Central + South America Colombia Ecologically Diverse, Free Spirited and Fun, andean coffee plantations, colonial cities, amazon nature Colombia has some of the most diverse landscapes in the world, and it bears the crown for the largest number of ecosystems within one country. You can find yourself travelling to Caribbean islands, colonial cities, jagged coastal national parks, lush green hills, Amazon jungles, tropical grasslands and Andean coffee plantations. Discover the birthplace of salsa in the West, the wonderful Amazon nature in the South, your own tropical paradise in the North and the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountain range in the North East overlooking fascinating fishing villages. As well as these rich landscapes there are also some incredible cities and Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin, in particular, will show you the Colombians’ sense of fun, their pride in where they come from and their rhythm of life. There are so many up and coming boutique hotels that there is a place to please everyone, particularly in Cartagena. The owners are generally the stars who complete travellers’ trips with their infectious enthusiasm, their drive to make their hotel different and having an eye for detail. Our tailor-made holidays to Colombia can be taken at anytime of the year but the most pleasant months of the year tend to be December to April. However, our destination experts can advise you on the best places to visit depending on your preferred month of travel. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Coffee Tasting in Colombia On a recent trip to Colombia, cazenove+loyd's US Representative Miranda Plunkett visited a coffee plantation in the Colombian region of Quindido. Find out more about what she learned about the picking process and the differences in flavour and aroma... Find out more Hummingbirds in Colombia It had been a lifelong ambition of Emily's to see hummingbirds in the wild. Not only because they are such fascinating and beautiful little creatures but also because their presence signifies that you are somewhere truly special and tropical. So when she discovered she was setting off to Colombia on a research trip she was extremely excited to explore the country but Colombia is also known to have the most species of hummingbirds in the world... Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Hacienda Bambusa This colonial style farm house sits in hundreds of acres of outstanding beauty, near Armenia in the region of Quindio. Surrounded by the huge mountains of the Central Andes Range, coffee and banana plantations, fruit trees and bamboo, Hacienda Bambusa is perfect for those looking to unwind and relax in the pristine Colombian countryside. Find out more Casa San Agustin Casa San Agustin is a small luxury Hotel set within the old walled city of Cartagena, and is a wonderful place to stay. Originally three separate Colonial buildings, they have been combined to create a luxuriously modernised gem. Find out more Sofitel Santa Clara For a former 17th century convent, Sofitel Santa Clara in Cartagena is surprisingly cosy. Despite its colonial grandeur, the hotel has managed to balance traditional aesthetics with the all singing and all dancing amenities that are required of a luxury French super brand such as the Sofitel. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Shopping in Cartagena It is inevitable that as a holiday nears its end we start to feel the need to run around and buy gifts for those at home. Cartagena is a city where such an obligation can become an opportunity for further exploration and discovery. Find out more Beaches and Islands We have access to some exclusive private houses on the beach on the mainland and private islands on the Caribbean coast. Some downtime here makes a wonderful combination with the buzzing nearby Cartagena. Find out more Cities and Culture The culture, history and feel of the three main cities in Colombia all vary a great deal. From the historic coastline of Cartagena des Indias to the vibrant nightlife and culture scene of Medellin, Colombia has a huge amount of variety to offer. Find out more Flora and Fauna Ranging from the Amazon in the South, the Andes in the centre and jungle and beach in the North there are a large collection of species that are endemic to Colombia, arguably the biggest proportion in one country in the world. Find out more Festivals of Colombia The Colombian calendar is full of exciting celebrations and festivities. Visit the salsa city of Santiago de Cali in September and take part in the world festival of salsa or enjoy mixing with the locals in Manizales at their annual coffee festival and world beauty pageant which takes place in September. Find out more Show All Location We know Colombia better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Colombia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Colombia can be visited at any time of the year but the most pleasant months of the year tend to be December to April, particularly when visiting the Caribbean coast, as this season brings with it cooler sea breezes taking the edge off the humidity. Colombia combines well with Panama and Costa Rica (there are direct flights to Panama City which then connects well on to all Central America) and it is a particularly fun combination with Brazil as there is a direct flight between Bogota and Sao Paulo. Meet the Team Central + South America Johnny Milly Chris Sarah We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.