Why I love Colombia

It was a much different country the first time I came to Colombia in the early 2000s, but the stellar hospitality of Colombians had me at arrival. Today, the security situation has improved dramatically, helping Colombia to become South America's phoenix from the flames. But that initial reception has always stuck with me: without a five-star tourism magnet – no Machu Picchu, no Iguazu Falls, no Patagonia – Colombia... Read More

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$64.80 Tours & Sightseeing

Bogotá City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Lunch and Cable Car Ride

While in Bogotá, take a city sightseeing tour to discover the best of this beautiful Colombian city! After pickup from your Bogotá hotel, begin your city tour in La Candelaria, the historic neighborhood of Bogotá. Admire the colonial architecture of the neighborhood as you walk along cobblestone streets.Then follow your guide to Plaza de Bolívar (Bolívar Plaza), home to some of the most historical buildings in Bogotá. As you walk around the plaza, see La Catedral Primera (Prime Cathedral), the Presidential Palace and the Capitolio Nacional (National Capitol). As your tour continues, make your way to Museo de Botero (Botero’s Museum), where you’ll see more than 100 works of art by famous artist Fernando Botero, as well as many other paintings from artists around the world. 5-hour tour:Choose the 5-hour city tour to visit everything mentioned above, as well as the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum), home of the world’s largest pre-Hispanic collections of gold works. Then, ride a scenic cable car up Mt Monserrate, home of the Monserrate Sanctuary, a famous pilgrimage site. Admire stunning panoramic views of Bogotá from the top of the mountain before being transported back to your hotel.8-hour tour:For the ultimate in Bogota sightseeing, take the 8-hour tour to include everything mentioned above, as well as an authentic Colombian lunch at a local restaurant and visits to more interesting sites like Quinta de Bolivar, home of Simon Bolivar, a 19th-century liberator of the Andean countries. Head to the north end of Bogotá, where you’ll see the International Center, the financial district of Bogotá and Parque 93. Then visit one of the most picturesque sections of Bogotá, Usaquén. Admire the colorful colonial architecture of the neighborhood, which is home to many restaurants and bars. After exploring Usaquén, you’ll be transported back to your hotel.

$62.70 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pablo Escobar Historical Tour of Medellín

In 1975 and with a personal net worth of more than $25 billion, Pablo Escobar was the 7th-richest man in the world. His successful drug operation had allowed him to own luxurious residences, expensive cars and even airplanes. Although Escobar was held on charges such as murder, bombing, drug smuggling and money laundering, he was depicted at home in Colombia as a Robin Hood-type hero. He spent millions of dollars building schools, hospitals and churches in Western Colombia, giving back to the poorer communities in Medellín. On this guided sightseeing tour, learn about his life at three historical sites. First, visit the Monaco Building, which was bombed by the rival Cali cartel in an assassination attempt on Pablo Escobar's family. Then, head over to the house where, on December 2nd, 1993, he was shot and killed by Colombian special forces. Finally, make your way to your third stop – Pablo Escobar's grave, located just on the outskirts of Medellín.

$35 Day Trips & Excursions

Playa Blanca and Baru Island Day Trip from Cartagena

Your day trip starts with hotel pickup or by meeting your guide in Cartagena's UNESCO World Heritage–listed old city. Board your coach, and head to Baru Island, about one hour away. During the drive, listen to your guide's commentary about the area's neighborhoods, fishing villages, and industrial zome of Mamonal. When you arrive at Playa Blanca, enjoy the white-sand beach and crystalline waters. A lunch of Colombian dishes is included. After your relaxing day in the sun, head back to the city, where your day trip ends.

$21.60 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer: Cartagena Airport to Hotel

You will be met at the airport and taken directly to your hotel in Cartagena. A representative will greet you when you clear airport customs and your vacation can start! When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your Cartagena hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.

$85.23 Tours & Sightseeing

Tour of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral from Bogotá

After pickup from your hotel, head out of Bogotá to the nearby town of Zipaquirá, home of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, in private transportation. Descend more than 650 feet (200 meters) below the surface of the earth and admire this impressive piece of Colombian architecture. Learn from your bilingual guide how the salt cathedral began along a 24 foot (75 meter) section of the mine in 1954 before being closed for safety reasons. After a full refurbishment and expansion, the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral was reopened in 1991. Highlights include the stations of the cross, the dome, and the three naves all carved out of the salty walls and ceiling of the abandoned salt mine. Return above ground and walk around the mountain town of Zipaquirá before transferring back to your Bogotá hotel.

$25.40 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Arrival Transfer: Bogotá Airport to Hotel

After you clear airport customs, you'll be greeted by a representative and taken directly from El Dorado International Airport to your Bogotá hotel in a private transfer vehicle.When making a booking, you will be prompted to advise your flight details and your Bogotá hotel details. All you need to do is provide your driver with the voucher you’ll receive upon checkout.