The unspoiled treasure of Providencia is part of Colombia’s Caribbean archipelago situated east of Nicaragua. Although close in distance, the mountainous, nature-rich island couldn’t be further from i
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South America4 days / August 2018
Highs & Lows
Hike up to ‘El Pico, Lover’s Bridge, to the joining island of Santa Catalina
Make sure you spend long enough here to see it all
There is plenty to explore on the small island of Providencia. Spend the day on one of many idyllic beaches, go snorkelling or hike up to ‘El Pico’ forestry reserve where you can see the famous blue iguanas. Walk over ‘Lover’s Bridge’ to the joining island of Santa Catalina or take a small boat to Crab Cay to see the turtles. Make sure you spend long enough here to see it all, as you will not want to leave! The incredibly warm-hearted islanders will make your stay on Providencia even more magical.
Q & A
How was the food?
we Share the largest platter of fish and seafood I’ve ever seen n it was delicious
What tips would you give a friend?
To reach the island by plane, the only option is a short 20 mins flight by small passenger plane from San Andres. Satena have 2 flights daily in and out of the island but at the rather steep cost of around £150 return. * Note: Included luggage allowance is 10kg.
Getting around the island There is no public transport and only a few taxis. Providencia is a very hilly island so walking can be tiring! The best way to explore the island is by renting a scooter for 50,000 COP per day or a golf buggy for 150,000 COP (try and negotiate a discount if you’re staying for multiple days).
The only other option is by Catamaran departing every other day from San Andres – this journey takes approx 3.5 hours and it’s far from a smooth ride! If the sea is rough then the boats don’t leave. Although a cheaper option it can be a pretty unreliable one!