Discover the best of Colombia with On The Go Tours
Forget everything you think you know about Colombia and discover why it's fast becoming South America's next great adventure destination. From the soaring peaks of the Andes to the pristine beaches of the Caribbean coast, Colombia is home to a great natural diversity thanks largely to its position on the Equator with a third of the country occupied by the wildlife-dense Amazon rainforest.Read More
Colombia also boasts some of South America's finest colonial cities from the extraordinarily preserved Cartagena to the white-washed city of Popayan with cinematic cobbled streets and wide plazas. There's also a healthy spread of mysterious ancient ruins including San Agustin where exquisitely carved stone statues depict surreal scenes of serpent headed humans and frenzied monkeys.
Catch Colombia on the cusp of world-wide attention with one of our exciting group tours that take in the main highlights whilst travelling with like-minded curious travellers or one of our brand new private itineraries offering flexibility and off-the-beaten track attractions.
Upcoming Colombia Trips
|Trip Name||Starts||Departing||From USD||Deal||Map|
|Cartagena to Bogota - 8 days||Cartagena, Colombia||04 Apr 2017||USD $1,420|||
|Best of Colombia - 14 days||Bogota, Colombia||15 Apr 2017||USD $2,395|||
Colombia Group Tours
Experience Colombia at its best with our adventure group tours fully escorted by a tour leader and with specialist guides provided along the way to enhance your visits to incredible archaeological sites and beautiful colonial cities. With a maximum group size of 16 you'll have ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture staying in a traditional hacienda set in a coffee plantation and using other locally-owned accommodation.
Colombia Private Tours
Explore the colourful cities and gorgeous coastline of the Caribbean, sample a cup of coffee in the verdant coffee zone and trek through untouched jungle to the enigmatic 'Lost City' with our range of private itineraries to Colombia. Choose your preferred standard of accommodation and departure to make it your own.
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With such a varied terrain Colombia is a playground for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers. Dive among untouched coral reefs off the coast in Tayrona National Park, explore the pre-Colombian site of San Agustin by horse, go mountain biking around the attractive colonial town of Villa de Leyva, white water raft in San Gil, Colombia's adventure capital and hike through dense jungle to secluded beaches.
Recommended places to visit in Colombia
Tucked in the northwest corner of South America with terrain that stretches from the tropical beaches of the Caribbean coast to the dramatic mountain ranges of the Andes and the lush Amazon rainforest, Colombia is not short on natural beauty and impressive contrast with fun modern cities, charming colonial towns and beautiful coffee estates to boot. Here's some of favourite spots in Colombia worth seeking out.
Studded with skyscrapers and surrounded by mountains, Bogota is a pulsing city at the heart of Colombia. Having left its turbulent past behind, this capital city is now a trendy hub of activity, boasting a wealth of stylish boutiques, gourmet eateries and striking street art. Wander through the streets lined with colonial mansions, sparkling glass high-rises and other more humble dwellings as the energy of Bogota flows through you.
The gem in Colombia's crown, Cartagena wins on all counts when it comes to beauty. With colourful colonial buildings lining the streets and Bocagrande beach spreading its sandy shores along the city’s coastline, Cartagena is the kind of place that captivates your soul and delights your senses. Take a dip in the medicinal mud of the nearby Totumo volcano or grab a coffee in one of the numerous cafes while you immerse yourself in Cartagena’s Caribbean vibe.
For those looking to delve into Colombia’s ancient history, there are few places in the country better than the San Agustin Archaeological Park. Imbued with ancient mystery, this UNESCO World Heritage site boasts the largest number of religious, megalithic monuments found in any one site across the world. Here you can come face-to-face with dozens of intricately carved sculptures of various deities and mythical creatures with compelling expressions and features.
While San Gil isn’t the biggest or best-known destination in Colombia, it is rapidly gaining in popularity thanks to its abundant opportunities for extreme sports adventure. Travellers to this region can try their hand at paragliding, white-water rafting or caving, just to name a few. For those seeking something a bit more leisurely, the town’s old square and the Parque El Gallineral are both beautiful locations to take a stroll.
With a dazzling bay comprising perfect golden sand and sparkling turquoise water, there’s nothing not fall in love with at the Tayrona National Park. Further in to the park, coastline turns to thick, lush rainforest, in which dozens of endangered species roam freely. Seek out some magnificent wildlife as you make your way through the park’s leafy canopy. Originally home to hundreds of ancient settlements, this park is ideal for nature lovers and history buffs alike.
Situated in the rolling hills of Colombia, the coffee-producing region known as Zona Cafetera will leave you breathless (and not just because of the altitude). The landscape here is made up of verdant plantations, surrounded by towering trees and wrapped up with low wisps of cloud. Check out one of the many coffee farms where the famed arabica bean is grown and processed or take a tour around one of the historic villages as you absorb the stunning scenery of the region.
Colombia Travel Guide
To make the most of your holiday to Colombia browse our handy travel guide resources with plenty of useful information.
Archaeological ruins, Andean mountains & colonial cities
Information on climate and weather in Colombia
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Visa requirements for travel to Colombia
More about travelling on our group tours to Colombia
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Facts about Colombia
- Notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar once offered to pay Colombia's $10bn national debt to improve his reputation.
- A typical dish that can be found in Colombia is a cup of hot chocolate to which cheese is then added.
- A popular street snack is a handful of a species of ant that have huge rear ends (in Spanish hormigas culonas).
Colombia's Colonial Charm
Colombia is home to a number of stunning colonial cities with Cartagena its crowning glory. The UNESCO-listed old town is set within 13km of stone walls that date back centuries with a labyrinth interior of twisting cobblestone alleys, fading bubblegum coloured facades, balconies carpeted in blooming bougainvillea, and imposing churches that calls residents to daily prayer. Equally impressive is the small colonial city of Popayan that sits beneath towering mountains. Known as the 'White City' for its chalk-white facades, Popayan is especially pretty at night when its grand churches and mansions are illuminated with light. Meanwhile the 400-year old plaza of Villa de Leyva is a superb place to relax with a jug of sangria among exemplary colonial architecture and scenic countryside.