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Holy Week 2019 in 11 Colombian destinations

AUTHOR: Travelgrafía

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

San Agustín statue
Photo: tripulantex

🤷 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.

Passport San Agustín Archaeological Park a good option to define where to go in Holy Week
Photo: cathericaurte
San Agustín Archaeological Park
Photo: bakpakero

This is “the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America,” according to Unesco.

San Agustin pre-Columbian sculpture
Photo: picsofshit
Strait of the Magdalena River
Photo: pura_buena_vibra_

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.

 
-> Book your hostel in San Agustín

2/11 PALOMINO, LA GUAJIRA

In search of the Palomino river
Photo: Eddy Milfort

🤷 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.

Travel by tire on the Palomino River
Photo: gustavoacostaa

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.

Tubing by the Palomino River
Photo: Eddy Milfort

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.

Tubing in the Palomino river
Photo: 5mochilas
Sunset in Palomino
Photo: adrian.tdm

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..

 
-> See hostels in Palomino

3/11 QUEBRADA LAS GACHAS, SANTANDER

Quebrada las Gachas
Photo: ginnapaolagonzalez

🤷 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.

Quebrada las Gachas - Guadalupe
Photo: jose_jaramillo

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.

 
-> Book your accommodation in Guadalupe

4/11 CHINGAZA NATIONAL NATURAL PARK, CUNDINAMARCA

Parque Natural Chingaza
Photo: Luis Alejandro Bernal Ro

🤷 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.

Spectacled Bear
Photo: tatan.delgado

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.

Chingaza lagoon
Photo: Luis Alejandro Bernal Ro
Deer in Chingaza
Photo: tatan.delgado

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

Tuparro Park
Photo: gaboeisenband

🤷 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.

Rocks on the Orinoco River
Photo: ferayqui

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?

Tuparro Natural Park
Photo: byfieldtravel

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.

Birdwatching in Tuparro
Photo: thisslovelylife

 
-> 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

Cave of the Guácharos
Photo: themateotoro

🤷 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.

Waterfall in the Cave of the Guácharos
Photo: gustavoacostaa

It would be great to spend your Holy Week in the Cave of the Guacharos, hiking, caving, photography and observation of the celestial vault.

Fauna of the Cave of the Guácharos
Photo: ctorresuribe

This park occupies more than seven thousand hectares surrounded by forests, among hills, mountains, slopes, canyons, valleys, caves, natural bridges, waterfalls and underground streams.

Cave of the Guácharos
Photo: nicomauro_90

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.

 
-> Book your stay at Pitalito

7/11 NATURAL NATIONAL PARK URAMBA BAHÍA MÁLAGA, VALLE DEL CAUCA

Sailing between mangroves
Photo: victoria_bermudez83

🤷 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.

Uramba Bahia Malaga
Photo: amispiwak

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.

Interior of a cave facing the sea
Photo: deliriouswombat
Crystal clear water
Photo: karlymarie21

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.

Waterfall in Bahia Malaga
Photo: guillodeviaje

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

Aerial view of Iguaque
Photo: pholonio

🤷 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!

Frailejones
Photo: Luis Alejandro Bernal

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.

Páramo Iguaque Boyacá
Photo: elisatrianaa

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.

 
-> Find lodging in Villa de Leyva

9/11 RIVER APAPORIS, AMAZONAS

Navigating the Apaporís River
Photo: xuribe

🤷 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.

Preparing to navigate the Apaporís River
Photo: xuribe

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”).

Bath in the Apaporís River
Photo: gaboeisenband

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

Guane Santander
Photo: luisgomezll

🤷 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.

House of bareque
Photo: ameliealbarracin

And maybe it is frozen in time, because here it breathes a peaceful atmosphere, it seems a haven of peace.

Houses of Guane Santander
Photo: luisgomezll

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.

 
-> Book hostel in Barichara

11/11 PUERTO NARIÑO, AMAZONAS

Sailing the Amazon River
Photo: vanessaabrantes_

🤷 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.

Tree house Puerto Nariño
Photo: geoffreybaerts

You can also see the largest lotuses in the Amazon and walk the streets of a town where there are no cars.

Houses on the river - Puerto Nariño Amazonas
Photo: moreworld2c

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.

Ape looking straight ahead
Photo: kzoop

Finally, go to the Tanimboca Reserve that offers ecotourism activities.

Sunset in the Amazon
Photo: kzoop

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?

Antioquia: Santa Fe de Antioquia and Jericó

Boyacá: Monguí and Nevado del Cocuy

Caribe: Punta Gallinas, Mompox and Tayrona Natural Park

Cauca: Puracé Natural Park and Gorgona Island.

Chocó: Capurganá and Bahía Solano.

Cundinamarca: Parque Verde y Agua

Huila: Tatacoa desert

Nariño: Telpis Lagoon

Santander: San Gil and Hoyo del Aire

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