Blessed with sublime beauty and staggeringly diverse topography, Colombia has emerged from years of civil strife to become one of South America’s ‘must see’ destinations.
It is a destination with it all: landscapes range from steamy Amazonian rainforest to palm-lined Caribbean and Pacific beaches.
There are dramatic volcanoes and Andean peaks that give way to temperate highlands and the rolling valleys and plains of the eastern lowlands. It’s renowned for its ecotourism and nature tours, while world-class diving, trekking and adventure sports also await. In the north, old Spanish cities stand barely changed for centuries, while inland lie the enigmatic ruins of ancient indigenous civilisations.
On a luxury holiday to Colombia with Lightfoot Travel, you’ll receive expert and impartial advice from our South America specialists. We’ll use our experience and inside knowledge to design your unique adventure or eco tour, beach escape or cultural break – or an itinerary that takes in all aspects of Colombia!
Around 1600km make up Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, a pristine and untouched tropical shore even by local standards. The star of the show is Tayrona, Colombia’s most celebrated National Park, situated at the confluence of mountain and ocean ecosystems. It’s a lush paradise of virgin rainforest and empty powdery beaches: home to an extraordinary variety of wildlife including jaguars. The park is famous for its luxury Ecohabs accommodation.
Tayrona National Park also acts as a starting point for luxury treks to the ancient Ciudad Perdida (“Lost City”): a series of two hundred 9th-century mountainside structures that predates Machu Picchu by several centuries.
The Caribbean coast also plays host to the jewel of South America, the Unesco-listed walled colonial city of Cartagena. It’s a beautiful city of pastel-coloured Spanish buildings, cobbled streets and plazas, old churches and fortifications, and an essential stop on any luxury holiday in Colombia.
At the other end of the spectrum is the capital Bogota, which showcases modern Colombia at it’s best. Fast-paced, exciting and cosmopolitan, Bogota has a world-class range of boutique and luxury hotels, designer stores and a happening nightlife, plus a burgeoning reputation as a top city for dining.