Colombia has so many places to explore that we decided to ally with our friends Chaló Chaló to bring them the Photo Challenge #ExploraColombia, in which we invite the community to show us how they live the passion of exploring Colombia.
The participation was incredible, we received more than 1,500 photographs of unexplored places in Colombia and in the end we faced the best records in a versus in our Instagram accounts.
It was very difficult to select the photos but here are the winners of the versus and a small description of the places for you to encourage them to explore them on your own.
SIERRA NEVADA DEL COCUY, BOYACÁ AND ARAUCA
In the Cocuy the paramo landscapes take the scenarios and invite the explorers to make one of the best trek that can be done in Colombia.
If you want to know how to get to Cocuy and the prices to enter the park you can see it here..
SALTO DE TEQUENDAMA, CUNDINAMARCA
This natural waterfall is located about 30 km from Bogotá, that is, not so close or so far away, that’s why it’s an excuse to go out for a weekend in the city.
According to a Muisca myth, the jump was formed by divine action to evacuate the waters that flooded the Bogota savanna, but one may know, perhaps yes.
Mocoa has many ecological trails and among them the Paway Reserve, where you will learn the value of the forest and natural resources through the zoocria of butterflies.
In addition, you can go hiking, go to the end of the world waterfalls, and if you fancy, las cascadas fin del mundo, y si te antojas, hasta to stay in a cabin built in a ceiba tree 25 meters high.
SAN ANDRÉS Y PROVIDENCIA
Traveling to San Andrés or Providencia, it may seem like a patch that is just to be on the beaches taking crazy coconut, but no.
At least in San Andrés, you can spend a morning sailing in transparent kayaks through the mangroves in the Old Point Mangrove Regional Park.
Or if you have time, go two days to Providencia and explore the Old Providence McBean Lagoon Natural National Park, where you can hike and reach the small hill known as Iron Wood Hill, or snorkel at Crab Cay.
POZO COLORADO, MAGDALENA
In Pozo Colorado you can practice water sports, eat a delicious fresh fish, spend the afternoon and contemplate a beautiful sunset. It is also very close to the Santa Marta International Airport.
Climb 702 steps to reach the top of Piedra del Peñol, worth it, from the top you can see not only the reservoir of the peninsula but also the beautiful and colorful village of Guatapé, which you must also know and even spend the night.
The two towers of the Cathedral of San Nicolás de Rionegro stands out in the Plaza de la Libertad. Here it is commemorated that in this territory its slaves were declared free, almost a century before it was abolished in Colombia.
PARQUE NACIONAL NATURAL EL TUPARRO, VICHADA
Green meadows, sandy beaches, and large rock formations are some of the landscapes that you will find if you decide to explore the Tuparro, also known as the eighth wonder of the world, according to the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt when he visited it.
If you’re good, you can even photograph some species of birds as well as jaguars, tapirs and otters that live there.
Si estás de buenas, puedes hasta además de jaguares, tapires y nutrias que habitan allí.
Mompox is located on a fluvial island on the Magdalena River, between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Sierra de San Lucas, and because of its distance from the Caribbean Sea it served the Spaniards as a safe against pirates.
Arrive at Mompox is evidence of how the Magdalena River influences the lives of all its inhabitants.
CAPURGANÁ Y NUQUÍ, CHOCÓ
PÁRAMO DEL ALMORADERO, SANTANDER Y NORTE DE SANTANDER
The moor of the Almorzadero is so large that it is located between Santander y Norte de Santander. It inhabits 58% of the páramo mammals reported in the country, as well as 30% of páramo bird species.
It has 46 wetlands and 37 lagoons, which fulfill the function of supplying water to the Chicamocha River and the Valegra River, which is a tributary to the Arauca River.
PARQUE DEL CAFÉ, QUINDIO
A theme park in the middle of the green landscapes of Quindío, is full of attractions, coffee landscapes and also you can learn about the history and culture of the region.
LA VEGA, CUNDINAMARCA
The Jericó en la Vega Ecological Park is the perfect excuse to get out of the chaotic city, at least on weekends, the pedestrian entrance is free, and also is very close to Bogota, with about 1 hour and a half of travel by highway.
The neo-Gothic style of the church and its hand-carved stone texture surprises the travelers who explore it, to the point that they decide to spend more than one night here.
MALPELO ISLAND, VALLE DEL CAUCA
We already told you, diving with sharks is one of the 10 adventures that you can only do in Colombia and that in this marine corridor and Flora and Fauna Sanctuary you can find more than sharks, hammers and leatherback turtles.
TATACOA DESERT, HUILA
The Tatacoa Desert is pure magic, and although it is not properly a desert, its vegetation behaves as if it were, visit the two areas it has, Cusco and Hoyos, and if you can spend the night camping to see the stars.
Casanare an earthly paradise with hundreds of unexplored landscapes, in each step you take there you will feel the aroma of nature and the llanera culture that seems to be taken from another place.
CAÑO CRISTALES, META
To get to the river of the seven colors you must make a long walk that will make you take out every last drop of sweat, but in the end, it will be worth it.
If you ask what the color of the river is due to, it is a biological phenomenon that only happens during the months in which it is recommended to visit it, from July to November.
CASCADAS DE NEMUSTEN, SUEVA, CUNDINAMARCA
Also known as the Cascada de Sueva or the Concepción River, to get there you must leave from Bogotá and take the road that goes to Gachetá.
The entrance must be done walking on an uncovered road, passing through the houses farms of people in the area, and has no cost, only if you decide to use the camping area.
CAÑÓN DEL CHICAMOCHA, SANTANDER
The Chicamocha Canyon is very close to the city of Bucaramanga, it is quite impressive, because it is apparently deeper than the famous Canyon of the Colorado, since it has an average of two kilometers of depth approx. and 227 kilometers long.
If you are looking for an extreme contact with nature and ancestral cultures, you definitely have to explore the Amazon and navigate in kayak to the lakes of Yahuarcaca in search of the regal victory, the largest lotus in the world that supports a weight of up to 40 kg.
Among the winners that we have just seen, a Chalo Chalo travel kit was raffled off, go and see the little things they have that are really very nice and functional and have designs of places and icons representative of Colombia.
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