Colombia

Overview

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.

Colombia Regions

Cartagena

Cartagena is one of the hottest luxury holiday destinations in South America. Not that surprising in truth as this old Spanish colonial city – with Unesco World Heritage status – on the …

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Bogota

Bogota is a city on the up. Once upon a time you’d stop here for a night or maybe two on your way to Cartagena or the Northern Beaches, but never really hang around. How times have changed…

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Tayrona and Ciudad Perdida

Colombia’s Caribbean coast stretches for around 1600km, incorporating long expanses of tropical beach, castaway islands and thriving coral reefs. Back from the beaches are vast swathes of …

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Colombia Itineraries

Classic Colombia

Bogota, Cartagena, Colombia

This 10-day itinerary takes in the sights, sounds and smells of Colombia's finest attractions. Start in Bogota where you will explore some of the capital's most beautiful cathedrals and muse…

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Colombia Properties

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Ananda Hotel Boutique

Cartagena, Colombia

Ananda Hotel Boutique is housed in a beautifully renovated colonial town house dating back to the 16th century and is located in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena in Colombia. This …

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Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia

This award-winning luxury boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the ancient walled city of Cartagena in Colombia. Casa Pestagua was built in the 18th century by the Count of Pestagua in…

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Deep Blue

Colombia

This award-winning luxury boutique resort is located on the beautiful island of Providencia, off the north coast of Colombia. Deep Blue is the ultimate tropical paradise, surrounded by lush …

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Ecohabs Tayrona

Colombia, Tayrona and Ciudad Perdida

Ecohabs Tayrona is a charming boutique lodge set on a lush hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the beautiful Canaveral Beach deep, in Tayrona National Park, a 15,000-acre nature reserv…

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Hacienda Bambusa

Colombia, Colombia’s Coffee Triangle

Experience rustic living at its best at Hacienda Bambusa, a luxury boutique hotel located in the southern part of Colombia's coffee region. This luxury boutique hotel is set in beautifully m…

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Hacienda San Jose

Colombia, Colombia’s Coffee Triangle

Hacienda San Jose is a family-run luxury boutique hotel set in lush gardens surrounded by woodlands in Colombia’s famed coffee region. This beautifully restored 19th-century hacienda has b…

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Hotel De La Opera

Bogota, Colombia

In the heart of La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic centre, nestled between colourful houses, handsome churches, art galleries, and narrow cobbled streets, sits a beautifully restored coloni…

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