Coffee, emeralds and hidden treasures in Colombia
From pristine beaches to grand, colonial cities, the mythical road to El Dorado and the pulsating beats of tango and salsa around every street corner – Colombia is brimming with treasures. Here are our favorites.
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1 Cartagena de Indias
The Caribbean jewel in Colombia’s crown, uncover lively, cobbled streets, beautifully preserved architecture, colorful facades and trendy cafes and boutiques in Cartagena. Discover the city with our experienced local guide, taking in impressive sights from the imposing Fort San Felipe to the winding streets and alleyways of the Old Town, stopping at hidden eateries, sampling authentic dishes and visiting lesser-known gems along the way.
2 Gold Museum in Bogota
Live the El Dorado dream at the fascinating Museo del Oro of Bogota, where carefully preserved ancient artifacts occupy pride of place, along with more than 55,000 pieces of gold! Bogota‘s collection is laid out in thematic order, over three storeys. While audio guides are available, the collection is best discovered with a local expert who is familiar with the offerings.
A wonderfully verdant UNESCO World Heritage site, discover lush landscapes of the Coffee Region, diverse wildlife and birds, plantations and charming villages, with your favorite cuppa in hand. How about a sumptuous stay and cacao tour at a sprawling, historic plantation? Or a horseback ride through the valley with an experienced groom and local expert? Afterwards, we’ll help you lie back and relax at Santa Rosa de Cabal’s hot springs too!
Tucked away in the Central Cordillera of the towering Andes, Cocora Valley boasts majestic wax palm trees, picturesque valleys and plenty of hiking and outdoor activities. The cloud forest is part of the Los Nevados National Natural Park and set about 2000 meters above sea level! Armed with an experienced guide and a local expert, ride your horse across the region until you reach a restaurant overlooking the valley – our little secret that we’re happy to share with you!
5 San Agustin Archaeological Park
Unearth the archaeological treasures of an unknown, ancient civilization at this UNESCO World Heritage site, which is home to the largest collection of megaliths and monuments in all of South America! Not just these incredible feats of architecture, there are also luxurious hacienda stays, horseback explorations and adventure in store for you at San Agustin!
6Tayrona National Park
Indulge your love for nature! Lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, tranquil lagoons, beautiful coves and archaeological wonders await you at Tayrona National Park. Not just the usual trails, with a naturalist to accompany you, take a walk down one of the lesser-known trails to explore the forest and get to hidden beaches – you can also learn more about the park’s history, local culture, native flora and fauna along the way.
Beautifully preserved pastel facades, quaint cobbled streets, exquisite churches and cathedrals, and old-world charm – step back in time at Colombia’s colonial cities of Barichara, Villa de Leyva, Filandia and Salento. At our favorite villas, haciendas and boutique hotels – handpicked by experts – you’ll also find a charming blend of history, rich culture, tradition and local heritage.
Spawning the myth of the famed El Dorado which brought the Spanish Conquistadors to their door, Colombian emeralds have adorned her people for centuries. Mined in the eastern Andes, these jewels are known for their rich color and perfection, often associated with magic, and readily available in major cities of Colombia. Even today, you can find emeralds aplenty in Bogota – our local guides will be happy to assist you in viewing collections or visiting trusted merchants!
9 Magdalena River
How about a luxury cruise down the Magdalena River – one of the greatest rivers in South America and the lifeline of Colombia. Rising in the Cordillera Central, the river meets the ocean at bustling Barranquilla and has enables riverine trade for centuries! Book your private guide and experienced staff onboard, to pamper your through your journey and help you see the best sights along the way!
The legend of El dorado, a hidden city of riches, has inspired gold lust and folklore for centuries. High up in the Andes, Guatavita was believed to be the source of El Dorado by the Spanish, who recovered gold artifacts from the lagoon many centuries ago. Visit the region with an experienced Enchanting Travels guide, following in the trail of Spanish Conquistadors and exploring hidden trails and routes that few others know of!
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“No matter why you travel – for art, history, cultural diversity, beautiful landscapes, beaches or unique cuisines – you’ll find it all in Colombia! What’s more, it’s also offers the best affordable luxury in all of South America!”
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