Colombia is Back by Galavanta

After almost 6 months, Colombia’s borders are finally opening! As of Monday September 21 Colombia will be welcoming international travellers. The first international commercial flights will be to Cartagena's Rafael Nuñez International Airport.  Thus far it is expected that all travellers, including those from the United States, will be welcomed in Colombia, and the requirement for entry is a negative Covid-19 test. Please note details are yet to be confirmed and announced. 

FLIGHTS • International commercial flights will start arriving in Cartagena, but specific routes are yet to be confirmed. Private charters on a Bombardier Challenger 300 to Cartagena are available starting at: - $37,860 from Miami (2h 50m) - $62,500 from New York (4h 45m) - $79,550 from Los Angeles (7h 30m)

RESTAURANTS • Restaurants have started to reopen, however, regulations vary depending on destinations. We’ll help you navigate through the best options, and organise reservations so you only have to worry about enjoying your meals!  MUSEUMS • Museums are opened! Some museums are by appointment only, so we’ll make sure you’re scheduled and make the most out of your visit. 

NATIONAL PARKS • National parks have started opening. Let us help you navigate through some of our favorite spots. 

COLOMBIA IS READY We are proud to say that our partners, providers, and hotels have done an exceptional job with implementing the national and international mandates to minimise the risk of Covid-19 spread.Contact us for detailed information on our health and safety protocols.  We have partnered with a superb insurance provider that guarantees access to the top privates hospitals and specialists in the country, and covers testing and assistance with flight cancellations and extra hotel nights. Contact us for details.  In Colombia we have a network of private hospitals and facilities that are amongst the best in Latin America, and include state of the art ICUs attended by top practitioners. 

COLOMBIA IS FLEXIBLE Now more than ever, Colombia is an affordable destination for international travellers thanks to an extra high USD / COP exchange rate. We have also redesigned our operations to make our unique experiences more accessible to everyone –maintaining the same quality experiences, fascinating experts and insider access we are known for!  We are all about flexibility, so you can book with peace of mind. We have redesigned our Terms & Conditions, and partnered with likeminded hotels and providers to make sure guests feel confident about booking their trip.

COLOMBIA IS CONSCIOUS We have used this short break to rethink our experiences and operations to minimise our carbon footprint and maximise the positive impact we can have on our communities.  Going forward we will calculate the carbon footprint of guests’ trips, and offer inspiring local reforestation and conservation projects to offset emissions. Colombia is one of the countries with most natural, geographical and cultural diversity. Here are some ideas of amazing destinations and properties with special offers. For long-term stays at a property, please contact us for extra-promo rates! 

CARTAGENA Cartagena will be the first destination to receive international flights, and it's the perfect destination to enjoy a bit of everything: colonial streets, trendy boutiques, excellent restaurants, beautiful beaches, active sports and plenty of nature experiences.  Culture • History, Architecture, Street art, Immersive local experiences, Rum tasting, Dance classes Family • Cooking classes, Pirate Treasure Hunts, Biking, Surf classes, and other experiences specially tailored for kids Beach Escapes • Speedboat to the Rosario Islands, Private beach villas, Beach clubs, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving Active• Trekking, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Kite Surfing, Horseback riding Nature • Visit nature reserves, Birdwatching, Artisanal Fishing HOTELS Hotel Casa San Agustin - Opening November 1st - Starting at $294 USD / night Hotel Sofitel Santa Clara - Opened - Starting at $235 USD / night Hotel Casa Don Sancho Opened - Starting at $246 USD / night

PRIVATE VILLAS Three-bedroom Colonial Villa - Starting at $425 USD / night Four-bedroom Trendy Villa - Starting at $575 USD / night Six-bedroom Luxury Villa - Starting at $2,745 USD / night

SIERRA NEVADA CASA OROPÉNDOLA Escape from civilisation in this private lodge located at 1,500 metres above sea-level, between cloud forests and coffee fields.  The perfect destination to spend your days trekking, birdwatching, doing yoga, cooking with your private chef, or reading a book in one of the colorful hammocks.  Promo Rate - Starting at $696 USD / night for 2 guests, private lodge, full-board, personal chef, English-speaking guide for trekking/nature walks, cooking classes, housekeeping.  Max capacity: 8 guests in 4 rooms. Minimum stay: 2 nights. 

BARICHARA CASA DEL PRESIDENTE Relax in Colombia's most beautiful colonial town, and stay at the residence of one of Colombia's most renowned presidents. Spend your days wandering the breathtaking streets of Barichara, visiting local artists and artisans, taking pottery classes with artists, and learning to cook local specialties with the villa's chef.  For those guests seeking more action, Barichara's countryside is THE spot. Endless trekking and biking trails, white water rafting, rappelling, rock climbing, and all with a sunny yet cool and dry weather.  Please note that all profits from Casa del Presidente are donated to promote education, health, wellbeing and cultural programs. Promo Rate  Starting at $720 / night for 2 guests, private villa, full-board, personal chef, English-speaking guide for trekking/nature walks, cooking classes, housekeeping.  Max capacity: 10 guests in 5 rooms. Minimum stay: 2 nights.  Contact us for special pricing for long-term stays! 

BARÚ HOTEL LAS ISLAS If you're craving some beach time, hop over from Cartagena to Barú Island, only 45 minutes away, and spend your days relaxing at Las Islas. Make sure to snap up one of the sea-view bungalows with private infinity pool and terrace.  Spend your days biking around the property, snorkelling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, or just relaxing at the spa.  Starting at $610 / night for 2 guests, Sea-view bungalow, and breakfast. 

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