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Colombia

Experience Colombia’s must-see gems as a sustainable traveller, indulging in boutique hotels and unique, authentic adventures. Embrace conscious efforts across accommodations, cuisine, activities, and transport. Discover culture and nature while discovering the country’s beauty and minimising your environmental footprint.

Colombia

About Colombia

Embark on a journey where breathtaking natural landscapes and vibrant cultural traditions await. Experience the essence of Colombian life, deeply rooted in the country’s diverse and pristine environments. Colombia embraces sustainable development, fostering inclusive communities while preserving its natural treasures for generations to come.

Colombia is a land of contrasts and wonders, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences for every traveller. From the lush Amazon rainforest to the towering Andes mountains, from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific shores, Colombia’s biodiversity is unparalleled. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of Colombian music, the flavours of its cuisine, and the warmth of its people.

Colombia’s richness lies in its unparalleled natural resources. With some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, Colombia is a paradise for eco-conscious travellers. Explore pristine beaches, trek through cloud forests, and encounter exotic wildlife in protected reserves.

Colombia’s cultural heritage is as vibrant as its landscapes. From the colonial charm of Cartagena to the Indigenous traditions of the Sierra Nevada, every corner of Colombia tells a story of resilience and diversity. Discover ancient archaeological sites, vibrant street art scenes, and lively festivals that celebrate the country’s rich multicultural heritage.

What Makes Colombia Sustainable?

Exploring Colombia’s Sustainability: A Tale of Environmental Harmony

With its commitment to sustainability and conservation, Colombia offers travellers the opportunity to explore responsibly and leave a positive impact on the environment and local communities. Come and experience the magic of Colombia, where every journey is a celebration of nature, culture, and adventure.

Nestled amidst Colombia’s breathtaking landscapes lies a sanctuary of sustainability, where every heartbeat echoes the rhythm of life itself. From the majestic Andes to the lush rainforests, Colombia’s diverse ecosystems are not just a marvel of nature but a testament to our collective responsibility. As custodians of this precious heritage, Colombians embrace a sacred duty—to safeguard, nurture, and preserve the wonders that grace their land.

Sustainability in Colombia is not merely a duty; it’s a celebration of a shared humanity. It’s the laughter of children playing amidst fields kissed by the sun, the unity of communities working hand in hand, and the wisdom passed down through generations—a legacy of stewardship and care.

Culinary traditions offer a taste of Colombia’s deep connection to the land. From farm to table, the richness of the fertile soils, the abundance of waters, and the diversity of produce are honoured, and each meal becomes a symphony of flavours, a testament to the respect for the interconnectedness of all life forms.

Looking ahead, Colombians are guided by a sense of optimism—a belief in the power of collective action to shape a brighter future. Together, we strive to build a world that is fair, equitable, and sustainable—a world where every voice matters, and every life is cherished.

Colombia beckons visitors to join us on this transformative journey. Experience the magic of our country, where sustainability isn’t just a goal but a way of life—a beacon of hope in an ever-evolving world. Together, let us tread lightly upon this earth, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion, and stewardship for generations to come. As you explore Colombia’s vibrant cities, picturesque landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, you’ll discover a profound connection to the land and its people—a connection that transcends borders and embraces the beauty of diversity.

From the vibrant streets of Bogotá to the tranquil beaches of the Caribbean coast, Colombia offers a wealth of experiences for every traveller. Whether you’re trekking through lush jungles, savouring the flavours of Colombian cuisine, or immersing yourself in the rhythms of local music and dance, you’ll find sustainability woven into the fabric of everyday life.

As you journey through Colombia, you’ll witness firsthand our commitment to preserving our natural resources, supporting local communities, and promoting responsible tourism practices. From eco-friendly accommodations to community-based tourism initiatives, Colombia offers travellers the opportunity to explore our country’s treasures while leaving a positive impact on the environment and local communities.

Discover the magic of Colombia, where every moment is an invitation to connect with nature, culture, and the vibrant spirit of the Colombian people. Experience the beauty of sustainability in action and leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Colombia awaits you with open arms—to a land where dreams take flight, and hearts find home.

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Quick Facts

When to Visit Sustainably

Given Colombia's close proximity to the Equator, the country is free from extreme seasonal changes, the sun sets and rises at the same time all year round and the season stays the same. There are just the dry seasons (from December to January and July to August) and the rainy seasons (from April to May and October to November). Temperatures range from below 6°C to above 27°C depending on the region you visit.

Suggested Season

Colombia's climate is fairly consistent therefore there are no specific periods that significantly impact local ecosystems or communities negatively. However, to minimise your impact, you may want to consider avoiding peak tourist seasons, typically during major holidays and festivals, when popular destinations can become overcrowded.

Time Zone

Colombia Time (COT) - UTC-5

How to Get There: Fast / Slow

Fly direct from London to Bogotá, or enter overland from a neighbouring country if you're already in South America.
Many major airlines offer direct flights from various European cities to Colombia's main international airports, such as El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogotá, José María Córdova International Airport (MDE) in Medellín, and Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) in Cartagena.

Currency

Colombian Peso

Tipping Etiquette

While tipping isn't customary in Colombia, leaving a 10% gratuity for exceptional service is greatly appreciated and sure to brighten someone’s day.

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Sustainable Highlights in Colombia

  • Valle de Cocora Conservation

    Embark on a trek through Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley), home to Colombia’s iconic wax palms and diverse ecosystems. This protected area promotes sustainable tourism practices, including responsible hiking trails, wildlife protection, and educational initiatives, ensuring the preservation of its natural heritage.

  • Paramo Ecosystem

    Explore the unique paramo ecosystem of Chingaza National Park, home to diverse plant and animal species found only in high-altitude environments. By visiting responsibly and supporting park conservation efforts, you contribute to the protection of this vital ecosystem.

  • Sustainable Gastronomy in Bogotá

    Indulge in a culinary journey that supports local producers and sustainable food practices. Discover restaurants like Leo Cocina y Cava, which focuses on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, or Mesa Franca, known for its farm-to-table concept and commitment to reducing food waste.

  • Sustainable Coffee Farm Tours

    Dive into the heart of Colombia’s coffee culture with a sustainable farm tour in the Eje Cafetero region. Choose eco-conscious coffee farms like Hacienda Venecia or Finca San Alberto, where you can learn about organic cultivation methods, biodiversity conservation, and fair-trade practices while enjoying freshly brewed coffee straight from the source.

  • Tayrona National Natural Park

    Tayrona Park, located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, is renowned for its stunning beaches, biodiverse ecosystems, and Indigenous heritage. The park implements sustainable tourism practices to preserve its natural beauty, including limited visitor capacity, eco-friendly accommodations, and conservation programs to protect endangered species.

  • Cuidad Perdida (Lost City) Trek

    Trekking to Ciudad Perdida, Colombia’s ancient lost city, is a sustainable adventure that supports Indigenous communities and promotes responsible tourism in the region. With trained local guides, sustainable accommodations, and respect for cultural heritage, the trek offers a unique and impactful journey through Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

  • Cartagena's Historic Preservation

    Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is committed to preserving its historic architecture, cultural heritage, and natural beauty through sustainable tourism practices. The city promotes heritage conservation, sustainable urban development, and community engagement initiatives to ensure the long-term sustainability of its historic centre and surrounding areas.

  • Pacific Whale Watching in Nuquí

    Nuquí, on Colombia’s Pacific coast, offers sustainable whale watching tours that provide insight into the region’s marine biodiversity while supporting local conservation efforts. By adhering to responsible whale watching guidelines, tour operators ensure minimal disturbance to whales and their habitats, allowing visitors to experience these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.

  • Sustainable Fishing in Providencia and San Andrés

    The islands of Providencia and San Andrés are known for their rich marine biodiversity and vibrant coral reefs. Sustainable fishing practices, such as community-managed marine reserves and responsible fishing techniques, help preserve the islands’ coastal ecosystems and support the livelihoods of local fishers. Visitors can participate in eco-friendly fishing excursions and snorkeling tours that promote marine conservation and sustainable tourism.

  • Sustainable Handicrafts in Villa de Leyva

    Villa de Leyva, a colonial town known for its cobblestone streets and preserved architecture, is home to artisans producing sustainable handicrafts using traditional techniques and locally sourced materials. Visitors can support these artisans by purchasing handmade products such as ceramics, textiles, and leather goods, contributing to the preservation of cultural heritage and sustainable livelihoods in the region.

  • Communtiy-Based Tourism in La Guajira

    La Guajira, located in Colombia’s northernmost region, offers community-based tourism initiatives that empower local Indigenous communities while promoting sustainable travel practices. Visitors can participate in cultural exchanges, traditional ceremonies, and eco-tours led by indigenous guides, supporting community development and preserving Indigenous heritage.

  • Eco-Friendly Adventures in Caño Cristales

    Caño Cristales, often referred to as the “River of Five Colours,” is a natural wonder located in the Serranía de la Macarena National Park. Sustainable tour operators offer eco-friendly excursions that allow visitors to marvel at the river’s vibrant hues while respecting its fragile ecosystem and supporting conservation efforts.

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