Holidays to Colombia
With a newly found exuberance, confidence and security, Colombia is set to be the next major Latin American hotspot in the years to come. From the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Bogota, you can start your journey through its cultural gems. The pre-Colombian Gold Museum is a must, highlighting the country’s fame for the mythical legend of El Dorado. From here, discover the humorous as well as dramatic art pieces of Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist. Then, there is the incredible underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira, a short drive from the hustle and bustle of this 8m strong city, an astounding architectural feat. When you tour Colombia, there is even more to see outside the capital.
West of Bogota lie the cities of Medellin and Pereira, famous respectively for their wildlife, culture and Coffee Triangle, one of the country’s most famous exports; or if dancing is more your thing, head south to Cali, which wrestles for the title as the ‘Home of Salsa’. From the populous Andes, you can head west to the remote Pacific west coast. An excellent and mysterious destination often shrouded in low clouds and high humidity it offers the more adventurous traveller superb trekking, whale watching and surfing.
Holidays to Colombia are not complete without a trip to Latin America’s best preserved colonial city, Cartagena. Deservedly named the ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’ this colourful city will enchant with its handsome colonial mansions, churches, and bougainvillea laden balconies. Enjoy excellent boutique hotels in the city’s historic heart and superb cuisine in some of the country’s finest restaurants. From here you can explore a hugely diverse coastline offering excellent trekking to the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains; the pristine beaches of Tayrona National Park and the wild and fascinating La Guajira peninsula and its indigenous Wayuu population.
Too long regarded as off-limits to international visitors, the second most populous country in South America has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, bringing the world’s attention to the marvels travel in Colombia has to offer. Contact us today for more details and we’ll organize an unforgettable Colombian adventure.
Day 1 Arrive in Bogota
Day 2 Full day trip to Gold Museum. Lunch. Trip to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
Day 3 Flight to Cartagena
Day 4 Half day city tour of Cartagena. This fascinating half-day tour starts with the visit of the most important monuments of Cartagena. Certainly the most impressive monument is the gigantic defensive wall that surrounds the old city, and overlooks the sea and its well-preserved colonial architecture. During the rest of the visit you will see the city’s churches, museums, plazas, restaurants, shops and jewelry stores. This combination of treasures makes Cartagena deserving of the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 5 Optional full day trip to the Rosario Islands
Day 6 Transfer along the Caribbean Coast to Santa Marta . Optional half day city tour.
Day 7 – 10 Departure for the Lost City /Ciudad Perdida Trek – 5 days/4 nights.
Santa Marta Snow-Capped Mountain Range is the highest coastal mountain range in the world. It rises up to 5775 meters at Bolívar peak. At this reserve one can find a humid jungle of slopes and foothills, tropical rain forest and rainy tundra as well as peaks that are covered by snow all year round. It also represents one of the most outstanding and impressive archaeological sites of the continent: The Lost City or “Ciudad Perdida” is situated at an altitude of between 900 and 1300 meters above sea-level in the middle of the jungle. The Lost City, with its terraced complexes, bridges, paths and aqueducts, is extraordinary, as is the track that leads us there, taking us through diverse and spectacular landscapes and climatic zones. Full board trek and sleeping in hammocks along the way.
Day 11 End of trek. Return to Santa Marta and transfer to Palomino
Day 12 – 13 Days at leisure in beautiful Palomino, one of Colombia’s most beautiful beaches
Day 14 Transfer to Santa Marta for flight to Pereira via Bogota.
Day 15 Day at leisure
Day 16 Full day tour of the Cocora Valley and Salento: with breathtaking landscapes, this is one of the most beautiful valleys in Colombia. Here one will find the impressive “Palma de Cera”, the official Colombian national tree and one of the tallest species of palm in the world. On the way back to our hotel, we visit Salento, a picturesque village with artisanal crafts shops.
Day 17 Flight to Bogota for onward flight to Dublin
Day 18 Arrival in Dublin
Price from €3,500 per person sharing + taxes Includes all flights, indicated tours (optional tours are not incl.), transfers and accommodation (bed and breakfast basis unless otherwise specified). Contact us to find out more about holidays to Colombia.