We travelled on our first ever trip to Colombia, from the UK, in February 2023 for a private tour planned and organised by Peter at Your Colombia, based on our... read more requirements. The trip was a variation of their standard 11 and 14 day trips (as shown on their website) extended up to 18 days. Our primary route was – Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Barichara, Medellin, Salento, Cartagena, Isla Baru and Tayrona Park – with stops at other places in between (before returning to Bogota for our flight back to the UK via Miami). It also included four internal flights as well as transfers by car. It was an amazing trip taking in a variety of towns, cities, beautiful countryside and beaches.
The planning and organisation of the trip, with so much attention to the small details, was done by Peter and his team at Your Colombia and was simply outstanding. We were given a phone SIM card when we arrived and we were fully in touch with Peter at all times. This is NOT a 9am-5pm service – Peter was personally available (on Whatsapp) at most times to respond to queries we had and to pass on information updates about hotels, drivers, guides, pick-up times and places, and internal flight details. In our memory of trips abroad, Peter and Your Colombia are probably the best travel agent we have ever used. Every detail was sorted and taken care of, and drivers and guides (who were excellent) always turned up early for the next guided tour or journey. It really shows the advantage of a local travel agent on the ground (rather than a large international travel agent) with local knowledge of everywhere that you are travelling to, and with direct connections to local drivers and guides.
We chose YourColombia on the basis of recommendations here on Tripadvisor, which were almost too good to believe, but we shouldn’t have had any doubts – they really are that good, and we would wholeheartedly recommend them. Our thanks go to Peter and his team for making our trip such a wonderful experience.
Let me finish with a few other comments for first-time travellers to Colombia -
- Wherever we went, we always felt really safe – even in walking around in Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena, so don’t have any concerns about this (Colombia has clearly changed a lot in recent years)
- Spanish is mostly the only language spoken across Colombia, even in tourist areas – with English rarely spoken except in some larger hotels. Most of our drivers were solely Spanish speaking. This is great if you want to practice some basic Spanish (like my wife) – however if you don’t know any Spanish, get a Spanish dictionary/phrase book app and Google Translate, as you will need it!
- We had previously heard bad reports about Colombian/South American Airlines, but we didn’t experience any problems on any of our flights (Latam, Viva, Avianca). All took off on time, and landed on time or early – and we never lost any luggage. As an alternative to many hours by road on some routes, air travel made a big difference.
Amazing Colombia - YourColombia let us to see Colombia as so wonderful, colourful, surprising, unforgettable contry. It was realy well organised: starting from planing, till tours, guides, transfers and good surprises ☕️ Everinthing... read more was on time and it is very important to mention, we always felt caring about us. Big hug for Peter
Peter made traveling in Colombia by myself seamless and one of the best vacations I have ever been on. I did zero planning, just told him my general interests and... read more he planned the perfect trip. I had no worries, even when travel plans shifted due to flights changing, etc, as he handled all of these details. The hotels, transportation, and guides were all top notch. Cannot recommend highly enough!
We booked a 11-day highlights of Colombia trip with YourColombia. Peter organized everything perfectly, domestic flights, private transfers, hotels, tours, etc. He was very communicative and checked in on us... read more everyday via Whatsapp. We really enjoyed this short but amazing trip and beautiful Colombia. Thank you so much Peter and the whole YourColombia team!
The best travel company EVER. We asked Your Colombia to put together a bespoke 3 week itinerary for 2 of us to see as much of Colombia as possible. The... read more package they put together could not have been better and surpassed our expectations. Great value for money and allowed us to experience this fabulous country.
It was well organised down to the smallest details, meaning we didn’t have to do much thinking and could just enjoy the experience.
Peter in particular was fantastic and set up a WhatsApp message for us, checking each day that things were ok and the transport, tours etc happened as expected. Peter made it so easy for us and great to know he was there. We miss him now we are home!!!
The transport between places was fab. Great hotels. And the tour guides arranged were brilliant.
Overall the best travel company you could ask for. Happy to provide more details if needed. Would absolutely recommend using this company.
When the two week trek in Peru we had planned for months was cancelled without notice whilst we were in Lima, we were at a loss as to what to... read more do, as staying in Peru was not an option (owing to the recent political protests there). We found Peter through Viator and, whilst we loved the sound of his itineraries and were excited about the prospect of a surprise trip to Colombia, the idea of planning a holiday via WhatsApp and in under 24 hours felt a little bit crazy. However, we decided to trust the process and we are so glad we did! We have had the most incredible 11 days in the vibrant country that is Colombia! We were initially nervous, as two Australians with limited knowledge of the destination and speaking little to no Spanish. However, Peter had everything planned so perfectly - everything ran smoothly and the communication from Peter throughout was simply amazing. We could not have asked for a more beautiful ‘Plan B’ holiday and we can’t wait to come back to Colombia one day (after we learn to speak Spanish)! Thank you Peter.
Peter and his travelagency were a great support for our 4 weeks Colombia travel, he was always on track with the activities , and always totally responsive on our (unfortunately)... read more many change requests , due to several flight changes and other incidences etc. Even late at night he responded if necessary, the company is absolutely trustworthy and reliable. My full and best recommendation for any Colombia traveller who requires support by a travelagent . It was a very good feeling to know that in case of any trouble , we could rely on your support. Thanks Peter and your team , you are a positive highlight in our Colombia experience.
Amazing views on the drive there (took about 1.5 hours) into the panoramic valley east of Bogota, and then freedom to hike to three main places - Cueva de los... read more Monos, La Chorrera, El Chiflon - plus some 'off-piste' options. Great views, good hiking (some mud/slippery rocks so take good shoes), and a good lunch. All well-organised by Peter at YourColombia who was very responsive on communications.
Peter@yourcolumbia made my 12 vacation to Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena and Santa Martha an unforgettable one. Very experienced, very professional. Took care of internal flights, airport transfers, ground transportation, hotels,... read more extra activities and shopping advice. Most importantly his attention to detail made us feel very, very safe as non Spanish speaking guests.