Family trips in Colombia

11 reviews

Start planning your family vacation to Colombia

Colombia’s culture is so unlike that of any other continent that it is certainly a must-see family destination for any families looking to immerse themselves in a culture other than their own. Colombia with kids can be a hugely rewarding experience both for children and parents and there are so many fascinating places to visit and experience that you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re after a historical holiday in Colombia, cultural tour, action-packed adventure or relaxing family getaway, our local travel agents are there to create your tailor-made tour.

Best things to see and do in Colombia with kids

With so much to see and do, you won’t know where to start your family adventure in Colombia. Why not begin by exploring the city of La Candelaria after landing? Here, you’ll be able to get a healthy dose of culture while exploring winding streets and amazing interactive museum exhibits together. Once you’ve had your fill of city life, head out to visit an Ostrich farm, which always goes down a treat with every visitor, no matter their age. For jungle exploration and beach relaxation in equal measure, Tayrona National Park is home to tropical waters, white sand and a jungle brimming with native animals and wildlife. Go sea kayaking, swimming, snorkeling or simply take time to relax as a family and enjoy this incredible adventure. To take this tropical relaxation one step further, you can head off to Mucura Island by boat and feel like pirates as you escape the real world and experience a truly laid back atmosphere. In the Barichara area, you can bring yourselves back to reality with a bit of adrenaline on a thrilling river rafting adventure. Older kids can even try paragliding - the ultimate Colombian thrill that none of you will ever forget. With adventure, relaxation, culture, history and welcoming people, its no wonder that Colombia is such an incredible family destination.

Best time to visit Colombia as a family

Since Colombia is so close to the equator, temperatures are generally stable throughout the year. Rain does vary however, with the Amazon (it isn’t called a rainforest for nothing) remaining showery throughout the year. The driest periods fall between December and March and then July and August and so these are often considered the best times to visit. Rain during the wet season is by no means constant though and can mean that prices of accommodations and attractions are lower. The busiest time is from December to February and during the week before Easter, Semana Santa and so, whilst there is a lot to do during these periods, it can become stressful to travel with children, with crowds of tourists flocking to the more popular destinations. Bear in mind that temperatures can vary a lot between inland areas and the coast and so its worth planning a little in advance to make sure you pack the right kind of clothing for the locations you and your family plan to visit.

Family vacation tips for traveling to Colombia

With a little research and knowledge you can ensure that you are as prepared as possible for your family trip to Colombia, here a few tips and tricks to ensure that everything runs smoothly on your vacation.

  • Check in with your GP before leaving to see what vaccinations and medications you will need before and during your trip. Its also worth packing some anti-nausea medications for children who get travel sick since some roads here can be winding and exacerbate travel sickness.
  • Insect repellent is a god send and will save you the annoyance of itchy mosquito bites further down the line.
  • Colombia has a huge range in altitude and visiting to places such as Bogota can result in altitude sickness if you don’t take it easy.
  • Consider flying where possible since long drives here don’t always go down well with younger children and a quick and easy flight leaves more time for adventure and exploration.
  • If you don’t already know some Spanish, learning a few key phrases can be incredibly useful and save time and hassle during your trip should you encounter someone who isn’t getting the gist of your flailing hand gestures. Plus, it’s always nice to put in the effort and greet or thank people in their own language.

When to go in Colombia?

Being close to the Equator, the climate of Colombia is rather uniform. The dry season lasts from December to March and should be preferred to avoid visiting Colombia in the rain. The wet season lasts from April to November, with very heavy rainfall. You should adapt your trip to these variations, as well as to the differences between the different regions: a tropical, and therefore very wet, climate in Amazonia, a harsher climate in the mountains and semi-desert in the Guajira. You should also avoid the weeks between mid-December and mid-January throughout country: they are very crowded with Colombian holidaymakers.
See when to go
Other trip ideas you might like