Overview

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 River craft routes have now in many places been superseded by road and air networks, but both along the banks of the River Magdalena and along the mountain roads towards the Venezuelan border are a string of long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

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The weather in Colombia’s heartland is wide and varied

Dotted across the River Magdalena and its surrounding mountain ranges are the colonial towns of Villa de Leyva, Honda, Barichara and Mompós. While these are tranquil, sleepy towns during the week, they tend to be busier on the weekends. Villa de Leyva and Barichara remain in the 20s°C year round, with most rain falling in Apr - May and again between October - November. July is a good time to visit Villa de Leyva to catch the Virgen de Carmen celebrations, a popular religious festival with live folk music. While it can feel fairly humid and hot throughout the year, the best time to Mompós is April- June. It is best to avoid October - November as the town is prone to flooding during these months. During Semana Santa (Easter week) the quaint cobbled streets come alive with grand processions and parades.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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