At the northern tip of South America, Colombia is a vibrant, colourful country. Like hiking? Colombia is home to vast rainforests and the Andes mountains, so there are plenty of trails to tackle. Love cities? Explore the busy streets of Medellin or visit Bogota with its colonial-era feel. Prefer to relax? Spread out on a beach in Cartagena or take a coffee tasting tour.
“A great trip covering best parts of Colombia - sights, food, people, hotels, travel (air and road transfers) and inclusions were all very good, as was the enthusiastic tour leader. Every stop could have been longer - definitely will be coming back to explore more of this fantastic country!”
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.