ColombiaBogotá, Amazonas, Medellin and environs, Cartagena and environs
From her soaring Andean summits, unspoiled Caribbean coastline, lush green jungles, verdant mountains and coffee plantations to cobbled street communities, Colombia has it all. The allure is undeniable. Political strife left the country untraveled for many years so visitors will experience a wildlife habitat that has remained largely undisturbed and much of the colonial architecture intact. Although vast, the tourist infrastructure is well-established making travel within country relatively easy. You can visit lush nature preserves, national parks, beaches, the coffee region as well as many fascinating cities all in one trip. Let us take you to the Colombia we know and love!
Some Of Our Favorite Places:
The northern coast’s perfectly preserved, walled city of Cartagena with a nearby national park of coral islands is loved equally by historians and snorkeling enthusiasts. Sooner rather than later is definitely the best time to experience re-discovered Colombia.
Stately Bogotá has been called the Athens of South America for its universities and libraries. It is a city filled with museums, art galleries, and theatres as well as fascinating sites. Bogotá sits at nearly 9,000 feet so take a jacket and prepare yourself for this spectacular high-altitude destination!
In the Amazonas of Colombia discovery is the name of the game. From pink dolphins and exotic birds to indigenous communities who preserve their rich cultural traditions. Pristine jungle, incredible wildlife and one famous river are the hallmarks of the southern third of Colombia. Let us show you to the Amazon we fell in love with.
Medellin and environs:
Hip Medellin in Colombia’s coffee country is filled with sights to explore and a population that knows how to party. The Wall Street Journal named Medellin Innovative City of the Year in 2013, a deserving title. As a relatively new city, the architecture has a more modernist appeal which goes hand in hand with it’s more progressive residents. Medellin is well known for its museums, find dinging, fabulous hotels and nightlife!
Take a trip to the areas outside of Medellin and you will find a rich landscape dotted with coffee plantations and spectacular nature preserves. There is hiking, biking, white water rafting, bird watching, or just relaxing to take in the diversity and wonder of this region.
Cartagena is the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast! This colorful and romantic fairy tail of a city is what legends are made of. Cartagena’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with cobbled walkways, balconies covered in bougainvillea, massive churches, people eating at quaint cafes and music bringing her centuries-old stone walls to life. Cartagena is a must for any visit to Colombia!
Some Of Our Favorite Things to Do:
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground Roman Catholic Church built within the tunnels of an old salt mine. The cathedral is a functioning church receiving nearly 3,000 visitors on any given Sunday. The site is also home to Parque de la Salt (Salt Park) where there is a museum of mining, mineralogy, geology and natural resources. The cathedral itself is notable for it’s spectacular architecture and amazing artwork. A visit here is a show stopper.
A trip up Mount Monserrate in Bogotá via teleferico (cable car) will be one of the highlights of your time here! The views are outstanding and you will find amazing food and quaint souvenirs in the small village at the top. Sunset is a favorite time – it’s a must do!
Rio Claro Nature Reserve located approximately 100 miles east of Medellin is a unique find and a company favorite for Motherland Travel. Hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, caving, white water rafting, zip lines and a fun via ferrata make this area a highlight of any trip to Colombia!
Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia is an exceptional example of a sustainable and productive cultural landscape that continues the tradition of coffee growing. This lush ecosystem with semitropical plants and flowers, abundant bird life and insects is crisscrossed by waterways that have been trade routes since ancient times. Some of the most beautifully preserved small towns and villages in the area are culturally rich and well preserved. Salamina and Salento are two examples of beautifully kept historic towns with a rich cultural heritage. Come with us and visit this area to see traditions that flourish!
The beaches and islands around Cartagena:
The picturesque beaches and sun-drenched islands off the coast of Cartagena are more accessible than you think. Turquoise waters, virgin rain forests, fluorescent algae and abundant fish life make this part of Colombia your call to adventure and relaxation!