Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Destinations in Colombia

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Regions

  • Andino
    Rugged Andean landscapes and altiplanos with Colombia’s two largest cities, Bogotá and Medellín, as well as beautiful national parks and coffee plantations.
  • Costa Norte
    Colombia’s vibrant Caribbean has much to offer, with both historic and modern coastal towns and opportunities for diving, trekking and exploring the jungle and desert.
  • Orinoquía
    The endless eastern plains with unique tropical savannahs, gallery forests and wetlands, little visited by tourists.
  • Pacific
    Colombia’s Pacific coast combines the rainforests of Chocó, the uniqueness of marine life, Colombia’s best party town and the country’s religious culture to create a potential tourist hotspot.
  • Amazon
    The beautiful, vast and remote Amazonian jungle.
  • Colombian Islands
    Remote and idyllic tropical islands with great diving opportunities.

Cities

  • Bogotá – the capital, a cosmopolitan city of about eight million people that sprawls across the Andes, where you’ll find excellent museums, world-class restaurants and just about everything you’d expect from a big city.
  • Barranquilla – the gold port and fourth largest city in the country – may not be very exciting most of the time, but its carnival is the second largest in the world after Rio and is both an incredible cultural experience and a great party!
  • Cali – the third largest city in Colombia, known as the salsa capital of Latin America.
  • Cartagena – the heroic city, capital of the department of Bolívar, is Colombia’s tourist city par excellence. Colonial architecture and skyscrapers rub shoulders in this city that offers a unique experience of festivals, historical attractions, restaurants and hotels.
  • Manizales – the centre of the Zona Cafetera offers the possibility to visit the Los Nevados National Park and to discover the coffee plantations.
  • Medellín, the city of eternal spring and capital of the department of Antioquia, is famous for its important textile industry, which produces high quality clothes that are shipped all over the world. It is also the birthplace of the master painter Fernando Botero, and is therefore home to the vast majority of his works.
  • Pereira – the beautiful city, capital of the department of Risaralda and capital of the coffee region, important and modern city, commercial and tourist. The famous “nu Bolívar” and the Matecaña zoo. Very close to the hot springs of Santa Rosa and the national park “Los Nevados”.
  • Popayán – this beautiful whitewashed town is the religious centre of Colombia. It hosts the second largest Easter celebration in the world (after Seville, Spain), and the city has given birth to more Colombian presidents than any other. It borders Puracé National Park and is the gateway to the archaeological sites of San Agustín and Tierra Dentro in nearby Huilla.
  • Santa Marta – a popular base for adventure tourism in a beautiful and unique environment in that it offers beautiful beaches one day and a hike to the foot of a snow-capped mountain, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest in the country, the next.

Other destinations

  • Amacayacu National Park – Far, far away from civilisation, in the Amazon rainforest, a huge national park that can be explored by boat, filled with strange islands inhabited by monkeys and pink dolphins.
  • Catedralde Sal – A colossal church built underground in a former salt mine, with exquisitely carved walkways and a radiating cross rising above the altar in the cavernous nave.
  • Ciudad Perdida de Teyuni – A pre-Columbian city located in the Colombian jungle near Santa Marta. Built between the eighth and fourteenth centuries by the Tayrona Indians. Today only circular stone terraces remain, covered by the jungle.
  • Corales del Rosario – a picturesque archipelago a short boat ride from Cartagena.
  • Isla Gorgona – This former prison island in the Pacific Ocean is now a nature reserve open to visitors. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, including monkeys, snakes, whales and sea turtles. It offers excellent diving conditions.
  • Los Nevados National Park – Colombia’s high altitude volcanic park offers great trekking opportunities.
  • Providencia – an idyllic and secluded Caribbean island located halfway to Jamaica. With the second largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, the beautiful island of Providencia has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • San Agustín and Tierradentro – Archaeological sites in southwest Colombia.
  • Tayrona National Park – Some of the most beautiful coastlines in all of South America.
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