Colombia and Columbia

Colombia & Columbia. They are not the same!

When I was in South America in July, I bought this mug. “It’s Colombia not Columbia.”

I bet you didn’t know there was a whole social media campaign based on that phrase. See here

Some of the phrases used: “Colombia is where famed artist Fernando Botero hails from; Columbia is a university in New York.” or “The coffee you drank this morning might be from Colombia; Your outerwear might have been made by Columbia.” 🙂


Of course, there’s also the Columbia River and British Columbia.
So, let’s have a look at some trips to Colombia. It has a lot more to offer than stories of Pablo Escobar. I was pleasantly surprised to see what a beautiful country it really is.  See some of my blogs from my July trip here:

My top 3 active trips from my newsletter this past week will have some active travel trips to Colombia. And, I’m extending the sneak peek at Colombia in my highlighted VAST suppliers, but also have nods to Columbia – both the Columbia River, and British Columbia.
Colombia’s Colonial Cities, Coffee Culture, & the Coast
16 Days – March 28th 2015 (other dates also available)  

Discover Bogota’s colonial architecture and museums such as the Museo del Oro with displays that include some 32,000 pieces of gold. Visit the 16th-century Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most beautiful towns. Tour the savory world of Colombia’s famed coffee region. Take in the enchanting old Walled City of Cartagena. Go whale watching, kayaking or surfing on Colombia’s Pacific Coast.

Cycling in Colombia (Challenging) 

10 Days – March 14th 2015 

With Colombia’s road cyclists gaining worldwide recognition, and the country revelling as an up and coming active tourism destination, there really is no better time for a cycling trip to one of South America’s most scenic regions. The coffee zone of Colombia lies at the heart of the country on the Western slopes of the Central Andes and our route takes us along paved winding roads that traverse a lush environment populated by coffee plantations and picturesque towns. Your effort on two wheels will be duly rewarded by stunning views and a taste of the famously warm Latin American hospitality.

Cost from CAD $ 3325 p.p. twin share (Land Only – internal flights included). Read more :


Best of Colombia

21 Days – March 28th 2015 (other dates available)

An extensive tour of the up and coming country in South America, this tour takes you to the less discovered south of Colombia, through the coffee growing regions and north, to the Caribbean Sea where lush tropical rainforests spill out on to deserted beaches and bustling colonial towns overflow with history and charm.
Cost from CAD $2056 p.p. twin share (Land Only – Internal transport included). Read more:


There are so many ways to work with VAST (Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel) partners, and you can have a different kind of getaway. Here is a sampling of some trips that will help you consider travel to Colombia, Columbia, and beyond!
1. Cox and Kings – Cartagena Winter Escape
2. International Expeditions-  An Expedition through Colombia 
7. Rocky Mountaineer Coastal Passage
Sheila Gallant-Halloran