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 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

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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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.

Will, Original Traveller

A note on price

Colombia is very much about the experience over luxury, and as internal flights are often necessary, you should budget for around £4000 per person for a two week trip, including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

Flight from London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs


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Top picks for Colombia

Colourful Housing

Bogotá

Colombia

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

Where to go

Misty Day in Cocora

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

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

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

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

Four Seasons Casa Medina

Four Seasons Casa Medina

Bogotá

Having been declared a monument of cultural interest by the Colombian Ministry of Culture, and nestled amidst the ever increasing horizon of skyscrapers of Bogota, the characterful and chic Four Seasons Casa Medina is a welcome addition to the cities luxury hotel scene.

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Colourful Patterns of Cartagena

Cartagena

Colombia

One of Latin America's most attractive colonial cities, with boutique hotels and endless photo opportunities.

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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

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

B.O.G Hotel

B.O.G Hotel

Bogotá

B.O.G is the country’s, let alone city’s, first Design Hotel; and having opened in early 2012, it is certainly the coolest new kid on the block.

Where to stay

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

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

We were particularly impressed by the level of contact from you. We have fairly intense jobs and the fact that you were so communicative and helpful made organisation so easy.

Lucy

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