"Meeting the indigenous tribes of Tayrona National Park with Dr. Santiago Giraldo in Colombia will be one of the greatest experiences of your life."
Visit La Candelaria, Bogota's vibrant historic heart
Explore the lively heart of Bogota in La Candelaria, with beautiful architecture and fascinating museums. You’ll witness a blend of old and new, from impressive graffiti murals, to grand colonial façades from the 16th century. Visit the Museum of Gold to see pre-Columbian gold artefacts, wander the markets, and sample traditional dishes like ajiaco.
Explore the Coffee Triangle
We’ll take you deep into the UNESCO-listed Coffee Triangle, with historic farms and stunning coffee fields. You’ll drive through the lush countryside before sharing lunch with a coffee plantation owner’s family. You’ll then join Juan Pablo Echeverry at his hacienda for a memorable Colombian ‘coffee baptism’.
Stroll through Botanical Gardens of Medellín
We’ll enjoy lunch in the Botanic Gardens of Medellín, or Jardín Botánico, a gorgeous sanctuary in the heart of the city. This sprawling park features a large lake and a maze of pathways between beautiful trees and gardens. It’s also home to a large population of birds and wild iguanas.
Visit Tayrona National Park in Northern Colombia
Join the prominent Davila family for lunch at a private beachfront estate, and learn about their status as South America’s largest producers of organic food. You’ll then meet leading anthropologist Dr. Santiago Giraldo, for a rare cultural encounter with the region’s indigenous tribes. This is a truly special experience, exclusive to Trafalgar’s Colombia tours.
Enjoy a scenic drive through the stunning Cocora Valley
Explore the lush Cocora Valley, where you can wander under the world’s tallest palm trees. You’ll meet the locals of the coffee communities and see a traditional Jeepao Show. You’ll also enjoy a lunch of smoked trout at a trout farm, and learn how to make latté art at a local café.
Our top 5 things to do in Colombia
Our Colombia holidays take you from the famous cities like Bogota and Medellín, to the lush Coffee Triangle and Cocora Valley, to the spectacular wilderness of Tayrona National Park.
The Gold Museum
The Gold Museum, or Museo del Oro, is one of South America’s top museums. It’s located in Bogota and houses the largest collection of gold artefacts in the world, with more than 55,000 pieces of gold. You’ll also find other items from Colombia’s pre-Hispanic cultures including metal, pottery, wood, stone, shell and textiles.
It may be one of the finest buildings in Cartagena, but the Palace of Inquisition has a dark past. It was once the torture headquarters for the brutal Inquisition, and today it’s a museum displaying the inquisitors’ torture instruments. You’ll also learn the history of the city with paintings, furniture, pottery and armaments.
Museum of Antioquia
Located in Medellín, the Museum of Antioquia is one of the top art museums in the country. It contains around 100 artworks donated by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The museum also features colonial, modern and pre-Colombian art collections. Outside the museum, you’ll find 23 abstract bronze sculptures made by Fernando Botero.
Best museums in Colombia
Our Colombia holiday packages will take you to the top museums, from the world’s largest collection of gold artefacts to the former Inquisition headquarters.
Tamales are a classic Latin American dish, found from Mexico to Costa Rica. In Colombia, tamales are eaten throughout the year but are especially popular over the Christmas holidays. They’re made from flavoured rice, meats, vegetables, egg and spices, wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed for hours.
Hailing from the Paisa region of Colombia, the bandeja paisa is a beloved traditional meal. The generous dish includes rice, red beans, Colombian sausage, ground meat, chicharrón (fried pork rind), chorizo, plantain, avocado and fried egg. The word ‘bandeja’ means ‘platter, so you know you’re in for a delicious feast.
Ajiaco is a traditional Colombian dish and is especially popular in Bogota. It’s a hearty soup made with three varieties of potatoes, chicken, corn and the Galingsoga parviflora herb (known as guasca). It’s best enjoyed with a plate of rice and avocado, or topped with capers and cream.
Best food in Colombia
Our Colombia-organised tours are all about discovering the delicious cuisine of Colombia. Your Local Specialist will show you the best places to try the favourites, from tamales to ajiaco.
What to pack for Colombia
Spanish is the national language of Colombia. Learning a few Spanish phrases is always appreciated and will make it easier to connect with the locals.
From the heat of Cartagena to the cooler weather of Bogota, Colombia has a diverse range of climates. Be sure to pack layers, including a raincoat for the wet season.
Whether you’re strolling the gardens of Medellín or hiking through Tayrona, you’ll need a reliable pair of shoes on your Colombia holiday.
Colombia lies on the Caribbean coast and the Amazonian region, so you’ll need plenty of bug spray to avoid mosquitoes and other insect bites
In Colombia, the standard voltage is 110 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard frequency is 60 Hz.