
Sunrise at Punta Gallinas
La Guajira: Punta Gallinas & Taroa Dunes

La Guajira is almost a world apart from the green and tropical Colombia most travelers know. The arid desert landscapes in this region are foreboding yet beautiful, with the...

Playa Azul, Rosario Islands
Rosario Islands Day Trip

Cartagena de Indias is not only a beautiful Caribbean coastal destination, but it's also one of the most well-preserved Spanish Colonial cities in South America. Back when the...

Arrecifes Beach, Tayrona
Tour of Tayrona National Park

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (Tayrona National Park) is one of about 58 national parks in Colombia, and this protected area is known for having some of the most virgin...

View from atop the rock
Guatapé Day Trip

The town of Guatapé is one of the crown jewels of central Colombia's Antioquia region. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is El Peñol, a 7,000-foot...

Our Latest Colombia Content

View of the Caribbean coast
Map of Discover Colombia's Cities & Tayrona National Park - 12 Days
Discover Colombia's Cities & Tayrona National Park - 12 Days

This fast-paced 12-day adventure highlights four of Colombia's most exciting cities—perfect for travelers who love urban energy and culture. Start off in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá where you can explore street art, museums, and restaurants, then fly to the scenic city of Medellín, a hip metropolis making a comeback after a turbulent past. You'll then fly to Cali, known as the World Capital of Salsa, before heading north to Santa Marta and make your way along the coast towards Cartagena's Old Town for colonial romance, art galleries, and rooftop bars. Too much city? You'll visit a coffee farm in the Andes and hike through a stunning national park for a dose of beach and Caribbean sea.

The ocean and rocks from Tayrona National Park
Map of Cartagena, Carnival & the Caribbean Coast - 10 Days
Cartagena, Carnival & the Caribbean Coast - 10 Days

This fun 10-day itinerary covers key highlights along Colombia’s northern coast, balancing colonial history, culture, beaches, partying, hiking, and relaxation. You'll start the trip with time to wander Cartagena's picturesque Old Town and then take a speedboat to the Rosario Islands. Next, drive east towards Barranquilla, where South America's 2nd largest carnival is held each winter. The journey continues with two active days exploring the stunning Tayrona National Park, sandwiched between the Caribbean coast and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. Then take a sailing trip in the turquoise sea before driving to Minca to visit a coffee finca (farm).

Dancers in Barranquilla during the Carnival
Map of Vibrant Colombia: The Caribbean to Cali - 10 Days
Vibrant Colombia: The Caribbean to Cali - 10 Days

This diverse, action-packed itinerary covers a lot of Colombian ground in two weeks. The trip starts on the northern Caribbean Coast with time to explore Tayrona's beautiful national park, sandwiched between the turquoise sea and rugged mountains. From here, you'll visit Colombia's carnival city, Barranquilla, and spend a few days in the stunning inner-walled city of Cartagena before taking a flight to Cali, the salsa capital of the world.

Colombia Travel Videos

Tour of Tayorna Parque, Palomino and Bogota
Tour of Cartagena, Baru and La Boquilla
Family Trip in Colombia

Colombia Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
5 Main Regions of Colombia: A Guide To Planning Your Trip
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7 Days in Colombia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Great Itineraries for Two Weeks in Colombia
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Colombia
Travel specialist Nicolás Díaz
active 3 hours ago

Nicolás Díaz

Living in Bogotá and growing up in Medellin, I’m a Colombian guy really proud of his roots and Latin culture. I've had the opportunity to live outside of Colombia a couple of times, and it...

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Travel specialist Laura Joy Bowman
active 2 hours ago

Laura Joy Bowman

I have traveled to, and have lived in many countries, but Colombia completely stole my heart. The people make you feel so welcomed and at home, the landscapes take your breath away, the music and...

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Travel specialist Yuliana Martínez
active 8 hours ago

Yuliana Martínez

I have a degree in tourism administration from Cauca University. My passion for traveling started long time ago when I chose my career, because I wanted to do something different, something that...

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Travel specialist Jess Weiss
active 3 hours ago

Jess Weiss

South America has had my heart since I first visited over ten years ago. Two years ago Colombia became my adopted country and is the real gem of the continent due to its stunning and varied...

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Trip Reviews for Colombia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Marion

Colombia culture tour, Colombia - Mar 23 - Mar 31, 2019

Traveler: Marion F. - Local specialist: Jess Weiss

I travel ninety-nine percent of the time independently and without the assistance of any organization or agency of any kind. I forgot how I stumbled upon Kim Kim but I thought the services looked so interesting and beneficial that I decided to take advantage of them.
Jess was very helpful and responsive to my inquiries. We also spoke by phone as necessary which was very helpful. The day she was not available, one of her colleagues was in touch with me by phone when my plane was delayed. I... read more

I travel ninety-nine percent of the time independently and without the assistance of any organization or agency of any kind. I forgot how I stumbled upon Kim Kim but I thought the services looked so interesting and beneficial that I decided to take advantage of them.
Jess was very helpful and responsive to my inquiries. We also spoke by phone as necessary which was very helpful. The day she was not available, one of her colleagues was in touch with me by phone when my plane was delayed. I also appreciated someone keeping track of my trip.

I would have been curious to know what the breakdown of my expenses was. I know you get special rates but I would have liked to have known what they say are. The only breakdown was for the flights within Colombia.

I ended up needing a refund for one of my hotels since I was downgraded from a mini Suite to a standard room. That was taken care of very quickly so I'm pleased about that.

Just a minor comment about the website, I would suggest putting the countries you work in an alphabetical order.

I also was contacted by phone once from headquarters in Palo Alto. I forget why but I appreciated being able to talk to somebody there.

I've already shared with several people that I used Kim Kim to help plan my trip so I'm spreading the word about you and would definitely consider using you again.

And a personal kind regards to Jess!

Dawn

The real colombia - 9-day adventure, Colombia - Mar 26 - Apr 5, 2019

Traveler: Dawn H. - Local specialist: Yuliana Martínez

One of the most memorable highlights of Bogotá was our trip to the market with German. We sampled some spectacular fresh fruit juices and ate delectable Lechones (whole pork stuffed with rice, peas and spices). We enjoyed the views of Bogotá from the vantage point of Monserrate. The food throughout Bogotá was varied and delicious.

In the Coffee Region, Jorge Sánchez expertly guided us along the trails of Corcoran Valley, Salento and a coffee plantation. The landscapes and cloud forests of... read more

One of the most memorable highlights of Bogotá was our trip to the market with German. We sampled some spectacular fresh fruit juices and ate delectable Lechones (whole pork stuffed with rice, peas and spices). We enjoyed the views of Bogotá from the vantage point of Monserrate. The food throughout Bogotá was varied and delicious.

In the Coffee Region, Jorge Sánchez expertly guided us along the trails of Corcoran Valley, Salento and a coffee plantation. The landscapes and cloud forests of Corcoran Valley were world-class. We were fortunate to see the Andean Condor, Colombia's national bird, gliding above the wax palms during our hike. What a treat!

We loved Cartagena and its vibrant culture. Alvaro toured us through the most important sites in the area and provided us with expert commentary and restaurant recommendations.

The hotels were all excellent and our guides were knowledgeable of the areas we visited. Kimkim really took the stress out of traveling. We'll definitely use them again!

Bogotá, coffee triangle & caribbean coast - 7 days , Colombia - Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2019

Traveler: David B. - Local specialist: Natalia Rojas

We had a great trip to Colombia. Natalia was a very good coordinator. She was very attentive to our requests for changes to the itinerary, very responsive to requests we had before and during our trip, and very accessible when we needed her to both answer questions and to arrange transportation when our itinerary changed abruptly due to bad weather on Islas Rosario.

Our first guide in Bogota, Juan was also very good. He connected well with everyone in the family. We especially loved the... read more

We had a great trip to Colombia. Natalia was a very good coordinator. She was very attentive to our requests for changes to the itinerary, very responsive to requests we had before and during our trip, and very accessible when we needed her to both answer questions and to arrange transportation when our itinerary changed abruptly due to bad weather on Islas Rosario.

Our first guide in Bogota, Juan was also very good. He connected well with everyone in the family. We especially loved the tour he led us on through the market, tasting may different fruits and foods. That was a highlight.

Our second guide, David in Pereira, was equally good. He also connected with the whole family and was easy to talk to. He gave us a lot of insight into modern Colombia. We really enjoyed the hike among the Wax Palms.

We had a little less time with our third guide, Sergio in Cartagena but he too was excellent. He showed us places and offered us information and opinions about Cartagena and Colombia that we would not have gotten on our own. We even ran into a Colombian soccer great, Carlos Valderrama and Sergio was able to get him to take a photo with my soccer loving son!

Our transportation was always very punctual and comfortable. The drivers were generally good.

Our hotels were also mostly excellent. The Hotel de la Opera in Bogota figured out it was my wife's birthday and left a nice piece of cake in our room. A very nice touch. WE loved the setting of the Hotel Sazagua, we loved the location of the Hotel Bantu, and we felt the service at all these hotels was excellent. The only hotel we didn't just love was the hotel Majagua on Isla Rosario. It was a bit expensive, the service was okay but it felt like we were being sold something the minute we stepped off the boat. It was also very windy. I did appreciate that they got us back to the mainland safely because the weather turned bad and it threatened to keep us there and possibly miss our plane the next day.

All in all, it was a memorable trip. Thank you.

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4-5 Days in Panama

Traveler looking to connect Colombia and Panama. Interested in spending 4-5 days in Panama, open to suggestions based on his time. No flight confirmed yet, but wants to travel as soon as possible this month in order to get best rates. Comfort budget (14...

A couple is visiting Colombia in April 2019

15 days in Colombia with Camino Verde Trek

We want t fly into Bogota on November 23 and leave from Cartagena on December 9. We like outdoor adventure and ecosystems along with a little culture. Love to hike and ski. We live in a ski town in USA.

A couple visited Colombia in November 2017

Colombia tour with NYE in Cartagena

Visiting Colombia in December for about 10 days. We are looking to do as much as we can, and experience diverse things as Colombia has so much variety! (ocean, mountain, city, coffee, museums, history, nature). We would like strictly private tours as we...

Group of 3 friends visited Colombia in December 2017

10 days Colombia - Bogota, Cartagena, Coffee region

I am being flown to a conference in Bogota with my boyfriend joining at the end of the week. We would like to spend a couple of days in and around Bogota and then definitely go to Cartagena. I would like to see some natural beauty too, potentially the...

A couple visited Colombia in October 2017

Honeymoon in Colombia!

We are traveling for our honeymoon and would like a mix of adventure and relaxation. We are definitely interested in exploring the historic and cultural sights, would like to eat good authentic food but also want to do a little partying. Would like to...

A couple visited Colombia in May 2017