Colombia

BOUNDLESS ADVENTURE AND A RICH AND STORIED CULTURE
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Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, ranking first in bird and orchid species diversity.

 

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WHY VISIT COLOMBIA?

After more than half a century of civil war, it is out with leftist guerrillas and in with the comfortable coffee haciendas, tropical colonial cities, Caribbean island retreats and innovative food and art scenes.

 

A luxury trip to Colombia offers boundless adventure and a rich, layered culture. Its residents are often cited as South America’s warmest and most charismatic people.

While Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, and the breathtaking central coffee region are both unmissable, some of Colombia’s most rewarding parts are off the beaten path.

Those with an appetite for adventure should look to Mompox, a 500-year old colonial town on the banks of the River Magdalena; Las Amazonas, for its staggering biodiversity; the wild Pacific region of El Chocó for its gastronomy, beaches, whales and national parks; Barichara, for its churches, cobbled streets and artisans; and the vast wetlands known as Los Llanos, shared between Colombia and Venezuela.

COLOMBIA INSPIRATION

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Colombia’s food scene reflects its rich agricultural heritage and diverse ecosystems.

Traditional dishes like arepas, cornmeal cakes often stuffed or topped with cheese, meats, or eggs, are ubiquitous.

Coastal regions excel in seafood, with dishes like ceviche and fish stews. Inland, don’t miss the bandeja paisa, a hearty plate of beans, rice, pork, and avocado.

With over 150 types of fruit, Colombians know their juices and smoothies.

Colombian music and dance are expressions of the country’s diverse cultural heritage, blending Indigenous, African, and European influences. Cúmbia is perhaps the most iconic. Vallenato, originating from the Caribbean coast, tells stories of love, nature, and everyday life. Salsa, though not originally Colombian, is immensely popular, especially in Cali, known as the “Salsa Capital of the World.” Bambuco, another traditional style, showcases Andean influences with a more formal, waltz-like dance. Festivals like Barranquilla’s Carnival and the Vallenato Legend Festival celebrate these rich traditions.

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Coffee, emeralds, a sombrero Vuetiao, handcrafted pottery and ceramics, artisanal rum, textiles and other local arts and crafts. Check out the stunning offerings from the Colombia Collective which does a wonderful job of supporting local communities.

Colombian literature is best known for its magical realism, epitomised by Nobel Laureate, Gabriel García Márquez. Contemporary writers such as Laura Restrepo and Juan Gabriel Vásquez explore historical fiction and social issues. These works collectively portray Colombia’s diverse landscapes, cultures, and complex political history. Here are a few of our current favourites:

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vázquez

The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir in Correspondence

Colombia: On the Brink of Paradise Edited by Luca Zanetti

Liveforever by Andrés Caicedo

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