Having languished in the tourist wilderness for almost two decades, Colombia has come back with a vengeance, rapidly earning a reputation as one of the most exciting new travel destinations in South America. Discover the countries palm-fringed Caribbean beaches, snow-capped Andean peaks, national parks and rainforests that beggars belief, with one of our Colombia tours.
From the cosmopolitan streets of Bogotá, to the cobbled alleys of its colonial outposts, you can indulge in everything on your Colombia holidays, from mud bathing in volcanoes, trekking on glaciers or sipping Cuba Libras in the bars of Cartagena.
The only South American country with a coastline on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, Colombia lies just to the south of Panama, providing the gateway between South and Central America. Hemmed in on three sides by Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador, it was named in honour of Christopher Columbus, despite the fact that Columbus never actually visited the country. Infused with an almost dream-like quality that obviously inspired the author, Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia offers up a vast array of activities from jungle walks and archaeological ruins, to mountain treks, whale watching and coffee plantations. After so long in the wilderness, a trip to Colombia is a must for any traveller.
The dry seasons (November to March and July to August) are the most comfortable times to visit (especially if trekking), however, travel is possible at any time of the year. The country enjoys an equatorial climate and can get hot and humid, but thanks to the Andean Mountain range there are many areas at an elevated altitude, which experience a more temperate climate. (It can be very cold in the mountain tops on the Los Nevados day trip). The coastal regions are also cooled by the sea breezes.