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Colombia

Forget what you think you know about Colombia and come enjoy our private Colombia tours to see why the Colombian tourism board says “the only risk is wanting to stay!” South America’s forgotten gem has become one of the world’s top destinations (honored by New York Times). It has everything: wild jungle, mountain hiking, charming colonial towns and tropical coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean. Colombians are incredibly friendly; dancing and music are coded into their DNA; and the weather here is nearly perfect year-round.

Colombia’s growing capital, Bogota, and its second city, Medellin (or City of Eternal Spring), are full of great food, interesting neighborhoods, outgoing people and have become top destinations in South America for the business and technology industries. On our private Colombia tours, though, we recommend venturing out to discover Colombia’s natural splendor through its many trails and treks. From the jungle-rich, alluring Tayrona National Park to the unique wax palms forests of the Coffee Region, there are thousands of options for exploring on foot or horseback.

Each of our private in Colombia tours is masterfully choreographed with special local access and impeccable service.

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Cartagena & Caribbean Coast

The Coffee Region

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Bogota cosmopolitan capital

Cartagena de Indias is indisputably the jewel of the Caribbean. Known as Colombia’s fortified UNESCO port-city, Cartagena is romantic, enchanting and magical.
At any hour of the day, be swept away by the Old Town’s maze of cobble-stoned streets filled with vibrant 400-year old houses drenched in cascading bougainvillea. Around the corner, be mesmerized by sparkling emerald-encrusted jewelry and sleek leather goods. Escape to the New Town (Ciudad Nueva) where luxury condominiums are overtaken by blaring cumbia and salsa bands until the wee hours of the morning in Castillogrande, Lagito and Bocagrande, Cartagena’s Miami Beach. Window-shop and sip fresh Colombian coffee among the chic hip cartagenos in trendy open-air cafes by day and return for exquisite five-star dining at night. Then be whisked away on a private one-hour boat ride to the clear waters of Islas del Rosario, where coral reefs sway and delight, or Isla de Barú, where white-sand beaches and palm trees encourage the perfect getaway and recharge after an entrancing visit in Cartagena.
Verdant green mountains, towering 70-meter wax palm trees, bright red Arabica coffee beans and dazzling array of tropical flowers are a small taste of what makes Colombia’s sumptuous Coffee Region so special.
Here you can drink in the comforts of boutique fincas (farms) and eco-luxury haciendas amidst cooler temperatures and a higher altitude. This exquisitely vast 350,000-hectare UNESCO World Heritage Site is marked by the three main cities: Pereira, Armenia and Manizales. In Periera, take in the luxurious Botanical Gardens, enjoy a thrilling water-based sport along the Rio Barragan, saunter by horseback through Santa Emilia’s lush national park and nature reserve, and relax in the thermal baths at Santa Rosa de Cabal. At night, enjoy the region’s best nightlife. Wonder at the Quimbaya tribe’s archaeological artifacts in Armenia’s award-winning architectural museum masterpiece before idling in the surrounding beautiful gardens. Discover the highly biodiverse Otun-Quimbaya reserve, which spans 489 hectares and is home to howler monkeys and over 300 species of birds! Manizales boasts exquisite baroque-style architecture of the stunning Governor’s Palace, the towering Bolivar Condor monument and majestic Basilica de Manizales Cathedral located in the heart of Manizales, the central Bolivar Square. Feast on dizzying panoramic views, a restored railway station and the stunning Los Yaruma ecological park.
Medellín is hailed as the most innovative city of the world, and Colombia’s liveliest and most creative city! Since shedding it’s heavy and outdated nickname as “the most dangerous city in the world,” the City of Eternal Spring has flourished into a much wealthier, safer and hip city.
Float through Colombia’s second largest city’s dramatic skyline of rugged Andean peaks, tall skyscrapers, and ancient cathedrals on the modern metro-rail or new cable-car network. Take in Medellín’s fashion-forward boutiques and try on original apparel from the city’s annual fashion show, Colombiamoda. Marvel at the city’s colorful array of gorgeous fresh cut flowers, dizzying textiles, and Botero sculptures dotting the dazzling city plazas and award-winning art galleries of this Antioquian city. Walk barefoot in the Zen Parque de los Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Park). Enjoy the stylish middle-class neighborhood of El Poblado. Partake in a mesmerizing tour of Comuna 13, a historical neighborhood that was the original recruiting grounds for Pablo Escobar. Bask in Medellín’s year-round summery climate, nearby forests and bird reserves. Enjoy less pollution, thanks to the novel eco-árbol, a tall, hi-tech tree-like structure that purifies 22,000 cubic metres of air every hour by removing carbon dioxide and traffic toxins. Attend one of the many festivals and understand firsthand why this valley-nestled city is a more desirable destination for upscale travel. Don’t delay. Experience Medellín’s magic today!
Bogotá is excitement. Zoom along the Carrera Séptima, a 12-mile autopista (freeway) that bisects the financial and commercial districts and government sector of this high-altitude capital.
Marvel at the hustle of ever-stylish Bogotános alongside stealthy emerald traders from inside an elegant cafe. Escape the noisy haze of honking cars in La Candelaria, a cobble-stoned barrio (neighborhood) with eclectic, brightly painted 300-year old homes and colonial-era landmarks, such as the neoclassical Teatro Colon and 17th century Iglesia de San Francisco. Drink in Bogotá’s hypnotic collection of pre-Columbian gold at the Museo del Oro before taking in Latin America’s most-recognized artist, Fernando Botero’s exaggerated paintings and sculptures at Museo Botero. Snake past hurried workers and the warm hues of the civic buildings to catch a teleferico (cable car) ride up to the picturesque Cerro de Monserrate (Monserrate Peak) where inviting fresh air, a soothing calm and breathtaking near-panoramic views of Bogotá’s sprawling expanse await you. Duck into the 17th-century white church, perched 3,152 metres (10,341 ft) above sea level, and snap a photo of the quaint shrine to El Señor Caido (The Fallen Lord), who watches over the bustling downtown city centre. Descend back into exhilarating Bogotá to lunch at a stylish patio in the trendy, tree-lined streets of north-end Zona Rosa and Zona G. This barrio, burrowed in the base of the Andes, is where upper class Bogotáns shop for up-to-date fashions at upscale malls and boutique hotels. Expect cooler climates at nighttime here and don your fashionable finds for some all-night dancing. Be sure to share some Agua Caliente, the beloved national liquor, by drinking from the bottle’s cap while captivating rhythms of cumbia drown your senses. On Sundays, leisurely stroll Bogotá’s infamous Ciclovía, or Open Streets, a weekly closure of more than 70 miles of roadways from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here some of Bogotá’s normally dangerous, car-laden streets can finally be experienced at ease. Relax with an ice cream and take in the pretty Nuestra Señora de Torcoroma Church. Pleasing white stalls house beautiful artisan leather goods, wooden kitchenwares, delicious sweets, and captivating artwork by local artists at the attractive Mercado des Pulgas (flea market).

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COLOMBIA Travel Guide

Welcome to Colombia, a destination brimming with vibrant culture, diverse landscapes, and rich history. Wander through Bogotá’s bustling markets, savor the colonial elegance of Cartagena, and immerse yourself in Medellín’s innovative spirit. Discover the Coffee Triangle’s lush plantations and hike the breathtaking trails of Cocora Valley. Relax on the Caribbean coast’s pristine beaches or explore the Amazon rainforest’s biodiversity. With so much to offer, Colombia promises an unforgettable adventure for every traveler. Let our guide help you uncover the hidden gems and iconic highlights of this enchanting country.

Things to See and Do in colombia

Colombia is a treasure trove of diverse experiences, offering something for every kind of traveler. Here are some highlights:

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Best Time to Visit Colombia

Colombia’s diverse geography means that the best time to visit can vary depending on your destination and interests. Generally, the country experiences two main seasons: the dry season (December to March and July to August) and the wet season (April to June and September to November). Regardless of the season, Colombia’s climate allows for year-round travel opportunities, each offering its own unique experiences. Plan your visit based on your preferred activities and the regions you wish to explore.

Colombia Travel Packages

Discover the wonders of Colombia with a travel package tailored to your preferences. Whether you’re looking for luxury, adventure, or a combination of both, Latin Excursions offers a range of options to suit every traveler. Enjoy bespoke itineraries that take you through Bogotá’s vibrant culture, Cartagena’s stunning coastlines, and the lush landscapes of the Coffee Triangle. Each package is designed to provide a unique and memorable experience, ensuring that your journey through Colombia is nothing short of extraordinary.

Getting Around in Colombia

Exploring Colombia is made easy with a variety of transportation options to suit every traveler’s needs. Domestic flights efficiently connect major cities such as Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena, making air travel a convenient choice for long distances. For those who enjoy scenic routes, long-distance buses provide an affordable way to see the countryside. In cities, taxis and ride-sharing apps offer accessible and reliable transportation. For more flexibility, consider renting a car or booking private transfers. Guided tours also provide a seamless way to explore Colombia’s diverse regions with expert guidance.

What to Know Before Traveling to colombia

Before embarking on your Colombian adventure, here are some essential things to keep in mind:

Most visitors, including those from the US, Canada, and the EU, can enter Colombia without a visa for up to 90 days. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date.

Spanish is the official language, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas and major cities. Learning a few basic Spanish phrases can enhance your travel experience.

The Colombian Peso (COP) is the official currency. Credit and debit cards are accepted in most urban areas, but it’s wise to carry cash for smaller towns and rural areas.

Colombia has made significant strides in improving safety for tourists. However, it’s important to stay informed about local conditions, avoid risky areas, and exercise common travel precautions, such as not displaying valuables openly.

Colombia’s climate varies by region and altitude. Coastal areas are hot and humid, the Andes are cooler and wetter, and the Amazon is hot and rainy. Pack accordingly and be prepared for sudden weather changes.

Colombia is known for its warm hospitality, vibrant music, and rich traditions. Embrace local customs, try traditional dishes like arepas and bandeja paisa, and participate in festivals like the Carnival of Barranquilla to fully experience Colombian culture.

By keeping these things in mind, you’ll be well-prepared for your Colombia vacation and able to fully enjoy all the amazing experiences Colombia has to offer.

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These itineraries are known as ‘Best Value’ because they have been meticulously crafted, thoroughly tested, and vetted by our team. By choosing a “Best value” itinerary your trip will include private tours, seamless transfers, and knowledgeable guides, all while enjoying comfortable accommodations of high quality. To offer you the best possible pricing, these trips are priced as they are. However, should you wish to make any changes to the itinerary such as changing a destination, our team can customize the trip.

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Situated in the surrounding plains of Colombia’s lush Orinoco River basin, Corocora Camp in Llanos Orientales offers a rare glimpse into the country’s cowboy culture and traditions, plus so much more during your stay. This is as exclusive and remote as it gets…
This home has 4 rooms with 2 spacious rooms with private balcony and ensuite bathrooms. One of the rooms is designed for an entire family with 2 smaller bedrooms with a shared bathroom An ample open kitchen with a free flowing living room will…
Casa Tejadillo is a spectacular 5-bedroom villa with a very large terrace, ideal to soak the tropical sun and have views of Cartagena. 2 large living areas make the home ideal for socializing. Large dining spaces with many sleeping…
Located in the vibrant region of Santander, Villa Barichara is a private villa built using age-old adobe techniques, but equipped with modern amenities. Each bedroom is generous in proportions and has an “en suite” bathroom. With 4 bedrooms and 6 bathroom…
Nestled amongst the lush and verdant scenery of Colombia’s coffee producing region, a stay at Villa Coffee Country is an invitation to truly meet the heart and soul of Colombia. An enclave of peace and tranquility designed by the Colombian architect…
This home has 4 rooms with 2 spacious rooms with private balcony and ensuite bathrooms. One of the rooms is designed for an entire family with 2 smaller bedrooms with a shared bathroom An ample open kitchen with a free flowing living room will…
Casa Tejadillo is a spectacular 5-bedroom villa with a very large terrace, ideal to soak the tropical sun and have views of Cartagena. 2 large living areas make the home ideal for socializing. Large dining spaces with many sleeping…

Mike and I want to thank Eric for arranging our trip to Colombia. The plan was thoughtfully prepared, as we were able to visit 4 very different areas, experiencing the varied regions and cultures. In addition, each of the hotels Eric chose were wonderful – we very much enjoy staying in luxury accommodations! There were so many activities that Eric planned for us, that it is hard to tell which we preferred more — but, to mind, we particularly enjoyed the Botero Museums in both Medellin and Bogota, the Favela in Medellin, the market and cooking class in Cartagena, the coffee tour, the hike and fruit tasting, and the Botanical Garden in Armenia. Thank you, again. I hope to work with Eric again to plan a trip to Argentina and Patagonia!”

~ Judith Goodman Colombia 2018

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