Colombia vacation, Andes, Amazon & Caribbean

Price
£1995excluding flights
Duration
13 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Services included: hotels on shared rooms basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, English speaking guide.
Services not included: drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut - just ask us!
Offers
Super Flexible Booking: Just 10% deposit - free amendments / date changes / cancellation up to 30 days before departure - full refund if your trip is cancelled by us
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Description of Colombia vacation, Andes, Amazon & Caribbean

Price information

£1995excluding flights
Services included: hotels on shared rooms basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, English speaking guide.
Services not included: drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut - just ask us!
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon is the largest collection of living species, in the biggest and wildest rainforest, on the planet. It's also overstuffed cities, encroachin...
Colombia
It could be the potent coffee of the lowlands, the mind-bending heat and humidity of the coast, or the lack of oxygen in the Andes – but somehow, when...

Vacation information

Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Reviews

1 Reviews of Colombia vacation, Andes, Amazon & Caribbean

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were many highlights - Colombia is such a varied country it felt as if we had several vacations in one; experiencing the Amazon river, seeing pink river dolphins; our many excellent guides who all gave a different kind of insight into the culture, history, ecology, politics and wildlife of this remarkable country; the city of Santa Marta which is exquisite and charming, our trek into the Sierra Nevada hinterland, walking through indigenous tribal lands, crossing rivers, being drenched with tropical rains, and finally reaching the Lost City; sipping coffee overlooking the most beautiful luminescent sunsets reflecting of the ocean in Tayrona; and finally the happy engaging and delightfully helpful Colombians we met along the way.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go for longer than 2 weeks if you can - there is so much to see, and traveling (even by air) means several days are spent in transit. We would have loved to visit the coffee growing areas and the Guahira (pronounced Waheera), learn some spanish...go extreme city/jungles/deserts/coast.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


There was a constant awareness of the need to preserve habitat, respect the dignity of indigenous people, look after the environment and benefit local economies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous, thanks to Simon and the team for helping us organise a wonderful trip. When we got over being being picked up at airports by people holding placards with our name on, we relaxed into a real adventure, restful and energetic, with a great mix of different parts of the country.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

As with all our vacations, the accommodation you will stay at has been chosen to meet at least our basic responsible criteria, which includes putting in place measures to conserve energy and reduce water usage. The exact mix depends on the individual hotel, but some initiatives we look for are solar heating and lighting, using energy-efficient light bulbs, treating waste water and recycling paper, glass, plastic and food waste.

Our hotels provide advice on how you can reduce your own environmental footprint while you’re in Colombia, for example by switching off air conditioning and lights when not in your room and reusing your towels and plastic water bottles. All the places you stay at buy their food locally, cutting down transport emissions and helping local farmers and some even grow their own organic food on site.

Before your trip, we will also send you information on some of the biggest environmental challenges facing Colombia, as well as our advice about how you can make your stay as green as possible. You can always ask your guide too - we have chosen our Colombian partner because they share our strong commitment to protecting the environment so if they don’t know the answer immediately they can always find out.

People

It is essential for us that our vacations help to create sustainable jobs and livelihoods for Colombian people. We utilise local tours in all of our trips, making sure the money you spend is spread out evenly. These include the Bogota bike tour, all of your activities in the Amazon and the community experience in Cartagena, which all directly contribute to the local infrastructure

In line with our ethical policy, all the places you will stay at are locally-owned or responsibly-run and we ask that hotels employ people from the area in management positions and give them training. In addition, all our hotels must at least raise funds for local charities and projects.

Again, we particularly promote hotels and other accommodation that go that bit further to support local people, such as the Calanoa Lodge in the Amazon. The Calanoa Lodge work together with the local Mocagua Tribe and other local villages offering training and jobs as well as helping to develop a sustainable infrastructure within their communities. The ways they work with community range from providing materials for the local schools to offering grants to youths looking to further their education at University.

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