Undiscovered by international tourists for decades, Colombia has only recently begun to gain the recognition it deserves as a fantastic holiday destination.  Forget everything you think you know and get ready to experience stunning landscapes, world-class diving and great hospitality.

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Wander around the colourful colonial buildings of Cartagena on a warm, sultry evening.  Stroll through the lush, green hills around Guatape with its perfectly temperate climate.  Have a taste of traditional Colombian cuisine in a buzzing Santa Marta restaurant or head to a tiny Caribbean island for some rest and relaxation.  There’s plenty going on, from scuba diving with sharks, to trying your hand at coffee roasting.  You can even venture deep into the Colombian jungle!  And if it’s culture that you’re after, the cosmopolitan centres of Medellin and Bogota are waiting to be explored.

Whatever you want to get out of your time in Colombia, Latin Routes can help you plan your dream trip.  As experts in South American travel, we can search out the best experiences and activities on offer. From organising awesome hotels to booking flights, we take the stress out of organising all the little details so that you can really make the most of your time away.

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Self Drive the Coffee Region

It doesn’t get much more picture perfect than the coffee district, or zona cafetera.  Stretching through verdant hills and with a fresh, temperate climate, this is a great spot to undertake some independent adventure.  Take a self drive tour from village to village, stopping off at family run fincas to learn more about the coffee growing process.  Try your hand at roasting your own brew and sit back and enjoy the results of your efforts.  Or take a stroll through field after field of coffee plants and palm trees, truly getting away from it all.

Air Safari

If you’re short on time, why not take an air safari?  Fly between your destinations to fit the most into your itinerary, from wildlife spotting to wandering around the streets of Cartagena.  Look for deer and armadillos from your jeep, go searching for anaconda and hike to beautiful, crystal clear waterfalls.  You’ll even get the chance to see fantastic religious monuments and sculptures in San Agustín Archeological Park.

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Looking for a totally unique experience? Then take a day trip out of Bogota to the nearby town of Zipaquira and visit the Salt Cathedral.  Built into the tunnels of a salt mine, this underground architectural gem still functions as a Roman Catholic church.  Complete with altars, religious sculptures and with a capacity of up to 8,000 people, this is an awe inspiring place to visit.

Gold Museum

For an eyeopening look at Colombia’s pre-Hispanic history, head to Bogota’s Gold Museum.  There are tens of thousands of artefacts here, each shedding light on cultural practices, social hierarchy and trade.  There are English and Spanish descriptions to go with each item, but it’s worth taking one of the free tours if you have time.

La Candelaria

Nestled in the heart of Bogota, the historic district of La Candelaria is well worth a visit.  Chock full of colonial architecture, quaint churches and museums, spend a full day to get the most out of it.  There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from, as well as a vibrant nightlife scene.

Guatape and El Peñol

Colourful houses and lush countryside typify the small town of Guatape.  Climb the iconic El Peñol for panoramic views out over the lakes, take a boat trip out on the water or even play paintball at one of Pablo Escobar’s abandoned mansions.  There’s more than meets the eye to this sleepy place, so spend more than a day to really explore.

Wine Holidays – Villa de Leyva

If you’re a wine lover, then there’s plenty for you here in Colombia.  Villa de Leyva is a sweet, traditional town tucked into the hills North of Bogota.  But even better, the nearby Marqués de Villa de Leyva Winery offer guided tours of the vineyards and wine cellars.  It doesn’t get much better than tasting wines grown and produced on the beautiful land stretching out before you.

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Bogotá

Colombia’s vibrant capital city, Bogota is where travellers go for a heady mix of city life and historic culture.  Museums, theatres and restaurants are aplenty, especially in the cultural centre of La Candelaria. Take a guided walking or cycling tour, settle into a coffee shop to watch the world go by or head out to one of the many bars or nightclubs. 

The Coffee Triangle

No visit to Colombia is complete without a few days in the Coffee region. Explore traditional fincas, go walking in the green hills and wander around cobbled market towns.  Coffee is one of Colombia’s biggest exports, so learn about it from the people closest to the process.

Medellin

Nowhere epitomises Colombia’s resurgence as a tourist destination quite like Medellin.  From trendy, coffee shop districts to open public spaces, there’s plenty going on here.  Head to the botanical gardens to enjoy the famously pleasant weather, or to a football match to soak up the atmosphere.  Whatever you’re after, there’s something here for you.

Cartagena

Bright, colonial architecture and a Caribbean climate are waiting for you in the coastal town of Cartagena.  The colourful, painted houses and shop fronts are among the most photogenic in all Colombia, while street performers and horse drawn carriages are around each corner.  When the heat of the day ebbs away, restaurants and bars spill out into the cobbled streets, making for long evenings of eating, drinking and whiling the night away.

Santa Marta

The gateway into Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta is a great place for the more adventurous traveller to base themselves.  Take a four day hike into the Colombian jungle searching for the Lost City, or a shorter day trip if that sounds a little too hardcore.  And if the jungle isn’t your thing, Santa Marta itself has plenty to offer.  Head downtown for a fantastic restaurant scene - try the arepas! - and lively, alfresco dining complete with fairy lights and buskers.

Tayrona National Park – Cañaveral Beach

Perhaps the easiest and most popular part of Tayrona National Park to explore, Cañaveral Beach is a stunning spot to spend a day.  It’s not the safest place to go for a swim, but you can go for a little paddle in the turquoise waters and stroll along the white, palm tree fringed sand.  This is also a great spot to try some day hiking further into the park.

San Andres

Sharks, barracuda, turtles, rays.  These are only some of the extraordinary marine animals you can expect to see while scuba diving on San Andres.  This Caribbean island, actually closer to Nicaragua than Colombia, is an ocean lover’s paradise.  If scuba diving isn’t your thing - no worries.  You can go snorkelling, on a boat trip, or simply take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful beaches.  And if something a little more rustic is in order, you can spend a few days on the nearby island of Providencia too.

If you would like to begin creating your perfect Colombia holiday, Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

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Colombia Weather & Climate

Colombia benefits from beautiful weather all year round. The differences in climate are dependent on altitude and whether you visit in the dry season or the rainy season.

Amazon

The temperature in Colombia’s Amazon region is fairly constant year round, at about 26°C.

The rainy season runs from October to May.  The dry season is June to September, although rainfall is still high during this period.

Bogota

Average temperatures range from 12°C to 15°C.  Rainy season is from September to November with a second rainy season in April and May.  The driest months are December, January, July and August.

Santa Marta

Average temperature range from 28°C to 30°C. Rainy season is May to November.  Dry season is October to April, when there is little to no rain.

Cartagena

Cartagena is hot all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 27°C to 29°C.  Rainy season runs from May to November, when the humidity can become uncomfortable.  Dry season runs from December to April.

Medellin

Medellin has a temperate climate, with average temperatures staying around 16°C or 17°C. Rainfall is reasonably high all year round, with the wettest months being October to December and April to May.

Coffee District

Average temperatures in the coffee district are around 20°C.  Rainfall is high all year round but is highest April to May and September to November.

If you would like to begin creating your perfect Colombia holiday, Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

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