Colombia

Colombia is fast emerging as one of the most popular travel destinations in South America. After a dark and well documented history of drug cartels, the country has transformed itself into one of the most delightful, friendly and fascinating countries in which to travel. Colombia boasts a rich and intriguing Spanish colonial history including the UNESCO designated city of Cartagena, which is a real gem and is the only South American country with coastlines on both the Atlantic and the Pacific side.

The country also has three majestic mountain ranges, wonderful beaches, snowy peaks and Andean landscapes including the fertile coffee triangle renowned for its incredible coffee and hiking and then the Amazon regions is home to an extraordinary wealth of fauna and flora.

With its fascinating pre-Columbian civilisations, rich cultural history and spectacular scenery, the country has emerged as one of the continent’s most enchanting gems.

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Street food tour of Cartagena

Cartagena

Cartagena offers a fantastic variety of wonderful cuisine with its Spanish and African influences dating back centuries and this Street Food walking tour is led by local culinary artisans who will take you to shops, markets and street food stalls to learn about the city’s traditional food heritage. You get to taste a whole host of tasty meals prepared by locals around the city and also enjoy a cookery class where you get to prepare a selection of interesting dishes.

Zipaquira Salt cathedral

Zipaquira

The Zipaquira Cathedral is located about 1.5 hours outside of Bogota and is a stunning building excavated below ground within the salt mines and is a fabulous feat of engineering. The name Zipaquira refers to Zipa, the leader of the Muisca tribe and the chief of these rich salt mines. The tour begins by visiting the cathedral down under the ground via a tunnel that passes the fourteen Stations of the Cross and continues on to the dome. From here you head to the enormous cross carved into the saline rock and finally the three naves of the Cathedral that represent the birth, life and death of Christ. In the central nave is the main altar, above which is the cross that measures 16m in height and 10m in breadth, made by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez and is the largest cross made from salt in the world. This is a remarkable cathedral and a unique place to visit.

December to April and July to August tend to be the best and drier months to travel around Colombia. May & June can bring some quite heavy rain in places as can October & November, but travel is possible throughout the year.

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Classic Colombia

  • 2 nights at Sofitel Victoria Regia, Bogota
  • 1 night at CasaTerra, Villa de Leyva
  • 2 nights at Hacienda Bambusa, Coffee Region
  • 3 nights at Patio del Mundo, Medellin
  • 3 nights at Hotel Santa Clara, Cartagena

(Prices based on two people sharing a twin/double room excluding the cost of international flights London/Bogota/London).

From £3,372 per person

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COLOMBIA KEY INFO

Visa

No Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT - 5 Hours

Flight Time

11.5 hours Direct

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