SHARE your bespoke travels

Colombia

Caribbean islands, colonial cities, jagged coastal national parks, lush green hills, Amazon jungles, tropical grasslands and Andean coffee plantations – this is Colombia. Discover the birthplace of salsa in the west, the wonderful Amazon nature in the South, your own tropical paradise in the north and the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountain range in the north east overlooking small fishing villages. As well as these stunning landscapes, Colombia also has incredible cities to visit such as Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin, in particular, will show you the Colombians’ friendly nature, their pride in where they come from and their rhythm of life.

colombia - The Bespoke to do list

 •Explore the stunning, sultry Caribbean coast city of Cartegena. Colorful streets, cobblestone alleyways, colonial heritage, boutique shopping, and fun nightlife – we’re sold!
Visit Bogota’s Gold Museum, a must-see display of ancient gold art, and visit the Zipaquira cathedral just outside the city, excavated deep underground from an old salt mine.
Relax in the Virgin beaches of Tayrona National Park.
Fly over a banana plantation from a Zip Line.
• Visit the Botanical Garden & Butterfly Farm (3000 butterflies from 40 different species)
• The “Balsaje” is a local favorite leisure activity, floating on top of a bamboo raft, the smooth swift flowing currents of the La Vieja (Old Lady) River meander through a stunning natural scenery.
• Visit the Cocora Valley (home to the Quindio Wax Palm), a majestic valley and the perfect place to “lose yourself” for a few hours.
• Join Coffee expert, David on a private excursion to see and understand all the aspect of coffee. Not only a coffee tasting, but also its social impact, the technicalities of growing, new practices, barista lessons etc.
• Snorkelling and diving off the Rosario Island National Park, an archipelago of 27 islands with great marine life and picturesque beaches – minus the crowds.Juan David is our Coffee expert. We can arrange severa

l days with him to see and

understand all the aspect of coffee. Not only a coffee t

asting, but also its social impact, the

technicalities of growing, new practices, barista clessons e

tc.

•Explore the stunning, sultry Caribbean coast city of Cartegena.
•Visit Bogota’s Gold Museum, a must-see display of ancient gold art, and visit the Zipaquira cathedral just outside the city, excavated deep underground from an old salt mine.
•Visit Tayrona National Park to relax in the crystalline blue waters, wild jungle, ancient ruined cities and giant boulders towering over hiking trails.
•From Bogota, do not miss Villa de Leyva, which is set high in the Andes. We loved our visit to this beautiful small colonial town with whitewashed colonial buildings, cobbled lanes, terracotta tiles roofs and incredible Plaza Mayor.
• Snorkel and dive off the Rosario Island National Park, an archipelago of 27 islands with great marine life and picturesque beaches – minus the crowds.
• Do a Graffiti Tour in Bogota, to learn about the culture and history of this amazing local art scene.
• Stay over in Bogota on a Sunday when Bogota’s streets are closed to cars and overtaken by bicycles, rollerbladers and runners. And make sure to visit the weekly market.

Colombia

 bogota | cartajena | coffee triangle (zona cafetera) | santa marta (tayrona national park) | medellin and VILLA DE leyva

BOGOTA

The transformation that Colombia’s capital has undergone over the last decade is astounding, emerging as one of the most happening cities in Latin America. Bogotá is often people’s first taste of Colombia and while it is a useful springboard for exploring the rest of the country, it is also a great place in its own right. It’s big and it’s busy but it is packed with cool restaurants and brilliant galleries and museums.

CARTAJENA

Cartagena is Colombia’s coastal gem and its most romantic city. The warm Caribbean breeze gathers up sounds of salsa music and the scent of the flowers that cascade down from the balconies of the rainbow-coloured houses that line its cobbled streets.

TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK

Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean coast is a surreal place all round: crystalline blue waters, wild jungle, ancient ruined cities, and giant boulders towering over hiking trails. It conjures up images of Jurassic Park, and there are plenty of wild animals to keep nature lovers occupied. The real Instagram favourite is the vistas of Cabo San Juan beach, and the view of two mirrored beaches from a viewpoint above the sea: Caribbean perfection.

VILLA DE LEYVA

A picturesque historical town set high in the Andes, Colombia‘s Villa de Leyva is one of the country’s top attractions and is home to some of its best preserved colonial architecture. Located a three-hour drive northeast from the capital Bogotá, the 16th-century cobbled streets, terracotta tile roofs and whitewashed buildings welcome visitors to this unique corner of the Boyacá department. Read on for our guide to the secrets of this rural gem.

COFFEE TRIANGLE (ZONA CAFETERA)

A trip to Colombia would be incomplete without a visit to Colombia’s coffee triangle. Here, you will find high end fincas where you can harvest, roast, and taste the local coffee bean crops. Once you’ve got your caffeine buzz, explore the local area on horseback through the countryside, enjoy trips to the tropical fruit market in Filandia, and hiking in the nearby cloud forest.

HOTELS WE LOVE

ecohabs, TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK

Playa de Canaveral, Santa Marta, Magdalena | +57.5.4302676

Ecohabs, located in beautiful Tayrona National Park, combines a stunning setting with rustic but very comfortable thatch roof cabanas. With spectacular views down to the turquoise sea and across the rainforest, Ecohabs is an idyllic and intimate escape in a magical location. Visit the hotel website.

sofitel legend SANTA CLARA cartagena

Cra. 8 #3929, Cartegena, Bolivar, Colombia | +57.5.6504700

Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara is a legendary landmark in the heart of Cartagena’s walled city. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 1995, the hotel combines the allure of history with local hospitality, featuring gourmet cuisine, exceptional service and a world-class spa. Visit the hotel website.

Four seasons hotel casa medina bogota

Cra. 7 #69A-22, Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia | +57.1.3257900

Well-heeled foodies zone in on Bogotá’s Zona G and the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina. This district north of downtown hosts the capital’s finest restaurants (the “G” is for gastronomy), including the 62-room hotel’s Castanyoles A stylish Mediterranean bar & restaurant, with a greenhouse atrium perfect for romantic evenings or a quick bite with a signature cocktail. T The spa specializes in green coffee wraps, coconut scrubs and other locally inspired spa treatments. Visit the hotel website.

Hotel charleston Santa theresa

Cra. 3 #31-23, Cartegena, Bolivar, Colombia  | +57.5.6649494

Nestled in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site, this luxury 5 star hotel is renowned as Cartagena’s best boutique hotel and one of the top 5 star luxury hotels in Colombia. You will be spoiled for choice with so many things to see and do in Cartagena; be enchanted by  architecture of this fortress city with cobbled alleyways, overlooked by Bougainvillea balconies. Visit the hotel website.

four seasons hotel bogota

Carrera 13 #8456, Bogota, CO-CUN, | +57.132.7930

Bogotá is one of the hottest travel destinations, and Four Seasons Hotel Bogota raises the temp in Colombia’s “Capital of Cool.” Set just off the city’s chic pedestrian Zona T, the hotel is surrounded by designer shops and sidewalk cafés.  Dine at Nemo, a Colombian-inspired international bar and grill and watch the lively scene outside through the bar’s two-story windows. Visit the hotel website.

Casa san agustin

Centro, Calle de la Universidad No.36-44  | +57 (5) 681.0000

Located in the heart of Colombia’s most iconic city, Casa San Agustín immerses guests in classic Cartagena. This elegant small hotel encompasses 3 beautifully restored 17th century colonial homes, with a preserved aqueduct contained within its walls. The hotel includes 20 guestrooms & 11 suites, as well as private plunge pools and the globally acclaimed Alma Restaurant. Visit the hotel website.

Spotlight 

HACIENDA BAMBUSA, the coffee region

hacienda Bambusa

226 Rue de Rivoli, 1st Arrondissement | +33.142.608.200

Hidden among the lush and verdant scenery of Colombia’s coffee producing region, Hacienda Bambusa is a working plantation that offers guests an ideal place to relax and explore. The area is rich in breathtaking scenery and marvelous flora and fauna, and is inhabited by hard working, fun-loving, open and friendly people. At Hacienda Bambusa the central courtyard is surrounded by 8 rooms, each with a private balcony where guests can relax with a book or take a siesta in the woven hammocks while listening to birdsong. It is an ideal experience for families, couples and nature lovers who want to enjoy the experience of a beautiful and peaceful natural environment. It also makes an ideal base from which to explore the Zona Cafetera (The Coffee Triangle) and surrounding coffee plantations, colorful colonial market towns and the gorgeous Valle de Cocora and Los Nevados National Park. Visit the hotel website.

 

highlights of the coffee region

When you visit the coffee region of Colombia, be sure to include some of these popular activities on your itinerary:

• Visit the Cocora Valley (home to the Quindio Wax Palm), a majestic valley and the perfect place to “lose yourself” for a few hours.
• Join Coffee expert, David on a private excursion to see and understand all the aspect of coffee. Not only a coffee tasting, but also its social impact, the technicalities of growing, new practices, and barista course.
• Fly over a banana plantation from a Zip Line.
• Visit the Botanical Garden & Butterfly Farm (3000 butterflies from 40 different species)
• The “Balsaje” is a local favorite leisure activity, floating on top of a bamboo raft, the smooth swift flowing currents of the La Vieja (Old Lady) River meander through a stunning natural scenery.

an extraordinary holiday.

tailored to you.