Colombia (not Columbia) is South America's best kept secret. For decades the country was torn apart by drug wars and conflict but today the country is safe - and tourists are beginning to look to Colombia for their next getaway. Set amidst the striking backdrop of the Andes Mountains and bordered by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, it's a country bursting with colonial charm, aromatic coffee plantations, stunning greenery and wildlife in the Amazon rainforest, and silky-soft white sand beaches. Colombia boasts all of South America's allure, and more. Now is the time to explore.
Trip duration: 9 nights
Great for: Families, couples and friends
Trip style: Culture, adventure, foodie escape
- Begin in the bustling capital of Bogota - a sprawling mix of people and architecture.
- Stroll the cobblestoned streets of the historic district, La Candelaria, the vibrant heart of the city. Don't miss the colorful murals of street art, the impressive Gold Museum, and the Botero Museum celebrating one of Colombia’s most accomplished artists, Fernando Botero whose unmistakable work depicts people and animals in exaggerated proportions and volumes.
- Just a short tram ride but a world away from the hustle of Bogota explore the mountain of Cerro de Monserrate (Montserrate), which dominates the skyline of Colombia's capital.
- After a quick flight, bask in the city of Eternal Spring
- Discover the turbulent history and miraculous transformation of the Comuna 13 district in Medellin, once considered the most dangerous neighborhood in Colombia and now a hub of growth and amazing art.
- Take a day trip to the colorful city of Guatape and climb the 740 steps to the top of "The Rock," otherwise known as Piedra del Peñol, for breathtaking views.
- Relax at a tree-house hotel in Santa Marta the gateway to Tayrona National Natural Park and the Lost City (Teyuna) archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.
- End your trip in the festive port city of Cartagena.
- Explore the Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings.
- Spend a day island hopping by private boat in the Rosario Islands.