Explore Colombia, an all-year destination and home to the Andes, Amazon, and Caribbean coastline
Bursting with colour and charisma is the port of Cartagena known as the jewel of the Caribbean. View the UNESCO-protected walled city from the Fortress of San Felipe the largest Spanish fortification in South America. Wander the maze of cobbled streets dotted with museums and emerald factories and sample the street food washed down with a Colombian Refajo.
Explore the crystalline waters and beautiful beaches of the nearby Rosario Islands. Tayrona National Park is where you can see the red howler monkey and rare cotton-top tamarin.
The aroma of coffee percolates through the city streets and haciendas. Visit an estate, near the Central Andes, and learn what creates the characteristic taste of Colombian coffee before sampling a cup.
Bogotá is one of the highest capitals in the world. Explore the barrios (neighbourhoods) and view historic architecture that stands beside shimmering skyscrapers. Hop aboard a teleferico (cable car) and ride to the peak of Monserrate and the 17th-century church. The Gold Museum houses one of the most impressive collections of Pre-Colombian art in the world. Near the town of Zipaquirá navigate salt mine tunnels to view an underground cathedral.
To the west is the vibrant city of Medellín, a shining example of urban regeneration, especially at the Comuna 13, which clings to the mountainside and is known for its escaleras electricas (outdoor escalators). In the city, you will find plazas, parks, museums, and a popular flower fair. Take a ride on the Metrocable gondola and enjoy views over Santo Domingo Savio. For those wanting to escape the salsa beat of city life a visit to the crystal-clear lakes and rolling hills of Guatape and Peñol is a must.