The only country in South America to enjoy Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, Colombia ranks high in the list of the hottest travel destinations in the world. For a long time, Colombia wasn’t safe for tourists, and this means that travel is quite new to the country. As a ...
“A varied and well paced trip showing just some of what this beautiful country has to offer. Colombia has beautiful scenery, great variety of food, friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere. Foreign tourism is just beginning to take off, so go now! ”
“My first group tour & my first time to South America. A well organised and interesting trip. Nice group of people from all over the UK and Europe from various backgrounds and age groups. Very informative site seeing tour with easy walks within national parks, coffee regions and city locations. Enough time on your own if needed to look around, yet always felt part of the group.”
“I just want to state that we have traveled on nine previous occasions with Exodus and have always given ratings of four or more stars. This rating is not a reflection on Colombia, which we loved, but on the value for money this trip offers. Compared to previous trips this seemed to be very expensive basically for a trip that offered hotels and transport.”
“Colombia is a wonderful country and this trip gives an opportunity to taste a good variety of places, climates and altitudes. From Bogota to the serenity of the coffee zone, then over to the Caribbean and the jungle, we experienced more, and less, than we expected. More in that our guide did not seem to follow the trip notes, not sure if it was him or the notes that were wrong, and less in that there was a lot of free time with no activities, although we could have done them independently - easy if you speak Spanish. An expensive trip to have so much unorganised time.”
“I had the most amazing holiday cycling through the beautiful coffee region of Colombia, the challenging cycling was made so much easier by the amazing scenery and the camaraderie and friendliness of the whole group. The holiday lived up to all of my expectations and highlighted Colombia as a holiday destination which is safe, friendly and welcoming.”
“Coffee and cycling = Colombia. If you like both then you will love this trip...even if you don't like coffee but love challenging cycling then this is the trip for you! Visit areas hardly touched by foreign tourists, with stunning scenery and a brilliant local team.”
“Incredible scenery, rewarding cycling, and a fascinating insight into rural Colombia. We were the first group to do this trip and barely encountered any other foreign tourists for the entire duration - the route winds through picturesque valleys and mountains with drink stops either in local roadside restaurants or small towns. No transfers, just pure cycling! The hotels were well chosen on the whole, and nothing was too much trouble for the attentive team of Colombian staff. The bikes were great and support was constantly available if needed.”
The only country in South America to enjoy Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, Colombia ranks high in the list of the hottest travel destinations in the world. For a long time, Colombia wasn’t safe for tourists, and this means that travel is quite new to the country. As a result, you can still come across sights and attractions that are relatively unexplored and haven’t been splashed all over the internet.
The vast terrain of Colombia presents all kinds of outdoor explorations that range from diving, rafting, climbing and trekking. San Gil is famous as the adventure capital of the country, and Ciudad Perdida is where you get to enjoy inspired jungle walks. Other things to do during a trip to Colombia include hiking, scuba diving and whale watching.
Take a mud bath at El Totumo Volcano
Explore the Lost City of Teyuna
Climb to the very top of the El Peñón inselberg
Visit the underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
Cross the bridge at Las Lajas Sanctuary in Narino
Swim in the lagoons of Tayrona National Natural Park
See the annual Monarch butterfly migration
'Tranquilo' is the Colombian way of life. Everything and everybody is relaxed, and nothing is rushed. Whether you're lost, late, or panicking, locals will almost always respond with a simple 'tranquilo'.
Bring your toiletries with you when on a holiday in Colombia. Even something as simple as hair conditioner can be hard to come by in this country. When you do find them, they are often expensive and not of the quality you are used to.
Tips are usually included in your bill already. If you want to be sure, look for a line that says 'propina' on your receipt.
Be prepared to pay for 'luxuries' like soap and toilet paper when using public toilets.
Colombia has a historically bad reputation for drugs and gang violence. However, the country is very safe to visit. Take all the safety precautions you would normally take in any country and you will not experience any problems.
Colombia has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Colombia before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Colombia, do check out our Colombia Travel Guide for more information.