The city rose to fame during the 11th century and became one of the most powerful naval republics....
Colombia is the most scenic and diverse destination in South America. The country boasts everything from swamps surrounding the Amazon River to mountains and beaches. Colombia has it all. If you wish to have a perfect vacation, then a trip to Colombia seems to be encouraging. It will venture you beyond the historic attractions, vibrant culture, and cities of the nation. Let’s have an overview of the best places to visit in Colombia.
Top Tourist Attractions in Colombia
Colombia’s crown jewel, Cartagena gives a colonial vibe as you stroll through the windy alleyways. The colorful colonial architecture is surrounded by lush plants.
The city is divided into three neighborhoods namely Santa Catalina, San Sebastian, and Getsemani. Some must-dos here include roaming the Plaza Santo Domingo, shopping at Las Bovedas market, and climbing the Castillo fortress.
When to visit: Visit in between December to April
How to get here: Take a flight from Rafael Nunez International Airport to reach Cartagena
Where to stay: You can stay at Hotel Boutique Casona del Colegio which offers colonial-inspired rooms, a garden terrace set, and four-poster beds.
It is the capital of mountainous Antioquia in Colombia. It has a nickname as ‘City of Eternal Spring’ due to its splendid temperature. During the 1980s and 1990s, it was regarded as the most dangerous city throughout the globe because of the infamous cocaine cartel.
But today, everything has got changed, and it turned into a colorful city full of gorgeous flowers. You need to sightsee top Colombia attractions like the Museum of Antioquia, Botero Plaza, and Rafael Uribe Palace.
When to visit: Visit in between December and February
How to get here: You can take a flight from Olaya Herrera Airport or Jose Maria Cordova International Airport to get to Medellin.
Where to stay: Stay at Hotel NH Collection Medellin Royal or La Quinta by Wyndham Medellin
Eje Cafetero is the world’s 3rd largest coffee beans producer. This subtropical Andean hills lies in between Pereira, Armenia, and Manizales. Eje Cafetero also has a botanical garden with an amusement park and coffee plants.
Here, you can also see pre-Columbian artifacts. For having a stunning view of the city, you can climb to Catedral de Manizales tower. Dip in thermal springs at San Vincente, and Santa Rosa.
When to visit: Visit in rainy months like March, April, October & November
How to get here: You can fly to Eje Cafetero from main cities like Armenia, Pereira, and Manizales.
Where to stay: For free parking and Wi-fi, stay at Hotel Salento Real and Valparaiso
Cano Cristales is nestled deep in Parque Nacional Natural Tinigua. It channels the most beautiful lake in five colors namely yellow, black, red, blue, and green. The combination of all gives a rainbow appearance.
You need a special permit and a licensed tour guide to visit Cano Cristales. If you got the chance, then don’t miss swimming.
When to visit: Peak time to visit Cano Cristales is between July and October.
How to get here: Fly from Villavicencio or Bogota to reach La Macarena. You can book a tour guide to enter the park.
Where to stay: Stay at La Maniqua Lodge, Hotel La Fuente J.N and Posada Los Cristales.
This quirky Island will leave you perplexed. It is close to Nicaragua instead of Colombia. Being the most stunning beach, you get to see perky palms and golden sands. Some of the greatest marine biodiversity is also found here.
Apart from this, Providencia Island also contributes to the largest collection of hotels and cottages on the west coast. Don’t miss the UNESCO-protect Seaflower Biosphere Reserve visit.
When to visit: Vist Providencia Island between mid-June to August.
How to get here: Take a ferry or flight from San Andres to reach the islands of Providencia.
Where to stay: Posada Del Mar, Cabanas Agua Dulce Providencia-Isla
Begin your trip to Colombia from Bogota, the nation’s largest city where the heart of Colombians beats. It’s a mix of urban sophistication, and colonial charm.
Being a city of 8 million, it tends to attract tourists to sightsee La Candelaria, Plaza de Bolivar, Museum of Gold, and other cultural attractions.
When to visit: Visit during February, March, January, and December.
How to get here: Get to El Dorado International Airport to reach Bogota.
Where to stay: Free breakfast, Wi-fi is available at Hotel ibis Bogota Museo, Stay Blue Hotel
Tayrona National Park
To see the best beaches in Colombia, you need to visit Tayrona National Natural Park. It’s a fantastic place for snorkeling. With crystal clear coastal lagoons and palm-shaded coves, you get to see rainforested hills.
The place is perfect for spending a night in a tent alongside the beach. Here, you will also see Andean Condor, an endangered bird species.
When to visit: The best time to visit Tayrona National Park is between February to March.
How to get here: Drive from Santa Marta to get to Tayrona National Park.
Where to stay: Some budget-friendly options include La Casablanca Tayrona, Bosques del Tayrona Ecohabs, and Tayrona Paradise.