Colombia

Where to go 

Colombia is a country of incredible geographical, cultural and climatic contrasts with fabulous beaches on the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean and the Andean Mountain Range blending into the Amazon Jungle and the oriental flatlands of the “Llanos”.  Following a time of difficulties, the country has emerged over the last ten years as a wonderful travel destination with its rich cultural heritage, colonial architecture and hospitable, friendly people. 

Highlights include: 

  • Bogotá, the capital city located in the highlands of the Andes.
  • Cartagena, a beautiful walled city with its red tiled roofs, balconies and shady courtyards, and a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Caribbean coast.
  • The Caribbean island of San Andrés
  • Santa Marta, the oldest city in Latin America, combining a sense of history and culture with wonderful beaches.


What to do

  • Explore the walled city of Cartagena, with its plethora of small boutique hotels, restaurants and cafés. Visit in January and you can enjoy the cultural events and workshops of the Hay Literary Festival which takes place every year in Cartagena. 
  • Go snorkelling and diving off the Rosario Islands, a short boat trip from Cartagena.
  • Enjoy the white sand beaches of San Andrés.
  • Go trekking and spot monkeys in the lush tropical forest of Tayrona National Park, set back from the deserted white sand beaches of the Caribbean.
  • Explore the colonial towns of Villa de Leyva, Popayan and Cali with beautiful architecture and old churches as well as interesting haciendas and the opportunity to see lovely Andean highlands.

 


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When to go

A year-round destination with tropical, balmy weather on the Caribbean coast throughout the year.   We particularly recommend travel during the dry season which runs from December until March.  Bear in mind also that cities with high altitude such as Bogotá often have lovely crisp clear days but can be cold at night.  It is hot and humid in the Amazon region bordering Peru and Brazil.


Currency and money

Colombian Peso.  ATMs are easily available.  Good value for money. 


Cuisine

You will find everything from local panaderias to gourmet restaurants and delicious fresh fruit sold in street markets.  Try the Ajiaco, a typical soup from the Colombian Andes, and, of course, don’t forget to sample Colombia’s delicious coffee after your meal!


Hotels

Colombia’s main destinations offer a good range of hotels from the large international chains to smaller locally-owned hotels.  The city of Cartagena has some lovely small, boutique hotels which make the perfect base for exploring this charming, walled city. 


Where to go next

We recommend combining Colombia with a trip to Peru.  Spend an action-packed week visiting Peru’s highlights, including the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, before slowing the pace for a week in Colombia with a stay in colonial Cartagena and time to unwind on one of the Caribbean white sand beaches of Tayrona National Park.  Another good combination is Colombia and neighbouring Panama.  It is just a one-hour flight from cosmopolitan Panama City to Cartagena. 

 

Links

Saspo’s partner office in Colombia is Vitramar.  For further information on the country and its highlights and destinations please see Vitramar’s website  www.vitramar.com  You can also find great information on Colombia’s Tourist Board website at www.colombia.travel

Contact:    TEL: +44 20 8123 1827   Mobile: +44 7989 982 210   Email: Info@saspoUK.com