Colombia’s fascinating history, breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage will leave a lasting impression on first-time visitors. Thanks to a number of direct, cheap flights to Colombia available from the UK, this intriguing mix of ancient and modern architecture, dramatic jungles and pristine beaches can be accessed in less than 12 hours. As you come in to land at Bogotá Airport and spot the Colombian capital spread out beneath you, begin to plan your South American adventure. From the picturesque colonial landmarks of Cartagena to the ancient ruins of Ciudad Perdida or the tropical grasslands of Los Llanos, you’ll soon discover a new world.
The rainy season in October/November is the most likely time to find the widest choice of cheap tickets to Colombia. Flash storms can bring unpredictable conditions, but you’ll benefit from low prices and fewer crowds. Prices reach a peak from December through to early spring, when the warm weather is perfect for beach or walking holidays. July to October are the best months for whale watching on the Pacific coast. Dates around the annual Barranquilla Carnival, one of the biggest celebrations in the country, are liable to get booked up well in advance.
National carrier Avianca operates direct flights to Colombia from London Heathrow to Bogotá, the main international gateway to the country, as well as in partnership with Iberia from London Gatwick via Madrid. Alternatively, Air France flies from Manchester via Paris Charles de Gaulle, KLM offers a stop in Amsterdam, and Lufthansa runs the route via Frankfurt. Once you arrive in Bogotá, consider taking an internal connecting flight to another airport such as Cali, Cartagena or Medellin to explore different parts of the country.
Bogotá Airport is Colombia’s busiest airport and is located around 10 miles from the centre of Bogotá. Hop in an authorised taxi, identified by their yellow and white colour scheme, for a quick and easy transfer direct to your destination, or book a private car to meet your flight. Alternatively, familiarise yourself with the city’s public transport from the get-go with a bus from the airport terminal to connect with the TransMilenio integrated rapid transport network.
From the atmospheric ruins of ancient Amerindian settlements to the unspoilt beaches of the Pacific coast, the mystical religious monuments of San Agustin to Bogotá’s thriving gastronomic scene, Colombia is a melting pot of influences and cultures. The Cartagena Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Latin America, while the flourishing Ibero-American Theatre Festival has done much to put Bogotá on the world theatre map. Whether you’re exploring the lush foliage of the Mundo Amazónico reserve, thrilling to the salsa beat in a Cali bar, or nibbling on doughy arepas filled with chorizo in a Bogotá market, you’ll be embarking on your very own voyage of discovery.
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