Visit the Highlights of Colombia at Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin
14 Day Tour, including all flights and transfers from only £3000 per person (based on two sharing)
Visit the 3 best cities in Colombia to experience so much Spanish Colonial history.
While not having one stand out attraction such as the Iguassu Falls, Machu Pichu or the Copacabana Beach, Colombia has a great variety of cultural, historical and leisure attractions in a country that does not involve traveling vast distances, like much of the continent.
The top attractions are not too crowded, as many Americans still have a fear about the safety of country, (totally unfounded) and most things are very inexpensive due to an attractive currency rate exchange.
Bogotá is Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It’s also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero.
Medellin is nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather. Every year it hosts a famous Flower Festival. Modern metrocables link the city to surrounding barrios and offer views of the Aburrá Valley below. Sculptures by Fernando Botero decorate downtown’s Botero Plaza, while the Museo de Antioquia displays more of the Colombian artist’s work. Also try to find an unofficial Pablo Escobar Tour!
Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings is one of the most beautiful in the world. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.
Colombia has a wide range of quality hotels at reasonable prices.
In Bogota, we recommend staying on Carrera 7 which is close to the entertainment and financial areas. You will find many of the top chain brands in this area. As an alternative, you could stay a bit further north in the Park 93 region, which has a number of good hotels and restaurants.
In Medellin, we suggust that you stay close to Parque L leraswhere you will find many bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants nearby. There are many hotel chains here as well as boutique hotels such as Park 10.
If you stay long enough in Cartagena, it is possbile to split up you stay between the old town and the beach (Again there is a good choice of hotels at reasonable prices in both locations.
We will guide you through all the alternatives when we are discussing your holiday.
The best way to travel to Colombia from the UK is to Avianca.
There are direct, overnight flights from London Heathrow to Bogota.
The distances between Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena are not huge, but Colombia is a very mountainous country, and it can take 10 hours to travel by road, when it is possible to fly in under an hour.
We will book all the internal flights and transfers as part of your tour so that you will not have any concerns athe airport.
Note, that it is not possble to fly directly back to the UK from Cartagena, but it is possible to fly back from Cartagena to the UK via the United States if you do not want to go back to Bogota.
Bogota is a sprawling city, most of the attractions are in its cobblestoned center, which features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco.
La Candelaria is Bogotá’s most historic and beautiful neighborhood. There are many museums, libraries, universities and restaurants located in the area, each with unique architecture and history.
You should also visit the Cerro Monserrate, which rises 3,152 meters above the sea level, and overlooks the entire city, providing spectacular views, day or night.
We can oranise tours to each of these destinations or you can choose to take taxi and stroll around yourselves or book a ‘free’ walking tour where you will see the main highlights and a whole lot more.
While Medellin is not as large at Bogota, it is far too big to be covered by foot.
A good way of seeing Medellin is by taking the open top bus, which departs from near Parque Lleras, and will allow you to hop on and hop off as neccesary, including Plaza Botero.
To escape the city, you can take Medellin’s Metrocable which connects the residential areas built up on the hillsides to the city centre. From Parque Arvi you can see incredible views of the city.
Medellin has been made famous by the infamous drug cartel headed by Pablo Escobar. Escobar has been dead now for over 25 years but it is not too wise to mention his name in conversation. It is possible to orgainise a private tour (in a taxi) to see where Pablo lived, where he built his own prison and where he died on the rooftop of his own home.
Cartagena Old Town is one of the most beautifil cities in the world. It is the quintessential walking city. You can choose to book a tour, take a ‘free’ tour or just wander around discovering its charms on you own.
You cannot visit Cartagena without making a trip up to San Felipe de Barajas castle which looks out over the city.
If you wish to chill out at the end of your Colombia tour, we recommend heading to the beautiful beaches to relax and reminisce about this amazing country.