Colombia Holidays: An Overview

Fast recovering from a severe image problem, Colombia is once more one of South America's most vibrant holiday destinations. After falling head over heels in love with the country on a recent research trip, we at Original Travel predict this will be one of the stellar destinations of the next few years. Especially as Colombia is a shining example of a country that through sheer force of collective will has undergone a complete makeover. The country is well summed up by the local saying, "the only risk is wanting to stay."

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Cartagena is without doubt one of the coolest cities in Latin America - the old town has been beautifully restored and is now buzzing with fantastic restaurants, bars and boutique hotels
  • Tayrona National Park, where the jungle meets the Caribbean Sea, boasts one of the most impressive landscapes of anywhere in the world
  • There is still so much to discover in Colombia, so if you like to get somewhere ahead of the crowd, this is your place - it's not oversaturated with tourists
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Luxury Travel to Colombia: The Detail

Our Latin America team can arrange completely personalised trips to Colombia, to take in the country's scenic highlights including its Caribbean coastline, historic towns, coffee plantations and soaring Andean ranges. In the space of a week or two, a varied trip could take in one of several attractive boutique hotels in colonial Cartagena, Caribbean island life and the pristine Tayrona National Park.

Did you know

  • The country's name derived from the name Christopher Columbus
  • Colombia has the world's most colourful river
  • Colombia has the world's highest seaside mountain range, the Santa Marta
  • The country has 84 different indigenous tribes spread across the country
  • The national sport is called 'Tejo'

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Original Highlight

Despite the not-so-glowing recent history, Colombians are some of the friendliest people out there and are determined to show you that you are safe and make sure you have a great time in their country.

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A note on price

Colombia is very much about the experience, so if you’re happy with more basic accommodation, there are lots of charming haciendas that are full of character - and which won't break the bank. Of course, at the other end of the spectrum, private villas and high end hotels in Cartagena over New Year can easily set you back thousands a night. Learn more about our pricing

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Flight from London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs


Top picks for Colombia

Sofitel Victoria Regia

Sofitel Victoria Regia

Bogotá

In an upmarket area in the north of the city, this hotel is a good bet for fans of the Sofitel chain and its reliable service and facilities.

Where to stay

Sofitel Victoria Regia
Santa Marta & Tayrona

Santa Marta & Tayrona

Colombia

At the top of the Andean spine, this beautiful corner of South America is little visited by tourists.

Where to go

Santa Marta & Tayrona
Casa Pestagua

Casa Pestagua

Cartagena

The former residence of the Count of Pestagua in 18th century Cartagena, Casa Pestagua has been lovingly restored by Colombian architect Alvaro Barrera to create the boutique hotel it is today.

Where to stay

Casa Pestagua
The Coffee Triangle

The Coffee Triangle

Colombia

Recently, and deservedly, made a UNESCO world heritage site, the Coffee Triangle is hidden away in the rolling hills of Colombia.

Where to go

The Coffee Triangle
Bogotá

Bogotá

Colombia

Also known as the Athens of the Americas, Bogotá has received substantial investment in recent years.

Where to go

Bogotá
Posadas Ecologicas

Posadas Ecologicas

Santa Marta & Tayrona

Simple thatched cabanas run by local people for the trickle of tourists that visit this area, making for a very special experience.

Where to stay

Posadas Ecologicas
Tcherassi Hotel & Spa

Tcherassi Hotel & Spa

Cartagena

Following an extensive two year restoration, a 250 year old colonial mansion in the heart of Old Cartagena is now the ultra-stylish boutique Tcherassi hotel.

Where to stay

Tcherassi Hotel & Spa
Visit a Coffee Hacienda

Visit a Coffee Hacienda

The Coffee Triangle

There is plenty to do and see in Colombia’s verdant coffee region, one of the most obvious perhaps being a visit to a coffee plantation to see how coffee is made.

What to do

Visit a Coffee Hacienda
Karmairi

Karmairi

Cartagena

Karmairi, Colombia’s first beachfront boutique hotel, is located on Manzanillo Beach and has a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

Where to stay

Karmairi
Ananda Boutique Hotel

Ananda Boutique Hotel

Cartagena

Located in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena, in a hip area full of trendy boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, and just a few streets away from the city’s historic centre.

Where to stay

Ananda Boutique Hotel
Charleston Casa Medina

Charleston Casa Medina

Bogotá

The Charleston Casa Medina is a five star hotel located in the heart of Bogota’s chic new entertainment, shopping and restaurant business district – Zona T.

Where to stay

Charleston Casa Medina
Hotel de la Opera

Hotel de la Opera

Bogotá

The hotel has an excellent location in the heart of Bogotá’s historical and cultural centre, adjacent to the Colón Theatre and just two blocks from the Plaza Bolívar and the cathedral.

Where to stay

Hotel de la Opera

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Mandy

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