Colombia, land of adventure, is a country with breathtaking landscapes, colors more vivid than elsewhere, a country where all travelers find their happiness. It is a country where we share, where we are happy, warm, where the music and dance rhythm everyday life and at night the party is longer.
You may have understood, I am convinced that Colombia deserves its place among the most beautiful countries in the world, as much for its many destinations more beautiful than each other, as for its rich culture, traditions, fascinating history and for the friendliness of Colombians.
Let me convince you. I take you to 10 wonderful and must-see destinations in Colombia:
1. Tayrona park
Hike through Tayrona Park, this treasure trove of Caribbean biodiversity where monkeys and rare species of birds are frequently encountered. Walk its steep paths through the jungle and you will discover upon reaching the top, an exceptional panorama of the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, and the cabanas of Ecohabs perched on the mountain, overlooking the sea.
But the adventure doesn’t end there. You can continue the hike along the beach, pausing from time to time to bathe in that seemingly heated water, and then reach the Cabo San Juan where you can spend the night in a hammock or tent. This paradisiacal place, yet particularly secluded from the world, is an ideal place to meet people and share this interlude with strangers from all over the world.
This Natural Park is probably the most beautiful place I’ve had the chance to visit in my life.
2. The desert of Guajira
At the northernmost point of Colombia are Punta Gallinas, and at the tip of the Guajira Peninsula, the Cabo de la Vela. A particularly off-the-beaten-path and deserted region where you will be welcomed by the Wayúu community, one of the few indigenous cultures still living their ancestral traditions. This community has a unique artisanal know-how, and its products such as bags, and hand-woven colorful hammocks are highly coveted in the world, and unfortunately quite often illegally reproduced.
Between sand dunes and rocky cliffs, the Guajira desert meets the Caribbean Sea. An unheard of scenery that is well worth a 4×4 excursion!
3. The Coffee Region
The Coffee Region is undoubtedly the most unmissable destination in Colombia when you want to discover the roots of Colombian culture in which coffee holds a very important place.
In this coffee triangle, drawn by the 3 cities of Manizales, Armenia and Pereira, you will be able to stay in a coffee-producing hacienda, learn everything there is to know about coffee, from its harvest to tasting. But, whether you like coffee or not,the Eje Cafetero has much more to offer… By Jeep Willis, horseback or on foot, you must explore the Cocora Valley where the huge wax palms grow and admire the breathtaking landscape. You’ll especially enjoy visiting the quiet and colorful village of Salento, where you can sample the region’s specialties.
Discover the scenery of the Coffee Region in this article from Figaro Magazine: In Colombia, on the road to green gold.
A stay in Santander should enchant the most adventurous among you! In San Gil and its surroundings, you will have the opportunity to practice all the extreme sports of the world. Make your dreams come true and overcome your fears by accepting the challenge: rafting, paragliding, great zip line, bungee jumping … By living this extreme experience you will discover new exceptional landscapes of Colombia. Don’t miss passing by Barichara, a small colonial village recognized as the most beautiful in the country. Will the most curious dare to taste this very strange specialty of the department: the Hormiga Culona, or “big-ass ant”
5. The islands of the Caribbean Coast and Cartagena
Who hasn’t dreamed of a vacation in the Caribbean sun? Cartagena and the Caribbean islands are definitely must-see destinations in Colombia. Discover the charms of Cartagena, jewel of the Caribbean, visit the lively alleys of the historic center, admire the sunset from the city walls and go dancing the Champeta in a bar in the Getsemani neighborhood.
A stay on one of the Caribbean paradise islands is totally exotic, and will make you forget all your worries. San Andres, Providencia, Rosario or San Bernardo Islands… For different budgets and different desires, you’ll find your paradise.
6. The lost city
The Lost City is a sacred archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. During the trek through the jungle of the Sierra Nevada, in search of the Lost City, you will be accompanied by an indigenous Kogi guide, a specialist of the region, who will share with you his knowledge of the history of the Lost City and the traditions of his community.
7. The desert of Tatacoa and San Agustin
In Colombia, love shines under the stars of the Tatacoa Desert. Located far from the pollution of the cities, the place is ideal for observing the constellations and camping in the middle of the desert. During the day, don’t leave your guide behind, you might get lost in the vastness of the gray or red earth desert, dotted with tall cacti.
Visiting San Agustín, you will follow the footsteps of pre-Columbian civilizations of the past. More than 500 gigantic stone statues and deities dotting the landscape tell us the story of forgotten cultures that saw them as a link between deities, the dead and the living.
About San Agustín, go on an ecological hike through fascinating scenery and enjoy the ideal temperatures. You will discover coffee and sugar cane crops. It will take you about 30 minutes of walking to reach the Salto de Bordones, a waterfall of exceptional beauty.
8. The Amazonia
Another adventure awaits you! The Amazon rainforest, shared by 9 Latin American countries, is a haven of biodiversity. Upon arrival in Leticia, you can choose to visit the heart of the jungle with its many mysteries, or meet monkeys of many species on the Monkey Island. In the waters of the Amazon, the largest river in the world after the Nile, you can admire pink dolphins or fish for piranhas. Tempting no?
Finally, in the immensity of the Amazonian forest, go to meet the indigenous communities, who will be delighted to make you discover their culinary specialties as original as delicious.
9. Caño Cristales
The stream of Caño Cristales, adorned with a palette of incredible colors, yellow, green, red, black and blue, is a wonderful attraction in La Macarena National Natural Park. Its colors come from the aquatic plants growing on the rocks at the bottom of the water. While discovering this incredible site, you will also have the chance to admire a particularly diverse fauna and flora, the opportunity to appreciate the many natural riches of Colombia.
10. El Chocó
The Chocó region is an extraordinary destination, where nature is magnificent and particularly untouched. You will live a unique experience, culturally and humanly! Ecotourism enthusiasts and adventurers, go walking or horseback riding, on the paradisiacal beaches of Bahia Solano or in the lush vegetation of the natural parks, or go admire the humpback whales in the Pacific.
To rediscover the must-see corners of Chocó, read or reread our blog post: El Chocó, an excursion off the beaten path.
If after reading this article you don’t have any desires to travel to Colombia, then I don’t understand… The difficulty will be to choose, there is not a corner of the country that is not worth the detour.