Colombia Tours & Travel

Colombia has undergone a Renaissance. Thirty years ago, the Andean nation was off-limits for most travelers. No more. Today it’s a vacation hotspot, with a flourishing economy, a stable political system, and vibrant cities featuring ultra-modern museums and some of the hottest nightlife south of the Equator. Whether it be the trendy cultural scene of Bogotá or the colonial fortress at Cartagena, the rich coffee fields of the Zona Cafetera or the tropical warmth of Cali, in Colombia you’ll find yourself in a world where the magical realism of writers like Gabriel García Márquez suddenly seems possible. Our Colombia Tours & Travel Packages will guide you through this land of marvels.

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When is the best time to travel to Colombia?

The best time to travel to Colombia is during December, January, and Holy Week, when the number of festivals for visitors to enjoy is highest. With the country’s location on the equator, the weather is relatively stable, with major variances in temperature due to altitude, as opposed to season. Therefore, Colombia can be visited during the rest of the year as well. See all Colombia FAQ.

The Best Places to Visit in Colombia

From no-go to must-see: in just 20 short years, Colombia has been utterly transformed. Gone are the guerrilla wars and narco-insanity of the 80s and 90s. In their place, this vibrant, dynamic nation has created a booming tourist industry with some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in the Americas. This means sizzling coastal beaches, lush coffee fincas, multicolored rivers that flow like liquid rainbows, all in a landscape that shifts from Andean peaks to tropical jungle…

1. Cartagena

This sultry Caribbean port is among the most magical places in the hemisphere. Immortalized in the novels of Gabriel García Márquez, its walled city evokes a romantic era of pirates and privateers, viceregal palaces and bougainvillea-covered mansions…

2. Bogotá

Athens of South America? Or latter-day Babylon? Colombia’s dazzling capital is a little bit of both, with a vibrant cultural life that encompasses street art, pre-Hispanic gold, and some of the most exciting museums on the continent—while also not skimping…

3. Zona Cafetera

Looking for a good cup of joe? The fertile triangle framed by the towns of Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia produces some of the best in the world. When you visit, you’ll experience every stage of the coffee-production process at one of the local fincas—and discover…

4. Tayrona National Park

In this vast Caribbean reserve, mountains, sea, and shore fuse to make one of Colombia’s most enchanted natural destinations. During the day, enjoy snorkeling among coral reefs or wildlife spotting in the jungle brush. At nightfall, spectacular sunsets await…

5. Medellín

Colombia’s “City of Eternal Spring” is a place brimming with art and beauty. From the paintings and statues of native son Fernando Botero to the hilltop parkland of Parque Arví, the city charms with its visual pleasures, which reach a climax in the weeklong Flower Festival…

6. Cali

Regarded by many as the world’s salsa capital, this vibrant city in the steamy Valle de Cauca features bewildering array of places to shake one’s groove thing. There’s also a funky colonial downtown, butterfly farms, and a sprawling zoo. Don’t leave without trying…

Colombia Travel Articles

In Colombia, Reveling In The Human Comedy Of Fernando Botero

“Al man le gustan las rechonchas.” The gallery-goer, hands clasped behind his back, is leaning in to his bemused-looking girlfriend. He assays the faintest of smiles, as the two contemplate the outsized canvas. Depicted on it is a bloated, babified Mona Lisa with diminutive hands. Dude likes them chubby…

Cartagena

Scouting Out Pirates And History At Cartagena’s Off-The-Radar Spanish Forts

Cartagena, Colombia. With summer just around the corner, the fortifications in this gorgeously salty Caribbean jewel are heating up. No, it’s not from the baking equatorial sun, which, sweaty though it be, at least in Cartagena has the virtue of consistency, keeping the temperature on the chalk-white…

Bogotá

Ten Happiness-Inducing Activities in Bogotá, Colombia’s Festive Capital de Rumba

Drinking games involving (exploding) gunpowder…vibrant canvases of lovers dancing cheek to chubby cheek…scintillating rafts of pre-Hispanic gold…all-night accordion blowouts hosted by the king of vallenato…All this, and more, is Bogotá. Set on a 9,000-foot plateau at the foot of green Andean peaks…

Zona Cafetera

Getting To Know Beans About Coffee At Colombia’s Hacienda Venecia

“You don’t drink much coffee? Well, don’t worry: that means you’re like a true Colombian.” Juan Pablo Echeverri pats me reassuringly on the shoulder as he says this. The manager of the Hacienda Venecia coffee finca and I are in the plantation’s silo area, standing amidst hills of dried beans. “It’s strange…

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