Description of Colombia holiday
Colombia is one of the world’s most vibrant countries, emerging from a dark period in its history to reclaim its spot as a renowned destination in South America. Travelling from the capital, Bogota, to the colonial city of Cartagena in the north, this small group Colombia holiday has been carefully crafted to showcase scenery, landmarks and cultural activities that will captivate even the most experienced of travellers.
Drive through picturesque countryside to see ancient monuments such as The Observatory, used by the Indians to track the seasons, and the spectacular Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Roman Catholic church built in an old salt mine. Explore the surreal rock formations of the Tatacoa Desert and the hugely significant monoliths of the San Agustin archaeological park. Tour the must-see areas around Bogota including La Candalaria, the city’s oldest suburb, Monseratte with its hilltop lookouts, and the fascinating Gold Museum.
Give your muscles and skin a treat by soaking them in the Popayan thermal pools, or even a bubbling mud volcano! And embark on horse trekking expeditions from a working hacienda in the stunning Manziales region.
You’ll explore Armenia and the Cocora Valley, heart of Colombia’s coffee industry, and the lively city of Medellin with its renowned culinary scene. Afterwards, an internal flight takes you to Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast, for a few days wandering on idyllic white sand beaches, and trekking through the jungle of Tayrona National Park.
This is the quintessential Colombia holiday for adventurous travellers looking for natural beauty and unique cultural experiences.
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Planet and peopleIn South America we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating home-stays, locally owned hotels, restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.
We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. All our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our 'Leave No Trace' ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.
We also support emergency relief efforts in the areas we travel to, such as the Pakistan Earthquake Fund set up in 2005 and a variety of other community benefiting NGOs around the world.
We also support several other NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, Tibetan schools trust and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.