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What to see in Colombia: 10 Essential Places for your trip

What to see in Colombia: 10 Essential Places for your trip

The country is the second richest in biodiversity in the entire globe. It has a geographical area seven times smaller than Brazil, yet there is much to see in Colombia. It is the third-largest producer of coffee in the world and is also the only country in the south of the continent that shares coasts with the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea.

Great! If you plan to travel to Colombia you should know that it has been chosen as the best leading destination in South America by the World Travel Awards. These are some of the most important prizes in the tourism sector, they are known as “Oscar del Turismo”, so it is a great pride.

In addition, the work and trajectories of cities, the hotel sector, natural attractions or airports, considered the best in South America, are recognized. Santiago de Cali was named as the best in all the cities of Colombia in the cultural sector.

Discover some tourist places in Colombia that you should visit if you travel to the coffee country.

1. Rosario and Barú Islands

The Rosario Islands form a small archipelago over Cartagena de Indias and is one of the unmissable places in Colombia. You can get there from just 45 minutes by boat, a recommended option to access more easily.

Another of the wonders to visit in Colombia is the paradisiacal island Barú, also located about 40 minutes by boat from the city of Cartagena. If you are interested in relaxing in a romantic beach environment, this is your ideal place.

What to do in Barú and Rosario Islands

  • Bargain
  • Natural park Corales del Rosario
  • Big Island
  • Rosario Islands Oceanarium
  • Fort of San Fernando de Bocachica

2. Cartagena de Indias

This is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Colombia to enjoy in the country. Its multiple colors attract attention. In addition, it stands out for its cultural and religious impact thanks to its variety of churches and monuments. In fact, in 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

You must visit its historic center, known as “The Walled City.” Appreciate its cultural legacy, with the colonial architecture of Spanish origin. You can tour the Castle of San Felipe, located on the hill of San Lorenzo. Cartagena can not miss if you plan to travel to Colombia.

What to do in Cartagena de Indias

  • The walled city
  • San Felipe Castle
  • Santo Domingo Square
  • The Vaults Square
  • Clock tower

3. Tayrona National Park

In Tayrona you can admire jungle beaches with impressive architecture in the Lost City, which was inhabited hundreds of years ago by native groups, for which it was considered a place of sacred worship. Here you can enjoy the beautiful beaches of Colombia in Arrecifes, La Piscina or La arenilla, among others.

If you are going to enter this Colombian corner, do not hesitate to spend a night here. There is a wide range of hammocks, cabins, and campsites. Without a doubt, an unforgettable experience on a trip to Colombia.

What to do in Tayrona Park

  • The Rodadero
  • Aquarium and museum of the Rodadero Sea
  • Grande Taganga Beach
  • Concha Bay Beach
  • Reef Beach

4. Bogota

The capital of Colombia may not appear in a ranking of places to visit in Colombia. Here you can find a greater historical, cultural and, above all, commercial development.

Visit its historic center and see places like the Gold Museum, the Mint or the flower markets. Admire your urban art and stroll through the neighborhood of La Candelaria, a charming colonial and modern town to see in Bogotá.

What to do in Bogotá

  • gold Museum
  • Monserrate Mountain
  • Botanical Garden of Bogotá José Celestino
  • National Museum of Colombia
  • Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park

5. Salento and Cocora Valley

Both villages belong to the route known as “Coffee Axis”. They are located in a mountainous valley above the central mountain range of the Colombian Andes, that is, it is part of the Nevados National Park and is a great reason to travel to Colombia.

You will not get bored here. You can enjoy the cuisine, the unique Colombian coffee and a host of other activities. Do not forget to know the native palm of the area, which can measure even 60 meters and have a duration of up to 200 years. Undoubtedly we are facing one of the unmissable places in Colombia.

What to do in Salento

  • Salento viewpoint
  • Don Elias Estate
  • La Patasola Nature Reserve
  • Church Our Lady of Carmen
  • The Royal Street

6. Medellin

“The city of eternal spring”, this is how the capital of the province of Antioquia is known for its pleasant climate. In addition, every year it hosts the Flower Fair and it is a great attraction to see Medellin. Dazzle yourself with its bright colors, you can’t help but relax in this incredible place in the heart of the Caribbean.

Visit without a doubt its modern cable cars transformed the city into one of the most visited tourist places in Colombia. These connect the city, in addition to offering a dream view of the Aburrá Valley.

What to do in Medellín

  • Salento viewpoint
  • Don Elias Estate
  • La Patasola Nature Reserve
  • Church Our Lady of Carmen
  • The Royal Street

7. Guatape

To the northwest of Colombia and east of Medellín, we find Guatapé. This is a tourist municipality of the Andes recognized for its houses decorated with colorful bas-reliefs. If you go there, stop by Peño, where you can visit Piedra del Peñol, to ascend to the top and enjoy one of the best views on your trip to Colombia.

You can walk the city perfectly on foot admiring both cultures: the indigenous and Antioquia.

What to do in Guatapé

  • The little square of Los Zocalos
  • Stone of the Penol
  • Comfama Guatapé Park
  • Main Park of Guatapé
  • Historical Museum of Guatapé

8. Amazon Natural Region

To the south of Colombia, in the Amazon region is Amazonas, formed by 32 departments that make up the coffee country. In the Colombian Amazon, you can live the contact with nature, in addition to enjoying one of the best cultures in Colombia and more representative of the region.

Visit the City of Leticia, one of the entrances to the Amazon of Colombia. Here you can see the Tanimboca National Reserve, navigate Lake Tarapoto or admire the culture in the Ethnographic Museum of the Amazonian Man.

What to do in Amazonas Colombia

  • Cahuinari Natural Park
  • Amacayacu River
  • Tarapoto Lake
  • Victoria Regia Garden
  • Omagua Nature Reserve

9. Chocó

A paradise that is located on the Pacific coast of Colombia. You will find great wealth both environmental and cultural. In addition, you can enjoy a show for the confluence of the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

It is said that Chocó is the best-kept secret in the country and is one of the unmissable places in Colombia on your trip.

What to do in Chocó Colombia

  • Ensenada de Utría Natural Park
  • Flirtatious
  • El Amejal Beach
  • San Francisco de Asis Cathedral
  • Utria Cove

10. San Andres and Providencia

San Andres Island is considered by many as the star of the Caribbean in Colombia. It has also been recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Here you can find the third most important coral barrier on the entire planet.

In addition, all bathed with beautiful beaches of turquoise and crystalline waters where you can find a variety of flora and fauna. In San Andres Island we find the islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina, where you can take a tour during the day to get to know in-depth the places aboard a rental golf cart.

You can not miss if you are going to travel to Colombia, it is a perfect destination for lovers of the beach, tranquility, and nature in its pure state.

What to do in San Andrés

  • Spratt Bight Beach
  • Aquarium Key
  • Big Pond Lagoon
  • San Luis Beaches
  • Rocky cay

Images credit to Shutterstock

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Written by Fukiko Takisawa

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