Delightfully understated, Colombia successfully competes with its Latin America neighbours on virtually every front. Its beautiful landscapes range from the deserts and dunes of the La Guajira peninsula reaching into the Caribbean Sea to the vast swathes of Amazon rainforest and the glacial valleys of El Cocuy where spectacled bears and chinchillas dwell and condors soar. Stunning too are the emerald hills of the Zona Cafetera, from where Colombia’s famous coffee beans originate.
The varied terrain makes holidays in Colombia ripe for adventure seekers with mountain peaks to conquer, rivers to raft and the colourful reefs of Providencia to dive. Adrenalin junkies will flock to San Gil - the country’s self-proclaimed adventure capital, where white water rapids of the Suarez River cut through the eastern Andes.
Ancient civilisations shaped this continent and tailor-made holidays to Colombia rival those in Latin America’s most renowned places. The ruins of the Tayrona civilisation at Ciudad Perdida (literally 'Lost City') in the valleys of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta lay forgotten from the time of the Spanish conquest until the early 1970s. A four to five-day walk is the only way to reach them.
In the southwest, near San Agustin, 500 mysterious anthropomorphic and zoomorphic statues carved from volcanic rock litter the hillside, remnants of the pre-Columbian era. More recent civilisations bequeathed charming, colourful towns with cobbled streets and grand squares. Cartegena is possibly the best known but visit too Barichara - known as Colombia's prettiest town - and perfectly-preserved Mompos, or Villa de Layva with its beautiful Plaza Major and Mudejar fountain. Red Savannah offer luxury tailor-made holidays to Colombia, packed with a wealth of spectacular sights and experiences.