Discover the capital, Bogotá, Salento & Cali
Colombia is largely situated in the north of South America with land and territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by both Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific. It comprises thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogotá.
Colombia is ethnically and linguistically diverse, with its rich cultural heritage reflecting influences by various Amerindian civilizations, European settlement, forced African labor and immigration from Europe and the greater Middle East. Urban centres are concentrated in the Andean highlands and the Caribbean coast.
Bogotá is Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It's also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero's art, and the Museo del Oro, displaying pre-Columbian gold pieces.
SLEEP AT CASA LEGADO
Casa Legado has a 50’s style, 7 rooms each with a different and unique style and 5 living areas that will make you feel right at home. The family inspired service, and love for detail will let you experience the history and an unforgettable stay.
SLEEP AT CLICK CLACK HOTEL
Bringing Click Clack's award-winning and eyebrow-raising design to the country’s city of eternal spring, the Click Clack Medellín is a 123-room playground of interactive experiences and luxurious comfort, located at the heart of El Poblado.
SLEEP AT LANCASTER HOUSE SUITES
Lancaster House is an all-suite, seven-story, modern-chic hotel in northern Bogota. It is located in the upscale neighborhood of Chico-Navarra, near major business, commercial and residential districts, and only 30 minutes from the International Airport.
EAT AT EL AQUELARRE RESTAURANTE
Le Aquelarre is located in the heart of Candelaria neighborhood and is in an old house where it is said that Dona Edilia (The Witch) lived.
EAT AT RESTAURANTE CASA SAN ISIDRO
Atop the beautiful Monserrate Mountain, the citizens of Bogota have been able to enjoy the best French cuisine in the city for the past 31 years. Since then, the restaurant has become famous for its gastronomic seasons, present throughout the year.
EAT AT SANTE FE CAFE & RESTAURANTE
Santa Fe Café & Restaurante is an intimate and cozy French styled bistro and is located near Independence Park, in La Macarena in Bogota. The restaurant is colorfully decorated with gilded columns, Chipalo chairs and a sand beige walls giving it a colonial feel.
PLAY AT AVENTURA EXTREMA
Adventure Tourism and extreme sports have become one of the pillars of tourism in Latin America. Bogotá, the Colombian capital, is a prime location because of the proximity of beautiful and spectacular natural scenery to practice extreme sports.
PLAY AT BE LOCAL EXPERIENCE
Be Local Experience is a private tour company, specializing on creating unique experiences taking in account what people would like for their ideal tour. They want to create a bigger community of friends that want to conquer Colombia and fall in love with it.
PLAY AT BOGOTA CRAFT BEER TOUR
The original Bogota Craft Beer tour aims to go behind the scene of the emerging new trend in the city. For approximately 4 hours you will visit many parts of the capital in the security of a Private Van while stopping at an array of different craft beer bars and microbreweries.
PLAY AT BOGOTA DRIVER GUIDE SERVICE
Bogota Driver Guide Service, is a local company that offers private and flexible tourist services in the capital of Colombia. They are passionate about showing the contrasts of their city to all visitors!
PLAY AT FRONTERA TRAVEL
Frontera Travel offers tailored packages to unique, natural and unexplored destinations in Colombia. They believe that choosing responsible tourism supports the wellbeing of local communities, contributes to the preservation of natural resources and ensures authentic and unforgettable experiences.
PLAY AT GRAN COLOMBIA TOURS
Gran Colombia Tours is a travel agency started by two young entrepreneurs invested in showing Colombia’s beauty and potential to the world by thoroughly informing tourists and generating unforgettable and positive experiences.
PLAY AT HEROES TOUR BOGOTA
Have a great time learning recent history, experiencing culture with a 8 flavor food-tasting & a game demo in a all-in-one walking tour in Bogota.
PLAY AT ROAD TRIP COLOMBIA
Road Trip Colombia offers travelers the chance to enjoy this wonderful country by land. Travel kilometer by kilometer comfortably and safely, and experience its great diversity. For this, they involve local communities to interact, tell their stories, show their culture and their talent.
2. SALENTO (294 KM FROM BOGOTÁ)
Salento is an Andean town west of Bogotá. It’s known for its coffee estates and verdant scenery. East is Cocora Valley where lofty wax palm trees, a national symbol, are home to rare parrots. The town is a gateway to the snow-capped peaks of Los Nevados National Natural Park, to the northeast. In Salento, Calle Real has colourful buildings and craft shops.
SLEEP AT COFFEE TREE BOUTIQUE HOSTEL
Welcome to Coffee Tree Boutique Hostel - By travelers for travelers. Cuddled up in the cordillera central (central mountain range) and on the foothills of the Nevados National park, sits the Hostel, only 6 blocks away from the main town square of Salento yet far enough for you to feel in the mountains, providing you with ample space to appreciate the true natural beauty of Salento and its surrounding mountains.
SLEEP AT ECO HOTEL LAS PALMAS DE COCORA
Palmas de Cocora features accommodation with stunning views, a restaurant and a garden. A fridge and coffee machine are also available. Guests at the country house can enjoy an American breakfast and there is also a children's playground.
SLEEP AT HOTEL BOUTIQUE PALMAS DE SALENTO
Hotel Boutique Palmas de Salento offers a garden and fabulous views. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. There is a terrace and guests can make use of free WiFi and free private parking.
SLEEP AT RESERVA GUADALAJARA - FINCA HOTEL
If you’re looking for a family-friendly guest house in Salento, look no further than Reserva Guadalajara. While staying at Reserva Guadalajara, visitors can check out Ecoparque the Mirador and Alto de la Cruz (4.3 km) and Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Carmen (4.7 km), some of Salento's top attractions.
SLEEP AT VIAJERO SALENTO HOSTEL
Welcome to Viajero Salento, in a colonial house a few meters from the main square, where you will enjoy a great cup of coffee with the best view of the mountains in town. This is the largest hostel in town! Stay in private bedrooms, some even have balconies (premium), or in shared dorms (some are female-only). Enjoy our free daily activities: Spanish lessons, dance classes, yoga sessions and bonfires. At night, chill by the outdoor bar and play board games while you look at the stars.
Enjoy authentic food in a stunning location.
PLAY AT BnB COLOMBIA TOURS
Their goal is to present to the world the beauty, nature, culture, history and gastronomy of the wonderful country of Colombia. For you to enjoy multiple experiences, in multiple locations, and to ensure your time in Colombia will be a life changing encounter that creates amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
3. CALI (208 KM FROM SALENTO)
Cali is a city in the Valle del Cauca department, southwest of Bogotá. It’s known for salsa dancing and there are many clubs in the suburb of Juanchito. In Cali’s oldest quarter, the neoclassical San Pedro Cathedral houses paintings of the Quito School. Nearby is the 18th- and 19th-century San Francisco Religious Complex.
SLEEP AT HOTEL BOUTIQUE VILLA CASAURINAS
Hotel Boutique Villa Casuarinas is located in the upscale neighbourhood of Villa Casuarinas and close to over 40 restaurants and shopping malls. The hotel offers 7 suites and are located in different areas of the 4000 m2 property to ensure that each guest feels at home. Each room has its own bathroom. The rooms are luxuriously decorated and outfitted with king beds except for two rooms where there are queen beds.
SLEEP AT VIAJERO CALI HOSTEL & SALSA SCHOOL
The city of never-ending salsa nights and the sound of drums, the warm weather and the tropical fruits. Have fun at Viajero Cali where you will find this academy with free salsa lessons every day and 8 teachers for your private lessons. Cue the salsa drums, put on a bathing suit and get ready to enjoy the sun by the pool…welcome to Viajero Cali! located in a colonial house in the historic neighborhood of San Antonio.
PLAY AT COLOMBIAN BIKE ROADS
Colombian Bike Roads offer all-inclusive guided motorcycle tours in Colombia, including motorbike rental of medium and high powered motorcycles in six tours to suit your riding skill, budget and time schedule ready to enjoy anytime of the year.
PLAY AT MOTOLOMBIA
Motolombia has been running soul inspiring Motorcycle Tours and multi-brand Motorcycle Rentals in Colombia since 2008. As one of the most experienced operators in South America you are, whether you are renting or joining a tour, guaranteed excellent service and always the newest fleet of bikes available. Let the adventure begin!
PLAY AT RITMOS DE COLOMBIA
Colombia is rhythm! Ritmos de Colombia (RiCo) offers private dance classes, lessons to play percussions, learn any Salsa style or Caribbean hot Champeta dance! Join a relaxing yoga or medicinal retreat in English, learn Spanish or take your Tango to a new level with the worlds best teachers and explore the cities with RiCo Salsa and Tango tours.
PLAY AT VALLEY ADVENTOURS
Valley Adventours is a regional Tourism Agency, with the responsibility of presenting to tourists and residents the incredible diversity and beautiful places that exist in Valle del Cauca. Take adventure to the next level and discover the gems in Cali and surrounding areas.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: December to March is the dry season with sunny days and warm weather which is the best time to visit Colombia for exploring the cities and beaches. Another small dry season lasts in Colombia from July to September and it can be a good time to visit Colombia as well. The best time to visit Colombia to avoid the crowds and save some money would be the shoulder seasons leading up to the high season and following on from it: November, February and March are the best months to visit for a magic combination of drier weather, fewer crowds and better prices.
VISAS: Visitors to Colombia must obtain a visa from one of the Colombian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries.
CURRENCY: Colombian peso
LANGUAGE: More than 99.2% of Colombians speak the Spanish language