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Ultimate Colombia

  • Bogotá
  • Los Llanos
  • Barichara
  • Cartagena
  • Caribbean
Ultimate Colombia Ultimate Colombia
£ 7386

For intrepid travellers or those on their first trip to South America, Colombia is the perfect introduction to the continent. The second most diverse country in the world (second only to Brazil), Colombia is a vibrant treasure chest with so much to discover. 

Our Ultimate Colombia itinerary has been designed to showcase some of the best the country has to offer, taking in both the famous and lesser discovered parts of the country.

In just over two weeks you will explore the Andean capital of Bogotá, the charming colonial town of Barichara and the Caribbean coastal gem, Cartagena.

You will uncover Colombia's answer to Safari, staying in a luxury tented camp in the wetlands of Los Llanos and relax by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea on Isla Barú.

Our expert local guides are on hand to show you what makes Colombia so special. You'll learn about its eventful history, as well as its renaissance in recent years. Visits to coffee plantations, rum distilleries, artist workshops and game drives in Los Llanos are all included too.

Each night is spent at some of the most characterful and sort after accommodation in Colombia, including the house of a former Colombian president.

For those looking to see Colombia in style and avoid the traditional tourist path, there really is no better choice than our 'Ultimate Colombia' itinerary.

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    Day 1 Overnight flight from the UK to Bogotá

    Overnight flight from the UK to Bogotá.

    Note: There is currently a direct overnight flight with Avianca between London Heathrow and Bogotá, as well as indirect flights with Iberia via Madrid and KLM via Amsterdam. There are also flights between Colombia and the US.

    Day 2-3 Bogotá

    Met on arrival in Bogotá airport and transferred to your chic hotel in the fashionable Zona G district of the capital.

    Over the next two days you will explore the vibrant Colombian capital with our excellent local guides. A specialist street art and politics tour will take you through the winding streets of Bogotá’s old-town, La Candelaria. You will also visit the iconic Plaza Bolivar and the world-famous Gold Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian gold.

    In the evening you will head to the trendy neighbourhood of Usaquen, where you will be hosted to a private dinner with a local family. Share good food and music and learn about the unique Colombian culture.

    Stay: Two nights at the Four Seasons Casa Medina Bogota – Bed & breakfast

    Day 4-6 Los Llanos
    Los Llanos

    After exploring the urban metropolis of Bogotá you will discover the remoteness of the Los Llanos, seasonal wetlands home to a huge variety of wildlife and famous for the ‘llanero‘ (cowboy) culture.

    A short flight will take you to Yopal, where you will be met and transferred to the 9,000 hectare nature reserve, home to Corocora Camp.

    Your home for the next three nights is one of the four large canvas tents, complete with ensuite, hot water, private terrace and ample space to relax.

    Similar to a safari camp, over the next few days you will venture out into the wilderness with the camps’ guides, on a variety of different activities. You will learn about the cowboy traditions and have chance to ride through the savannah and round up cattle. You’ll go in search of howler monkeys, giant anteaters and even jaguar, or take a canoe out on one of the lakes or even try piranha fishings.

    After a day of activities you can enjoy a sundowner and delicious dinner back at the camp, before getting up early to do it all over again.

    Stay: Three nights at Corocora Camp – Full board

    Day 7-9 Barichara

    After a final breakfast in Los Llanos, you will fly north to Bucaramanga, where you will be met and driven to charming historical town of Barichara.

    Literally translated as ‘place of rest’, Barichara is a laidback town, famous for its colonial architecture, vibrant art scene and surrounding nature. It’s off the main tourist trail, giving guests a more authentic taste of Colombia.

    Over the next two days you will visit a local organic coffee farm, in the hills surrounding the town and enjoy a personalised tour of the town by one of our expert local guides. For the more active, a biking tour to the Serranía de los Yariguíes is included, a beautiful route along the Suarez river and an opportunity to cool off in the Chirigua waterfall.

    Whilst in Barichara you will be staying at the beautiful and exclusive Casa del Presidente. A historic house in the centre of the town, filled with colourful Colombian artwork and once home to former president, Belisario Betancur.  

    Stay: Three nights at Casa del Presidente – Full board

    Day 10-12 Cartagena

    You will be driven back to Bucaramanga airport for a direct flight to one of South America’s most famous destinations, the pearl of the Caribbean, Cartagena.

    Cartagena des Indias was founded in the 16th Century and it’s old-town has been beautifully preserved, home to cobbled streets, bustling plazas and colourful colonial buildings.

    Your hotel is in the heart of the walled city, just a stones throw from a variety of restaurants, bars and artisan shops. The tropical climate can sometimes be unbearable during the day, but the refreshing pool at Casa San Agustin is the perfect place to cool off.

    Over the next three days you will discover the vibrant Getsemani neighbourhood, home to vibrant street art and one of the best preserved parts of the city. You will also taste one of Colombia’s most famous exports, rum. A tour of a local distillery and a tasting is the perfect way to fight off the heat. You will visit a number of galleries and artisan shops, which are the perfect place to pick-up any last minute souvenirs before you fly home. 

    Stay: Three nights at Casa San Agustin – Bed & breakfast

    Day 13-15 Isla Barú
    Isla Barú

    Your final three nights in Colombia are an opportunity for you to refresh and recharge at the beautiful Hotel Las Islas, on Isla Barú.

    A short boat ride will take you to the hotel, which overlooks the turquoise water of the Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo.

    Whether you want to relax, snorkel, kayak or explore the surrounding jungle, it’s all possible from Las Islas.

    Stay: Three nights at Las Islas – Bed & breakfast

    Day 16-17 Overnight flight back to UK

    On your final day you will return to Cartagena where you will board a flight to Bogotá and connect onto your overnight international flight home.

    Note: There are international flight options from Cartagena, but nothing direct to the UK with Avianca. If flying to the US or flying via Amsterdam, it is possible to avoid flying back to Bogotá.

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