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Colombia

Colombia is a country of huge diversity and is arguably one of South America's most diverse destinations

One of South America's most fascinating countries, Colombia is somewhere that many still look at as too dangerous or too difficult to move around in. The Colombia of today is nothing like it was even 3 years ago and with the increased presence of the military throughout the country, the tourism industry has increased at a fast pace of late. Being blessed with a huge diversity of attributes, both geographically and culturally, means that a trip to Colombia can include white sand beaches, high Andean scenery, ancient cultural histories and Amazonian nature to name but a few highlights. As they now say, "The only risk is wanting to stay!".

One of the reasons, in our opinion, that Colombia is unique in South America is that, as country more than twice the size of France or California, is that it is the only country on the continent that bridges the Caribbean coast and the Pacific. This meeting of laid back Caribbean rhythms and South American cultures makes for an alluring blend.

Below we have outlined a few of the places that we would recommend taking a look at in this wonderful country, where the Pacific and Atlantic meet, and the Andes range runs down to the sea. It really is a fantastic country and somewhere that we would definitely send anyone who is interested in culture, food and something a little out of the ordinary.

It is worth noting that, while there are some exceptional hotels in both Bogata and Cartagena, this is still a developing tourism industry and, as such, some of the accommodation can be “authentic” rather than internationally high end!

Please have a look at the below information and get in touch if you would like to talk to any of us about putting together your ideal itinerary.

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    At a glance...Colombia

  • Population: 44 million
  • International dialling: +57
  • Time: GMT -5
  • Location: Northern South America
  • Recommended time: 2 weeks
  • Time to visit: From December to March and mid-June to mid-August
  • Go here for: Culture, Amazon experience, beach
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    Our recommended top hotels and lodges for Colombia:

    1. Hotel de la Opera - Location

      Hotel de la Opera

      Hotel de la Opera consists of two separates houses: One from the Colonial period of the 1800s; and the other built during the Art Deco movement in the 1940s. The result is a fascinating hybrid with centuries of history. Indeed, it is claimed that the original colonial house accommodated the... More...

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    2. Sofitel Bogota - Front

      Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia

      Named after a Colombian waterlily found in the Amazon, the Sofitel shares the flower’s attributes of beauty and strength. Or so the hotel tells us! What we can say is that this 5-star property has successfully combined contemporary, French design with a Colombian influence. This is exemplified... More...

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    3. The Orchids - King Suite room

      The Orchids Hotel

      The Orchids Hotel is an intimate 6-bedroom property is the heart of the Candelaria neighbourhood. Dating back to 1892, the building was formerly a private home, which was restored and opened as a hotel in 2014. The neoclassic style has been embraced throughout, with each bedroom uniquely... More...

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    4. Casa Legado - Front

      Casa Legado

      Casa Legado feels like home. Not your actual home, but the home you wish you had! Tucked away in the peaceful, quirky district of Quinta Camacho, Casa Legado offers 7 uniquely luxurious rooms (the owner Helena, is an interior designer) all inspired by the core theme of the property – family.... More...

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    5. Hotel Las Islas - Treetop Bungalow

      Hotel Las Islas

      Hotel Las Islas is an enchanting, beachfront property in the forest of Isla Baru, which can only be accessed via boat or helicopter. This oasis of Caribbean serenity can leave you somewhat speechless – an incredible design where you can chose to live and dine in the treetops or down at beach... More...

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