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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 River craft routes have now in many places been superseded by road and air networks, but both along the banks of the River Magdalena and along the mountain roads towards the Venezuelan border are a string of long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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Car

Self-drive Colombia: Exploring the coffee region and beyond

Private journey

12 days from £1,171pp

Weaverbird

Weaverbird: Spirit of Colombia

Group tour

16 days from £2,535pp

Cartagena

Signature Colombia: Culture and coffee

Private journey

11 days from £2,315pp

Villa de Leyva

Chachalaca: Colombia’s Colonial and Coffee Culture

Group tour

14 days from £3,475pp

Things to do in Colombia's heartland

Iguaque mountain

Visit Iguaque National Sanctuary

Trail

Country walk on the Camino Real


Mompos houses

Explore Colombia's colonial towns

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.

Jim

Jim Ashworth

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

Hannah

Hannah Donaldson

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.

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