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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 · 11 days· 12 days · 13 days ·14 days ·15 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 Bogotá, Cocora Valley, Medellín, and Cartagena - 9 days
Bogotá, Cocora Valley, Medellín, and Cartagena - 9 days

On this 9-day tour, you'll get to explore the historical and cultural side of Bogotá 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 Medellín, 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.

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.

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.

Make The Most of Your Time in Colombia

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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 of Year 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

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
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
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...

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...

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...

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Fredonia, Colombia
5 Hidden Towns Near Medellín

Tucked neatly in a valley at the base of towering Andean mountains, Medellín is a city where the scent of freshly-cooked empanadas wafts down palm tree-lined streets, where graffiti art transforms neighborhoods into open-air museums and where the peaks that overlook the city offer a lush, flowery landscape and impeccable views from above.

Stop in colorful Raquira to pick up a souvenir or two or three
Map of Colombia's Cultural Interior - 14 Days
Colombia's Cultural Interior - 14 Days

This two-week cultural adventure is perfect for travelers who don’t mind skipping the Amazon, Pacific, or the Caribbean and want to get to the heart of Colombia's interior. Start the trip with plenty of time to explore the vibrant capital of Bogotá, and then travel north to the famous salt mines and one of the most well-preserved cobblestoned towns in the country, Villa de Leyva. You’ll then swing over to the striking metropolis of Medellín, throwing in day-trips to lakeside Guatapé and a working coffee farm before heading to Cali, the salsa capital of the world, and ending your journey in the “white city’ of Popayán.

Discover the ochre-colored sand formations of the Tatacoa Desert
Map of Southern Colombia Loop - 14 Days
Southern Colombia Loop - 14 Days

Discover Colombia's southern region on this two-week adventure, covering major highlights of the country from the capital city of Bogotá to the Pre-Columbian idols of San Agustín and to the well-preserved colonial town of Popayán. It's an itinerary fit for active travelers, history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife aficionados, and anyone with a thirst for adventure. You'll even have an opportunity to shake your hips to the sultry rhythms of Colombia's lifeblood: salsa music.

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 agents with a passion for Colombia
Travel specialist Laura Joy Bowman
active 11 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 Andrea Morita
active 3 hours ago

Andrea Morita

Building unforgettable experiences to create memories that live forever. I love customizing itineraries that fit perfectly to travelers.

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Travel specialist Nicolás Díaz
active 17 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 Nathalie Clavel
active 12 hours ago

Nathalie Clavel

While discovering Colombia as a visitor, I fell in love with the country, its dynamism and the warmth of its people. I decided to come back to work and help travelers discover the wonders of...

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Trip Reviews for Colombia

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

Planning your family trip to colombia: best tips & advice, Colombia - Jun 1 - Jun 22, 2019

Traveler: Ligia M. - Local specialist: Laura Joy Bowman

I traveled with my two boys 10 and 12 years old, we visited Bogotá, Sta Marta, Tayrona, Cartagena, Isla Baru and Cali, everything was so smoth transportation always on time, accommodations, Tayrona trip with the guide, Wilson was excellent my boys learned so much, in regards of organizing our intynery? Laura was always patient, worked with our budget, and always very professional and understanding of our needs. I definitely recommended it.
Ligia
Louisiana, USA

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Laura Joy Bowman, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ligia!

Thank you very much for taking the time to talk about your experience!

I'm so happy to hear you and your boys had a great time in Colombia! It was a pleasure organising your trip!

Looking at the photos, I'm sure you went home with great memories!

Kind regards,

Laura

Trip to colombia, Colombia - May 20 - May 30, 2019

Traveler: Harsh K. - Local specialist: Nathalie Clavel

Nathalie planned my vacation experience in Colombia perfectly. Not only was she flexible with my changes but she was also very understanding. From the tour guides to the transportation, everything worked out perfectly and I had no issues getting around since she was able to plan what I needed. I would highly reccommend anyone going to Colombia to use Nathalie if they're unsure as to what to do. Thank you for everything!

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Nathalie Clavel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Harsh, thank you for your feedback!
I am glad you had a great trip. You are welcome back at any time!
Best wishes,
Nathalie

One week in colombia: 5 great itineraries, Colombia - May 14 - May 16, 2019

Traveler: Cindy D. - Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento

We had a fabulous time in Columbia. Cami did a super job in setting up
the middle part of our week, which I think was so successful because of the several conversations we had on kimkim.

We were picked up promptly by our driver, Luis. I know he was called in late, as our our original driver was unable to. My one concern was that he had driven through the night to get us and we had a 6-7 hour drive ahead of us. In spite of that, he was a very cautious driver, talked with us, stopped when we... read more

We had a fabulous time in Columbia. Cami did a super job in setting up
the middle part of our week, which I think was so successful because of the several conversations we had on kimkim.

We were picked up promptly by our driver, Luis. I know he was called in late, as our our original driver was unable to. My one concern was that he had driven through the night to get us and we had a 6-7 hour drive ahead of us. In spite of that, he was a very cautious driver, talked with us, stopped when we needed to, or when we had to though out the construction zone. I learned much from him about Columbia and never felt in danger.

We arrived late to Hacienda Venecia, but still took lunch and had a very informative tour of the coffee farm by Johan. Again, we learned a lot and he was most generous with his time.

We loved this place and wished we would have had more time there, if only to watch the birds! Just beautiful and the accommodations and staff very nice.

Milton and Victor picked us up promptly in the morning for our trip up to Nevada. Milton gets an A+ in my book. He has a broad and deep knowledge of the region and was eager to share that with us. The paramo was awe inspiring, but I think he felt that way about it too. I did not expect him to stay with us long when we returned to Manizales, but he did and we enjoyed our tour there as well.

The one place I had mixed feelings about was the place we had lunch at. We decided not to take in the hot springs, so enjoyed watching and feeding the hummingbirds in the garden. I also enjoyed talking to one of the employees about the hummingbirds, who obviously was quite taken by them as well.

Milton had asked if we could have lunch in the warmer room, and it seemed that they agreed to it, but when we returned they had put our food in the colder room (we had just come down from the paramo) even though there were no other guests. Two of us had also wanted the traditional soup and lunch, and our driver I think wanted something off the menu, but we were told we could only order off the menu and that Milton and our driver had to have the traditional food. It did not seem quite right, but I do not know if that is culturally accepted. If not, I feel the treatment would have been enough for me to not want to use this place (which is too bad because the hummingbirds were such a treat). By the way, the little cafe we stopped at on the way to the paramo was a treat where we had the traditional cane soup and cheese. Perfect!

After touring Manizales, we were dropped off at the Quo hotel. Very modern and nice-much more than we needed, but very comfortable.

Victor picked us up the next morning and promptly delivered us to the Pereira airport. It was fun to talk to him about the area.

Thank you SO much for putting together a package that so perfectly suited our needs. We loved Columbia! Everyone we met was so friendly, kind and helpful. I hope we get back someday, but in the meantime will highly recommend it to friends (and kimkim). We wish the country and its people well.

With much gratitude,
Cindy

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Cami Sarmiento, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your review Cindy. It makes me very happy to know you enjoyed so much your short stay in the Coffee Region and that everyone took great care of you.
Thank you also for your comments about Termales del Ruiz. I will share this with them so that they realize the impact this behavior has on their visitors and don't do it again.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. We look forward to adventuring again with you, Tom and Laurie in the future.