Colombia

Destinations

Destinations


Regions

 Andino
Rugged Andean landscapes and altiplanos containing Colombia's two largest cities, Bogotá and Medellín, as well as nice and beautiful national parks and coffee plantations.
 Costa Norte
The lively Colombian Caribbean has its share of attractions with the historic, yet modern, cities of its coast and diving, trekking and exploring opportunities in the jungle and desert.
 Orinoquía
The eastern endless plains with unique tropical savannas, gallery forests and wetlands, little frequented by tourists.
 Pacifica
Colombia's Pacific coast combines tropical forests of the Chocó, the uniqueness of its marine life, Colombia's best party city and the country's religious culture into this potential tourist hotspot.
 Amazonia
The beautiful, vast and remote Amazon jungle.
 Colombian Islands
Remote and idyllic tropical islands with great diving opportunities.

Cities

  • Bogotá — the capital, a cosmopolitan city two miles high, with some eight million people sprawling outwards from Andean mountains, where you'll find excellent museums, world-class dining, and most everything one wants from a big city.
  • Barranquilla — the Gold Port and fourth largest city in the nation isn't necessarily that exciting most of the year, but its Carnival is the second biggest in the world after Rio's, and is both an amazing cultural experience and one heck of a party!
  • Cali — Colombia's third largest city, renowned as the salsa capital of Latin America.
  • Cartagena — the Heroic City, Capital of the Bolívar department is Colombia's tourist city par excellence. The colonial architecture and the skyscrapers can be seen together in this city that offers a unique experience of festivals, historic attractions, restaurants, and hotels.
  • Manizales — the center of the Zona Cafetera offers the opportunity to visit Los Nevados National Park and to live the coffee plantation experience.
  • Medellín — the City of Eternal Spring and capital of the Antioquia department is famous for having a large textile industry, which produces top quality clothing that is sent all over the world. It's also the birthplace of master painter Fernando Botero, therefore it houses the great majority of his works.
  • Pereira — the lovely City, capital of the Risaralda department and major city of the coffee region, important and modern city, commercial and touristic. The famous "naked Bolívar" and Matecaña Zoo. Very near to Santa Rosa hot water springs and the National Park of "Los Nevados".
  • Popayán — this beautiful, white-washed city is Colombia's religious center. Home to the second largest Easter festival in the world (after Seville, Spain), this town has contributed more Colombian presidents than any other. Bordered by the Puracé National Park and gateway to the archeological sites of San Agustín and Tierra Dentro in nearby Huilla.
  • Santa Marta — a popular base for adventure tourism in the beautiful areas surrounding, and unique in the sense that it offers you beautiful beaches one day, and the next one a walk to the foothill of a snowy mountain, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest in the country.

Other destinations

  • Amacayacu National Park — Far, far from civilization in the Amazon rainforest, a huge national park explorable via boat, full of strange monkey-infested islands and pink dolphins.
  • Catedral de Sal — A colossal church built underground in a former salt mine, with passages lined with exquisite sculptures, and a radiant cross rising over the altar of the cavernous nave.
  • Ciudad Perdida de Teyuni — A pre-Columbian city located in the Colombian jungle close to Santa Marta. Built between the eighth and the fourteenth century by the Tayrona Indians. Nowadays only stone circular shaped terraces covered by jungle remain.
  • Corales del Rosario — a scenic archipelago a short boat journey from Cartagena.
  • Isla Gorgona — This former prison island in the Pacific Ocean is now a nature reserve open for visitors. There is abundant wildlife like monkeys, snakes, whales and sea turtles. It offers excellent diving conditions.
  • Los Nevados National Park — Colombia's high altitude volcano park offers great trekking.
  • Providencia — an idyllic, remote Caribbean Island found halfway towards Jamaica. With the Western hemisphere's second largest barrier reef, beautiful Providencia Island has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • San Agustín and Tierradentro — Archeological sites in south-western Colombia.
  • Tayrona National Park — Some of the loveliest coastline in all of South America.

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