Highlights of Colombia holiday, tailor-made
Includes breakfast every day, all entrance fees and permits, private transfers, private tours, and domestic flights.
Description of Highlights of Colombia holiday, tailor-made
Spend two weeks exploring the highlights of Colombia on this completely private, tailor-made holiday! Includes accommodation in superb locally-owned hotels, private tours with your own personal guide in each location, internal flights and private transfers, and 24-hour assistance throughout your holiday.
Your holiday will begin in the lively capital city of Bogota, where you'll be staying in a lovely, safe neighbourhood. You will enjoy private tours of both the city centre and the surrounding countryside, visiting the lagoon of Guatavita, with its wide variety of wildlife. We will then fly you to the country's lush and tropical coffee region. Here, you will be staying in a boutique hacienda with a swimming pool, located in the rural countryside near Pereira. Your private guide will take you for a day trip through the Valle de Cocora and cloud forests, where you can spot a huge range of local flora and fauna, including the incredible wax palms. Next, we'll take you on to what is arguably Colombia's coolest city, Medellin. The center is full of art galleries, parks and plazas, which you'll explore with your personal guide. Your trip will end in the most beautiful colonial port city, Cartagena, where you'll be staying in a characterful hotel within the old city walls. Here. you'll enjoy a historic walking tour and plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. Then it's time to say goodbye to Colombia as you fly back to Bogota to connect to your international flight.
This is a completely tailor-made holiday which can be customised or amended in any way to suit your requirements and budget. No fixed departure dates or minimum numbers. Can begin and end on any date to suit you.
. 13 nights accommodation
. Breakfast every day
. Private airport transfers
. Private guided tours & entrance fees
. Domestic flights
. Meals not specified
. Travel insurance
. International flights* & airport taxes
*We can also compare and book international flights from any destination on dates to suit you.
1 Reviews of Highlights of Colombia holiday, tailor-made
Reviewed on 28 Dec 2018 by Matthew Calvocoressi
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Cartagena old town.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Much to do so time is required, ie next trip we would do San Augustine, lost city, Medellín.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I think so and hope so.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetIn order to ensure we protect the environment and minimise our ecological footprint we have a recycling system in our UK office, including the use of recycled ink cartridges. We also aim to minimise our waste by limiting the number of holiday brochures we print. Instead, we refer customers to our online resources and send most of our holiday information via email.
In the Coffee Region of Colombia, we always recommend locally owned haciendas in the countryside, where environmental practices help protect the beautiful surroundings, and ensure that local flora and fauna are well-preserved. One example of this is the Casa de Huéspedes Sazagua, which has strong sustainable beliefs, and encourages guests to minimise their environmental footprint during their stay, by switching off light switches and conserving water, among other things.
We recommend, where possible, that travel in Colombia be by land transfer, but understand this is not always possible due to the large distances covered. For example the drive from Cartagena to Pereira takes at least 17 hours, which is why we recommend flying in this instance. We suggest spending a few days in each location, rather than flying between many locations for just a night or two.
In Cartagena, we recommend our customers visit the nearby Rosario Islands, which are surrounded by protected reefs. Although it's possible to stay on the islands, we usually recommend day trips, because it's difficult to dispose of waste here and many tourists (either intentionally or completely by accident) end up littering in the sea and causing damage to the reefs. On our day trips the guides educate visitors about how to respect the natural environment, and ensure they take their waste back to the mainland to dispose of safely.
For customers with a keen interest in sustainability and eco-living, we work with the Biohotel in Bogota. The hotel generates sustainable energy and has water-saving systems in place, as well as encouraging guests to live a healthier lifestyle with their organic garden and kitchen. The hotel is endorsed by Colombia's Minister of the Environment.
PeopleIn order to ensure we have a positive impact on local economies and provide socially responsible holidays we only use local suppliers in Colombia. This helps keep the money generated through tourism within local communities, through employment of local guides, drivers and reps. It also means our customers get a very authentic experience whilst travelling in Colombia, and get to experience places through the eyes of a local.
We always recommend locally-owned restaurants and use local hotels where possible, aiming to support local communities and give tourists the opportunity to ‘travel like a local’. For example our hotel in Cartagena, the Don Pedro de Heredia, is located within the walls of the old town in a rennovated colonial building, helping to preserve the history of the area.
The hotel we use in Medellin, the Art Hotel, has a focus on celebrating local artists and traditional styles of the area. It does this through decor and it's small art gallery. It also has a community cinema, which shows Colombian films, both new and classics, and many indie films as opposed to blockbusters.
We provide pre-departure information on social and cultural issues in Colombia, including language guides, and advice on how to travel responsibly and respectfully. We encourage our guests to learn a few phrases prior to their trip, to allow them to interact with the locals and barter in a fairer way at markets. Our guides recommend authentic markets, where the money taken supports local communities, rather than tourist traps selling imported goods.
We are a member of Sustainable Travel International, a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting awareness, appreciation and respect for local people and the environment through education and outreach programmes.