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When you travel to Colombia, you will discover everything from a wealth of golden sand beaches to snow-capped peaks to bustling metropolises to Amazon rainforests to a vast array of wildlife and incredible desert landscapes. Indeed, for all that dazzles in Colombia and demands your attention, the warmth and hospitality of the locals are what makes trips to Colombia so enchanting.
The profound sense of optimism among the locals is contagious. While there are still areas of Colombia that aren't recommended for tours, there is so much of the country open for exploration that the favorite tourist routes have become increasingly refined.
Most trips to Colombia begin in the country's capital city, Bogotá, a bustling city that sizzles with salsa and electronic music at night. By day, there are 250 kilometers (155 miles) of dedicated bicycle trails to explore, a tramway or funicular ride to the peak of Mount Monserrate, and the famous Museo del Oro, or Gold Museum, containing three floors with over 55,000 pieces of gold artwork.
Medellín is perhaps the best example of Colombia's incredible transformation. Once considered the most dangerous city in the world, civic pride and innovative policies have revitalized Medellin. One of the most amazing additions is the 259 feet of outdoor escalators that connect the community. Along with installing the escalators, the local government distributed brightly colored paint and soon the residents and shop owners began to transform their homes and neighborhoods. Today, Medellin is considered one of the most interesting cities on earth for street art, with colorful murals and lively artists filling the town.
Cartagena, on the other hand, has long been regarded as one of South America's most beautiful cities and tours here have always been popular. It is the picturesque setting of several novels from Nobel winning author Gabriel García Márquez, affectionately known as Gabo, locally. Cartegena is a major port along the Caribbean since the 15th century. No visit to the city is complete without seeing the city’s fortress, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a UNESCO world heritage site.
From there, a Colombia honeymoon may explore nearby Santa Marta, a coastal town alongside neighboring fishing village Taganga, the perfect location for a taste of Colombia's legendary nightlife. Further down the picturesque Caribbean coastline is Tayrona National Park - a haven of beaches, jungles and mountain views.
Fans of their morning java will appreciate tours of Salento in the breathtaking Cocora Valley, which is characterized by coffee farms, undulating hills, and lush greenery.
Colombia tours including these highlights and more are just the start of a remarkable introduction to the country's charms, beckoning many return trips in the future.
Owing to the lack of international influence in many areas of Colombia over the years, the culture of the country remains strongly intact (and fiercely guarded) throughout the various departments of the country.
Nobody on a Colombia tour could fail to notice the diversity of Colombian culture. The differences around the country at times feel so pronounced you could be forgiven for thinking you've changed countries, rather than merely crossed into a different city.
Colombia's Caribbean, for example, is characterized by its laid-back atmosphere, where locals listen to vallenato and cumbia (original styles of Colombian music) loudly on expensive speakers attached to their bicycles. This is in stark contrast to Bogota, where salsa, electronic, rock and reggaeton are far more frequently heard (although, being the capital, there is something for everyone). Locals here are far busier and are less likely to stop in the street for a quick chat.
Overall, however, Colombian culture is brought together by a passion for life and a love for music and dance. Very few Colombians stay still when the music of Carlos Vives or Joe Arroyo starts playing, and these same Colombians are more than likely to extend their hand to you to welcome you to the dancefloor.
Food in Colombia typically consists of fairly simple ingredients, with spices used sparsely. Typical Colombian dishes include the monstrous Bandeja Paisa (meat, egg, avocado, rice, sausage and more), arepas (kind of a corn-based dough), lechona (slow-cooked pork with rice), ajiaco (chicken and potato broth), sancocho (another broth), mondongo (trite soup) and arroz con pollo (chicken and rice). One thing you shouldn't miss out on is the vast array of fruits - you'll find out about many you never even knew existed. On tours around the diverse regions of the country, you'll find that the gastronomical makeup changes drastically - so stay hungry!
A favorable currency exchange rate provides tremendous value for the international traveler seeking a trending destination. With a Colombia holiday package, you will be guided by a local English-speaking expert who knows the best places to visit on the Colombia private tours.
A Columbia vacation is in close proximity to the equator which means an annual temperature variance of only 3-5 degrees, generally with the cooler areas being in higher elevation. From beautiful warm beaches to moderate temperatures of the mountain cities, the climate is predictably pleasant year-round.
Colombia’s diverse history provides numerous opportunities for exploration during your visit. Though once a Spanish colony, the original region was populated by two highly civilized ancient native tribes, the Taironas, and the Muiscas.
Both tribes were known for their metallurgy and goldsmith expertise, as well as their tenacious spirit, proving them difficult to conquer by the Conquistadors. The Taironas were settlers of the famous Ciudad Perdida, Lost City, which predates Machu Picchu by 600 years and the Musicas are responsible for the origin of the El Dorado legend, The City of Gold.
Close to Nature
Beyond the ancient history, Colombia private tours also offer visitors the chance to see several natural resources, including Los Flamingos Natural Park, home to a flamingo sanctuary on the country’s Northern coast or and the ever-charming Isla de la Micos, Monkey Island, at the tri-point border of Peru and Brazil.
In addition to nature and archeology, if you’re an active traveler, you can explore one of the many dedicated bicycle routes through Bogotá, zip line on the longest zip line in South America in Medellín, or hike 700 steps to the top of El Peñón de Guatapé.
With all the sightseeing, you are certain to work up an appetite, and the food and drink of Colombia do not disappoint. With cultural influences from around the world, the quintessential Colombian dish is Bandeja Paisa; a colorful platter of white rice, red beans, shredded meat, chicharrón (pork rind), chorizo (sausage), morcilla (black pudding), fried egg, avocado, arepa (cornbread) and plantain.
Colombia is a year-round destination, open to tourists whenever they choose to visit. While there are rain seasons along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, elsewhere these remain unpredictable and, in any case, bearable. December to March tends to be drier in the center of the country while the "wet" season along the Caribbean Coast is said to be in October and November. Take this information with a pinch of salt, however, as the weather is generally very consistent.
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Andrea put together a wonderful trip for us in Bogota. We told her what we wanted to see and she put together a trip with outstanding guides that fit our interests and schedule. It can be a hassle and a daunting task putting together a trip in Colombia, but Andrea arranges everything. I was also concerned about financial trust, you hear things about Colombia. But, I can assure you that trip.me and Andrea's services were outstanding and trustworthy.Read More Read More Less
This is the second Trip Me trip (Cuba) to Columbia. Everything went well. Andrea checked in periodically to see that those on the ground were guiding us well, and each was.
We found with our guides and drivers did an wonderful job of showing us a very interesting country. Since this is country 149 for us, we think we are experts in judging the service we received, and it was right at the top.
I teach travel planning and will continue to recommend Trip Me for its ability to find really excellent companies "on the ground" that will deliver exactly what we want for seeing a country.
everything worked, had an excellent trip
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the courtesies and cooperation you and your staff of drivers and guides extended on our behalf during our recent visit to your beautiful and welcoming country.
A special thank goes out to all the guides and drivers. In particularly, we would like to express our appreciation to Christian and to Kevin. They were both wonderfully entertaining and pointed out numerous sites and things we would have otherwise missed.
We had the pleasure of two gentlemen named Sergio who were our guides in Cartagena and Medellín. They were both excellent.
A special mention also goes to Alejandro, who was our gastronomic guide in Cartagena. His knowledge of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his love of literature, as well as fine food choices, made for an evening both memorable and enjoyable. He was a delight and truly a consummate gentleman.
All of guides and drivers were prompt, professional and courteous. Each went so far as to accompany us inside the terminals for all domestic flights within Colombia to ensure we had the requisite boarding passes and got to the correct departure gate.
Susan and I can not thank you enough for a most memorable trip. We have been fortunate to do a lot of international travel and can honestly say that our trip to Colombia was the best yet. The hotels you selected were wonderful and exceeded our expectations.
Susan and I plan on returning to Colombia in the next few months to continue our adventure and learn more of all that your country has to offer.
PS: Our only regret is that we did not have the chance to meet you personally, but hopefully we will be able to do so our next visit.
Until then kindest regards and best wishes, Chuck & Susan.