tailor-made Colombia trips - between the Pacific and the Andes
Starting from the pulsating metropolitan capital Bogota, go on a voyage of discovery: Conquer the world-famous coffee region of the Andes, stroll through the charming colonial village of Barichara and enjoy the extraordinary cuisine of Santander.
Sail through the beautiful Islas del Rosario archipelago on a yacht off the coast of Cartagena. Hike the highest coastal mountains in the world, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the direction of the natural wonder El Cocoy and hike along the Inca Trail to the legendary Lost City.
Immerse yourself in the almost unexplored rainforests of the Pacific region and spot dolphins and humpback whales from a boat. Surf on beautiful secluded beaches and dive in the fantastic underwater world of Isla Gorgona.
Discover the Captain Morgan hideout, the paradise island of Providencia on horseback. You live in extraordinary accommodations: classic hacienda, luxury lodge in 50th style, eco resort or fantastic private villas.
Lush. Untamed. Exotic. South America's former eyesore is about to become its jewel.
With its old colonial cities, the impenetrable jungle, the extensive coffee plantations and the hectic cities, Colombia is the only South American country with a Pacific and Caribbean coast.
It's teeming with birds and pristine beaches. The capital Bogotá is a cultural giant with its salsa clubs and a booming gastronomic scene. As the recently awarded Nobel Peace Prize shows, Colombia has never been so attractive.
Go underground to the surreal Salt Cathedral with a private guide. Make yourself comfortable on the Caribbean coast near Taganga and take a kayak to the empty, dreamy beaches in Tayrona National Park.
Explore the photogenic streets of colonial Cartagena and learn how to balance a fruit tray on your head with a Palenquera fruit seller. Hop on a private plane over the coral-fringed islands, ponder the country's brutal history at Monserrate Monastery in Bogotá, and fly to Popayán on a light aircraft to attend the Holy Week Easter festival.
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A few hours south of Bogotá is the Serranía de la Macarena, which is home to a national park founded in 1971.
An area of great biodiversity and a point of convergence for three different regions of Colombia: the Amazon, Andes and the Orinoco. This results in a tropical climate and various ecosystems including dry forest, rainforest, and savannah.
And, it's also home to the “River of Five Colors”, a 100 km stretch of the Caño Cristales, known for its abundance of red algae, which transform the flowing river water into a kaleidoscope of colors.
Salento is a jewel of a Spanish colonial city and a popular travel destination in the Colombian coffee region. The city is not the only highlight, however.
Immediately behind the border from Salento is the untouched Valle de Cocora. This valley, which is lush green and has rolling hills with towering wax palms, is exactly the reason why the Zona Cafetera is considered one of the most spectacular regions of Colombia.
And one of the best ways to experience this is by horse riding. Your riding adventure is rounded off with a breathtakingly beautiful hacienda, where you can end the busy day.
The village of Barichara in the north-central department of Santander, Colombia, is possibly the best-preserved colonial town in the entire country.
In addition, this gem is surrounded by beautiful, mysterious Andes with many waterfalls, rivers and canyons that are perfect for exploring.
A perfect start on a mountain bike.
This historic villa was the home of the late Colombian President Belisario Betancur, one of the main contributors to Barichara's architectural and cultural preservation.
The villa has four rooms in the main house and a fifth room in the garden area - all with private bathrooms with hot water showers.
In the spacious garden there is a large outdoor pool surrounded by mango and pomegranate trees - an ideal place for families. The villa's chef conjures up delicious dishes using fresh and local products that represent the tradition of the region.
And if you want to see it all from the air then why not take a helicopter expedition to fascinating destinations in the region, such as remote parts of the Chicamocha Canyon, the Tisquizoque waterfalls and the Yariguies Natural National Reserve.
Providencia is a perfect place for all passionate divers. Providencia is a 20 minute flight north of San Andres Island.
Providencia was once British territory and the hideout of Captain Morgan, but today it retains a fascinating culture where locals speak Creole and play their own version of reggae.
This stunning island is still an undiscovered destination. So try to get there before the mystery is revealed! With its open, airy spaces and decor that blends in perfectly with the colors of Providencia Island and is the perfect summer hideaway for those looking to relax in the Caribbean, complete your visit to this enchanting island.
And if you enjoy surrounding yourself with artists and free thinkers, be sure to meet Elkin Robinson, a fascinating musician and local celebrity who will give you a glimpse into island life.
Bogota is a cosmopolitan city with almost 8 million inhabitants.
It is located high in the Andes at 2,640 meters above sea level. As the third highest capital in South America after Quito and La Paz. Bogotá has received high awards as a top gastronomic destination in Latin America.
International chefs and Colombian chefs trained abroad are flocking to Bogotá to open ultra-modern restaurants with unique culinary approaches and delicious flair.
Bogotá's sophisticated hotels, chic boutiques, designer shops and the vibrant nightlife make Bogotá the “next cool capital in South America”, according to Forbes.
Colombia's location near the equator results in a tropical climate with relatively constant climatic conditions throughout the year.
However, the climate differs from country to country, as there are different topographies in Colombia with tropical rainforests, mountains and savannas. The best time for the whole country is between December and March, as it rains the least during these months, especially in the Andean regions.
The time difference between Germany and Colombia is -7 hours during summer time (CET) from the end of March to the end of October.
If it is 12 noon in Germany, it is 5 in the morning in Colombia. During the so-called winter time (CET) between the end of October and the end of March, the time difference to Colombia is only -6 hours.
Temperatures in Colombia remain fairly constant for much of the year, making it a year-round destination. Changes in temperature and precipitation are determined by the region rather than the season.
Spanish is the most widely spoken language in Colombia and is spoken by more than 99.2 % of Colombians.
However, the Spanish spoken in Colombia, known as Colombian Spanish, is different from the traditional Spanish language spoken in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.
There are also regional Spanish dialects spoken in different regions of the country. The Spanish spoken in Colombia is characterized by an almost musical intonation and clear pronunciation.
Spanish is the official language in Colombia. However, some regions have their own official languages in addition to Spanish.
The Bandeja Paisa is the national dish of Colombia. Originally, this high-calorie meal was invented to give the farm workers enough energy.
These days it's a large lunch that is eaten on special occasions or when you're feeling incredibly hungry. It consists of rice, plantains, arepa (corn cake), avocado, minced meat, chorizo, black sausage and fried rind.
Empanadas are the perfect snack for on the go and are reminiscent of English pies or Jamaican patties. The filled pastry can be filled with anything you want.
Popular fillings include meat, chicken, or cheese. Empanadas are eaten across Latin America.
Colombians are a mix of Europeans, Africans and Indians. 37 percent of the population are Europeans, 3 percent Indians, 49 percent mestizos (a mixture of whites and Indians) and 11 percent African.
The northwest attracts large numbers of Europeans, while the southwest has a higher proportion of Africans and the less populous inland area is home to Indians.
When you enter Colombia, you need a passport that is still valid for at least the duration of your stay (you must also ensure that the ID documents are in good condition).
When entering Colombia, you may be asked to present a return or onward flight ticket.
You do not need a visa if you are not staying in the country for more than 90 days for tourist purposes.