Colombia is fast becoming the new darling of adventurous travellers – with good reason. The people are welcoming, the landscapes diverse and the options for active travel are numerous. Colombia’s capital city, Bogotá, has great hotels, fabulous restaurants, both a gold and emerald museum, and nearby bike rides.

In the coffee triangle near Armenia, cyclists pass through coffee fields, and fruit plantations with numerous opportunities for a caffeine injection along the way. Hiking enthusiasts can explore the Cocora Valley dotted with wax palms, the country’s national tree.  Our base, Hacienda Bambusa, is built in the traditional style of the coffee region and has views over the Central Andes mountains.

Located in a valley at 5,000 feet is Medellín, the second largest city in the country. The city boasts great golfing, art (including the Botero Museum), culture, and a buzzing nightlife. Hotels include the modern Charlee, and more traditional Intercontinental. The hills surrounding the city are the training grounds for many famous Colombian cyclists, and offer a variety of rides through towns, forest, plantations, and flower farms. Other activities include the large nature reserve in the Rio Claro Valley which is popular among bird-watchers, or a day trip to Guatapé and The Peñol for hiking, boating and canopy tours.

Cartagena is the perfect place to unwind at the end of active explorations. Urban walks along cobblestone streets and beach visits are among some of the activities in the area.