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Colombia: Colombia's heartland

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Dissected by voluminous rivers carving valleys through rugged Andean ranges to marshy outlets to the Caribbean Sea, Colombia’s interior has always presented challenges to the traveller. River craft routes have now in many places been superseded by road and air networks, but both along the banks of the River Magdalena and along the mountain roads towards the Venezuelan border are a string of long forgotten colonial towns of great architectural beauty and a lazy lifestyle. Some of these, such as Villa de Leyva, Honda, Barichara and the river port of Mompós have become popular weekend spots.

Our holidays to Colombia's heartland

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Villa de Leyva

Chachalaca: Colombia’s Colonial and Coffee Culture

Group tour

14 days from £2,889pp

Cartagena

Signature Colombia: Culture and coffee

Private journey

11 days from £2,183pp

Car

Self-drive Colombia: Exploring the coffee region and beyond

Private journey

12 days from £2,217pp

Weaverbird

Weaverbird: Spirit of Colombia

Group tour

16 days from £2,338pp

Things to do in Colombia's heartland

Mompos houses

Explore Colombia's colonial towns

Iguaque mountain

Visit Iguaque National Sanctuary


Trail

Country walk on the Camino Real

Our insider tips for Colombia's heartland

Lina

Lina Fuller

Ambling round delightful colonial Villa de Leyva, a peaceful town just a few hours’ drive from Bogotá but a world away in atmosphere. It has a huge plaza and shady flower-strewn lanes, where convents, museums and elite residences jostle for space.

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Visiting the fossils of prehistoric animals scattered around the arid hills around Villa de Leyva.

Jim

Jim Ashworth

A stay in rustic Barichara, a pretty town of whitewashed, red-roofed colonial houses crouching alongside cobbled lanes, all set in a fertile mountain valley.
Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

Exploring Mompós, once an important cargo port on the River Magdalena which became a neglected backwater with colonial architecture preserved as in aspic. Reached by road or by river launch it is becoming a popular visitor destination. Excellent bird and wildlife viewing on nearby lagoons.

What our experts say

The Andean interior of Colombia, cut through by massive rivers, will appeal to you if like me, you enjoy peaceful rural landscapes and out-of-the-way cultural history. If you appreciate dramatic scenery and don't mind travelling over rough, mountainous roads spiked by numerous hairpin bends. Here, you feel you are discovering a region little discovered by international tourists.  Colombians here are very friendly and keen to help but few speak English.

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

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