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Contrasts Of Colombia BCO

Visiting: Colombia
Tour Duration 14 Days
Reviews for Contrasts Of Colombia 4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.

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4 Pat, 04/12/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Cartagena and Villa de Leyva are both stunning-as are the hotels used in both locations. Loved the coffee tasting we did on the farm. Also the charming children at the school in the fishing village.

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5 Stephen , 22/03/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

So difficult as the tour was full of different experiences.   I enjoyed Villa de Leyva and Cartagena, but for sheer fun it had to be the mud volcano!

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1 Bettina, 18/01/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The short haired black cat semi attached to our hotel in Taganga; also Villa de Leyva, our hotel and the town itself. Most of the tour we had no hot water- only in Bogota and Villa de Leyva although some were luckier.

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Our Response

As you are aware due to FCO advice, we did have to change the tour slightly, but we are concerned that you felt an included excursion on your trip was changed to an optional activity, which incurred a cost. Our Operations Manager is currently checking this with our local agent and we will be in contact with you directly if this was the case.

5 Karen Patricia Fraser, 12/07/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

I actually enjoyed the whole tour imensely. It was much better than I had expected, considering the country's history/background.

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0 JRF, 27/10/11

Great introduction to a beautiful country off limits for too long but now pretty safe. Apart from the stunning scenery in the Andes and valleys, there are wonderful examples of Spanish colonial architecture (Villa de Leyva and Cartegena) and of tropical beaches (Tayrona National Park). But there were unexpected delights too: the tranquil area around Manizales and Armenia where the coffee is grown and the La Cueva in Baranquilla where Gabriel Garcia Marquez partied with his literary cronies in the 1950s, and two great museums in Bogota (the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum) where you get a real feel for a creative past and present.

The itinerary, taking in so many different parts of the country, is well planned and active without being hectic. Our guide was fully briefed on all aspects of his country and found the wit and enthusiasm to entertain us throughout. For once, the tourist strap line - "Colombia, the only risk is wanting to stay" - is spot on! (BCO -30th July 2011)

0 Greg Tebble, 16/05/11
A fantastic trip covering most of the diversity of this wonderful country from sub zero volcano summits to 35 degree + Caribbean coasts with lush green coffee plantations and colonial Spanish architecture thrown in for good measure.  Highlights for me were Villa De Leyva and Cartagena with their wonderful colonial feel and vibrant colour.  Tayrona National Park gave us a wonderful walk and a rare chance to meet some Kogui people indigenous to the area around Santa Marta.  We had an excellent tour leader who kept us moving along without the feeling of pressure and there were no really early starts.  Colombia is a truly breathtaking country and this trip shows many of its varied facets at their best.  Highly recommended. (BCO - 12th February 2011)
0 LST, 10/03/11
A wonderful country to visit.  Highly recommend it.  Very cultural and arty, so much sculpture everywhere which was a big surprise.  Beautiful countryside, fantastic coffee, it really is a contrast tour from the big busy city of Bogota to the hummingbirds and glaciers of Manazales, to the coffee plantations of Armenia and up to the Caribbean og Cartagena (suddenly you hit the tourist trail a little) and the wonderful beaches of Tayrona. I for one would never in a million years expected to be visiting Colombia on holiday but it was one of the best trips, such a great country so get there now before it turns too touristy. Lovely people and if you get the chance to go to Finlandia on a Saturday morning it has to be the best people watching town - like an old cowboy town except updated now with jeeps and trucks!  Make sure you ask for jeeps to go up the glacier as well. I'd return in a heartbeat. (BCO 1st November - 2010).
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