Published April 2021
Colombia is a magical destination. It’s even more: it’s a complete destination because in this country you can breathe the pure countryside air, enjoy the sea on idyllic beaches and islands, spend some time in a magnificent historical city or enjoy the plurality of its urban center. We selected five unique destinations across the country that are a real treat:
It’s known as “the most natural destination in Colombia,” where you can dive to enjoy its exclusive aquatic fauna and flora and even swim with dolphins. It’s located in the country’s northern part, and it’s also the capital of the State of Magdalena, where the first Spanish colony was established. This colonial city is quieter than the famous Cartagena, and it’s between the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra Nevada. You will enjoy its beautiful historic center and outstanding beaches.
Santa Marta is near several beaches, the Tayrona National Natural Park, and the Lost City archaeological site.
It’s a large city with 8 million inhabitants, which fulfills visitors who like history, shopping, gastronomy, and culture. Some of the main museums in the country are in this great metropolis, such as the Botero Museum, the National Museum of Colombia (founded in 1823), and the Gold Museum, which exhibits pre-Columbian gold pieces. Its vibrant central neighborhood, La Candelaria, features colonial-era buildings such as the famous Teatro Colón, several shops, and a variety of restaurants.
Another curious fact is that Bogotá is the third-highest capital in the world (behind Quito and Sucre), at 2,600 meters above sea level.
It’s in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, so it isn’t a coincidence that it became one of the most popular destinations in Colombia. The relaxed atmosphere of a Caribbean city mixes with the attractions of a place declared a World Heritage Site because of its colonial past. For example, 13 km of stone walls built in the 16th century in its Historical Center are something you can’t miss.
You can enjoy a walk alongside its colonial houses and find typical food restaurants, varied bars, and boutique hotels where to stay.
The island is a perfect combination of Latin American, English, and Creole influences. When talking about San Andrés, we must highlight its white sand beaches and transparent water of paradisiacal color. It’s not surprising that this Caribbean region is known as The Sea of Seven Colors.
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The famous “capital of salsa” is in the southwest of Bogotá. In Cali, there are several options to enjoy dance schools and an unforgettable night of fun. Besides, Cali’s landscape is privileged for its location: it doesn’t matter where you are because you can always see mountains contrasting with the modernity of a developed city. However, it doesn’t lose the fantastic beauty of its natural spaces for outdoor activities or ecotourism. Do you prefer something more artistic? Museums like La Tertulia, which exhibits national and international art collections, are a must-see.
Stay tuned! Don’t miss out on these remarkable destinations and the LATAM Airlines route option between Bogotá and Miami.
Have a great trip!