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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. Learn more

Getting Around Colombia
There are a number of ways to travel between Colombia's cities and regions, navigating the country's diverse topography as you go. Domestic flights, car transfers, and boat transfers are all common ways to get around, depending on your route. Bogotá's El Dorado International Airport (BOG) is the most common arrival point for international travelers, while Cartagena and Medelliín also have airports with plenty of flight options. Learn more

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Colombia Tours & Itineraries

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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.

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.

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. 


Cartagena
Map of Best of Cartagena - 5-Day Itinerary
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
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.

A mountainous plantation in Colombia's Coffee Triangle
Map of Bogotá, Coffee Triangle & Caribbean Coast - 7 Days
Bogotá, Coffee Triangle & Caribbean Coast - 7 Days

Colombia is a nation of vibrant cities, sleepy pueblos, and extraordinary landscapes. This action-packed seven-day tour gives you a taste of the true diversity of this country. Within the span of a week, you'll visit the museums of Bogotá, savor freshly roasted coffee near Salento, and gaze at the sea from Cartagena's ramparts. 

Make The Most of Your Time in Colombia

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Street scene in the historic old city of Cartagena
How Many Days to Spend in Colombia

A great trip to Colombia requires at least five days to get a taste of one big city and its surrounding areas. The more days you can add, the more opportunities to explore...

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

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
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 Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Medellín
El Cielo Hotel
5.0
(7)
· Luxury
Situated in the Astorga neighborhood of Medellín, Elcielo Hotel & Restaurant offers a luxurious experience in a beautiful location. Just a short drive from Lleras Park and Santafé Mall, you'll have easy access to some of the city's most popular attractions. Additionally, the hotel is only 2.7...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Casa Medina Four Seasons
Bogotá
Hotel Casa Medina Four Seasons
5.0
(6)
· Luxury
Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá Casa Medina is an iconic architectural masterpiece that dates back to 1946, designed by Colombian artist-architect Santiago Medina Mejía. This urban property, declared an official Monument of Cultural Interest, is wrapped in historic elegance, with its beamed ceilings...
Medellín
Patio del Mundo
4.8
(12)
· Comfort
Patio Del Mundo is a charming property combining two beautifully restored villas in the El Poblado Provenza neighborhood of Medellín. Surrounded by lush gardens, the hotel is just a short walk from various bars, restaurants, boutiques, museums, and parks. You'll be staying in the heart of the...

Best Experiences in Colombia

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Come to Providencia for the diving
Explore Providencia
A 20-minute flight north from the island of San Andres lies Providencia. This small, tear-drop-shaped island is the heartland of Afro-Caribbean Raizal culture in Colombia. Beaches are few compared to San Andrés; however, there are several sites of interest, most of which are accessible by hiking....
Plaza Botero, downtown Medellín
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 itself around to become a model of safety, boasting a mass-transit system second to none. This six-hour tour begins in...
Bogotá
Zipaquirá & Nemecón Salt Mines Day-Trip
A mere 50 minutes north of Bogotá lies the town of Zipaquirá, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. While certainly a charming colonial town, Zipaquirá is a must-visit Colombian destination for one single landmark: the Salt Cathedral, located just outside of town. This is indeed a...

Our Latest Colombia Content

On a two-week adventure, you can combine Colombia's cities with beguiling regions like the Zona Cafetera
Map of 2 Weeks in Colombia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Colombia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Colombia, you can embark on a luxury highlights tour that features major cities, the lush Zona Cafetera, and world-renowned restaurants. Or, slow things down and enjoy relaxing stays at 5-star resorts along the Caribbean coast. If you're a nature fanatic, spend your time exploring the Amazon rainforest and Tayrona National Park, while those geared up to tackle authentic cultural activities hop between Bogotá, Armenia, and Cartagena and their surrounding landscapes.

Enjoy some pool time while exploring Cartagena (photo courtesy of Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena)
Map of Luxury Tour of Colombia's World-Class Cities & Caribbean Beaches - 14 Days
Luxury Tour of Colombia's World-Class Cities & Caribbean Beaches - 14 Days

Enjoy the good life on a luxury tour of one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world: Colombia. Over two weeks, you'll hit the highlights, starting in Bogotá with gourmet dining, museum visits, street art walks, and day trips to ancient lakes. Continue on to seductive Medellín for tours of its revitalized urban communities, wild times at nightclub restaurants, and visits to nearby landmarks before ending the adventure in colonial Cartagena and the Caribbean waters of Isla Barú.

In between stays in Bogotá and Cartagena, you'll relax amid the lush coffee estates of the Zona Cafetera
Map of Best of Colombia in Luxury: Bogotá, the Coffee Triangle & Cartagena - 14 Days
Best of Colombia in Luxury: Bogotá, the Coffee Triangle & Cartagena - 14 Days

Because of its wealth of natural beauty, any highlight tour of Colombia will be jam-packed with activities. Luckily, you have two weeks to experience the best, starting with museum and architecture tours in Bogotá, plus gourmet dining in the city's best restaurants. Continue to the famous Coffee Triangle for hikes and horseback riding in green valleys, then finish on the cobbled streets of coastal Cartagena to participate in dance and cooking classes, rum tastings, music workshops, and more.

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
Map 5 Main Regions of Colombia: A Guide To Planning Your Trip
5 Main Regions of Colombia: A Guide To Planning Your Trip
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Map 7 Days in Colombia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Colombia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Map 10 Days in Colombia - 5 Unique Itineraries
10 Days in Colombia - 5 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Colombia
Travel specialist Michael Gold
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Michael Gold

Since I was little, I have been fascinated by getting to know the great wide world. The exchange with other cultures has always been my focus. Therefore, I have made my interest my profession. In...

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Travel specialist Margoth Rico
active 12 mins ago

Margoth Rico

I have seen how Colombia has evolved from a dangerous destination to a safe, welcoming, and upcoming destination, and I am therefore extremely passionate to be part of my country's tourism...

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Travel specialist Felipe Rico
active 13 hours ago

Felipe Rico

I have seen how Colombia has evolved from a dangerous destination to a safe, welcoming, and upcoming destination, and I am therefore extremely passionate to be part of my country's tourism...

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Travel specialist Margarita Moreno
active 3 days ago

Margarita Moreno

Hola Hola! Thanks for allowing me to show you my country. I'm from Bogota, and I'm a travel lover. I have been exploring my country and discovering new and exciting places and lovely people to...

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Trip Reviews for Colombia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Taste of Colombia
Colombia | Mar 31 - Apr 9, 2024

Susan
Susan L.
Boise, ID | Reviewed on Apr 14, 2024
Our nine day trip to Colombia began in Bogota. We were delighted with our guide, Oscar. He provided great information, personalized service, and helped make our tours of the city and surroundings enriching and comfortable. We especially enjoyed the historical perspective he provided and his love of cooking! Our tour to Guatavita helped us to appreciate all of the history and the beauty of the gold that was displayed in the Gold Museum.
In Medellin, Sebastian, our guide helped us...
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Our nine day trip to Colombia began in Bogota. We were delighted with our guide, Oscar. He provided great information, personalized service, and helped make our tours of the city and surroundings enriching and comfortable. We especially enjoyed the historical perspective he provided and his love of cooking! Our tour to Guatavita helped us to appreciate all of the history and the beauty of the gold that was displayed in the Gold Museum.
In Medellin, Sebastian, our guide helped us understand life in this beautiful city. We especially enjoyed seeing Comuna 13 and learning about how the city of Medellin has evolved into the city it is today. Going to Guatape and climbing El Penol was a highlight. Sebastian was enthusiastic and a great ambassador for Colombia.
Cartagena is a vibrant colorful city and our guide, Anna, showed us various areas of the old city on a walking tour. We enjoyed fruit, ice cream, chocolate and rum tasting and learned much about the history of the city. Anna provided great historical insight and even helped us see a sloth in a city park! We also enjoyed a mangrove tour with a local fisherman. It was good to get a view of what life is like outside of the city.
Felipe helped us to arrange a tour that was suited to our way of travel. We covered history, art, food, culture and even managed to get out into the countryside to see life outside of the cities.

Hotel Review
Patio del Mundo
Medellín

Beautiful, peaceful and comfortable. Everything about this place provided a sense of calm. The staff was delightful and attentive. Location was great and near many nice restaurants.

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Activity Reviews
Guatavita Lake Tour
Guatavita Lake Tour
Bogotá
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Half-Day Coffee Farm Tour
Half-Day Coffee Farm Tour
Medellín

This was a nice sample of what coffee plantations are like on a small scale and close to Medellin. Our time didn't permit going to the coffee growing region so this was a nice compromise.

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The Best of Medellín City Tour (with Comuna 13)
The Best of Medellín City Tour (with Comuna 13)
Medellín

We really enjoyed being able to take the cable car and see Comuna 13. We also really liked the guide who was a resident of the Comuna 13 area. We enjoyed the vibrance of the community and seeing how this area is transforming.

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Walking Tour of Cartagena Old City
Walking Tour of Cartagena Old City
Colombia

We loved learning about the history of the city and it's people. Our tasting tours were informative and delicious.

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Welcome to Colombia!
Welcome to Colombia!
Colombia

On time and efficient.

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Highlights of Bogotá City Tour (with Gold Museum, Local Market and Monserrate Hill)
Highlights of Bogotá City Tour (with Gold Museum, Local Market and Monserrate Hill)
Bogotá

We enjoyed our entire experience. It was nice to see the Gold Museum prior to going to Guatavita.

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Guatape and El Peñol
Guatape and El Peñol
Colombia

We enjoyed climbing El Penol and the city of Guatape. The community was lovely to visit.

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Rum Tasting with Chocolate Pairing
Rum Tasting with Chocolate Pairing
Cartagena

We learned so much on this tour. We enjoyed tasting the rum and the nibbles that they provided were very good.

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Depart Colombia
Depart Colombia
Colombia

It was really great to have our guides help us with airport check ins. This really made things go much more smoothly than if we had to do the check ins on our own.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
All of our guides made sure we were checked in and good to go before they left us. A nice touch!
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Exotic Fruit Tasting Workshop and Local Ice Creams
Exotic Fruit Tasting Workshop and Local Ice Creams
Cartagena

The young women who provided the service at this venue were delightful! Koko and Vicky were great fun and very informative.

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Mangrove Tour with Local Fisherman
Mangrove Tour with Local Fisherman
Cartagena

Very interesting and enjoyable. We loved seeing the birds and seeing how the fishermen do their work. We learned a lot about the mangroves and the ecosystem there.

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Local specialist: Felipe Rico
Felipe
Felipe Rico
Local specialist in Bogota | Replied on Apr 14, 2024

Dear Susan,
A big THANK YOU for taking the time to write this detailed review. We really appreciate all your comments and feedback, and it is great to hear that you had an amazing time in Colombia!
It has ben a pleasure meeting you and I am very glad you enjoyed Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena and got to experience the diversity of Colombia, meet locals and immerse in our culture. Thank you very much for choosing us, and for making me a part of your trip, and I hope you stay in touch.

Best wishes,
Felipe

A Three Generational Family Adventure to Colombia
Colombia | Mar 29 - Apr 6, 2024

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Esta R.
Henrietta, NY | Reviewed on Apr 13, 2024
Thoroughly enjoyed our family adventure to Colombia, Had several wonderful guides, Juan Pablo, Gabriel, and Carlos and local driver (Francisco , who spoke excellent English) who not only shared their expertise about their country, but offered engaging conversation on various topics, and provided additional adult support, by going on the amusement rides at Parque del Cafe with the children or assisting in hands on activities such as basket weaving, chocolate making. Colombia is a beautiful... Read more

Thoroughly enjoyed our family adventure to Colombia, Had several wonderful guides, Juan Pablo, Gabriel, and Carlos and local driver (Francisco , who spoke excellent English) who not only shared their expertise about their country, but offered engaging conversation on various topics, and provided additional adult support, by going on the amusement rides at Parque del Cafe with the children or assisting in hands on activities such as basket weaving, chocolate making. Colombia is a beautiful country with many diverse activities for school age children to participate in. Hotel accommodations were comfortable and conveniently located in safe walkable areas. If you are looking for a destination that has a lot to offer , and is less than a 5 hr flight from the US East Coast, with minimal time difference, Consider visiting Colombia

Local specialist: Michael Gold
Michael
Michael Gold
Local specialist in San Agustín, Huila, Colombia | Replied on Apr 15, 2024

Hi Esta,
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, Esta! We're thrilled to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your adventure in Colombia. It sounds like you had a fantastic time exploring the diverse activities and destinations Colombia has to offer. We're happy to hear that you found the hotels comfortable and conveniently located. Colombia truly is a beautiful country with so much to offer for a family. Thank you for considering Colombia as a destination, and we hope to welcome you back soon for another experience in our beautiful country!
Best,
Michael & The Chaska Tours Team

Perfect trip to Columbia!
Colombia | Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2024

Kristin
Kristin C.
Nicetown-Tioga, PA | Reviewed on Apr 09, 2024

Michael put together the perfect itinerary for us and it was executed perfectly! He even scheduled some ad hoc requests durning the trip. Super responsive and have already recommended him to family and friends.

Local specialist: Michael Gold
Michael
Michael Gold
Local specialist in San Agustín, Huila, Colombia | Replied on Apr 09, 2024

Dear Kristin,
Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip and that everything went smoothly during your trip. Your recommendation means a lot to us. If you ever need assistance in the future or if your family and friends require travel planning services in Colombia, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Warm regards,
Michael & The Chaska Tours Team