Best Places to Visit in Colombia
Colombia is an amazing country rich with cultural and natural diversity. From oceans, to mountains, to jungles there is a vast array of amazing things to see and do in this country. Trying to list the best places to visit in Colombia is no easy task, but here are the places we enjoy the most!
A small town tucked into the green hills of Colombian coffe country, Salento is one of the best places to visit in Colombia. Located in the Quindio province, with a modest population of just over 7,000 residents, Salento is slowly becoming a well known destination by international travelers and Colombians. The town is very picturesque, peaceful, and life feels like it moves slower at a much slower pace. The town is surrounded by stunning scenery and one of the most popular things to do is visit El Valle de Cocora. This amazing valley boasts the infamous wax palm trees, (Colombia’s national tree) which look like something out of a Dr. Suess novel. Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of things to do either, with many fun trails for hiking, mountain biking or riding horses.
2. La Guajira
The most northern point in South America, La Guajira is one of the most unique and spectacular places on earth. Situated on a peninsula, extending north into the Carribean Sea, this beautiful location is composed of a vibrant red desert that rolls into a contrasting blue sea. There are a number of indigenious groups that call this rugged landscape home, including the well known Wayuu people. Getting to La Guajira is an adventure in itself as organized tourism is still fairly basic in the area. If you are looking for a surreal landscape of unque beaches, deserts and interesting local people, La Guajira is one of the best places to visit in Colombia.
3. Parque Tayrona
Tayrona National Park is located jut 20 miles from the Northern coastal city of Santa Marta, Colombia. This diverse national park is made up of a dense jungle which leads up to a beautiful, rocky coastline. The raw, natural features and landscapes you can find in the park give you a feeling of what life looks like without human interuption. It’s the type of place where you almost expect to see a dinosaur roaming around looking for food. The beaches in the park are some of the most beautiful in the entire country and the jungle is filled with diverse species of flora and fauna. There is a well trodden path that runs through some of the best areas of the park and you can rent a hammock to stay for a couple nights.
The second largest city in Colombia, Medellin was considered to be one of the most dangerous cities on the planet just 10 years ago. The hometown of the infamous Pablo Escobar and his cocaine cartel, this large city has had an international reputation for all the wrong reasons. However, times have changed and Medellin has developed a stable economy, is well known for the arts and a one of the best places in Colombia for night life. There’s an eclectic mix of colonial and modern architecture sprinkled among rich neighborhoods and poor favelas. The city is nicknamed ‘The Eternal Spring’ for it’s very comfortable climate and it should be considered a must city for any traveler to Colombia.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, Cartagena is the capital city of the Bolivar department in Northern Colombia. Historically, Cartagena was one of the first cities established in Latin America and well known as a famous port city. The walled city boasts impressive fortifications and the beautiful, colonial architecture make it a pleasure to simply walk around and explore. There is a very exotic feeling you take away from this wonderful place and the sounds, smells and sights in Cartagena make it hard not to fall in love with this place.