Colombia enjoys coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea,lush Amazonian jungle, rich colonial towns, ancestral cultures and cosmopolitan cities.
Colombia beckons travelers to experience its historic colonial cities, distinct cultural traditions and a new generation of luxury boutique hotels. Colombia was originally inhabited by several indigenous nations including the Muisca, the Quimbaya and the Tairona. The Spanish arrived in 1499, and brought African slaves to Colombia in the 16th century. The result is an intriguing cultural mosaic. The cities of Armenia and Pereira in the center of the western region of the country are the center of the coffee zone as well as the heart of Colombian culture.
Bogota and Cartagena combine old-world character and modern services. Colombia has eight established UNESCO sites – six cultural and two natural, with a further 18 sites under consideration. San Agustín Archaeological Park, in a wild, spectacular landscape, is one of these, noted for the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America. Gods and mythical animals are skillfully represented in artistic styles ranging from abstract to realist. These works display the creativity and imagination of a northern Andean culture that flourished from the first to the eighth centuries.
Misty Andean mountain ranges, great sweeps of the Amazon Basin, vivid blue lakes, vast plains and charming coastlines combine with adventure experiences from scuba diving to mountain biking to cave exploring to make Colombia an exciting, emerging destination. Experience Colombia luxury tours with Big Five.
Guatemala, Colombia & Argentina: Graffiti Art Experience 16 Days Precious Journeys® College Edition Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $9,376
Graffiti encompasses writing and drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, chiseled or painted illicitly on walls and other surfaces, usually within public view. The can be simple written words or elaborate wall paintings. The use of graffiti has existed since ancient times. Examples date back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire. The term graffiti originally referred to the inscriptions and drawings found on the walls of ancient sepulchres or ruins in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii. This unique and fascinating journey explores facets, framework and meaning of graffiti today in Latin America as seen through the eyes of artists in these countries. Specialist guides provide context, both historical and modern, to help you discover this compelling art movement.
Colombia’s Gems 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $13,990
Colombia offers the traveler unique adventures from its well-preserved, classic colonial cities of Bogota and Cartagena, to Medellin's barrios that were once the haunt of Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug cartel leader, to Chivor and its active emerald mind where you can try to crave out your own gemstone. Enjoy a flight over the coffee plantations in the heart Colombia's coffee growing zone. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage town of San Basilio de Palenque, which became refuge for the original fugitive and escaped slaves from the colonial period of the 17th century. Colombia is a multi-faceted destination.
President’s Pick: Colombia & Guatemala 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,250
“I am a self-admitted history buff, and can’t get enough of it. In much of Latin America, the Incas and Mayans occupied so much of the space, it was difficult to see beyond. I wanted to examine the empires that came before, after, and in between these groups. Enter Colombia, a destination we helped launch in North America almost 10 years ago. Being a pioneer to this area is one my proudest moments. With Guatemala as one of our core products for so long, we were constantly looking for ways to combine Colombia with Guatemala as a way to complete the bridge between the Mayans and early Colombian empires before the Incas came to power. We had access to glamping equipment in Guatemala, which allowed us to offer our guests something more. This allowed them to stay overnight at an ancient site to really feel the Mayan spirit that is imbedded in the ruins, making this a much more compelling experience. I am proud to say Big Five was one off the first combine these two countries, and now I invite you to join us in being a part of history.”
Volcanoes of Latin America 19 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
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Born of volcanoes, Guatemala, Ecuador and Colombia feature fascinating landscapes and flourishing cultures to discover. Board a helicopter for an overflight of six different volcanoes en route to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Savor a rare experience… glamping at Uaxactun Mayan ruins - an overnight stay in the ruins in the comfort of your own private camp with candle-lit dinner. Explore Colombia's Popayan, known for its beautiful colonial architecture and nearby Purace National Park. Visit the Totumo Mud Volcano, northeast of Cartagena, for a thermal mud bath, both restoring and fun. Take in Ecuador's fabled volcanoes, escorted by a volcanologist, who will help you explore the geology, history and legends of these ancient landscapes
Guatemala & Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $10,360
Delve into the ancient cultures of these two countries, from staying overnight at Guatemala's Maya Uaxactun Archeological Site, to exploring the pyramids of Tikal, to examining some of the 500 millennia-old stone statues of Colombia's Pre-Inca San Agustin Archeological Site.
Colombia, Ecuador & Peru 14 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,750
This journey explores South America's pre-Incan societies that over the centuries settled along the Peruvian coast and highlands, the highlands of Ecuador and in Colombia. Visit archeological sites in Colombia’s San Agustín Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America. Travel to desert coastal zone of Northern Peru to enjoy special access to see the excavations at the pre-Incan site of the Sipan ruins.
Colombia’s Colonial Cities, Coffee Culture & Coast 16 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,620
Discover Bogota's colonial architecture and museums such as the Museo del Oro with displays that include some 32,000 pieces of gold. Visit the 16th-century Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most beautiful towns. Tour Colombia’s famed coffee region. Take in the enchanting old Walled City of Cartagena. Go whale watching, kayaking or surfing on Colombia’s Pacific Coast.
Colombia’s Indigenous Trails 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $6,950
Historic Spanish colonial cities and local mountain villages are cultural gems to explore.
Custom Colombia Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $3,500
Colombia is a rising star among South America's emerging destinations. It boasts grand Andean mountain ranges, great sweeps of the Amazon Basin, vivid blue lakes, vast plains and charming coastlines that combine with adventure experiences from scuba diving to mountain biking to cave exploring.
Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,510