Colombia

Situated in the northwest corner of South America, Colombia is the only country in the region with coasts on both the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. It shares borders with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador, and maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti. The diversity of landscapes in Colombia is mind blowing. There are 1600 kms of beaches on the Caribbean coast; three mountain ranges including the Andes and three deserts.

The longest mountain range in the world, the Andes enters Colombia in the Nudo de los Pastos in the south of the country, where it divides into two. In the Colombian Massif it separates into three mountain chains that cross Colombia from south to north and create a rugged terrain, with peaks higher than 5,300 metres above sea level, expansive highland plains, deep canyons and broad valleys. These three mountain chains, crowned by perennial snow, boggy paramos, Andean rainforests, deserts and marshes, produce terrain that varies with altitude and whose fertile soils support an immense variety of crops. They are also where the majority of the country’s population live.

Colombia is a great destination for nature tourism. It is rich in a diverse variety of flora and fauna, boasting the most bird species in the world with roughly 10% of the world’s endemic species to be found here. You will also find around 130,000 of the world’s 300,000 recorded varieties of plants. The people of Colombia are amongst the most hospital people in the world. Their friendly culture makes this country a joy to visit and travel through. Colombians surely know how to party; there are more events, festivals and parties each year than anywhere else in the world.

You can find some of the world best spots for outdoor sports as well. As well as horse riding you can enjoy biking, rafting, climbing, diving, paragliding, hiking, abseiling and rappelling to name a few – the list is almost endless. The culture and history of this country is amazing with  many wonderful historic places and ancient cities. At the other end of the spectrum Bogota and Medellin are world class cities and very modern – full of amazing museums, hotels, restaurants, and currently experiencing a massive economic expansion.

  Peak Season

January, February, March, December


  Quiet Season

June, July , August, September


  Low Season

April, May, October, November


  Timezone in Colombia

GMT-5


  International Airports

El Dorado International Airport in Bogota (BOG)


Climate in Colombia

Colombia enjoys a tropical climate due to its unique position on the equator and its combination of influence from the surrounding rain forests, mountains, Pacific and Caribbean oceans. This results in a regular temperature which remains mild year round, but with the intermittent threat of rainfall during the green seasons (April, May & November, December) and cooling winds in the dry season (December and January). The only differences in temperature will be felt as you climb higher in altitude, in order to explore the higher mountain villages, before then returning to the lowlands and to warmer conditions. This consistent climate also results in a near perfect situation for the cultivating and growing of a large variety of tropical fruit, cocoa and sugarcane crops, as well as being one of the greatest regions for coffee bean processing and production.

  Average Temperature

80 °F » 40 °F


 


Barichara Ride

Barichara and the surrounding region of Santander is often recognized as the birthplace of Colombia’s independence from years of Spanish dominance and rule. The region is well known for its great colonial architecture, royal roads, dense woodland and cascading waterfalls. Here you will be given the chance to discover a quaint countryside, inhabited by a unique people and home to a fascinating culture. This trail is designed specifically for adventurous riders who want to take part in a challenging... Read more

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The trip was amazing! I had the best time! The horses were incredible, the route we took was beautiful and the pace of the ride was perfect. Julio was a great host and all of our guides were fantastic! Thank you!

Millbank, 2018

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The Barichara Ride in Colombia  is designed especially for adventurous and inquisitive riders who want to participate in a challenging and unique experience. Here you discover the extreme landscapes of Colombia as you follow the Royal roads used firstly by the Conquistadors, the traders and later by the revolutionaries and independence fighters against their Spanish king in the early part of the 19th century. The routes will lead you from the historic lands of Boyacá to the state of Santander; explore wild and diverse landscapes, as well as historic... Read more

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