Cool and colourful Colombia
The vast and beautiful country of Colombia is bursting with a wealth of spectacular things for families to see and do, and with so many amazing places to explore, it can be hard to know where to start.
If the children are excited by pirates, Cartagena's pirate tales is a must. A place surrounded by iconic fortresses, cannons and historic buildings all with a glorious story to tell - it's the perfect combination of storytelling and sightseeing at its best. Walk the streets of Cartagena's city centre with its colourful houses and plazas, take in the tales of pirate days gone by and taste local fruits and fun street food along the way. Visit the famous Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas where children are presented with their own pirate style sword and gear on entry to take part in a surprise treasure hunt to finish.
Families can connect with nature on a river safari - tubing down the Don Diego river. The river between the city of Santa Marta and the beautiful Tayrona National Park, is located in one of the most bio-diverse areas of the world. As travellers drift down the river, the lush foliage of the surrounding tropics teem with life - birds in flight, jumping fish and howler monkeys shaking their branches and calling out to each other. It's an experience like no other. At the end, a thoughtfully presented picnic arranged by Galavanta awaits on the golden sands, where the river meets the Caribbean sea.
For an experiential city adventure, Medellin is hard to beat. Galavanta can arrange a local street artist to take families through the neighbourhood of Comuna 13. Riding the escalators and Metrocable and admiring its colourful graffiti deepens travellers understanding of the huge transformation and cultural importance of this barrio. Children can learn the history of the city through interactive experiences including painting their own graffiti or visiting the centre of hip-hop and dancing with locals. For the more active families, Arvi Park is a great place for biking and walks in a nature reserve that surrounds the city of Medellin.
For total relaxation in an intimate family setting, Galavanta offer an exclusive private villa in Barichara with a large pool and gardens to unwind and take in the stunning views of the region. Guests can enjoy the delights of an outdoor cinema with a bespoke bar and bonfire dinner hosted by a personal chef. Barichara is perfect for families of all ages; parents can wind down with yoga and massage or take a walk through its beautiful colonial streets. For the more adventurous trekking, biking, rappelling and white-water rafting are also on offer, along with helicopter expeditions through the 2,000-meter deep Chicamocha Canyon.