Colombia Vacations

When people think of Colombia, the first thing that comes to mind is usually not its wide swathes of Caribbean beaches, romantic colonial cities, trendy night clubs, Amazon treks or coffee plantation tours. Despite its grisly reputation, all of these are making Colombia an increasingly popular destination. (Yes, drug cartels are still rampant and ... Read more
violent crime and kidnappings do occur, but at much lower levels than in past decades. The Colombian government has stepped up efforts to protect tourist areas.) Colombia's preeminent destination is the Caribbean port city of Cartagena, where the central Spanish colonial walled city is filled with restaurants, churches and emerald shops. Stay a while to visit the surrounding Caribbean beaches, fishing villages and resort towns. In Bogotá, expect all the good and bad of a burgeoning city as you meander through the colonial streets shrouded by smog. Better yet, get out of the cities and into Colombia's stunning natural scenery, including the jungles of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Colombia places to stay and top hotels

Colombia things to do and experiences




The temperatures in Colombia vary only slightly throughout the year because of the country’s proximity to the equator, but by region there are vast differences. The coast is warm year round, which is perfect ... Read more
for those looking to enjoy the sultry outdoor nightlife or Carnaval celebrations of cities like Cartagena and Barranquilla. Going up into the Andes, the interior of the country has a more temperate climate, which means it’s never too hot or too cold to visit Bogota or Medellin (the latter of which has been dubbed the city of “eternal spring”). In most of the country, there are two general dry seasons between December and March and July and August, although the Amazon can see rain most of the year. If you plan a trip around a major holiday or festival, be sure to book in advance -- and to pack some dancing shoes.

Top Colombia restaurants

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Solo Female Travel Tips

Solo travelers found it important to "stay aware." "Don't make yourself a target by pulling out your phone in the street, hanging your purse on the back of a chair - behavior known as giving papaya in Colombia." Even with precautions, some crime does ... Read more
occur. "I did not feel safe walking alone - be prepared for catcalling."

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.


Colombia is only sometimes tolerant and it's best to use caution. Make sure to 'follow local guidelines' and 'meet first in a public place'.

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its LGBTQ Tribe to compile safety tips for this destination. While no one ... Read more
destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Colombia reviews & trip reports

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London, UK

Solo travelers found it important to "stay aware." "Don't make yourself a target by pulling out your phone in the street, hanging your purse on the back of a chair - behavior known as 'giving papaya' in Colombia." Even with precautions, some crime does occur. "I did not feel safe walking alone - be prepared for catcalling."

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Culver City, California

Such a beautiful country - must go! The culture, people, food, salsa, landscapes and biodiversity are hard to beat. It is absolutely safe, the news paint a pretty dangerous picture and it's absolutely inaccurate. Go before it becomes touristy!

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Stuttgart, Germany

great country with friendly people, fantastic landscapes, great mountains, fantastic beaches, good country to travel

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London, UK

Colombia has lost tourists in the past, deterred by security concerns. It once remained the closely guarded secret of backpackers. But things have turned around; as per the local saying ‘the only risk is wanting to stay.’

Cool colonial cities such as Cartagena, lovingly restored, with it’s Unesco walled city, salsa and pirate history, Caribbean beach towns like Santa Marta with its rum, fun and access to the jungle, where you’ll find the Lost City ‘La Cuidad Perdida’ and Tayrona National Park, where the jungle meets the Caribbean Sea, are top highlights. The latter is a stellar oasis off-the-beaten-path. In contrast, major cities Medellin, Cali and Bogota have long attracted tourism, for dance clubs, live music, food and ambiance.

2015 is the year for Colombia, with direct flights from London to Bogota recently launched by Avianca, KLM set to resume flights in March 2015 and the W Hotels recent debut in Bogota.

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Wasaga Beach, Canada

Definitely a place to be explored and experienced. I thoroughly enjoyed the people, sights, sceneries, cuisine, shopping, and the Caribbean side, San Andres and Santa Marta.

Though problems of the past has stigmatized many from visiting, that's the past. If you want to experience an enriching culture, you may want to visit Colombia.

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Brooklyn, New York State, USA

Wild coastal beaches, salsa music, ice cold beer, mountainous jungles, empanadas, and friendly people. These are what should come to mind when Colombia is mentioned.
Still very much off the beaten trail in many areas and this is a good thing. Whether you want to hike through a jungle to a beach in Tayrona national park or see how long you can last during a friday in Cartagena,Colombia should be on everyone's top 5 to see.

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London, UK

The natural and cultural diversity is truly staggering. The people are funny, hospitable, mostly honest and full of the joy of life. The memory of years of violence lingers in them and in Colombia's reputation, and there are still guerrillas hiding out in some parts of the country. It's complex, but not as crazy as we've been led to believe, and will infect you with its salsa music and arepas before you can say "divina."

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Colombia has a lot going for itself: incredible mountains, dense jungle, ancient archaeology, two oceans, colonial towns, great beaches, and a genuinely friendly population. What might have been an unsafe destination 15 years ago, is now firmly on the tourism trail. Many people who've traveled all over South America will tell you Colombia is their favorite.

Brisbane, Australia

The current tourism commercials for Colombia have totally got it right (the only risk is wanting to stay). Colombia has been dogged by problems with internal conflict and the drug trade, which has decreased the amount of tourism it has received. You shouldn't let this scare you away. Colombia is an amazingly varied countries with spectacular mountain peaks, lush jungles, and beautiful carribean and pacific beaches. The people are super friendly and welcoming. The culture is warm and lively, and for fans of tropical rhythms you will find it hard to pull yourself away from the addictive salsas, vallenatos, pasillos, bambucos and other regional music.


Colombia is one of those countries that captures your imagination. Cobbled streets and colonial-style buildings transport you to another place. Street vendors selling desserts invite you to relax and enjoy your afternoon and eat something sweet. Life moves fast in the cities but moments occur slowly. People are welcoming, inviting. They bring you into their homes and make you part of their family. They are always ready for a party, a dance and a sing-a-long. Whether you love the culture or adventure sports, Colombia is the place to visit.