Family Holiday to Colombia
This family trip to Colombia visits some of the highlights of the country with activities that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. From a train across the Savannah of Bogota, to bamboo river rafting, to Caribbean beaches, it is a very varied holiday.
The Chameleon team have arranged many holidays to Colombia over the years and have prepared the following itinerary based on our personal recommendation and experience. This itinerary is particularly aimed at families with teenaged children, however, it is possible to adapt the trip for younger children.
This is a tailor-made holiday, meaning that we can change it however you wish. If there are activities you particularly like (or dislike) let us know and we can adapt the holiday. You can travel throughout the year on any dates you wish, however this sample itinerary works best when you depart the UK on a Saturday.
- Go underground at Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
- Raft the Rio Negro
- Visit colourful coffee producing towns
- Explore colonial Cartagena
- Enjoy the beautiful Caribbean beaches of San Andres
- Optional snorkelling, sailing, horseriding and more...
Should I take my family to Colombia?
The short answer is yes. We have carefully chosen some of the very safest areas of the country for this holiday. There is no greater risk on this itinerary than travelling elsewhere in South America or many other parts of the world. It is true that parts of Colombia are unsafe, however, we avoid these areas completely. Colombia is a fun and exciting destination for families, there are many family friendly activities, Colombians are very welcoming and as a rule, love children.
- Day 1. Fly to Colombia
- Departing the UK in the morning, fly to Colombia with a change of planes on the way. Arrive in Bogota the same evening. You'll be met at the airport and taken to hotel Casa Deco in the colonial centre of Bogota where you stay three nights.
- Day 2. Savannah train to Zipaquira
- Travel out of Bogota on a tourist train across the plains to the north of Bogota to Zipaquira. The train runs only at the weekend and is a popular trip with local families. The train is either diesel or steam powered. On arrival at Zipaquira, you will be taken on a tour of the underground salt cathedral before catching the train back to Bogota.
- Day 3. Rio Negro Rafting
- You will be driven out of Bogota for 1.5-2 hours to the town of Tobia where you will do some rafting on the Rio Negro. There are different options with rafting starting at around class II. Following a few hours rafting, you'll return to Bogota.
- Day 4. To the Coffee Country
- In the morning, you'll be taken on a guided walking tour of Bogota including a trip on the cable car up Monserrate giving impressive views over the city. You will also visit the world famous Gold Musuem. In the afternoon, fly from Bogota to Armenia in Colombia's Coffee Country. You will spend three nights in the countryside on a coffee estate such as Bosque del Saman. There is much more to the coffee area than just coffee! There are lots of activities possible here - walks, canopy tours, river trips, horseriding and more. Bosque del Saman is suited to teenagers, if travelling with younger children there are other excellent options in the area - enquire for details.
- Day 5. Cocora and Salento with coffee tasting
- Today you will visit the typical, colourful town of Salento with its brightly painted buildings and traditional architecture. Continue to Valle de Cocora a pretty valley where giant wax palm trees can be seen. It is possible to do a short horse-ride here (not included, and note that helmets are not available). You will have a coffee tasting demonstration and then return to your hotel.
- Day 6. Bamboo raft river drifting
- You'll be driven to La Vieja river. You'll spend the day travelling gently down the Rio la Vieja on a hand made bamboo raft. It is a relaxing way to spend the day, and you'll float past lush, hilly scenery, making a stop for a picnic lunch on the way. At the end of the route, you'll be met and driven back to your hotel.
- Day 7. To Cartagena
- You'll have the morning at leisure at your hotel. In the afternoon, you'll be taken to Pereira airport for your flight to Cartagena. When you get to Cartagena, you'll be met and taken to hotel Caribe or similar, located in Bocagrande, the beachside part of the city, a short drive from the walled city. Hotel Caribe has a good pool and other facilities for children, however, if you prefer, we can arrange a hotel within the historic part of the city.
- Day 8. Cartagena
- You'll be taken on a guided tour of Cartagena for half the day, visiting the beautiful walled city. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
- Day 9. At leisure in Cartagena
- You have a day at leisure in Cartagena to explore on your own. If you wish we can arrange a boat trip to the Rosario Islands (extra cost) where you can visit an aquarium and spend time on a beach.
- Day 10. San Andres
- You'll be taken to Cartagena airport for a flight to the Caribbean island of San Andres. The island is part of Colombia but actually closer to Nicaragua than Colombia. You'll be taken to your hotel - Cocoplum outside the main town on a beautiful white sand beach with good swimming. Spend three nights on the island.
- Days 11 and 12. San Andres
- You can spend these days at leisure enjoying the beach at your hotel, or we can arrange some extra activities for you (at additional cost). Activities include: snorkelling, sailing classes, boat trips and an "eco-adventure" which will see you explore the interior of the island on a canopy tour. The island itself has a main town at the northern end, the best beaches are on the west side (where Cocoplum is). It is possible to hire golf carts to get around the island.
- Day 13. Depart Colombia
- Fly from San Andres back to the Colombian mainland and connect onto your overnight flights back to the UK.
- Day 14. Arrive UK
Tailor-made holidays are just that, tailored to your own individual needs, wants and wishes. As such, each trip is different and each price is different. For pricing, we ask that you discuss your individual requirements with our travel specialists so that they may provide you with a ballpark figure, or a detailed itinerary and quotation. So, for a price, please just get in touch.
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