A trip to Colombia requires good health and mobility. While we have time scheduled for rest and recuperation, your itinerary in Colombia has a moderate to active pace, involving wildlife activities and transportation from place to place to ensure that you have maximized opportunity to interact with the wildlife and local culture.
You’ll enjoy a variety of activities on your trip. Walking in the Amazon and in the Andes (Coffee Region) is always over uneven ground and requires guests to navigate roots, rocks, and other walking hazards. All forest/wildlife excursions will involve walking and standing for up to three hours. Your excursions in the Andes are over hills and creaks so walking up and down is required. Los Nevados is done mostly by vehicle, as you climb thousands of feet into the Andes. Some walking will be done in the park to look for birds and other animals. Walking here is moderate and short but the air is thin. You do not have to partake in the walks to enjoy the magnificent scenery and beauty of this park. Exploration of the mangroves outside of Cartagena is done by boat. The boats are not covered and do not have seat backs but the ride is not long (about 2 hours) and the water is calm. This excursion is also done early in the morning for the best birding and to beat the heat of the day. Visiting the fort requires guests to walk up an incline for about 20 minutes but, as always, we take our time and plan this excursion to be during a cooler hour of the day. In all cases, Cartagena will be the hottest point of your trip. It is hot and sticky at any time of day although less in the early morning and late afternoon.
Travel in Colombia is by road, air and boat. The main highways are excellent but once you get into the small towns and parks the roads deteriorate rapidly, requiring slow driving and navigation of deeply pot-holed and bumpy roads. You will travel by motorcoach, mini-coach, and/or minivan, depending on the number of guests and terrain you will be crossing. Air travel in Colombia is abundant and while flights can be delayed or cancelled like anywhere else, it is quite reliable and comfortable. The boat to and from the Amazon is covered and comfortable but there is no WC onboard. Boat transfers are around four hours.
While driving through the Andes, we will reach altitudes of over 12,000 feet. We do not remain at these altitudes for long but guests with breathing problems may need to evaluate their participation if they feel this will be a problem for them. Bottled oxygen is not provided at any point during this trip. It is not kept at hotels or in the vehicles.