Culture and Nature Holidays in Colombia

 

Much of the magic and mystique that enshrouds Colombia undoubtedly comes from its unprecedented geography. After all, how many countries can boast two coastlines, jungles, glacier-capped volcanoes and sierras, three immense mountain ranges with over 100,000 square kilometres of cloud forest, island archipelagos, vast plains and deserts amongst others?

It is because of this physical diversity that Colombia is the most biodiverse country on Earth per square kilometre, boasting almost 20% of the world’s bird species and over 4,000 species of orchid to name just two of the remarkable facts about this Eden on Earth.

Consequently, Colombia’s extreme terrain has resulted in the abundant cultural mix that can be seen in its villages, towns and cities. Its illustrious history is characterised by the pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and modern epochs – each of which have left their own intriguing collection of landmarks, sites and culture, all with their own story to tell about how they’ve contributed to the Colombia we see today.

 

How our Colombia Culture & Nature Tours Work

Take your time

Our holidays in Colombia are perfect if you love to take leisurely walks through old and historical trails, visiting places at your own pace with ample time to take in the surroundings.

We’ll also include a well-deserved beach stay if required – it’s up to you.

A typical Culture and Nature holiday that covers the best cities and natural and cultural attractions lasts from 14 days.

This allows for sufficient time to experience Colombia’s excellent museums and cities, and to take in the sights, sounds and smells of a burgeoning South American country like no other.

Unbelievable Experiences at Excellent Prices

Our prices are very competitive. Due to our vast experience in the region, many of our experiences are not readily available to the independent traveller or international tour operator and we include a range of excellent activities within our trips compared to others.

As a rough guide a typical 15 day door-to-door Culture and Nature holiday for 2 people* can cost in the region of £3,000 GBP per person, including internal flights.

We do not provide international flights. Please refer to our frequently asked questions for details on what is included within our trip prices.

*We employ an excellent discount structure meaning that the larger the group, the lower the price. See our ‘Magical Colombia Culture & Nature Tour’ prices below for more details.

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Optimised Use of Time

Our primary aim is to maximise your experience in Colombia during your stay with us, that’s why you’ll see an amazing amount of Cultural and Natural activities compared to other tours of Colombia in the same price bracket.

Through careful trip planning and pacing we ensure that you have plenty to do, but not too much that it affects your enjoyment of Colombia. There’s a careful balance between doing too much and doing too little – we have years of experience in striking that balance, providing relaxing activities at key points during your trip to ensure that it is a holiday from beginning to end.

We’re not ones to leave you at your own devices for days and days (unless asked to do so!). It’s our job to ensure that you get the very best out of your Colombia adventure holiday.

Details of our Magical Colombia Culture and Nature Tour are provided below, though if you would like to something a little different to the itinerary then please contact us straight away and we’ll start work on your own Colombia tailor made holiday.

Unrivalled Nature

Colombia has one of the most extensive national park and protected area system in the world, with over 56 national parks conserving over 12% of the national territory and protecting many of the thousands upon thousands of spectacular and rare species that live here.

We can arrange visits to any eco-tourism destination of your choice, be it a national park or regional nature reserve. There are many that we can recommend and these represent some of our favourite places, abundant with spectacular flora and fauna in pristine ecosystems that are incomparable.

Culture and Nature Holidays in Colombia – Just for you

We’ll take you through our tailor made travel option from beginning to end, listening to your tastes, time and budget to ensure that your Culture and Nature holiday in Colombia is designed to your precise specifications.

Ensuring that you get a trip of a lifetime is our passion.

 

 

Our Colombia Culture & Nature holiday

We have captured Colombia’s great diversity by hand-selecting what we think are the country’s most special attractions for our Culture and Nature holidays:

 

Magical Colombia Culture & Nature Tour

Trip Overview:

  • City tour of Bogota, Manizales, Santa Marta and Cartagena including visits to the most important sites and museums, including Monserrate and world-renowned Gold Museum.
  • Visits to the underground Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira and the perfectly preserved colonial town of Villa de Leyva, high up in the Boyancense mountains.
  • Visits to the UNESCO sites of The Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape in the Colombian Coffee Region and the legendary walled city of Cartagena de Indias.
  • Culture and nature tours to colonial coffee towns and farms, flora and fauna sanctuaries and national parks, all of which give an insight into the heart and magic of Colombia.
  • Stays in some of the best hotels in each region, set in beautiful scenery and comfortable guesthouses.
  • Substantial time on the Caribbean coast to relax on some of the best beaches in the world, bordered by dense tropical jungle and the highest coastal mountain range on Earth.
  • Internal flights to avoid long hours travelling by road.
  • Beach, Bogotá and Cartagena extensions available and luxury hotel upgrades .

What You’ll be Doing Each Day:

Days 1–2: Fly to Bogotá, transfer to hotel with evening meal. Next day half-day city tour. Evening visit to Zona Rosa to see Bogotá’s nightlife in full swing.

Days 3–4: Visit to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira ending with a tour of the 16th century Spanish colonial town of Villa de Leyva. Overnight stay.

Days 5–6: Fly to the UNESCO Coffee Cultural Landscape, city tour of Manizales, visit an authentic coffee hacienda and see the full process. Spend the night in hot springs hotel. Next day visit a flora and fauna sanctuary for nature walks and wildlife watching, then onto a colonial coffee town for the evening.

Days 7–8: Visit to the Cocora Valley landscape for a day walk and wildlife watching opportunities. Transfer to excellent Coffee Region hotel. Next day visit to departmental botanical and butterfly garden. Afternoon at leisure on hotel grounds.

Day 9: Fly from Armenia to Santa Marta. Transfer to beach hotel on the Caribbean coast. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Days 10–11: Full-day excursion at PNN Tayrona National Park visiting ruins of ancient Tairona town. Next day city tour of Santa Marta. Relaxation time on the beach.

Days 12–13: Drive to Cartagena. Half-day afternoon tour of Cartagena’s walled city and major landmarks. Fly to Bogotá then onto London.

Day 14: Arrive home.

Key Trip Facts:

Tour length: 14 days including flight home

City tours: 4

Cultural tours: 4

Nature tours and walks: 4

Tour Leaders: Local, fully certified bilingual guides en each region.

Architecture: 16th through to 20th century. Spanish colonial and indigenous, including combinations of both.

Ecosystems: Humid tropical Andean forest, sub-tropical Andean forest, coffee cultivation landscape, coastal savannah, dry-tropical forest, coast

Landforms: Plateau,valleys and river basins, canyons, lakes, foothills, mountain ranges, beaches.

Accommodation: Hotels and guesthouses

Meals: All meals are included except in major cities. Please check the day-by-day itinerary for full meal plan.

Prices (approx.) :

2 people: £3,299 GBP / $5,242 USD

3 people: £3,135 GBP / $4,982 USD

4 people: £2,750 GBP / $4,370 USD

5 people: £2,681 GBP / $4,260 USD

6 people: £2,612 GBP / $4,151 USD

7-8 people: £2,543 GBP / $4,041 USD

9-10 people: £2,475 GBP / $3,933 USD

11-12 people: £2,337 GBP / $3,714 USD

Prices include: All domestic flights, all transfers and road transport, accommodation, all entrance fees to all parks and reserves, all meals as detailed in the day-by-day itinerary, bilingual guides, tours as included in the day-by-day itinerary.

Prices do NOT include: Any international flights, laundry, personal expenses, alcoholic drinks or beverages, tips, separate taxis, meals not specified in the meal plan as detailed in the day-by-day itinerary.

Extensions for your Colombia holiday

Prices for 2 extra nights per person:

Bogotá extension: £240 GBP / $368 USD *

Santa Marta (beach hotel): £179 GBP / $275 USD +

Cartagena extension: £215 GBP / $328 USD *

* Accommodation only

+ Beach hotel includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Luxury Upgrade

There are luxury hotel options for you in the locations covered by our culture and nature holiday:

Upgrades in the region of (per night):

Bogotá: £101 GBP / $157 USD (2 nights*) For room upgrade, based on two sharing

Coffee Region: £138 GBP / $214 USD (1 night*) For room upgrade, based on two sharing

Santa Marta (beach hotel) : £121 GBP / $188 USD (2 nights*) For room upgrade, based on two sharing

Cartagena: £TBC / $TBC (1 night*)

*number of nights stay as per trekking holiday itinerary

Full details of the hotels will be available during the booking process.

Contact us for your luxury hotel option.

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Feast your eyes on some of the fabulous sights and attractions that you’ll see during our Culture & Nature Colombia tour

 

Looking for something slightly different?

Witness the unspoilt beauty of Colombia first-hand with our trekking adventures. Alternatively, discover over 1,600 kilometres of Caribbean coastline with our beach holidays.

 

Want to book?

Contact us to book your own Colombian culture and nature holiday.

 

Learn a little more

Essential information and facts about Colombia

A brief history of Cartagena de Indias

A brief history of The Colombian Coffee Region

A brief history of Bogotá and Cundinamarca 

A brief history of the Caribbean coast of Colombia