This is the land which inspired Marquez’ magic realism, and travelling here you can understand why.
Dotted around the Andean foothills you’ll find sleepy towns steeped in history (and coffee!
Colonial towns abound, from the beautifully preserved Cartagena to the cobbled streets of Villa de Leyva.
Vibrant Bogotá will satisfy the culture hungry with its wonderful Gold Museum and art galleries and restaurants all dotted around La Candelaria, the cobbled colonial centre.
Over the Andes the land drops down into the Los Llanos grasslands stretching all the way to Venezuela, while a vast tract of Amazon Rainforest sweeps south to meet Brazil and Peru.
The mighty Andes begin in Venezuela and continue down through South America to Patagonia.
Get a bird’s eye view of the capital from Monserrate Mountain, and then travel through the Andes from Bogotá visiting beautifully preserved colonial villages along the way.
Take a tour of the coffee plantations of Salento and gaze at the beauty of the Cocora Valley cloud forests or the epic Chicamocha Canyon.
Over on the coast you can soak up the sunshine on the beaches of the Rosario Islands and wander the colourful streets of the UNESCO-protected old town of Cartagena.
This jewel in the crown is also a stop on several of our cruises around Central America and the Caribbean.
Colombia’s Andean region is home to Bogotá, which at 2640 metres is the third highest capital in the world.