5 Best Colombian Vacation Spots (Besides Bogota and Medellin

October 4, 2018, 6:46 pm

Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, and Medellín, known as the "City of Eternal Spring", are usually where tourists head to first when they visit Colombia. While those cities have plenty to offer travelers, there are many other fascinating vacation spots in Colombia. If you just moved here, or are thinking about a holiday in Colombia, be sure to include the following Colombian destinations in your itinerary:


Cartagena is picture-perfect vacation spot for those who want to explore the Caribbean and enjoy a charming colonial atmosphere. Wander around the old city’s grandiose and colonial architecture, hang out on cool indoor patios to beat the afternoon sun, go island hopping, and enjoy a fine dining experience every single evening. There’s nothing shabby about it.

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Santa Marta

For those who like things a bit more rugged or are more adventurous, Santa Marta is the ideal place. Also located on the Caribbean coast, Santa Marta is a great option if you are looking for more than just relaxing by the pool.

From here, not only can you explore some amazing jungle-like beaches in nearby Tayrona Park, but you can also go on birding tours near Minca or hike through the jungle to the Lost City, the Colombian version of Machu Picchu.

Coffee Region

I truly believe the Coffee Region, located in the center of Colombia, has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country and is an ideal vacation spot for coffee lovers. The Coffee Triangle has many charming cities and sites such as the quaint and colorful town of Salento and the impressive Cocora Valley. Some coffee farms in the area even teach you about the coffee production process and give you coffee samples during tastings.

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La Guajira

La Guajira is often overlooked because of its location. This is the northernmost point not only of Colombia, but of all of South America. It’s where the desert meets the ocean. It takes about 3 to 4 days to see the most beautiful parts of La Guajira and people usually visit the country for too short of a time to include it in their Colombian itinerary. If you are in the country for two weeks or more, then La Guajira comes highly recommended.

In this region, you will be met with stunning landscapes of bright orange desert sand clashing against the dark blue sea. This is truly barren land where electricity is shut off at 5 pm and visitors can enjoy simple pleasures and disconnect from technology. You will be met with many indigenous people, and eat all types of exotic local dishes such as goats, stingray, and lobster!


I find this region of Colombia to be quite special. If you can spare one week, head over to Santander. Here, you can stop by the Cañón de Chicamocha to see the stunning view from the second-largest canyon in the world.

Continue on your way to the sweet and charming town of Barichara for a romantic and relaxing getaway. If you are into sports, consider stopping by San Gil for some bungee jumping or white water rafting. Another very cool spot are the Gachas de Guadalupe, although a bit far, they are natural pool formations that you’ll find along a river.

If you’re traveling to Colombia, you’ll have so much to see and do, you might not ever want to leave. The country has a vast array of landscapes and people. Depending on your preferences, the perfect vacation spot in Colombia awaits you.

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Jade is a world citizen who moved to Bogotá in 2014 with her Colombian partner and loves the city more with each passing year. She is a digital marketing expert and blogger. She writes about cultural insights and is integrated into the Colombian community. Read more at

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