Published September 2021
Colombia is full of unique and biodiverse tourist places and incredible gastronomy that conquers the palate after every bite. It offers hundreds of spots to enjoy its wonders, and you can find cities with low temperatures in contrast with beautiful warm Caribbean beaches.
Bogotá, the capital, is located 2,600 meters above sea level and is the largest city in Colombia. Bogotá combines history and modernity, and it is surrounded by exuberant vegetation that makes it one of the greenest cities in the region. Its delightful weather throughout the year allows the visitors to explore and discover different types of architecture that they can find both in modern buildings and in the facades of old buildings.
Because it is the country’s capital, Bogotá offers the best of the different gastronomic tendencies in the country. Thus, you should try typical Colombian dishes such as ajiaco (chicken, potatoes, and corn soup), tamales (pork, chicken, rice, and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves), buñuelos (cheese and yucca fried bread), or the delicious almojábanas (baked cheese bread). These dishes are usually consumed with natural fruit juices prepared with the most succulent fruit you will find.
When it is about exciting places, its tourist points start at the capital’s center, where you can admire the Plaza de Bolívar, La Catedral Primada, and Casa Nariño, which is the seat of the Government. Afterward, you can go to the historic center’s heart, touring the La Candelaria neighborhood, a visit to the colonial era surrounded by a bohemian atmosphere in the famous Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo. Your visit to Bogotá cannot end without climbing Mount Monserrate, where you will enjoy the most spectacular view of this fantastic Colombian city.
This city will make you fall in love at first sight. It is famous for its people’s kindness and delicious cuisine, whose mythical Bandeja Paisa stands out. Medellín’s pleasant climate is perfect for going sightseeing and enjoying its stunning rich culture and mountainous landscapes.
Besides, there are hundreds of activities waiting for you! Visits to the Jardín Botánico, Parque Berrio, Parque de los Pies Descalzos, and Parque Lleras are exceptional places that you should know. Another great option is a visit to Cerro Nutibara, where the Pueblito Paisa is located, and it is a replica of a typical town in the region.
Add to your list of places to visit the Arvi Park and the town of Guatapé, where you can admire the famous Piedra del Peñol, although it is on the outskirts of Medellín. It is a 220-meter monolith that you must climb to enjoy a unique view, surrounded by lakes and mountains. Medellín is known as “The City of Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant climate. The celebration of “La Feria de Las Flores” happens every August, and it is a massive event that brings together thousands of tourists from around the world. Medellín is a beautiful destination that you can visit at any time of the year.
Cartagena has a privileged location on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. This city is full of charm, where its colorful streets embellish an ideal destination to relax. Several archipelagos and islands surround it, offering the attractions of intense nightlife, which invite you to have fun enjoying the refreshing sea breeze.
It is impossible to talk about “La Heroica,” as this city is known, without mentioning Gabriel García Márquez, the famous writer inspired by the history secrets of the walled city. Outstanding balconies, walls, and narrow paths of stone characterize Cartagena, and UNESCO declared this city a World Heritage site in 1984 due to these unique features.
This destination will make you take long walks, enjoying the local rhythms played in its streets and typical local crafts. Regarding gastronomy, besides going to the international restaurants, you can also try Cartagena’s traditional eating places. They offer unique dishes such as rice with chipi chipi (small clams), pork loin with tamarind sauce, and prawn cream.
There are more than 20 beaches in Cartagena for you to relax, appreciating its white sand and being surrounded by palm trees. It is also the starting point to reach the Rosario, Barú, San Bernardo, and Tierra Bomba Islands.
Can the sea be lilac? San Andrés’s beaches are so incredible that their waters reflect this beautiful color. This gorgeous Colombian island is in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Hundreds of travelers come from all over the world to experience its magical sunsets, which are part of the experience that living a tropical vacation offers you.
The countless beaches on the island are perfect for water activities such as diving, jet-skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. You can also swim with hundreds of marine species, interacting with them in their natural habitat. If you are looking for exciting places, do not miss “The Aquarium,” a set of cays made up of Haynes Cay and Rose Cay. The first one, of coral origin, offers restaurants and samples of Caribbean fauna. The second one is a sandbar that lengthens or shrinks according to the ebb and flow of the tides.
Also, Westview Park is in the west of the island, in front of the La Piscinita area, and it is a great place to dive. There you will find the amazing Cueva de la Sirena and the famous cabins made of coconut wood. It is an excellent place to swim and visit an ecological park. Finally, your list must include a visit to the Morgan Pirate Cave, where, according to the legend, this pirate kept the wealth that he stole from the Spanish.