03 May 2016

5 Places to Visit in Colombia for Australians Looking for Adventure

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Oh, fellow Aussies. I get it. I do. We’ve got turquoise beaches, thousands of kilometres of coastline, we’ve got rainforest and desert and metropolitan cities. So, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we have it all. But there are things that you just can’t find in Australia and Colombia might just have the answer.

From biodiverse rainforests to walled cities, cultural hot spots and coffee regions, here are my top 5 places to visit in Colombia if you’re an Australian looking for adventure.

1. The Coffee Triangle

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If you love your café lattes, long blacks, cappuccinos and the Melbourne laneways to with them, then why not discover the source of your favourite brew? Each year 11 million bags of coffee beans are exported from Colombia, reaching as far as your favourite coffee shop down the road. The coffee triangle, known as El Eje Cafetero, is one of the top places to visit in Colombia if you want to discover where the coffee beans in your morning latte come from. Take a tour of a coffee farm in el Eje Cafetero and enjoy the beans right from the source. 

2. Bogota’s Urban Art

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Another one of those incredible places to visit in Colombia, especially if you’re an Aussie looking for some adventure, is Bogota. Street art and graffiti is illegal in Australia, so it may come as quite a surprise to see that not only is it legal in Bogota but it’s supported by the local government, which has been known to commission murals throughout the city. But Bogota is more than street art, the art extends through countless museums throughout the city including the Gold and Botero museums which you can visit as you explore the city on foot. There are plenty options of tours and things to do in Bogota

3. The Salsa Capital of the World, Cali

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I haven’t met many Australian men who feel terribly comfortable swivelling their hips on the dancefloor. That’s not to say they don’t exist, it’s just not all that common. But if you are just dying to get your dance on, then Colombia is the place to do it. This is a country where both men and women grow up with Latin music in their veins, especially in the Salsa capital of the world, Cali. Visit the city, enrol in a dance class and get ready to learn how to keep up with the best of them. Good luck!

4. Explore the Amazon Jungle

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The Amazon Jungle is one of those places to visit in Colombia that has a mystical pull on Australians. It’s one for the bucket list, even if you’re not into bucket lists. In Australia we have our fair share of wildlife, but did you know that Colombia is the second-most biodiverse country in the world? They’ve been beat by Brazil, but let’s just remember that Brazil is 10 times the size. If you thought that was incredible, then you may be surprised to learn that Colombia also hosts 14 per cent of the world’s plant life and more than 54,000 different species including birds and mammals. A trip to the Amazon Jungle should definitely be in your list if you are looking for adventure. 

5. The Walled City of Cartagena

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The idea of building a wall around one of our main cities to keep out the pirates might seem out of this world, but that is exactly what occurred in Cartagena de Indias on the north coast of Colombia on the Caribbean Sea. Cartagena was once a strategic port city that both the English and the French attempted to overthrow. Now it’s one of the most popular cities in the country and with its cobbled streets, colourful buildings and romantic setting, it no surprise why. The adventure of Cartagena comes with discovering its colonial history and visiting the Castle of San Felipe. Just make sure you can find your way out of its many underground tunnels. 

What are some other places to visit in Colombia that you think adventure-seeking Aussies would love? Let me know in the comment section below.

Sarah Duncan

About the author:

Sarah Duncan is an award-winning Australian blogger, author and journalist who has been travelling the world and writing about it for the last 10 years. Her work about Colombia has been featured in a variety of publications including New York Magazine, the Herald Sun, Newscom.au, the Daily Telegraph, Matador Network, Style Magazine, television, radio, the novel “Was Gabo and Irishman?” and on her own blog, Sarepa.com