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With a zest for life that in­fil­trates every as­pect of their cul­ture, Colom­bians of­fer a warm wel­come to their coun­try for those lucky enough to visit.

And lit­tle won­der too, with its di­verse and breath­tak­ing scenery, colo­nial cities, steamy jun­gles, cof­fee plan­ta­tions and Caribbean beaches, all set to the rhythm of salsa and merengue; Colom­bians have much to show off.

En­com­pass­ing many of the coun­try’s ‘must-see’ sights, the Rain­bow Tours Colours of Colom­bia small group tour (de­part­ing Oc­to­ber 2018) will take you on a jour­ney into the very heart of the coun­try.

Visit one of Colom­bia’s most beau­ti­ful colo­nial towns, Villa de Leyva, a place seem­ingly frozen in time; take a ca­ble car up to the top of Mon­ser­rat moun­tain for a bird’s eye view of cos­mopoli­tan Bo­gotá; and dis­cover the lush, green cof­fee grow­ing re­gion, home to rolling hills, deep val­leys dot­ted with wax palms and tra­di­tional vil­lages. In Gu­at­apé, climb the 654 steps to the top of the mys­te­ri­ous El Peñol rock for panoramic views over the sur­round­ing lake, then ex­plore what is said to be ‘the world’s most colour­ful town’. Com­plete your Colom­bian ad­ven­ture in Carta­gena, a for­ti­fied city on the Caribbean coast where the cob­ble­stone streets, colour­ful fa­cades and bougainvil­lea-filled bal­conies are a pho­tog­ra­pher’s dream muse. Your fi­nal stop is at the nearby Rosario Is­lands – the per­fect spot for beach re­lax­ation and reef snorkelling at the end of your Colom­bian ad­ven­ture.

Care­fully se­lected ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes a stay at Casa San Car­los Lodge in the cof­fee re­gion with its stun­ning views over the plan­ta­tions; and the Ananda Ho­tel Bou­tique in Carta­gena, where the pool and ter­race with hot tub of­fer the ideal re­treat af­ter a busy day ex­plor­ing the city.

“Over­looked in the past, Colom­bia is now in the spot­light and rightly so. Con­sid­ered by many vis­i­tors to be the most beau­ti­ful coun­try in Latin Amer­ica, it is burst­ing with his­tory, beau­ti­ful land­scapes and cul­tural trea­sures. For me, Colom­bia is a to­tal gem and of­fers a per­fect bal­ance be­tween edgy, vi­brant cities; ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties in stun­ning coun­try­side; nat­u­ral world en­coun­ters; and of course, the balmy Caribbean coast.”

Rachel Ni­coll Latin Amer­ica Prod­uct Man­ager

Get in touch with our Travel Spe­cial­ists for more in­for­ma­tion about vis­it­ing Latin Amer­ica with Rain­bow Tours, the pi­o­neers of re­spon­si­ble travel.

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