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Cartagena Holidays

Cartagena is Colombia’s most visited city. Its magnificent walled town, built in the 15th century to withstand the attentions of pirates and privateers, is superb. There are 8-miles of fortified walls and inside you can explore one of the best-preserved and most beautiful colonial towns in South America. It is deservedly a World Heritage Site, with cobbled alleys, balconies with bougainvillea and many churches. It has a warm Caribbean climate ideal for outdoor dining and a vibrant nightlife. This is a dance-crazy town and a great place to indulge in some lessons in Salsa, Merengue, Rumba or Bachata!
 
Located on the northern Caribbean coast it is named after its Spanish namesake, with a complex history as a port for trading gold, silver and African slaves. The area of Cartagena was settled in 4,000 BC and is the first known human settlement in Colombia. The city itself was founded in 1533. The stunning Castillo San Filipe de Barajas, begun in 1536 with its massive entrance and maze of tunnels, is another highlight. The castle is fully restored and provides formidable evidence of colonial Spanish military might and architecture.  Download our Colombia brochure (PDF 0.5 Mb)
 
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The best beaches near Cartagena are found on the Baru Peninsula, whose hotels offers all the watersports and activities you could wish for. Playa Blanca is the most famous beach, but it can get very congested.
 
Beautiful Caribbean beaches can also be enjoyed by staying at a small hotel on one of the stunning Rosario Islands. This archipelago of thirty islands has exceptional coral and other sea life, scuba diving and snorkelling and the finest fish restaurants. However as they accept day trippers from Cartagena, they too can get very busy. Further afield (a 2-hour boat ride from Cartagena), Mucura Island offers a more exclusive island experience.
 
There are also hotels with good beaches near the entrance to Tayrona National Park, but you must have a yellow-fever vaccination to visit this region. The party town of Santa Marta also has good beaches.
Snorkelling & Diving in Colombia
GPI7B
7 NIGHTS
FROM £795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
If you want to enjoy a snorkelling or diving holiday in the spectacular Rosario Islands in Colombia, this itinerary offers a delightful mix of sightseeing and a paradise coral island, with the option to upgrade to quieter Mucura Island. Also visit the historic walled city of Cartagena. English speaking city guide & all transfers included, but pay for dives locally.
Snorkelling Diving Holiday Rosario Islands Colombia Mucura Cartagena
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Snorkelling & Diving Holiday
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Colombia
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Cartagena
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San Felipe Castle
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La Popa Monastery
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Rosario Islands
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Isla Grande
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Coral Reefs
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Water Sports
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Bay of Cartagena
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Snorkelling & Diving Holiday
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Colombia
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Cartagena
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San Felipe Castle
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La Popa Monastery
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Rosario Islands
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Isla Grande
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Coral Reefs
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Water Sports
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Bay of Cartagena
Essential Colombia and Peru: Machu Picch + Cartagena
GPP12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Combine the cultural highlights of two fascinating countries on this holiday to Colombia and Peru. Starting from Bogota in the Andes, visit the Gold Museum, Salt Cathedral & pretty colonial Villa de Leyva. Then fly to Cusco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas to view the magnificant citadel at Machu Picchu, before visiting the old walled city of Cartagena. English speaking guides & all specified sightseeing included.
Holiday Colombia and Peru Bogota Villa de Leyva Machu Picchu Cartagena
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Holiday: Colombia and Peru
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley of Incas
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Vistadome Train
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Machu Picchu
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Cartagena
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San Felipe Castle
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Holiday: Colombia and Peru
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley of Incas
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Vistadome Train
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Machu Picchu
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Cartagena
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San Felipe Castle
Colombia Highlights: Bogota + Medellin + Cartagena
GPA12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This active holiday to Colombia starts in Bogota with a visit to its Gold Museum, Salt Cathedral & colonial Villa de Leyva. Then head to the lush Coffee Region with quaint towns such as Filandia & Solenta, the giant wax palms of Cocora Valley & birds of Otun Quimbaya Reserve. Visit Communa 13 in Medellin & climb impressive El Penol Rock, before flying to historic Cartagena. All transfers, guides & sightseeing included.
Holiday Colombia Bogota Salt Cathedral Cocora Medellin Penol Cartagena
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Region
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Cocora Valley & Salento
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Medellin
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El Penol & Guatapé
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Cartagena
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Holiday Colombia
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Region
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Cocora Valley & Salento
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Medellin
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El Penol & Guatapé
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Cartagena
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Holiday Colombia
Luxury Colombia: Bogota + Coffee + Cartagena + Mucura
GPL12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This luxury holiday to Colombia starts in Bogota, with its astonishing Gold Museum, Botero Museum & Salt Cathedral, before flying to the spectacular Cocora Valley in the Coffee Region, with its giant wax palms & colourful colonial towns. Visit the Otun Quimbaya Reserve & the historic walled city of Cartagena, before relaxing on turquoise Mucura Island. Contact us for more information & a quote today.
Luxury Holiday Colombia Bogota Gold Salt Coffee Cartagena Mucura Island
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Bogota Gold Museum
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Botero Museum
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Salt Cathedral
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Coffee Region
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Cocora Valley
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Filandia & Solento
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cartagena
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Mucura Island
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Luxury Holiday Colombia
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Bogota Gold Museum
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Botero Museum
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Salt Cathedral
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Coffee Region
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Cocora Valley
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Filandia & Solento
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cartagena
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Mucura Island
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Luxury Holiday Colombia
Wildlife of Colombia: Los Llanos + Amazon + Cartagena
GPD12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This wildlife holiday to Colombia visits Hato La Aurora Reserve on the vast open plains of Los Llanos, where you can hope to see endemic wildlife such as the giant anteater, capybara & tapir & wonderful birdlife. Then fly to the Amazon Basin for neo-tropical birding, pink dolphins & so much more. Also visit the Salt Cathedral outside Bogota and historic Cartagena. All transfers, wildlife activities & sightseeing included.
Wildlife Holiday Colombia Los Llanos Amazon Birding Dolphins Cartagena
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Wildlife Holiday, Colombia
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Bogota & Salt Cathedral
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Los Llanos
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Hato La Aurora Reserve
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Giant Anteaters
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Amazon Birding
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Calanoa Reserve
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Tarapoto Lakes
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Pink Dolphins
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Cartagena
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Wildlife Holiday, Colombia
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Bogota & Salt Cathedral
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Los Llanos
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Hato La Aurora Reserve
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Giant Anteaters
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Amazon Birding
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Calanoa Reserve
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Tarapoto Lakes
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Pink Dolphins
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Cartagena
Best of Colombia and Panama Canal
GPQ14B
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This holiday combines the highlights of Colombia and Panama, including a Panama Canal tour & a ride on the Coast-to-Coast Railway. Visit Bogota with its Gold Museum & Salt Cathedral, pretty colonial Ville de Leyva, the beautiful Corcora Valley in the Coffee Region & the photogenic walled city of Cartagena - a World Heritage site. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Holiday Colombia Panama Canal Tour Bogota Salt Cocora Valley Cartagena
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Holiday: Colombia and Panama
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Region
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Cocora Valley & Salento
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cartagena
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Panama Canal Tour
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Panama Railway
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Holiday: Colombia and Panama
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Region
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Cocora Valley & Salento
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cartagena
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Panama Canal Tour
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Panama Railway
Historic Colombia: Bogota + San Agustin + Cartagena
GPH12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,998
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This holiday to Colombia focuses on the history of this stunning country, with a visit to the atmospheric San Agustin Pre-Colombian archaeological site; the astonishing Gold Museum in Bogota & small but impressive Fossil Museum in the beautifully preserved colonial town of Ville de Leyva. Also visit the historic city of Cartagena, before relaxing on Baru beach. English speaking guides, all transfers & sightseeing included.
Holiday Colombia San Agustin Gold Museum Bogota Fossil Leyva Cartagena
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Holiday to Colombia
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Bogota
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Gold Museum
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Salt Catherdal
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Villa De Leyva
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Fossil Museum
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San Agustin Park
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Tatacoa Desert
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Cartagena
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Baru
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Holiday to Colombia
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Bogota
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Gold Museum
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Salt Catherdal
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Villa De Leyva
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Fossil Museum
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San Agustin Park
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Tatacoa Desert
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Cartagena
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Baru
Colombia: Amazon + Coffee Region + Tayrona
GPS14B
13 NIGHTS
FROM £3,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This wonderful Colombia Birding & Wildlife holiday visits the rainforests of the Amazon Basin and Tayrone National Park, the Otun Quimbaya Reserve & Cocora Valley. Also see the highlights of Bogota, the Salt Cathedral, colonial Ville de Leyva, the Coffee region, Cartagena & enjoy a boat ride along part of the famous Panama Canal. English speaking guides & all transfers included.
Colombia Birding Wildlife Holidays Tours Vacations
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Colombia Birding
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cocora Valley
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Amazon Rainforest
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Cartagena
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Tayrona National Park
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Panama Canal
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Wounaan Community
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Colombia Birding
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cocora Valley
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Amazon Rainforest
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Cartagena
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Tayrona National Park
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Panama Canal
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Wounaan Community
Walking in Colombia: Crystal Canyon, Cocora, Tayrona + El Penol
GPW15B
14 NIGHTS
FROM £3,695
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This active walking holiday in Colombia includes hiking to the 'River of 5 Colours' in the spectacular Crystal Canyon; walking in the high altitude Cocora Valley, with its iconic wax palms & along the pristine beaches of Tayrona National Park. Also climb impressive El Penol Rock, visit the Salt Cathedral near Bogota & historic Cartagena. All transfers, English speaking guides & specified sightseeing included.
Walking Holiday Colombia Hiking Crystal Canyon Cocora Tayrona Penol
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Walking Holiday: Colombia
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Bogota
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Crystal Canyon
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Hiking in Coffee Region
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Cocora Valley
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Medellin
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El Penol Rock
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Cartagena
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Tayrona National Park
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Walking Holiday: Colombia
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Bogota
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Crystal Canyon
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Hiking in Coffee Region
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Cocora Valley
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Medellin
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El Penol Rock
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Cartagena
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Tayrona National Park
Grand Colombia tour: Crystal Canyon + San Agustin
GPG20B
20 NIGHTS
FROM £4,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This Grand Colombia Tour covers this fascinating country in depth including Bogota & the Salt Cathedral, the fascinating River of Five Colours in the Crystal Canyon, the archaeological site at San Agustin, Cocora Valley in the coffee region, Medellin, magnificent Cartagena & Tayrona National Park. All transfers, English speaking guides & specified sightseeing included.
Colombia Tour River of Five Colours Crystal Canyon San Agustin Cartagena
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Colombia Tour
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Bogota & Salt Cathedral
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Crystal Canyon: River of Five Colours
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San Agustin & Tatacoa Desert
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Coffee Region & Cocora Valley
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Medellin
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El Peñol + Guatape
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Cartagena
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Tayrona National Park
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Colombia Tour
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Bogota & Salt Cathedral
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Crystal Canyon: River of Five Colours
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San Agustin & Tatacoa Desert
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Coffee Region & Cocora Valley
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Medellin
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El Peñol + Guatape
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Cartagena
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Tayrona National Park
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