“I am interested in a trip that takes us through the 5 regions of Colombia.”
Trip planning highlights
Colombia Andes, Amazon & Caribbean
Summary of the trip planning conversation
Thanks so much for getting in touch with kimkim and my apologies for not getting to you earlier, I'm Juan Ortiz your selected in-country travel specialist for Colombia.
So, great to hear that you're interested in a journey around the 5 geographical regions of Colombia. Let's have a quick re-cap of what they are and what things you should take into account when visiting each one, followed by some quick Q's:
1. Andean - covers the 3 Andean ranges which includes Bogota, Coffee Region, Medellin, Cali (70% of Colombia's population live in the Andes), San Agustin and many other fantastic natural sites and national parks. Lots of varied culture, history, archaeology and of course, nature (lots of it).
2. Pacific - very much virgin still with possible sites being Nuqui and Bahia Solano (nr national park Utria). Flights here all connect through Medellin and you'll have to allow a day either side for transit with a possible overnight in Medellin. Attractions include indigenous and afro-descendant cultures, whale-watching, exuberant nature, coastline and lots of jungle. Check out: http://www.elcantil.com/en/lodging-hotel-nuqui ......as an example of the type of place that we use a lot....
3. Amazon - a stunning place and not yet considered by the international traveller as a viable Amazon option in comparison to other countries that share this great forest, but believe me, Colombia's Amazon is fantastic. Varied indigenous cultures, jungle lodge stays and amazing wildlife typify any Colombian Amazon stay. Check out: http://www.calanoaamazonas.com/lodge.html ......as an example of a place that we use a lot.
4. Llanos - The great tropical savannahs that extend into Venezuela and that offer one of Colombia's best wildlife watching experiences. Here you can get the chance to stay on an original 'Hato' (farm) and explore the vast grasslands where Anaconda, Capybara, Deer and all knds of riparian wildlife habit. Also gain an insight into 'Llanero' cowboy culture. Check out: http://www.juansolito.com/ ......for a Hato that we use regularly...
5. Caribbean - A mixture of stunning coastline, golden beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the mystical Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal range on Earth and home to indigenous cultures that date back to ancient times....the Sierra is also one of Colombia's (and by connection the world's) best places to bird, if you're into that......
Hopefully this helps, it would help a lot if you could give us an insight into what your interests are and a brief description on what your travel style is so we can start looking at possible options.
Please send through as many questions as necessary!
All the best,
Hi Juan! We would like a mix of historical exposure, hiking, beach-going, maybe some para-sailing, ziplining, sky-diving. Adventure, nature, and culture and history.
Hi, thanks so much for coming back to me with the details.
So, I may as well tell you straight off the bat that we don't deal with para-sailing and sky-diving (not really what we do to be fair) and ziplining in Colombia is still in its infancy, as in there are some but they're not worth travelling to just for that if you know what I mean.
What do you think of what I sent through? Are there any regions in particular that you like the sound of? Let me know.
In the mean time I shall start formulating an itinerary idea for you to have a look at.
Will be in touch soon.
All the best,
We had a chance to review these regions in more detail and they all looked great. Do you think it would be possible to visit all in a two-week time period?
The quality of the tours was amazing. Everywhere we went, we had dedicated drivers. The only thing I would change is the hotel in Cartagena. It felt a little run down and dirty. Otherwise, everything else was perfect! My favorite stay was in La Jorara.
Juan & his team made themselves available 24 hours a day, even when we had a flight delay.