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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
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
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.

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.

Sky and trees reflected in the Amazon River
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, Tayrona Park, Arrecife and Cabo San Juan - 9 days

Explore the beauty of Colombia's northern coast, from stunning Tayrona Parque to the colonial town of Cartagena. This 9-day itinerary starts and ends in Cartagena, with a variety of local activities including hiking, a visit to a coffee farm, touring through authentic local fishing villages and, of course, great salsa dancing.

One of Tayrona's stunning beaches on the Caribbean Sea
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

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Beach at Tayrona National Park
One Week in Colombia: 5 Great Itineraries

Planning to spend a week in Colombia? Seven days is enough time for a solid exploration of one region, or you can divide your time between two cities. Where you go depends on...

Hike through the Valle de Cocora in Colombia's Coffee Triangle.
How to Spend 10 Days in Colombia

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
Great Itineraries for Two Weeks in Colombia

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 is the ideal year-round destination: warm, tropical weather and a generally stable equatorial climate. One of South America’s most geographically diverse countries,...

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

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...

Plaza Botero, downtown Medellín
Medellín City Tour

The city of Medellín, located in central Colombia's Antioquia region, is a true global success story. Once plagued by cartel violence, over the past 20 years it has turned...

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...

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...

Our Latest Colombia Content

Discover Colombia's Cities & Islands - 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 head north to Cartagena's for colonial romance, art galleries, and rooftop bars before jetting off for two nights on the San Bernardo Islands.

Bogotá & the Colombian Highlands - 8 Days

With this outdoorsy, yet culturally rich 8-day tour, you'll explore the historic and cosmopolitan side of Bogotá before heading north through the scenic Colombian highlands towards two of the country's most photogenic cobblestoned towns. Here, you’ll visit the underground salt mines, hike the Iguaque Lagoon, bike the Suarez Canyon, and finally explore the Spanish Colonial wonder that is Barichara — oozing with charm — before flying back to the capital's buzzing restaurants and nightlife.

Cartagena Clock Tower
Colombia's Quintessential Highlights - 14 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this classic Colombian itinerary starts in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá and then travels north to the Caribbean Sea. Along the route, you'll visit the famous salt mines and charming colonial towns like Barichara and Villa de Leyva, with hiking in the Iguaque Sanctuary and biking in the Suarez Canal. Once you reach the coast, you'll spend a few days exploring the stunning Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona where you'll encounter white sand beaches, rainforests, and one of the few coral reefs in Colombia. You'll end with two nights in the romantic inner-walled city of Cartagena.

Colombia Travel Videos

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

Colombia Travel Maps

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5 Main Regions of Colombia: A Guide To Planning Your Trip
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Great Itineraries for Two Weeks in Colombia
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Best Places To Visit In Colombia
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Colombia
Travel specialist Nicolás Díaz
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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 Yuliana Martínez
active 1 day 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 Nathalie Clavel
active 28 mins 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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Travel specialist Natalia Rojas
active 3 hours ago

Natalia Rojas

Born and raised in Bogotá, I have had many opportunities to travel around my country to get to know the diversity of cultures, nature, landscapes, gastronomy and amazing activities that connect...

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Trip Reviews for Colombia

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Michael

Trip to colombia, Colombia - Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2018

Traveler: Michael T. - Local specialist: Nathalie Clavel

Sharon in Bogota was amazing, as was David in Perreira.
Lovato in Medellin did a great job.
Dency in Cartagena lived up to her name (meaning "Dignified , explorer, powerful, happy, beautiful.")

We learned so much from each of the guides and enjoyed the various day trips and tours.

The wax palms hike and Penon of Guatape got us out into the countryside and were good physical challenges for me.
Loved the Cathedral of Salt, which was my "add" to the itinerary.
The coffee plantation visit was... read more

Sharon in Bogota was amazing, as was David in Perreira.
Lovato in Medellin did a great job.
Dency in Cartagena lived up to her name (meaning "Dignified , explorer, powerful, happy, beautiful.")

We learned so much from each of the guides and enjoyed the various day trips and tours.

The wax palms hike and Penon of Guatape got us out into the countryside and were good physical challenges for me.
Loved the Cathedral of Salt, which was my "add" to the itinerary.
The coffee plantation visit was amazing.
Really, a great trip and filled with surprises for me, since my daughter did most of the itinerary planning with Nathalie.

Colombia , Colombia - Nov 24 - Dec 1, 2018

Traveler: Tiffany J. - Local specialist: Nicolás Díaz

Thank you Nicolás for planning our trip on short notice and being so responsive to our questions! We had a great time and things went smoothly - from our transfers to our accomodations and our guides. We especially liked our accomodations in Cartagena and Tayrona. Our guides were also wonderful, particularly Jairo in Bogotá. He was very flexible and knew a great deal. I can't recommend him enough!

Denise

La guajira, caribbean, bogota, Colombia - Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2018

Traveler: Denise M. - Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento

Miguel was a very competent careful driver. The driving part of the trip was longer and tougher than expected - 9 hours day 2, 7 hours day 3, 6 hours day 4. There was a lot of extreme poverty with many beggars requesting water and rice because they were so hungry. The main sites to visit were nice enough but the scenery along the way much less interesting than I had imagined. Taroa dunes beach is lovely. Places we stayed at understandably very primitive. Food monotonous but we did not... read more

Miguel was a very competent careful driver. The driving part of the trip was longer and tougher than expected - 9 hours day 2, 7 hours day 3, 6 hours day 4. There was a lot of extreme poverty with many beggars requesting water and rice because they were so hungry. The main sites to visit were nice enough but the scenery along the way much less interesting than I had imagined. Taroa dunes beach is lovely. Places we stayed at understandably very primitive. Food monotonous but we did not get sick.
We very much enjoyed the boat trip in camarones. Carlos, our boatman and guide was well informed and we saw many flamingos and red ibis. Learned about Wayuu which interested me. Would NOT recommend trip to others unless they have some real reason to be interested in area.

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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

Tayrona National Park

Hi There - we were wanting to do a trip to the Tayrona National Park and will be flying into Santa marta on the 18th of June at 4:15 and departing on the 22nd of June at 1pm. We would love a mix of walks and nature as well as culture and was also interested...

A couple visited Colombia in June 2017