A Gap Year in Colombia

Why go backpacking in Colombia?

Backpacking in Colombia is one of the most popular things to do for any traveller visiting South America, and it’s a great place to start your gap year. A lot of backpackers and travellers start in Bogotá, taking in all the sights and activities before working their way into Peru or Brazil.

Colombia is a beautiful, tropical country that is incredibly diverse both geographically and culturally. Located in South America, it is the only country in the area that can boast both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. That means one thing; beaches. Yes, Colombia has a fair few beaches and some killer surf spots.

Things to do in Colombia

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PR & Marketing in South America

from £2700

180 days


Launch your career in one of Latin America’s leading cities. Learn from experienced PR & Marketing professionals while exploring the...

Journalism & Media in Colombia

from £2472

42 - 180 days


Take the chance to develop your professional skills and explore the vibrant culture of Colombia.

Volcano Surfing & Southern Skiing

from £1945

14 - 360 days

Australia, Chile, Colombia, New Zealand, Nicaragua...

A real flight deal for the intrepid gappers out there. Start off in Nicaragua for some volcano surfing, before heading...

Bank Internship in Latin America

from £2468

30 - 180 days


Working alongside front office salesmen and traders, you will intern in the top ranked research department providing cutting edge economic...

Best of Colombia

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Cafe Colombia

from £1260

Explore Colombia

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Classic Colombia

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What to see in Colombia

And contrary to popular belief, not everyone’s a drugs lord. In fact, Colombians are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet on your travels as they’re keen to prove otherwise! It’s also a cheap destination for accommodation and transport, making it an excellent place to kick off a wider South American trip.

If you’re looking for beautiful white beaches, Amazon safaris, jungle walks, mountain-trekking, and more than a few coffee plantations, then you can’t go wrong with Colombia! We think it’s a must on any round the world trip.

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