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Colombia Beach Holiday

San Andrés is a Colombian coral island in the Caribbean Sea. It is geographically closer to Nicaragua mainland, but officially part of Colombia and historically connected with the UK. Inhabited by the English-speaking Raizal people, San Andrés has two beautiful towns of San Luis on the eastern coast and La Loma (The Hill) in the central hilly region, with fine English-Caribbean wooden architecture. It boasts of countless desert beaches and excellent opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Following a guided tour of the capital, Bogota, take a short flight to the islands of San Andrés and Providencia, in the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean islands are known for their breathtaking scenery, gorgeous golden-sand beaches, friendly locals and superb diving. The island’s barrier reef – third largest in the world – allows for scuba diving. The annual black crab migration from the interior of the island to the shore and vice-versa is an excellent opportunity to observe.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY COLOMBIA BEACH HOLIDAY…
And, visit the ancient walled city of Cartagena known for its colonial buildings.
 

What We Love
  • Visit the remote Providencia Island with unsurpassed snorkelling and pristine sandy beaches.
  • Explore the ancient walled city of Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast
  • Tayrona National Park has gorgeous beaches, deep bays with shaded by coconut palms. 
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • Black crab migration in Providencia Island is from April 1st to July 31st.
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

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Following a guided tour of the capital, Bogota, take a short flight to the islands of San Andrés and Providencia, in the Caribbean Sea. Although belonging to the Republic of Colombia, they are closer to the Nicaraguan coast and are best-known as a destination for divers and well-off families.

San Andrés is worth spending a few days on your return, it is convivial here, full of beach bums and hassle-free. But Providencia, 90km north of San Andrés, is a wonderfully remote and traditional Caribbean island with breathtaking scenery, gorgeous golden-sand beaches, friendly locals and superb diving.

With its five comfortable beaches, it has a perimeter of eighteen kilometres. When the tide permits, horseracing takes place at Southwest Beach. Catboat racing is popular among local and tourist alike. The island’s barrier reef – third largest in the world – allows for scuba diving and ecological tourism in general. And, the annual black crab migration from the interior of the island to the shore and vice-versa is an excellent opportunity to observe.

Heading back to the mainland, you will visit the ancient walled city of Cartagena. After exploring the many wonders this city has to offer, its time for some more fabulous coastline, this time at the Tayrona National Park. Here you will discover some of South America’s most beautiful and unspoilt beaches amongst exotic fauna including Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, parrots and even the occasional jaguar.

Getting There

Colombia’s biggest international airport is Bogatá’s Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado. Direct services from Europe to Bogotá are offered by Iberia (Madrid and Barcelona), Air France/KLM (Paris), Avianca (Barcelona and Paris) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt). Avianca also operates flights from Madrid to Cali and Medellín. In South and Central America, Lan links Bogotá with major Latin American cities.

By boat from Brazil, Peru and Panama: From the Amazon region it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.
 

 
Colombia Beach Holiday Colombia

Colombia Beaches

Bogota, Providencia Island, San Andres, Cartagena, Tayrona National Park
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and private transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Overnight at Hotel Charleston Bogotá.

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá Today we’ll take a half day visit to La Candelaria (Old Bogota), a lively section of the city that features ancient churches and small shops. Highlights include The Plaza de Bolivar, The Bogota Cathedral and the fabulous Museo Botero, which houses famous works by Monet, Renoir and Picasso. Your afternoon is free to explore the many quirky shops. A visit to The Gold Museum is also recommended.
Overnight at Hotel Charleston Bogotá (B)

Days 03 – Transfer
Providencia Island Take a flight to San Andrés and connecting flight to Providencia. This is a small picturesque island with many solitary bays- an ideal destination for sea and beach enthusiasts, perfect for relaxation or for marine sports such as snorkelling and diving. Stay at Refugio de la Luna, located on a hilltop and run by a local papier-mâché artist,
Overnight at Refugio de la Luna (B)

Days 04 & 05 – At Leisure
Providencia Island Spend the day at your own leisure. Take advantage of a host of beach activities, or join excursions to the island’s many scenic spots and stunning beaches. A visit to the neighbouring island of Santa Catalina, connected by a colourful wooden bridge called “lovers bridge”, is highly recommended. The island was thought to be the famous Treasure Island, and one can find many organised expeditions on the quest for evidence.
Overnight at Refugio de la Luna (B)

Day 06 – Transfer
San Andrés Transfer to the airport for your flight to San Andrés. It is thought San Andrés was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage but was controlled by the English and Dutch through a rare collaboration of over 30 years, by which the English were in charge of colonising and the Dutch of commercial exchange in the Antilles. Nowadays, the island is well known for its beaches, some with pinkish red coral sand, and a clear sea with a range of blue tonalities.
Overnight at Casa Harb (B)

Day 07 – At Leisure
San Andrés Enjoy the day at your own leisure- take part in beach activities or join some local excursions. We recommend an excursion to Johnny Cay and Acuario.
Overnight at Casa Harb (B)

Day 08 – Transfer
Cartagena Transfer to the airport for your departure by flight to Barranquilla. Arrival, private transfer to the hotel of your choice in Cartagena.
Overnight at Charleston Cartagena Hotel Santa Teresa (B)

Day 09 & 10 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Delight in a half-day visit to the city’s Colonial district, starting in Parque Bolívar and ending in the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure.

Next day enjoy the day at your own leisure, to relax, explore or enjoy some organised activities.
AwimAway recommends an excursion to Islas del Rosario.
Overnight at Charleston Cartagena Hotel Santa Teresa (B)

Day 11 & 12 – Explore
Tayrona National Park In the morning, take a 4 to 5 hour transfer to Tayrona National Park.

Next day spend at your own leisure- relax, take part in beach activities or join organized excursions such as walks to Pueblito, snorkelling, or horseback riding. Bike rentals are also available.
Overnight at Ecohabs (B)

Day 13 – Depart
Santa Marta Transfer in the morning to Santa Marta for your outbound flight. (B)

 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Most of Columbia is an unknown territory and some of the Columbians. Although there is mist and mystery about Columbia, it is without a doubt, a dramatically beautiful country with diverse terrain and weather. It is the only country in South America to border the Pacific and the Caribbean, Colombia offers a huge range of ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest near Leticia to the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the tropical islands of San Andrés and Providencia.

Where to go Colombia’s three major cities; Bogotá, Medellín and Cali are cosmopolitan in nature, with a vibrant cultural scene and festive nightlife. But it is the small towns scattered throughout the country that are more interesting. Colombia’s coffee-growing region, the Zona Cafetera, offers breathtaking walks in the foothills where the bean is grown, accommodation in authentic fincas (coffee farms) and excellent trekking.

In the West, the Andes Mountains extend into the country in three ranges running north-south. In the southeast are the grassy prairies, the jungles and the rainforests of the Amazon. The country’s jungles also hide wondrous archaeological treasures, like the ancient city of La Cuida Perdida and the monuments, tombs and burial mounds at San Augustin and Tierrodentro.  

In the centre of the country lies its capital Bogotá; the city blends Colombian tradition with Spanish colonial influences. A major drawcard for tourists is the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena with its spectacular walled old town, a medieval wonderland of palaces, monasteries, plazas and overhanging balconies. Historical landmarks include the Capitol Municipal Palace and the Plaza Bolivar cathedral; Santa Marta’s modern hotels and white beaches. The two are also great bases for a five-day trek to the archaeological ruins of La Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City.

Almost un-Colombian in their feel, the remote Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Providencia both offer great diving, crystal-clear waters and – particularly in Providencia’s case – a unique Raizal culture.

When to go December through March is Colombia’s high season with plenty of sunny days; ideal for exploring the country’s charming towns and cities, the coffee district, and relaxing on the beach. April brings sporadic rain but persistent rainfall is very unusual. Remember, Easter is a popular time for regional tourism.

July and August brings a short dry season and a good time to visit Colombia. September onwards, tourism begins to decline but it can still be a good time to visit as dry weather can still be enjoyed, and the advantage of off-peak travel should not be overlooked.

Visas British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival. You may need to provide evidence of return or onward travel. Check the latest entry requirements with the Colombian Consulate General in London before you travel.

If you enter Colombia by land from either Ecuador or Venezuela, make sure you have your passport stamped by the immigration authorities. Failure to do so may result in a fine on departure. If the immigration office on the border is closed, seek help at the nearest office of Migración Colombia.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk