Top 10 Destinations in Colombia
Enjoy the sights and sounds in Colombia and get to know more about this exciting country
Formally called as the Republic of Colombia, this multi-ethnical country shows huge influences from different races that once inhabited the country. With the surrounding coastline, jungle and mountains, this country can be considered as one of the most beautiful countries across Latin American countries. Colombia is not only rich in stunning works of nature but also rich in heritages that come with historical structures that will truly captivate the hearts of its visitors.
Oftentimes called as the Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena is the top most visited places along the Caribbean Coast. This destination is also considered as the queen of the Caribbean because of its magically stunning romantic ambiance. Cartagena is surrounded by colonial structures lined with stone walls, historic churches and plazas.
Medellin, which was recently recognized as the Innovative City of the Year in 2013 and was listed as one of the best cities in South America, boasts calm and relaxing weather which gave the city its epithet “the City of Eternal Spring.” Medellin offers vibrant and modern ambiance with its rocking night clubs dancing to the selections of disco, reggae, techno and even salsa and vallenato.
Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park is the second most visited national park in Colombia. It preserves a biodiversity ecosystem, which is endemic to Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and has a perfect blend of ocean that hugs the shore and rainforests that are refreshing and relaxing.
With its exclusive access to the Pacific Ocean amongst Colombian major cities, Cali is a never to miss spot in Colombia. This destination is known for being the Salsa capital of the world because of its love and passion for salsa music. Cali is considered as an underrated place in Colombia, as it is not as famous as Bogota or Cartagena but it is truly an enjoyable place to explore.
Famously known as the “White City,” Popayan is renowned for its colonial architectures like churches, houses and other structures. One of the oldest universities in Colombia, called Universidad del Cauca that was established in 1827, is found in this destination. Popayan caters the most magnificent presentation of the early colonial civilization, and is one of the most visited places in the country because of its natural beauty being sandwiched by the Western and Central Mountain Ranges.
This almost forgotten Colombian settlement is gently coming back to the picture, as hotels and restaurants are slowly rising back in Mompox. This destination is one of the most inviting and stunning places in Colombia because of its authentic Spanish-style architectures, wherein it was even listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and tagged as the purified example of Spanish colonial architecture in the New World.
Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva is like going back in time, as it showcases picturesque village that displays the beauty and simplicity of colonial villages. This destination is one of the most stunning and inviting places to visit in Colombia, not only because of its heritages, but also of its calm and mild weather which is perfect for street walk. In addition, Villa de Leyva is full of historic churches, monasteries and convents along its cobblestone streets.
Bogota is home to several museums, research centers and universities, and has a perfect blend of urban and natural significance where the Andean peaks roll down to cozy restaurants and well-preserved colonial architectures. Some of the main attractions in Bogota are Plaza de Bolivar and Cerro de Monserrate, which attracts local and foreign tourists.
San Andres and Providencia
San Andres and Providencia islands are Colombia’s most picture-perfect paradise because of its alluring beaches and inviting island adventure. San Andres is the commercial side of the paradise where tourists can go shopping head-over-heels, while Providencia is the calm and recreational part of the trip where island activities and colonial architecture awaits its tourists.
Salento is a perfect weekend getaway for family, friends and couples who loves nature adventure. This destination is known for planting coffee, and is surrounded by breathtaking view of nature and a mix of cozy and chic stores and restaurants.