You Could Spend a Lifetime Exploring Colombia
It's hard to capture the essence of Colombia and its culture with only words. After many years of crime and violence, Colombia has transformed, becoming a new land full of hope and ready to be explored. This diverse country, located at the equator with coasts along both the Atlantic and Pacific, has plenty of culture, history and nature to offer anyone who yearns to travel to Colombia on their next vacation or holiday. With so many things to do in Colombia as well as places to visit, it might be overwhelming trying fit everything into one trip. We’re here to narrow down the best Colombia has to offer, so you can spend more time enjoying this vibrant country rather than researching every city and point of interest in Colombia.
Places to Visit in Colombia
Coffee Region – Located in the heart of Colombia, several departments make up Colombia’s Coffee Region. The area is famous for growing delicious Colombian coffee and is surrounded by peaceful rolling mountains and colourful small towns.
Cartagena – This Colombian coastal city oozes tropical romance. Come here if you want to be surrounded by vibrant, old buildings while sipping a cocktail by the sea. Cartagena is one the most popular touristic spots in Colombia because of its charm and history.
Tayrona National Park – Spanning more than 150 square kilometres and home to indigenous people, Tayrona National Park is where the crystal-blue sea and the thick jungle meet. The exciting combination makes this a must-see spot near Santa Marta, Colombia.
The Amazon – Nothing feels more adventurous than hiking through the steamy Amazon Jungle. This famous rainforest is the perfect spot for anyone who loves nature, wildlife, fishing, birding or learning about remote cultures. Stay in an eco-lodge for the complete experience.
Bogota – With more than 8 million residents, Bogota is Colombia’s bustling capital located in the Andes Mountain Range. The city is known for its historic district called La Candelaria, where several interesting museums, galleries and outdoor plazas are located.
Medellin – Nicknamed “The City of Eternal Spring” because of its year-round mild weather, Medellin is Colombia’s second-largest city. While Medellin had a dark past, the lively city is now known for its sprawling parks, art museums, friendly locals and nightlife.
Top Things to Do in Colombia
Visit a Coffee Farm – Learn about the whole coffee production process by visiting a real coffee farm during a trip to Colombia. Visitors can pick ripe coffee cherries, roast coffee, then sample different brews like a real coffee expert. Some coffee plantations even offer overnight accommodations.
Birding – With more than 1,900 native and migratory species, Colombia has more bird species than any other country in the world. People can take a birding tour in Colombia led by expert guides. Spot exotic species and sleep in beautiful natural reserves.
Hike Through Cocora Valley – With majestic wax palms reaching to the heavens and a mountainous backdrop, hiking Cocora Valley in the Coffee Region is sure the be a worthwhile experience. The challenging 5-hour loop takes trekkers through the valley, the woods and over foot bridges.
Taste Exotic Fruits – Colombia is known for its bountiful and delicious exotic fruits. Take a food tour in Bogota and discover various new fruits and other Colombian snacks. It’s also a great chance to see a traditional Colombian market and connect with locals.
Learn to Dance Salsa – Dance the night away by learning the steps to salsa. Cali, Colombia is world-famous for its salsa, but other cities such as Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena offer places to learn salsa and night clubs to show off newly acquired moves.
Whale Watching – Visit Colombia’s Pacific Coast to spot humpback whales migrating from Antarctica. The best time to see these majestic creatures on a whale watching tour is between July and November. This area of Colombia is also great for spotting other wildlife such as dolphins and various bird species.
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