Colombia is the country of color, happiness and hospitality…and Debi and her husband will be experiencing it this summer! We are putting the trip together with one of our South American partners, Pure! Travel Group, and they are helping us with this newsletter. Whether you are looking for tropical beaches, colonial architecture or pristine nature, you’ll find it and more. In every corner of the country you’ll encounter joyful and friendly Colombians, happy to welcome guests to their beautiful country. Debi and Todd will be visiting Medellin and Cartagena with private tours planned throughout – if you are interested in joining us or planning a trip of your own to South America, contact us here.
Most of the Colombian destinations are still undiscovered by tourists. The country’s most visited area is its Caribbean Coast, with the colorful city Cartagena de Indias and Tayrona National Park as its highlights. Also, the lush green Coffee Region is rightly becoming more popular. On the other hand, sites like the colored river Caño Cristales and Letica in the Amazon Rainforest remain hidden gems. Colombian cities, such as Bogota and Medellin, are gaining popularity because of their unique mix of interesting history and urban creativity.
With personal touches added to every trip, you can explore the country in even more unique ways like salsa tours by night and biking tours in bustling Bogota.
The Caribbean Coast of Colombia has been a popular destination for decades. The region’s tropical beaches, wonderful climate and colonial cities, such as Cartagena de Indias with its colorful houses, attract visitors from all over the world. Besides Cartagena, also the beach town Santa Marta, the exotic Rosario Islands and the Tayrona National Park – perfect for trekking and relaxing – are destinations that should not be missed when visiting the Caribbean Coast of Colombia.
Little visited by tourists, Colombia’s Pacific Coast is definitely an undiscovered gem. This is where tropical forests transform into white beaches and humpback whales pass by during the summer months. Gorgona Island, with its tropical forest and diversity of animal species, is a heaven on earth and one of the highlights of the region. This coastal area has more than stunning landscapes and wildlife; indigenous communities offer interesting insights in the traditional cultures.
In the Andes, one finds Colombia’s capital, Bogota, and the historically rich city Medellin. On top of these vibrant cities, the Colombian mountains hide many more treasures. One of them is the Coffee Triangle, where the world´s top quality coffee is produced and your clients can learn about the process of making coffee. Other top destinations are El Cocuy National Park, with its glaciers and snow-capped peaks, and the charming colonial town Villa de Leyva.
The region Los Llanos (the plains) is located in the east of the country at an altitude between 500 and 700 meters (1600 and 2300 feet). This area is filled with wonderful off-the-beaten-path destinations, such as the colorful river of Caño Cristales and Chiribiquete, the largest National Natural Park in Colombia. It is the land of plains, cattle and cowboys, where your clients can get to know an authentic country lifestyle.
A large part of Colombia is tropical rainforest, but the jungle remains a largely unexplored area. From Leticia, located in the south of the country, travelers can visit Monkey Island to spot squirrel monkeys, and Tarapoto Lake for its river dolphins, among many other wonderful destinations. The people of the Amazon communities of this area are happy to share their unique way of live with visitors and contribute to once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Like most of our global partners, Pure! Travel Group truly cares for locals, indigenous communities, and the environment. It is very important to us to protect the earth so our grandchildren can enjoy this planet the same way we do. Deb and I always consider an organization’s commitment to sustainability before we work with a company.