If you are planning where to travel during Holy Week we recommend these 11 destinations in Colombia. Take this opportunity, in time to find new spaces for reflection, spirituality and of course time to discover the unexplored.
Of course, you choose where and how you find your peace, but to help you we have selected these destinations in Colombia where you can spend days of relax away from the routine.
1/11 SAN AGUSTÍN, HUILA
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN SAN AGUSTÍN?
From Huila you can not leave without visiting the Archaeological Park of San Agustín, touring the Statue Woods where there are tombs that look like beyond, figures carved in volcanic stone, and numerous pre-Columbian remains scattered among several sites.
This is “the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America,” according to Unesco.
After visiting the Park, you can go to the viewpoints such as the Chaquira peak in the Magdalena valley or the Lavapatas peak, or if you prefer the waterfalls such as the Bordones waterfall or the Mortiño waterfall.
2/11 PALOMINO, LA GUAJIRA
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN PALOMINO?
Palomino is a place with many plans to do, from sitting to watch a sunset, surfing, spend a night out on the beach, to the unforgettable Tubing by the Palomino River.
The Tubing is basically like this: rent a tire and hire a person to take you on a motorcycle to the nearest place where you can leave, from this place you will have to ascend and descend through the mountains to reach the river.
When you arrive, throw the tire into the water and jump on the obvious, let yourself be carried by the river current on the tire, enjoy the ride, the silent sound of the jungle.
And surprise yourself with the end, because you will reach the mouth where the Palomino river meets the Caribbean sea.
If you are interested in reaching Palomino, here is a guide that explains it and includes prices and everything..
3/11 QUEBRADA LAS GACHAS, SANTANDER
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN LAS GACHAS?
We do not know how mystical this place is, but you should check it yourself, to go first you must reach the municipality of Guadalupe. Once there, the plan is to enjoy a day in this river of red color, a color given by the rocks and an oxide that makes the brook look red.
The holes of the Quebrada las Gachas can reach between 2 and 3 meters deep, they are perfect to rest in the water after a long walk.
For something to this ravine is also known as the Natural Jacuzzis of Santander, just to rest at Easter.
4/11 CHINGAZA NATIONAL NATURAL PARK, CUNDINAMARCA
🤷 WHAT TO DO AT THE CHINGAZA NATURAL PARK?
If luck has accompanied you throughout your life and you believe in the power of good vibes, possibly in Chingaza Park you will find yourself from a distance with a family of spectacled bears, or some white-tailed deer, tapirs and the condors of the Andes, as well as churuco monkeys and pumas.
The journey through the Páramo is very calm but also very cold, here rest more than 60 lagoons that supply more than 80 percent of the water resource that Bogota receives.
The Chingaza National Park has 3 entrances, the first is accessed from Guasca, the second from La Calera, and the third option is to enter through the municipality of Fómeque. There are communication ways, so there is no excuse for not taking advantage of Holy Week.
5/11 TUPARRO NATIONAL NATURAL PARK, VICHADA
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN TUPARRO?
Visit the ravine of Maypures, declared by Alexander von Humboldt as the eighth wonder of the world in 1.800, and home to a rock called the rocker because it does not move regardless of the strength of the Orinoco River current.
On your trip to Tuparro do not forget to also pass through Caño Lapa, a place of transparent waters whose plants give it a green color. Can you imagine taking advantage of Holy Week to go meditate on these rocks?
And for nothing in the world, forget to take your camera, here species such as the butterfly tiger, the howler monkey, the zaino, the tapir, the pink dolphin, the otter, and around 325 species of birds, 17 of reptiles and 26 of fish, and maybe you’ll meet one of them.
-> You really want to travel but want a cheap destination in Colombia? then you should read this guide to travel with less $200 thousand colombian pesos.
6/11 THE CAVE OF THE GUÁCHAROS, BETWEEN HUILA AND CAQUETÁ
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN THE CAVE OF THE GUÁCHAROS?
Definitely visit the Natural National Park Cave of the Guácharos is for adventurers who are willing to walk, climb and cross rivers with the help of ropes and pulleys.
In short, it is a destination for trek lovers.
It would be great to spend your Holy Week in the Cave of the Guacharos, hiking, caving, photography and observation of the celestial vault.
This park occupies more than seven thousand hectares surrounded by forests, among hills, mountains, slopes, canyons, valleys, caves, natural bridges, waterfalls and underground streams.
To get to the Cueva de los Guácharos you can do it from the municipality of Pitalito on a trip that takes between 5 and 6 hours approximately.
7/11 NATURAL NATIONAL PARK URAMBA BAHÍA MÁLAGA, VALLE DEL CAUCA
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN BAHÍA MÁLAGA?
Although the main tourist attraction of the Bahía Málaga National Natural Park is the sighting of humpback whales, there are also more plans to be made on its incredible beaches.
In Bahía Malaga you can go trekking or aquatic hiking through the mangroves, tour the park, oxygenate and recharge your body of the energy provided by nature.
But you can also visit the Cascada la Sierpe, a spectacle that surprises with its 2559 inches high, it is one of the three waterfalls that are in this place.
To get to the Uramba Bahía Málaga Natural Park you can start from Cali and go to Buenaventura, there you go to the dock and the company Bahia Mar takes you by boat for about $ 40,000 COP each way and that’s it.
-> Another beach in the Pacific that is crazy is La Barra en Buenaventura
8/11 SANCTUARY OF FLORA AND FAUNA IGUAQUE, BOYACÁ
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN IGUAQUE?
Walk approximately 6 miles to the high part of the páramo, in that peaceful environment lies the Iguaque Lagoon, you decide if you dare to walk them.
In addition, the Iguaque Flora and Fauna Sanctuary has the largest oak corridor in Colombia, with a length of more than 93 miles, cool!
Visiting the Iguaque lagoon is the closest thing to living a purifying experience, surrounded by indigenous culture and traditions, it is a true space of peace in every sense of the word.
Iguaque is located in the department of Boyacá, in the municipality of Chíquiza, very close to Villa de Leyva, which is perfect! because you will be able to complete your trip this town, one of the most beautiful towns of Colombia.
9/11 RIVER APAPORIS, AMAZONAS
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN THE RIVER APAPORIS?
Bathe in the reddish waters of Caño Sangre and walk on the Urania hill, a tepuy that is part of the Guayanés massif.
Travel for about 4 or 5 hours from the town of Pacoa, descending the Apaporis River, until you reach the place where the well-known Jirijirimo stream is formed (which in the indigenous language means “the bed of the anaconda”).
And also take a series of photographs of the large mammals of the jungle and the macaws that are easily seen, as well as migratory birds.
10/11 GUANE, SANTANDER
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN GUANE?
Walking through its cobblestone streets surrounded by dirt houses, visiting the fossil museum and crossing the Royal Road, will make you feel that this Santander town would be frozen in time.
And maybe it is frozen in time, because here it breathes a peaceful atmosphere, it seems a haven of peace.
Go to reflect on Holy Week touring these mountains where you can explore caves with colorful pictograms, from Barichara you can walk through the old Camino Real or if you prefer to venture to practice some of the extreme sports offered in this place.
11/11 PUERTO NARIÑO, AMAZONAS
🤷 WHAT TO DO IN PUERTO NARIÑO?
In the municipality of Puerto Nariño if it is difficult to decide what to do, its varied adventure options may make you want to do all of them at the same time.
You can visit the Mundo Amazónico Ecological Park, it is 15 minutes from Leticia, it is an environmental interpretation center that has collections of endemic and fruit plants of the Amazon.
You can also see the largest lotuses in the Amazon and walk the streets of a town where there are no cars.
You can also make a trip by boat for 45 minutes leaving from Leticia, to visit the Isla de los Micos and look for the pink dolphins.
Within the Isla de los Micos, you can walk along paths while you are taught the different species of monkeys that live there and you can even feed them.
Finally, go to the Tanimboca Reserve that offers ecotourism activities.
Walk the ecological trails and explore swamp ecosystems, appreciate the variety of trees, medicinal plants and different types of flowers.
With this list of destinations we hope we have given you enough inspiration to have decided the place to go in Easter of 2019. In any case, do not forget for anything in the world that in your trip do not destroy the vegetation, do not contaminate the sources of water and do not leave garbage irrigated.
WHAT OTHER PLACES OF COLOMBIA CAN YOU VISIT IN A HOLY WEEK?
Cundinamarca: Parque Verde y Agua
Huila: Tatacoa desert
Nariño: Telpis Lagoon
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