Rapidly emerging from years of conflict, Colombia has many alluring experiences and attractions and ten percent of the world’s flora and fauna. The only risk these days is that once here, you won’t want to leave! Bordering five countries, be one of the first to explore Colombia’s diverse landscapes, including scenic mountains, cloudforest, barrier reefs, rugged jungles, fragrant coffee plantations and secluded beaches. There’s much to captivate travellers of all ages and interests. Spend some time in cosmopolitan cities like Bogota and Cartagena, relax in colonial hillside towns and immerse yourself in the emerald hills of Colombia’s coffee plantations. You can even zip line over the plantations before enjoying a refreshing brew!
Tayrona National Park sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and is a tropical paradise of untouched jungle, sweeping down onto palm-fringed beaches. Many birds and mammals live within the protected forest, including black howler monkeys, iguanas, bats and even jaguar – however, you would be very lucky to spot one.
Amacayacu National Park is on the Amazon River in the South of Colombia and can be reached from the city of Leticia by boats that take you up river to the national park. Explore the Amazon river and visit islands like Isla de los Micos with hundreds of monkeys, Mocagua’s Island for lotus flowers and Tarapoto Lake to see the Amazon river dolphins botos; a primitive form of freshwater dolphin that is endemic to the Amazon basin.
Los Nevados National Park is dominated by the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano and a richly rewarding area to explore. Relax in thermal springs after invigorating days out hiking and discover the many endemic flora and fauna in the area, like the bearded helmet crested hummingbird.
Think of Colombia and you’ll probably think of coffee. The verdant coffee region is a welcoming place to enjoy a rich brew and can be reached in 35 minutes on flights from Bogota. Located around the towns of Pereira and Armenia, visitors can enjoy authentic stays in traditional fincas and haciendas and take part in guided nature walks, hiking, horse riding and birdwatching among picturesque coffee plantations. Corcora Valley is best reached from Solento in the coffee region. Solento itself is a charming town, where most of the residents work in the coffee industry. Look out for their Willy Jeeps while you’re there. Heading into Corcora Valley, you’ll experience the natural wonders, with huge palm trees, beautiful wild orchids and hummingbirds.