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About Colombia

Colombia has a diversity of landscape, climate and cultures which should make it one of the world's most popular travel destinations. The jungles, including swathes of the Amazon, are some of the world's most least explored places, hiding ancient temples and astounding ruins. Colombia's cities offer both the grace of their colonial heritage and the vibrancy of modern South America, rivalling the region's most colourful and culturally varied cities. The mountains are high - perfect for both trekkers and skiers - and these are some of the best places to stay in Colombia. The beaches wouldn't seem out of place in a Caribbean travel brochure, and there's whale watching, diving and surfing opportunities just off the coast. Basically Colombia is paradise. The deterrent for most visitors has been the drugs and the violence, and this is changing, so take the opportunity to experience this paradise before it becomes too popular!

If you find the freshness of Bogota a bit nippy, drive for an hour down the mountains to where it's warmer. Lower still are the lush jungles, coffee plantations and the Reserva Natural Canon de Rio Clara. Just one of many beautiful Colombian reserves, the Rio Clara Canyon, with its strange marble bed, is particularly spectacular. And this is a great spot for anyone who wants to get out into Colombia's great outdoors and do some hiking or kayaking. The coastline is tropical - almost right on the equator, and things are naturally more languid and happen at their own pace. Beautiful Cartagena is probably the country's best known destination and it remains one of the best places to stay in Colombia. Once an important and wealthy port on the gold and silver trade routes, Cartagena was made glorious, and well fortified, and it is the fairytale remnants of this which have qualified it for Heritage Listing.

Not to miss

  • Pre-Colombian civilisations: the Muisca peopled the regions surrounding Nobsa and Cali. In Nobsa, you should buy one of their traditional poncho-like garments called "ruana", and in Cali, check out the gold museums and the archaeological sites. Near Santa Marta (though it is a true jungle trek) is the Lost City of Ciudad Perdida, which predates Pachu Picchu by 650 years and was inhabited by the Tairona, and you can book treks with tour companies.
  • Adventure sports: whether you're quadbiking through the rolling green hills of Anapoima or rock-climbing in the wooded valleys of Tobia, Colombia has a great industry in adventure sports: white water rafting, absailing, zip-wire and mountain biking.
  • Colonial towns: for perfectly preserved colonial architecture, seemingly frozen in time, check out Mompos or Villa de Levya. The whitewashed walls, huge plazas and the quiet pace of life are idyllic. The fact that mule-driven carts outnumber cars is also fascinating to behold.
  • National parks: the Tayrona National Park near Santa Marta is a secluded tropical paradise with calm azure waters while the Los Nevados National Natural Park, 4 hours northeast of Pereira, is great for hiking, rock climbing and hiking, and has a whole host of rare birds and vegetation.

For wild, joyful partying, Cali is the place to be. Warm, tropical and full of salsa and dancing, in Cali it's considered reasonable to want to dance until dawn every night of the week - perhaps one of the best places to stay in Colombia for an inpromptu party! Manizales is a student city with a lot of universities and not only has some beautiful public artworks lying scattered around, amazing coffee, but some of the coolest nightclubs in Colombia. Pereira is a fast-paced commercial centre that also has a thriving bar and club scene. Though it has few attractions, it is near thermal springs, colonial towns and the Los Nevados National Natural Park.

If you want to escape to the countryside, then Anapoima and Nobsa should be high on your list. An Arcadia used as a weekend escape by wealthy Colombians, Anapoima has a lovely climate, rolling foothills, some amazing gourmet restaurants, golf clubs and an incredibly safe and friendly community. Nobsa is a rather sweet little town, surrounded by great mountains. It is the spiritual home of the "ruana" garment, traditionally worn by the Muisca peoples, and they manafacture it here to an extremely high standard working only by the loom. If you want adventure sports and the great outdoors, Tobia is a great choice. Though often overlooked in favour of San Gil, it is quickly making a name for itself as the capital of adventure sports in Colombia: whether it's white water rafting, rappelling, hiking, absailing or mountain biking.

For wide white-sand beaches, you have a great variety to choose from. Buritaca and Santa Marta both lie on the Caribbean Sea and are great for lounging with a cocktail and bathing in the sunshine. Both are near the Lost City, known as Ciudad Perdida, built by a civilisation that preceded the builders of Machu Picchu, where you can trek with a professional guide through the jungle. Providencia, however, is without a doubt the place to be. A tiny island that's essentially a tropical paradise, it is laid-back, unknown by the tourist industry and has some of the best places to go snorkelling in the region, if not the world, owing to the fact that it lies just by the world's third largest coral reef.

If you're looking for Colombia's colonial charm, look no further than Mompos. Though it is a trek getting there, down dirt tracks that wind through jungle, it is perfectly preserved in time, where colonial buildings far outnumber anything remotely modern. Indeed, mule-driven carts still outnumber cars there! Villa de Levya is great for exploring the pre-Colombian past of the region, the Muisca Civilisation: there are burial mounds, sacred sites and ancient monuments on the outskirts of town that are worth exploring, and the town itself seems as if caught in a time lapse of the 16th century.

The Best Places to Stay in Colombia

Local exploring

  • B.O.G. Hotel is in the historic centre and is well situated to all the major attractions of Bogota, from the Gold Museum to some of the cities best cafes. Plus it offers a great restaurant and fabulous roof top terrace with bar which serves great cocktails!
  • Right by Santo Domino Square of Cartagena, Casa Pestagua is a palace of a hotel, built for an 18th Century Count, and it's often referred to as 'the most beautiful house in Cartagena'.
  • The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara used to be a convent, but with four bars and the largest pool in the walled city of Cartagena, it makes for a lovely stay.

Tropical Paradise

  • Deep Blue is a beautiful hotel in Providencia, with an infinity and spacious contemporary rooms that all come with a private terrace looking out onto the sea.

Colonial time warp

  • The Portal de la Marquesa is in Mompos, set in an old colonial building overlooking the river, and just a few steps from the historic centre.
  • The Hotel Casa Terra in Villa de Levya, one of the best preserved colonial towns in Colombia, is a charming place with traditional and spacious rooms and a lovely garden.

Beach life

  • With its own private beach, the Merecumbe Hotel in Buritaca makes for a delightful stay. Comprised of chic cabanas, it has an amazing restaurant and is the near the regional parks.
  • The Hotel Boutique Don Pepe in Santa Marta has elegantly refined rooms styled in a minimalist design, and guests have access to a fabulous spa and the hotel itself is short walk from the beach.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in Colombia.

Travel information

  • For international flights, Bogota and Cartagena are the best places to fly to. There are airports throughout the country for domestic flights. Buses regularly go from the airport terminals, even to far-flung places like Villa de Levya and Mompos, though some can only be reached by truck - which you can rent at the airport.
  • Many of the regions have their own specific microclimates, varying on altitude. As a rule of thumb, you should miss the rainy season, so travel during between December and March, particularly in the Andes region. Luckily, the weather remains fairly constant throughout, so the temperatures do not drop.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

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See all » 17 hotels in Cartagena

  • Hotel la Artilleria 23 rooms from £67

    Cartagena

    This hotel is centrally located in Cartagena de Indias. It features incredibly spacious and simple white rooms and even has its own rooftop pool as well as a terrace. Make the most out of the fabulous location to explore every inch of this historic city. A great value stay with very friendly staff.

    Sights nearby  -  Go explore Bolivar House, Santo Domingo Square or the city walls-all of which are just a short walk away
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Check prices
  • San Lazaro Art Lifestyle Hotel 36 rooms from £82

    Cartagena

    A chic contemporary hotel with located just outside the historical walled city. Cleanly designed rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen and large terraces. A rooftop pool is the perfect spot to sip a cocktail and a hip restaurant serves international and Caribbean fare. Fabulous.

    Local exploring  -  Well located within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions.
    City Style  -  A chic city pad with contemporary design and a trendy restaurant.
    Great walks  -  Take a wander around the picture perfect 'walled city'.
    Sights nearby  -  Located right opposite San Felipe de Barajas Castle.
    Check prices

See all » 5 hotels in Bogota

  • Click Clack Hotel 60 rooms from £83

    Bogota (Bogotá)

    An achingly hip hotel with an enviably central location. Rooms boast spectacular views from the floor to ceiling windows and design is chic yet light hearted. Boasting a trendy cocktail bar and superb restaurant this property is a step above other uniform hotels in the city.

    City Style  -  An uber chic hotel complete with sleek bar and hip restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour to the famed Salt Cathedral.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Check prices
  • Hotel Movich Chico 97 75 rooms from £120

    Bogota

    A modern design hotel in a smart central neighbourhood. Chic rooms offering all the mod cons you'd expect and the bonus of a seventh floor roof terrace with view out to hills above city. The restuarant offers a wide choice of Colombian and international cuisine. Perfect for passing through Bogota.

    Great walks  -  Take a stroll down to Del Chico Park, this lovely green space will give you a breath of fresh air.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Traditional
    Check prices

See all » 3 hotels in Santa Marta

  • Casa Carolina 25 rooms from £68

    Santa Marta

    A boutique hotel boasting a quiet location in the historic centre and just a short walk from the beach. Characterful rooms feature exposed stone, beamed ceilings and brightly dressed beds. A fabulous spa will fulfil all pampering needs. The perfect jump off point to explore this wonderful region.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a fabulous location next to San Francisco Monastery in Santa Marta's historic center.
    Diving  -  Take a scuba diving course at nearby Taganga.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • Hotel Boutique Don Pepe 12 rooms from £134

    Santa Marta

    A luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Santa Marta. Well proportioned rooms are elegantly styled with exposed brick work, minimalist furniture and high ceilings. Unwind by the courtyard pool or over a massage in the fabulous spa. Just a short walk from the beach. Very chic.

    Local exploring  -  A well positioned hotel with easy access to both the beach and the commercial centre.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Cathderal of Santa Marta thought to be one the oldest cathedrals in South America.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Spa
    Check prices

See all » 3 hotels in Pereira

  • Hacienda Castilla 9 rooms from £74

    Pereira (Plazuela)

    The colonial Hacienda Castilla is situated just outside Pereira. If offers unfussy, traditional accommodation whilst it also boasts an outdoor pool-perfect for a refreshing dip to escape the afternoon heat! Whether you want to head into town or enjoy the quiet ambiance, this is the place for you.

    Value chic  -  Traditional heritage accommodation with bags of style at a reasonable price.
    Sights nearby  -  Matecana Zoo is only a short distance away and has a huge amount of exotic animals-well worth a visit!
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Traditional
    Check prices
  • Sazagua 10 rooms from £78

    Pereira (4 Urbanization Quimbayita)

    A gorgeous hacienda in the heart of Columbia's coffee growing region. Atmospheric interiors feature warm hues, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. Meals are served on an open veranda that runs the length of the property. A spoiling spa is pure indulgence. A stunning rural abode.

    Active Holiday  -  Whether horse riding or hiking is your preference there's plenty of activities in the area.
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located in the heart of Colombia's coffee region.
    Cooking classes  -  Take a class with the hotel chef and learn how to cook regional dishes alongside some wine sampling.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Check prices

See all » 2 hotels in Buritaca

  • Gitana Del Mar 6 rooms from £125

    Buritaca

    Find rustic chic style in this secluded spot wedged between the jungle and a white sandy beach. Charming bungalows are all bamboo, white washed walls and simple, yet refined, design. Dine on creative dishes in the palm thatched restaurant and limber up in the morning with a yoga class. Fabulous.

    Beach Life  -  Step out of your bungalow onto a tranquil white sandy beach.
    Diving  -  The hotel offers private diving excursions.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Check prices
  • Merecumbe Hotel 10 rooms from £154

    Buritaca

    A charming ocean front hotel comprising of chic cabanas. Secluded rooms feature thatched roofs, polished wooden floors and open air bathrooms. Feast on regional fare in the restaurant. Stroll down to the private beach or head out to explore one of the national parks. A chic beach option.

    Beach Life  -  Boasting its own private beach this is the perfect spot for unwinding by the sea.
    Active Holiday  -  Numerous water and land based activities to partake in.
    Great walks  -  Take a sunset stroll along the Bastidas Boardwalk.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Check prices

See all » 2 hotels in Cali

  • Casa del Alferez 62 rooms from £70

    Cali

    A chic hotel well located in the heart of Cali. Elegant rooms feature polished wooden floors, sash windows, light hues and contemporary art. A hip terrace bar is the ideal start to an evening. Feast on exquisite fare in the fine-dining restaurant. The perfect base for exploring the city.

    City Style  -  A hip hotel complete with terrace bar close to the lively centre of Cali.
    Value chic  -  A great stylish stay at a great price
    Sailing  -  Take a river cruise, starting right from outside the hotel, and admire the city's architecture.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
    Check prices
  • Acqua Santa Lofts Hotel 6 rooms from £180

    Cali

    This hotel is located just south of Cali and features contemporary, designer lodges offering great views. Each loft enjoys its own area of green garden space and there's also a salt water pool. Head into town or instead relax with a spa treatment. An upmarket and incredibly classy place for a trip!

    Kayaking  -  Canoeing, slightly different.
    Views  -  Mountain and city views.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Mompos

  • Portal de La Marquesa 5 rooms from £71

    Mompos (Bolivar)

    A large and airy colonial house turned boutique hotel. Beautifully renovated throughout highlighting the buildings original features; think beamed ceilings, intricately carved doors and arched doorways. Boasting views over the river and just steps from the historic centre. Highly recommended.

    Local exploring  -  An atmospheric colonial house reminiscent of days gone by close to the historical centre of town.
    Birdwatching  -  The town's surrounds are an enormous area of low wetlands making this an ideal jump off point for birdwatching trips.
    Sights nearby  -  Numerous churches to explore the most noteworthy being the Santa Barbara, the San Francisco and the San Agustin.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Check prices

See all » 17 hotels in Cartagena

  • Hotel la Artilleria 23 rooms from £67

    Cartagena

    This hotel is centrally located in Cartagena de Indias. It features incredibly spacious and simple white rooms and even has its own rooftop pool as well as a terrace. Make the most out of the fabulous location to explore every inch of this historic city. A great value stay with very friendly staff.

    Sights nearby  -  Go explore Bolivar House, Santo Domingo Square or the city walls-all of which are just a short walk away
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Check prices
  • San Lazaro Art Lifestyle Hotel 36 rooms from £82

    Cartagena

    A chic contemporary hotel with located just outside the historical walled city. Cleanly designed rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen and large terraces. A rooftop pool is the perfect spot to sip a cocktail and a hip restaurant serves international and Caribbean fare. Fabulous.

    Local exploring  -  Well located within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions.
    City Style  -  A chic city pad with contemporary design and a trendy restaurant.
    Great walks  -  Take a wander around the picture perfect 'walled city'.
    Sights nearby  -  Located right opposite San Felipe de Barajas Castle.
    Check prices

See all » 5 hotels in Bogota

  • Click Clack Hotel 60 rooms from £83

    Bogota (Bogotá)

    An achingly hip hotel with an enviably central location. Rooms boast spectacular views from the floor to ceiling windows and design is chic yet light hearted. Boasting a trendy cocktail bar and superb restaurant this property is a step above other uniform hotels in the city.

    City Style  -  An uber chic hotel complete with sleek bar and hip restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour to the famed Salt Cathedral.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Check prices
  • Hotel Movich Chico 97 75 rooms from £120

    Bogota

    A modern design hotel in a smart central neighbourhood. Chic rooms offering all the mod cons you'd expect and the bonus of a seventh floor roof terrace with view out to hills above city. The restuarant offers a wide choice of Colombian and international cuisine. Perfect for passing through Bogota.

    Great walks  -  Take a stroll down to Del Chico Park, this lovely green space will give you a breath of fresh air.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Traditional
    Check prices

See all » 3 hotels in Santa Marta

  • Casa Carolina 25 rooms from £68

    Santa Marta

    A boutique hotel boasting a quiet location in the historic centre and just a short walk from the beach. Characterful rooms feature exposed stone, beamed ceilings and brightly dressed beds. A fabulous spa will fulfil all pampering needs. The perfect jump off point to explore this wonderful region.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a fabulous location next to San Francisco Monastery in Santa Marta's historic center.
    Diving  -  Take a scuba diving course at nearby Taganga.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • Hotel Boutique Don Pepe 12 rooms from £134

    Santa Marta

    A luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Santa Marta. Well proportioned rooms are elegantly styled with exposed brick work, minimalist furniture and high ceilings. Unwind by the courtyard pool or over a massage in the fabulous spa. Just a short walk from the beach. Very chic.

    Local exploring  -  A well positioned hotel with easy access to both the beach and the commercial centre.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Cathderal of Santa Marta thought to be one the oldest cathedrals in South America.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Spa
    Check prices

See all » 3 hotels in Pereira

  • Hacienda Castilla 9 rooms from £74

    Pereira (Plazuela)

    The colonial Hacienda Castilla is situated just outside Pereira. If offers unfussy, traditional accommodation whilst it also boasts an outdoor pool-perfect for a refreshing dip to escape the afternoon heat! Whether you want to head into town or enjoy the quiet ambiance, this is the place for you.

    Value chic  -  Traditional heritage accommodation with bags of style at a reasonable price.
    Sights nearby  -  Matecana Zoo is only a short distance away and has a huge amount of exotic animals-well worth a visit!
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Traditional
    Check prices
  • Sazagua 10 rooms from £78

    Pereira (4 Urbanization Quimbayita)

    A gorgeous hacienda in the heart of Columbia's coffee growing region. Atmospheric interiors feature warm hues, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. Meals are served on an open veranda that runs the length of the property. A spoiling spa is pure indulgence. A stunning rural abode.

    Active Holiday  -  Whether horse riding or hiking is your preference there's plenty of activities in the area.
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located in the heart of Colombia's coffee region.
    Cooking classes  -  Take a class with the hotel chef and learn how to cook regional dishes alongside some wine sampling.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Check prices

See all » 2 hotels in Buritaca

  • Gitana Del Mar 6 rooms from £125

    Buritaca

    Find rustic chic style in this secluded spot wedged between the jungle and a white sandy beach. Charming bungalows are all bamboo, white washed walls and simple, yet refined, design. Dine on creative dishes in the palm thatched restaurant and limber up in the morning with a yoga class. Fabulous.

    Beach Life  -  Step out of your bungalow onto a tranquil white sandy beach.
    Diving  -  The hotel offers private diving excursions.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Check prices
  • Merecumbe Hotel 10 rooms from £154

    Buritaca

    A charming ocean front hotel comprising of chic cabanas. Secluded rooms feature thatched roofs, polished wooden floors and open air bathrooms. Feast on regional fare in the restaurant. Stroll down to the private beach or head out to explore one of the national parks. A chic beach option.

    Beach Life  -  Boasting its own private beach this is the perfect spot for unwinding by the sea.
    Active Holiday  -  Numerous water and land based activities to partake in.
    Great walks  -  Take a sunset stroll along the Bastidas Boardwalk.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Check prices

See all » 2 hotels in Cali

  • Casa del Alferez 62 rooms from £70

    Cali

    A chic hotel well located in the heart of Cali. Elegant rooms feature polished wooden floors, sash windows, light hues and contemporary art. A hip terrace bar is the ideal start to an evening. Feast on exquisite fare in the fine-dining restaurant. The perfect base for exploring the city.

    City Style  -  A hip hotel complete with terrace bar close to the lively centre of Cali.
    Value chic  -  A great stylish stay at a great price
    Sailing  -  Take a river cruise, starting right from outside the hotel, and admire the city's architecture.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
    Check prices
  • Acqua Santa Lofts Hotel 6 rooms from £180

    Cali

    This hotel is located just south of Cali and features contemporary, designer lodges offering great views. Each loft enjoys its own area of green garden space and there's also a salt water pool. Head into town or instead relax with a spa treatment. An upmarket and incredibly classy place for a trip!

    Kayaking  -  Canoeing, slightly different.
    Views  -  Mountain and city views.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Mompos

  • Portal de La Marquesa 5 rooms from £71

    Mompos (Bolivar)

    A large and airy colonial house turned boutique hotel. Beautifully renovated throughout highlighting the buildings original features; think beamed ceilings, intricately carved doors and arched doorways. Boasting views over the river and just steps from the historic centre. Highly recommended.

    Local exploring  -  An atmospheric colonial house reminiscent of days gone by close to the historical centre of town.
    Birdwatching  -  The town's surrounds are an enormous area of low wetlands making this an ideal jump off point for birdwatching trips.
    Sights nearby  -  Numerous churches to explore the most noteworthy being the Santa Barbara, the San Francisco and the San Agustin.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Check prices