17 August 2016

Must-See Places to Visit in Colombia

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Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and possesses many amazing, beautiful and unique places: from the coffee region to the Caribbean coast, Colombia has it all. Here are some of the must see places in Colombia.

Must See Places in Colombia

Guatapé

Take a trip to the outskirts of Medellin to the town of Guatapé. Guatapé is a colonial town with vibrant and uniquely coloured houses. The most amazing thing in the town is a large rock, La Piedra de Guatapé, with the claim of having the 'best view in the world' at the top of its 650 steps. The view from the top, over the Peñol-Guatapé Dam and Guatapé Lake, is beautiful.

Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean coast is home to some breathtaking cities and beaches: Santa Marta, Cartagena, Tayrona Park and Palomino. Cartagena is an incredible city that is steeped in history and combines the old town with the new city skyline. Cartagena is full of life; there is a true carnival atmosphere as you walk around the plazas listening to the music and watching the dancing. Cartagena also has a collection of islands called the Islas del Rosario, these are 27 islands located 35km southwest of Cartagena. The islands are a protected National Park and many of the islands are uninhabited.

Must See Places in Colombia

Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park is a collection of beautiful beaches backed by mountains and beautiful palms. After a two hour hike through the forest you come to secluded picturesque beaches. Tayrona is known as one of Colombia's most beautiful beaches and isn't spoiled by commercialisation.

Amazon

Visiting Colombia's Amazon rainforest is definitely a unique, once in a lifetime experience. You can experience and see how other people live with no running water, no electricity and be inspired by those who just make the best of what they have. Taking tracks through the jungle, boat trips down the Amazon River, going dolphin spotting and fishing for Pirañas are truly once in a lifetime experiences.

Must See Places in Colombia

Barichara

Barichara is a small colonial town with picture perfect white buildings with orange roofs and cobbled streets. Barichara is also located close to San Gil, Colombia's adventure capital, where you can do almost every adventure sport including; white water rafting, bungee jumping, climbing, bouldering, caving and many more.

Bogota

Bogota, Colombia's capital city, is located over 2,600 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the Andes mountain range. Bogota is a vibrant city with amazing architecture and views and many activities to do. You can take a cable car or train to a church at the top of a mountain, called the Monserrate, where you get a spectacular view of the whole city. You can take a trip to Bogota's old historic district, La Candelaria, and walk up and down the colonial streets, viewing the amazing street art and eating some incredible street food. Other notable activities are visiting the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and searching for the gold in Lake Guatavita.

Medellin

Medellin is one of Colombia's big up and coming cities that are full of life and beautiful surroundings. You can take a cable car though the city and explore it from above, wander through one of Medellin's many gardens or parks and explore Botero's sculptures at Plaza Botero.

Must See Places in Colombia

Caño Cristales

Caño Cristales is known as the river of five colours and is an incredible natural phenomenon that is often referred to as the most beautiful river in the world. It has vibrant red, blue, yellow, black and green colours and the best time to visit is between July and early December.

Anny Wooldridge

About the author:

My name is Anny, I am from a small village in the East of England. Since graduating University and realising I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, I started travelling and working abroad. Travelling was always a passion of mine and I managed to turn it into a career. I have worked as a water ski instructor in Greece and America, a nanny in a snow ski resort in France and I am now embarking on a new adventure to teach English in Bogota, Colombia. You can read more about my adventures at annysadventures.com.

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