Hacienda Venecia

Hacienda Venecia is a big-hitting heavyweight in Coffee Zone tourism. It is included in our portfolio as a destination in its own right. 

Imagine if you can a beautiful coffee hacienda set in stunning secluded grounds and plunging hills. Now imagine it is also is the home of a large scale coffee processing facility. Finally imagine bringing those two elements together, wrapping it up in slick management, and creating an authentic coffee experience and relaxing stay all in one. That is Hacienda Venecia.

Located a short distance from Manizales, Hacienda Venecia is our suggestion for those wanting to visit the northern end of the coffee zone.

The hacienda offers communal style dining, everyone eats the same meal at the same time. Expect freshly prepared Colombian farmhouse staples. Beverages are available around the clock with an honesty bar system in place.

Hacienda Venecia is not available for families travelling with children under the age of 12.

Programme:

Hacienda Venecia is a short drive from La Nubia Airport in Manizales and is also ideal for those wanting to arrive overland from Medellín for a taste of the Coffee Zone within a short timescale.

Whilst there you can prebook as much or as little as you wish. The hacienda has its own coffee tour which runs daily, you can add on yoga or other activities and destinations in the area.

At Hacienda Venecia you are ideally situated to include our Rio Blanco birdwatching tour in your plan, or for the fit and headstrong, our full day trek to Nevado Santa Isabel. If you prefer to wind down then simply enjoy the grounds and tranquility.

For those that have time to venture south then Hacienda Venecia is also an ideal stop off on the way to Salento and Cocora.

Price:

The price shown on this page is per person for a two night break based on two adults sharing a twin or double room in the main farmhouse. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Other meals and drinks, and any additional services requested from Hacienda Venecia are paid locally.

The price listed does not include the cost of getting there, any additional activities and excursions or onward travel to other destinations.

Please use our contact form to talk to us about including Hacienda Venecia in your Colombia tour.

Cocora and Los Nevados 3-day treks

Three days, three tours and three options for combining the majestic and otherworldly Parque de los Nevados with the spectacular Valle del Cocora. These tours are not for the faint-hearted. All options will place demands on your fitness but you will be rewarded with incredible landscapes and vistas, not to mention a sense of achievement at the end of your trek.

These tours all commence in the accessible town of Salento and can be undertaken as a standalone tour or included within a feature packed tour of the Coffee Zone or indeed an extended tour of Colombia. We can readily transport you to Salento to commence your tour if you are staying in hotels or family-owned fincas in Risaralda or Quindío.

Programmes

We offer three different options for three-day treks in Cocora and Nevado del Quindío.  All programmes are 3 days and 2 nights. All overnight accommodation is based in remote simple family-owned posadas.

Paramillo del Quindío

El Paramillo del Quindío is one of the highest peaks in the Los Nevados National Park. Reaching 4750 metres above sea-level. It is located at the southern end of the park.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to La Primavera 17km

Your tour will commence in the Cocora Valley after transferring there from Salento. After 8-9 hours of walking through various ecosystems, the Cocora Valley itself and forested mountainsides, you will reach La Primavera at an altitude of 3850 metres above sea-level. Overnight stop in a country house.

Day 2. La Primavera to Cima Paramillo Quindío 18km

On your second day you will cross ancient ancestral walkways that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. You will pass through unique páramo landscapes and eventually reach El Paramillo del Quindío. After visiting El Paramillo del Quindío you will return to La Primavera to relax and share experiences in the farmhouse’s kitchen.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

The third and final day of the walk offers you an alternative route back to Cocora from La Primavera. En-route you will stop at Finca La Argentina for lunch with another mountain family. The estimated end time is 5pm

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 4750 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 54km

Trek Grade: Demanding. Medium-high altitude and some tough ascents.

Glaciar Shimmer, Nevado del Tolima

El Nevado del Tolima is a stratovolcano located in the southern part of the Los Nevados National Park. The volcano’s last major eruption was almost 3600 years ago. Minor eruptions took place in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The last being in 1943. At an altitude of 5215 metres above sea-level it is the third highest volcano in Colombia.

In a three day trek that takes you to the edge of Glaciar Shimmer, you will walk through an impressive páramo landscape, one of the most beautiful and important ecosystems in The Andes. This landscape renowned for its ability to produce water is only found above the Andean forest line and below the limits of the snowy peaks.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to La Primavera 17km

Your tour starts with a 6.30am breakfast in Salento followed by a transfer to the Cocora Valley. You will ascend through cloud forests until you reach the páramo, finally arriving at La Primavera, your resting place for the night.

Day 2. La Primavera to Glaciar Shimmer 21km

Your second day starts earlier, you have more distance to cover and some steep ascents leading up to the Helipuerto sector. With a final ascent towards the edge of Glaciar Shimmer you will have reached your maximum altitude of 5000 metres above sea-level.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

The third and final day of the trek takes you back to Cocora via a different route to afford you new panoramas of the ecosystem. Anticipated finish time is 5pm back in Salento

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 5000 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 57km

Trek Grade: Demanding. Medium-high altitude and some tough ascents.

The Andes and its Communities

The shortest and most laid-back of these three trek options, the trek remains primarily within the Andean forests and affords the participants the chance to connect with ancient customs and traditions. Follow old and well trodden paths through stunning landscapes. Admire El Paramillo de Quindío from farther afield and spend evenings in friendly family fincas high up in the hills.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to Finca Argentina 9km

Every day of your tour starts with breakfast. On the first day after breakfast you will commence a 5 hours walk to the country house Finca Argentina where you can relax for the remainder of the evening

Day 2. Finca La Argentina to La Primavera 8km

A second leisurely day of trekking will see you ascend to 4200 metres above sea-level where a rest break at a lookout will be programmed for you to enjoy views of El Paramillo del Quindío. From this point you begin your descent towards La Primavera, relaxing once again in the friendly ambience of a family farmhouse.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

You will be expected to up your pace for day three because it is by far the longest day of walking. You will descend back to the Cocora Valley with an anticipated finish time is 5pm back in Salento

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 4200 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 36km

Trek Grade: Moderate. Medium altitude

Package

The package price shown on this page is based on a party of 4 people and includes the following

  • Transfers from and back to Salento or accommodation in Armenia, Pereira, Quimbaya, Filandia or The Colombian Way preferred fincas
  • Professional Spanish speaking mountain guide for the duration of the trek
  • Overnight accommodation each night in family run farmhouses
  • All meals, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance to the Los Nevados National Park

Use our contact forms for more information or to begin planning your Cocora and Nevados trek

Cali

Cali is the undisputed South American capital of salsa. Situated in the warm Valle de Cauca, Santiago de Cali enjoys a temporate, warm but not overbearingly hot climate. The people are friendly without being intrusive and the salsa is everywhere.

Cali is Colombia’s third largest city and continues to grow, it is flanked to one side by El Cerro de las Cruces, a ridge with three crucifixes that overlooks the city. On an opposing hill stands Cristo de Rey, a giant statue of Jesus.

Cali is best known for its rumba, its animal-like salsa nightlife and once a year between 25th and 30th December, Cali is passion for salsa culminates in the Feria de Cali. A world famous salsa festival where dancer and bands from all over the world descend on Cali for the ultimate salsa party.

Cali is also known locally as La sucursal del cielo, literally a branch of heaven on earth. Whether it is true or not, you have to decide for yourself. But after a drunken night out in Cali you may well indeed feel like you are in heaven.

On the other side of the Rio Cauca is Juanchito, a neighbourhood with 24 hour licensing permissions. Juanchito is full of bars and the epicentre of Cali’s salsa scene, some of the best salsa bands in the world can be found performing there.

Aside from partying hard, Cali is an important city in Colombia because if its industry. Yumbo is an industrial zone that is home to many of Colombia’s largest industrials including Postobon, the makers of Pepsi and Colombian favourites Postobon Manzana, a fizzy pink apple drink and La Colombiana, a patriotic grenadine flavoured drink, both of which are consumed in large quantities throughout Colombia.

Programme

We can organise beautiful hotels in Cali, for example in the San Antonio neighbourhood, this is Cali Vieja, the hisorical part of Cali. Or perhaps you want to learn salsa, we can organise the most professional and orginal salsa teachers from the city for you. Or a visit San Cipriano, a unique village in the jungle which is only accessible via motorbike powered trolleys that run along a disused train track.

Both sugar cane haciendas close to Cali, Piedechinche & Paraíso are well conserved and fascinating day trips to learn about the history of sugar cane production. Or pay a visit to the Indian market of Silvia between Cali and Popayán home of the Guambaiano Indians, one of the most authentic Indian tribes suriving in Colombia.

Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the Fallarones nature park, a beautiful park in the mountainous region around Cali. Alternatively a visit to Lago Calima, a lake best known for its watersports but also an excellent location for horseriding in the picture postcard surroundings.

Cali’s airport Alfonso Bonilla Áragon is served by LAN, Avianca and American Airlines and is located 45 minutes outside of the city. We will happily organise transfers for you to take you from the airport to Cali to begin your city adventure. Use our contact form to reserve your visit to Cali.

Minca

Minca is a small Colombian village that is slightly elevated in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

The village is so pretty that it is a must visit if you are in the area. Many consider it a colony of alternative thinkers, those that want to escape from city life and artists. It is the perfect place to find peace, happiness and tranquility.

Although Minca is close to the Caribbean coastline, due to its lush mountain location, the vegetation is completely different. An abundance of vibrant and dense green plant life. The area’s fertility made it one of Colombia’s first regions to exploit coffee cultivation.

The recent history of this beautiful setting is somewhat less idyllic. Historically the mountains around Minca have been the battleground for some of the most violent aspects of Colombia’s civil war. Only more recently with the demobilisation of paramilitary groups has the region become viable for tourism. Despite this region’s proximity to popular tourism destinations such as Santa Marta and Tayrona, it really is at the cutting edge of modern Colombian tourism. It is an area you genuinely should not have considered visiting just 10 years ago.

The village has now fashioned itself as a melting pot of exiles from all over the world, each having set up their own small restaurants, hostels, coffee shops and handicraft stores. The ambience is one of independence, creativity and friendliness.

Programme:

We offer packages from 1 night or longer in Minca. The village can be reached easily in under one hour from Santa Marta and we offer private transportation to get you there from either the airport in Santa Marta or your hotel in Santa Marta or Taganga.

The first day we can offer a guided tour through the village combined with a visit to a charming and charismatic coffee shop, overnight is spent on a beautiful finca in Minca’s surroundings. The second day you can visit el Pozo Azul a fantastic waterfall further up into the Sierra Nevada. There you can enjoy a picnic and afterwards we organise an ecological walk through the wild flora of the coastal mountain range.

During the ecological walk we will stop off at a traditional coffee farm which affords the chance to discover the cultivation and processing of coffee.

There are additional options to make your own perfect programme, for example a visit to an orchid farm or a visit to typical guadua housing, a type of structural bamboo which is commonly used for all manner of structures and is very typical in the Sierra Nevada.

To plan your visit to Minca, just use our contact form and let us know how you want it organising.

Birdwatching:

Minca is a top birdwatching destination, in this destination a specialist birding guide is available with expert knowledge of the local birdlife.

Price:

The price shown on this page represents our best deal for Minca and is per person based on 2 adults sharing a double room for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis in our preferred hotel in Minca. Additional guided tours, birdwatching guides and day excursions are available on request.

Jardín

Jardín is the small Antioquia town that everyone is talking about.

Jardín, more correctly known as El Jardín is an authentic Antioquia town approximately 4 hours by road from Medellín. But what is it about the town that is caputuring the imagination of so many travellers?

Perhaps it is the imposing neo gothic church La Basilica Menor de la Inmaculada Concepción that towers over the main plaza, or how about the café culture? Jardín is the only town we know of in Colombia with such an abundance of cafés, bars and restaurants surrounding its plaza. Jardín is the perfect place to wile away the hours with a beer or a tinto and simply watch life pass by.

Perhaps visitors are drawn by its kaleidescope of colours, alongside Guatapé, also in Antioquia, Jardín vies for the crown of Colombia’s most colourful town with its brightly painted tables, cowhide chairs and colourwashed façades.

Is it the coffee? Well arriving to Jardín could hardly be more spectacular as it is nestled in plunging landscapes dotted with coffee plants and deep ravines.

For us it is all of the above, combined with Jardín’s welcoming residents. Jardín for us is simply the most fun, happy, colourful, relaxed little town we know of in Colombia. Go there without a plan, don’t worry about filling your time there, it is the perfect destination to go to, go with the flow, relax and enjoy.

Programme:

Jardín is a must, but it is somewhat of a long return trip from Medellín to undertake in just one day. It is possible, but we recommend you take in Jardin’s ambience by spending at least a night there. We can either organise private transport or steer you in the direction of a dependable bus company to take you there from Medellín.

Although an unconventional route, Jardín is on Antioquia’s border with Risaralda so for the independent minded traveller, we can readily organise an itinerary that reaches Jardín from the Coffee Zone.

Once in Jardín, we can organise activities on your behalf such as tours of the local area, a visit to Cueva de Esplendor or a trip through a mountain pass to Estadero el Arka. Of course in the finest tradition of this little town, you could take a break from a hectic itinerary and simply relax with the locals in one of the many bars and restaurants surrounding the plaza.

Birdwatching:

Jardín is a top birdwatching destination, in this destination a specialist birding guide is available with expert knowledge of the local birdlife.

Price:

The price shown on this page represents our best deal for Jardín and is per person based on 2 adults sharing a double room for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis in our preferred hotel in Jardín. Additional guided tours, birdwatching guides and day excursions are available on request.

Laguna de la Cocha

Laguna de la Cocha is located in the Andes mountains at an altitude of 2800 metres above sea level and just 25 kms from Pasto, the capital of the Nariño department.

The laguna is one of the most idyllic mountain lakes to be found anywhere in Colombia. At the lakeside there are colourful chalet-style wooden houses and a very small village between swampland and nature reserves. The the most noteworthy feature of the laguna is its small island called Corota which has an area of only 0.8 square kilometres.

The main reason for visiting Laguna de la Cocha for most is the isolation, tranquility and the perfect place to escape the city. Accommodation options are based around the few chalet-style hotels built by Swiss immigrants which offer the last word in seclusion. One of the distinguishing features of the chalet-hotels in the area is that they are the only hotels that we know of in Colombia where they provide their guests with hot-water bottles at bedtime.

Rustic and simple rooms offer panaormic views across the laguna, we recommend you wind down after sunset with a local trout dish and put your feet up in front of the open log fire.

Even in a vast green country such as Colombia it is rare to find such tranquility and peace away from the daily grind. Coupled with the chalet hotels’ excellent hospitality, it really is the retreat that spoils you and revitalises the body and mind.

Programme

We organise private transfers from either your hotel or arrival point in Pasto and take you directly to the hotels on the border of the lake. We also offer a range of activities in Laguna de la Cocha including horseriding, fishing and boat trips to the Carota Island.

Journey by boat to the opposite side of the laguna and you can visit the nature reserve with its pure unspoilt páramo landscapes. Not to everybody’s liking but the nature reserve also has a simple restaurant which serves cuy.


Don’t feel obliged to fill your time in Laguna de la Cocha with outdoor activities, relaxing and taking in the warm ambience of the spectacular hotels is also a worthy pursuit, pamper yourself and take it easy why not.

Let us know how you would like your Laguna de la Cocha experience orgnising. Use our contact form

Mompox

This destination is only available to clients booking an extended tour with The Colombian Way that already passes via Cartagena. Side trips to Mompox will only be quoted with private transport from Cartagena.

A journey to Mompox is a journey back in time, everything is preserved as it was hundreds of years ago. The town boasts splendid churches and lets you relive the colonial era as many colonial houses with vast spaces and majestic courtyards are now hotels. Mompox is located on the Magdalena River’s alluvial deposits.

Located approximately 5 to 6 hours from Cartagena, for the easiest access we only organise tours to Mompox from Cartagena. The first 4 hours are by private transportation to the town of Magangué from where you will take a ferry to Mompox across the Magdalena river. Life in this charming town is very much focussed around the river and on its banks it is common to meet friends for a beer after work.

The heart of Mompox is Calle Real del Medio which is home to the town’s most beautiful manor houses from the colonial period. Also here you will discover the towns most beautiful churches such as the San Agustin church and the San Francisco church.

Mompox is world famous for its intricately crafted gold jewellery, there are numerous workshops where the jewellery is still made to this day in time honoured fashion with the original tools. A visit to the workshops make for an interesting day out.

Mompox is flat and lies at 25m below sea level, its swamps and islands provide the perfect habitat for a diverse population, caimans and capybaras. We will gladly organise a boat trip to explore this fascinating landscape.

We’d recommend one or two nights in Mompox, and it offers an easy and accessible side trip from Cartagena. We suggest an early morning departure from Cartagena arriving in Mompox in the afternoon.

Important

  • The heat in Mompox can be overbearing because of its location. Be sure to wear head protection and drink plenty of water.

Programme

Depending on how it fits into your other wishes and travel plans, we would recommend one or two days for your Mompox programme. The town can easily be explored without a guide. We provide transportation from Cartagena by truck arriving mid afternoon in Mompox after crossing the Rio Magdalena by ferry.

Mompox lends itself very well to a walking tour, we are happy to arrange a tour guide to steer you through the town’s narrow streets. You can also climb the tower of San Francisco church which affords you a beautiful view across the town. Take yourself back in time and enjoy in the unique colonial atmosphere.

Mompox offers some wonderful accommodation in hotels set in colonial style houses. From luxurious to simple, there are a range of accommodation options and it will be no problem suggesting a hotel to suit your travelling style and your budget.

We can also organise a full range of side trips from Mompox to the marshes and mangroves in the surrounding area. Contact us via our online form and tell us exactly how you want to experience Mompox

Prices

The headline price on this page is for two adults sharing double accommodation for 2 nights in our preferred accommodation in Mompox. It does not include flights to Cartagena or onward transfers to Mompox.

Medellín

Medellin is still to a degree associated with the notoriety it earnt in the 1980s and 1990s when it seemed to deign to be the Chicago of Colombia. A glitzy but dangerous gangster metropolis ruled by the ruthless drug lord Pablo Escobar, head of the Medellín cartel. Medellín started afresh on 2 December 1993 when Escobar was purused and shot dead atop the city’s roofs on his 43rd birthday.

From thereon and going forwards, Medellín has done much to shake off it cocaine reputation. Medelín’s people, the Paisas are enterprising, courteous and astute business people with a great deal of ambition. To a degree Medellín’s rapid development over the last 20 years can be attributed to the motivation of its people.

Medellín for example is the only Colombian city with a metro system, having two lines running through the town, the metro system also extends up to the hillsides into poorer neighbourhoods by means of an interconnecting cable car system.

In 2013, Medellín beat off stiff competition from Tel Aviv and New York to be recognised by Citibank, The Wall Street Journal and The Urban Land Institute as the world’s most innovative city.

The city is home to many of Colombia’s major events and festivals, for example the annual fashion show Colombiamoda where Colombia’s national fashion industry shows off its finest skills in order to woo international buyers. Colombia has a very well respected textiles industry and Medellín is its centre.

Add to this one of the country’s most spectacular festivals, the Feria de las Flores, the centrepiece of Paisa culture since 1957. The festival boasts many performances and parades, the highlight being the “Parada de los silleteros.” For several days Medellín immerses itself in colourful and riotous fun where the local firewater “Aguardiente Antioqueño” flows freely.

We can organise your trip for you to witness Medellín’s boldest statement of extravagance and joy. Pueblito Paisa is dedicated to celebrating Paisa culture and is included in our City Tours of Medellín. The area around Medellín is also steeped in Paisa culture, villages such as Santa Fé de Antioquia still have wonderfully preserved colonial architecture and beautiful features. Nearby there is also the country’s longest suspension bridge which crosses the Rio Cauca.

The town of Guatape boasts El Peñon, a towering monilith which can be scaled via steps built into the rock, from the top you can see a phenomenal landscape if interwoven lakes. You can also visit a small farmers’ village where they make the noted cows’ hide shoulder bags called “Carieles” We will happily organise your visit to any of these sites according to your wishes.

Programme

We can organise your tour including flights into one of Medellín’s two airports, transfers, accomodation and all excursions.

Like many Latin American cities, the centre is less pleasant than some of the newer neighbourhoods. Whilst Plaza Botero is a must-see site, you should exercise caution if you are planning on visiting in the after dark. For this reason we will normally arrange your accomodation in the an upscale neighbourhood such as Laureles. Nearby Poblado and its Parque Lleras is the heart of Medellín nightlife more respresentative of the modern Medellín.

To start your trip, we offer a guided tour of the Plaza Botero, Pueblito Paisa and the Museo de Antioquia.

If you want to see the real Medellín then a ride on the cable car to see the view over the city is included in all of our city tours.

There are also various excursions we can include in your programme, for example a visit to Santa Fé de Antioquia, the former capital of the department of Antioquia. In Santa Fé we can also offer an overnight stay in one of the many colonial hotels.

Visit the magnificent Puente de Occidente which spans the Rio Cauca. Or perhaps visit some of the smallhold farmers around Medellín. For spectacular views and landscapes we can include Guatapé and El Peñol to see the interlocking lakes.

Medellín is perhaps best known for its incredible nightlife such as Mangos discoteque for the ultimate in partying. Medellín is a large cosmopolitan city and the opportunities there are virtually infinite.

Please use our contact form to tell us exactly what you want to see and do in Medellín.

Pasto

Pasto is the first Colombian city you reach when travelling from the Ecuador border. The city is the capital of the Nariño department and its full name is San Juan de Pasto.

The town has a laid back leisurely ambience, as does the surrounding area. Pasto is nestled between beautiful Andean meadows and has the Galera Volcano as its dramatic backdrop. The volcano is still active and it is normal to see smoke rising from its summit. Luckily the volcano has not had a major eruption for many years as this would be catastrophic for Pasto.

Pasto’s biggest event is the Carnival de los Blancos y Negros, a colourful festival held in January of each year. During the festival the city is intense and bustling and all the hotels are fully booked. A trip to the carnival needs advance preparation to secure accommodation.

Outside of carnival, the city is calm and unhurried, nevertheless it is worth a visit to Pasto before continuing your journey, not least because of the surrounding area’s spectacular beauty with its marvellous lakes and Andean meadows and pastures. Pasto is also the key launchpad for a visit to Colombia’s famous Las Lajas church near Ipiales, a church wedged in a tall valley.

Pastusos, the people of Pasto are often ridiculed by other Colombians as the city is secluded in the south of the country. The dialect of the Pastusos is closer to that of Ecuador than typical Colombian Spanish. Pastusos are a little bit reserved but welcoming and friendly people.

Programme:

If you are arriving from Ecuador you should definitely visit the Las Lajas church in Ipiales. The current incarnation of the church was built in the first half of the 20th Century and as legend would have it, it is the site of a miracle, the deaf-mute child of an Indian woman is said to have spoken when passing the valley on his way home. Because of this miracle, the construction of this incredible church commenced.

The visit to the church is scheduled into your road trip towards Pasto, we can arrange your hotel in Pasto, or we can also arrange accommodation close to Laguna de la Cocha. The Laguna has some spectacular Swiss chalet style hotel accommodation which was built by Swiss immigrants. It is the perfect location for a romantic break and to enjoy the local speciality of fried trout in front of a blazing fireplace. You can also take a boat trip out onto the lake.

Hikers might want to consider a walk to Volcán Azufral, in its crate lies the Laguna Verde, a beautiful green mountain lake. The hike to the lake leads through Andean páramo landscapes with interesting vegetation such as frailejones.

Pasto is not at the top of everyone’s Colombia list but it is one of our favourite destinations and we urge you to consider a visit, it is well worth taking the time.

Please contact us for more information or would like to plan a trip there.

Providencia

Providencia is an island located 20 minutes away by plane from San Andrés, 700km to the north of the Colombian Caribbean coast.

This beautiful island is less commonly visited than the larger and more touristy San Andrés. The island is idyllic, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. The truest of island paradises that has remained unchanged for many years and represents the epitome of what one would imagine a Caribbean island to be. The Caribbean sea around the island is known as the Sea of Seven Colours. In reality there are seven shades of blues ranging through turquoises to azures to cobalts.

There are abundant mangroves on the island, a natural source of numerous varieties of tropical fruits such as mangoes. The population of this mountainous paradise is just over 5000, concentrated in the old town and outlying hamlets. The old town of Santa Isabela is the only part of the island where you are able to find stores and ATMs. There is one principal road called the circunvalar which circles the entire island and visits all of the main attractions.

To the northeast side of the island the Old Providence McBean Lagoon national park is located, a beautiful park consisting of coral reefs, mangroves, lagoons and tropical dry forest.

Programme

We organise the flights both to San Andrés and then from San Andrés to Providencia. You will be met at the Gustavo Rojas Pinilla airport by your driver that will take you to your hotel on the island.

Thanks to strict planning regulations, there are no large towering resort type hotels on the island, the hotel accommodation that we offer is built in the traditional style of the Dutch Antilles.

We recommend Providencia at the end of one of our round trips, it is the perfect relaxation destination with incredible nature and diving in the pure blue waters. It is also an excellent contender as the perfect Colombian honeymoon paradise.

We recommend a stay of 4 to 6 days but shorter or longer stays are of course possible.

Use our contact forms to begin planning your perfect Providencia escape.