If you are looking for tourist places of Colombia and you like adventure, nature and culture, prepare your suitcase because we have collected 50 destinations to discover the charm of Colombia, the beauty of its landscapes, its people and its biodiversity.
TOURIST PLACES OF COLOMBIA IN BOGOTÁ AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Average temperature: 6°C – 19°C
Elevation: 2.650 meters
Bogotá, the capital of Colombia is multicultural, diverse and full of art, a city decked out by the green landscapes of its eastern hills and the hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds that can be found in the capital’s wetlands, parks and neighborhoods.
In the center of Bogotá you can find an extensive cultural and historical wealth, reflected in dozens of museums, universities, restaurants, republican and colonial style houses, and of course in its emblematic Cerros Monserrate and Guadalupe.
What to do | Bike through the historic center, walk through the La Candelaria neighborhood, the Plaza de Bolívar and the eastern hills, visit the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum and Jardín Botánico, go up to Monserrate and go to a restaurant in Usaquén, Chapinero or the zone G.
How to get there | Bogotá receives national and international flights at El Dorado Airport. In addition, it is connected by land with the main cities of the country.
Lodging | In La Candelaria: Botánico Hostel, Arche Noah Boutique Hostel and Hotel Casa de La Vega. In Chapinero: República Hostel, Closer Hostel and Selina Parque 93. In Usaquén: Rua Hostels, Usaquén Station Hostel and Hotel Casona.
2. GUATAVITA, CUNDINAMARCA
Average temperature: 14°C
Elevation: 2.700 meters
Guatavita is a colonial-style town and one of Colombia’s Spanish-influenced tourist spots, built to replace the old town that sank to make way for the Tominé reservoir.
In this site steeped in history and natural landscapes, you will find cobblestone streets, restaurants and very close to the neighboring municipality of Sesquilé, the mystical Laguna de Guatavita, that body of water that inspired the legend of El Dorado and unleashed the collective madness of the conquerors Spanish and treasure hunters from around the world.
What to do | Sail a kayak, sailboat or water ski around the Tominé reservoir, take a horseback ride, walk through the main square, Calle de los Arcos, the Bridge of Lovers and the Well of Wishes, and visit the Indigenous Museum and Guatavita coffee.
How to get there | At the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá, take a bus from the company Fleet Valle de Tenza or Transportes Alianza. The trip to Guatavita lasts 90 minutes and the trip is available from $8.000 COP.
Lodging | KingDome Glamping, Abadía de Tominé, Bajo el Cielo Glamping, Grupo Alas Glamping y Camping, La Estación de Tominé, Glamping Guatavita, Jardín Colibrí, Cabaña San Martín and Cabañas Villa Helena.
Recommended plan | Trip to the Guatavita lagoon and the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, includes round-trip transportation from the La Candelaria neighborhood or the Parque de La 93, and entrance fees.
3. VILLA DE LEYVA, BOYACÁ
Average temperature: 19°C
Elevation: 2.150 meters
Villa de Leyva is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Colombia, a colonial town that seems to have been frozen in time, keeping its colonial charm and typical architecture of buildings with lime walls, cobbled streets and stonework.
This is one of the most visited tourist places of Colombia, and although this high influx of visitors has changed the essence of the town and the social dynamics, it is still possible to live a more calm and original experience, on weekdays.
What to do | Get to know the largest plaza in the country, the church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario and visit its museums. Go to the Terracotta House, the Blue Wells, the Monquirá Archaeological Park, the Santo Ecce Homo Convent, Ráquira and the Iguaque Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.
How to get there | You can get to Villa de Leyva from the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá, each bus trip lasts about 3 and a half hours, and you can find the ticket from $25.000 COP.
Lodging | Hostal Everest, Hostal Casa del Arte, Hospederia Villa de los Sáenz, Nibiru Hostel, Villa San Miguel Hotel Boutique, Hotel Villa Paz, Green Garden Hostel, Casa Mediterránea and Hostel Once Once.
Recommended plan | 1 day excursion to Villa de Leyva, includes round trip transportation from Bogotá, bilingual guide and visit to Ráquira.
4. LA CHORRERA OF CHOACHÍ
Average temperature: 11°C – 21°C
Elevation: 1.924 meters
In the municipality of Choachí is the Aventura La Chorrera Park, home to a cloud forest full of orchids, bromeliads, birds and the beautiful waterfalls of La Chorrera and El Chiflón.
La Chorrera is at least 590 meters high, it is listed as the highest waterfall in Colombia and the sixth tallest in all of South America. One of the best natural obstacles in the country, because it crosses the beauty of the Andean forest and culminates just below the imposing waterfall to see its impressive fall.
What to do | Walk through the cloud forest to the waterfalls, go horseback riding, caving and rappel, and outside the park, visit the small town of Choachí and the Thermal Baths of Santa Monica.
How to get there | In Bogotá on Calle 6 with Av. Caracas you can take a bus from Transoriente or Cootransfómeque to Choachí. The trip lasts 1.5 hours, buses leave from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. and the ticket costs $10.000 COP.
Lodging | Take your tent and sleep in one of the camping areas of the La Chorrera Adventure Park from $15.000 COP. In Choachí: Bellavista Hotel, Al Alba Jardín Hotel, Refugio Explora Verde and La Trini.
Recommended plan | 1-day tour to La Chorrera and El Chiflón waterfalls, includes private transportation from Bogotá, lunch and a bilingual local guide.
Average temperature: 9°C – 21°C
Elevation: 2.584 meters
Suesca has become one of the tourist places of Colombia preferred by lovers of adventure and nature. A destination where you can rappel, bungee jump, ride a bike and learn to climb on an impressive stone wall 4 kilometers long and 120 meters high.
In the Rocks of Suesca you will find between 300 and 400 climbing routes, routes designed for all levels from children to beginners and experts. A destination that has become a training point for mountaineers who have conquered the summit of Nevado del Tolima.
What to do | Climb in the Rocks of Suesca, portray with your camera the natural landscapes and the train tracks, travel mountain trails by bike or on foot and practice caving, bird watching and yoga outdoors.
How to get there | At the North Portal of Transmilenio you can take a bus that takes 1 hour to reach Rocas de Suesca, and that charges approximately $8.000 COP per way.
Recommended plan | Rock climbing, abseiling and sighting of ancient pictograms.
Average temperature: 20°C
Elevation: 2.900 meters
Monguí is one of the most charming towns in the Boyacá department, a pantry of agricultural products such as potatoes, peas, beans and carrots, and hand-cooked balls. A beautiful peasant village that is part of the Colombian Heritage Towns Network.
In Monguí you will find a green and white colonial architecture, which is only interrupted by the colorful flowers hanging from the balconies, and by a few brick and stonework constructions. A beautiful place 3 and a half hours from Bogotá, which will surprise you with its cultural, natural and architectural richness.
What to do | Visit the Our Lady of Monguí Minor Basilica, the Franciscan Convent, the Chapel of San Antonio, the Royal Bridge of Calicanto, the ball workshops and go up to the Peña de Otí viewpoint. In addition, you can get to the Ocetá Paramo.
How to get there | At the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá, take a bus to Sogamoso for $25.000 COP. In Sogamoso another bus will take you to Monguí in 45 minutes for $4.000 COP.
Recommended plan | 2-day trip to Monguí and the Ocetá paramo, includes private transportation to and from Bogotá, visit to Pueblito Boyacense, Nobsa, lodging, guides, trekking and travel insurance. Scheduled departure July 25, 2020.
7. TATACOA DESERT
Average temperature: 26°C – 40°C
Elevation: 390 meters
The Tatacoa desert is actually a tropical dry forest, and the second largest arid zone in Colombia, after La Guajira. A place so quiet and free of light pollution, it is one of the best settings to enjoy the star showers.
If you are passionate about beautiful landscapes and you are struck by paleontology, astronomy and camping, La Tatacoa is one of the tourist places of Colombia that you must visit, because in this place is the largest concentration of fossils in Colombia, an incredible astronomical observatory and one of the best places to camp.
What to do | Take this guided tour, which will take you to know the reddish labyrinths of Cuzco and the valleys of the gray area of Los Hoyos, some incredible viewpoints such as the Cardón sector, the Valley of the Xylopalos, the Sand Zoo and the Astronomical Observatory.
How to get there | In the city of Neiva get a bus or van to the municipality of Villavieja and then to the desert. You can get to Neiva by bus or by plane from any city in Colombia.
Lodging | Dunas Tatacoa, Sueño Real Tatacoa, Casa de campo los cactus, Payande, Hotel Colonial Villavieja and La Casa del Ángel Hotel. In Neiva: Hostal Backpackers And Travellers and La Cabrera Hotel Boutique.
Recommended plan | Explore the beauty of the desert in 1 or 2 days, departures every day, includes bilingual guide, typical lunch, round-trip transportation from Neiva, visit to the Astronomical Observatory and guided tour.
Average temperature: 21°C
Elevation: 1.336 meters
Barichara is located 110 kilometers from Bucaramanga, and is one of the ideal tourist places of Colombia to explore on foot, and get lost in its cobbled streets and Andalusian-style buildings. A small town whose name comes from the Guane dialect, derived from the Chibcha, which means “place for rest”.
In addition to being one of the most instagrammable places in Colombia, Barichara is home to the Camino Real de Lengerke, a natural and cultural trail, by which you can walk from the Plaza de Bolívar roundabout, and by which after 2 hours you can reach the ancient and artisan town of Guane.
What to do | In Barichara you can visit its viewpoint and contemplate the landscapes of the Suárez river canyon. Also, you can go to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the Arts and Crafts Workshop, Aquileo Parra’s house, the Park for the Arts and Guane.
How to get there | From Terminal Salitre de Bogotá you can take a bus to San Gil, and in San Gil you must take another bus to Barichara for $5.000 COP.
Recommended plan | Discover the natural and cultural charm of the Santander department, including private transportation to and from Bogotá, visit to Barichara, Guane, San Gil, Quebrada Las Gachas and Cascada de Juan Curí. Scheduled departures, June 20, July 18 and August 7, 2020.
9. PUEBLITO BOYACENSE
Average temperature: 14°C
Elevation: 2.550 meters
In the municipality of Duitama, Boyacá, is Pueblito boyacense, a village of more than a hundred houses and shops that evoke the most representative architecture of seven of the most beautiful towns in the department, such as Villa de Leyva, Tibasosa, Tenza, El Cocuy, Sáchica, Monguí and Ráquira.
In this town declared a cultural and tourist heritage of Boyacá, you will find replicas and buildings that are based on Boyacá architecture, which highlights important aspects such as clay tile, stone paving, round wood, wooden balconies and lanterns.
What to do | Get to know part of the local culture of the entire region, represented in gastronomy, music, crafts, dance and artistic displays that you can find in the streets and shops of Pueblito Boyacense.
How to get there | At the Salitre Terminal you can take a bus from Libertadores to Duitama, the trip lasts 3 hours and the ticket costs $30.000 COP. Entry price: $2.000 COP.
10. TOTA LAKE
Average temperature: 6°C – 19°C
Elevation: 3.015 meters
Tota Lake is located in the beautiful department of Boyacá, 4 hours from Bogotá and very close to the Cuitiva, Tota and Aquitania municipalities. This is the largest lake in Colombia, and the second largest in South America, a beautiful place where you will find white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and hundreds of species of birds.
In Lake Tota you can visit its three islands and walk through one of them, and you can visit Playa Blanca, a natural beach with Caribbean flair that is surprising for being located between the mountains and the high Andean forest ecosystem.
What to do | In addition to visiting Playa Blanca, you can practice various water sports, windsurfing, hiking and have the possibility of camping. In any case, keep in mind that you must return all your garbage home and take very good care of natural resources.
How to get there | From the Terminal Salitre de Bogotá take a bus to Sogamoso for $25.000 COP. In Sogamoso he takes a bus from the transport company Cootracero, Rapido Duitama or Transcondor to Playa Blanca for $7.000 COP.
11. CHINGAZA NATIONAL NATURAL PARK
Average temperature: 4°C – 21,5°C
Elevation: 800 – 4.020 meters
Chingaza National Natural Park is one of the tourist places of Colombia, which keep the Muisca legacy, one of the most important cultural treasures in the country. A park on the eastern mountain range, northeast of Bogotá, dominated by high Andean, sub-Andean and paramo forest ecosystems.
In Chingaza, you will find a water paradise and beautiful mountains that were formerly inhabited by the Muiscas and Guayupes indigenous peoples, which today are home to frailejones, spectacled bears, deer, pumas, condors and the flora and fauna of The Andes.
What to do | Nature photography, hiking and wildlife watching. The enabled trails are: Lagunas de Siecha (5 Km), Cuchillas de Siecha (7 Km), Laguna Seca (2 Km), Suasie (1 Km), Lagunas de Buitrago (5 Km) and Plantas del camino (5 Km).
How to get there | The park has 3 entrances, through the municipality of Guasca you reach the trail of the Siecha lagoons, and through the municipalities of La Calera and Fómeque you can access the trails of Cuchillas de Siecha, Lagunas de Buitrago, Laguna Seca, Suasie, Plantas of the road and Chingaza Lagoon.
Entry price | Colombians up to 25 years old, $16.500 COP. Colombians over 25 years old, $20.000 COP. Foreigners $53.500 COP.
Lodging | In Guasca: Colibrí Encuentros, Posada Café La Huerta, Cabaña BioFilia and Posada del Páramo. In Fómeque: Hotel El Parque HR and Chalet Líwana. In La Calera: Hobu Montaña, Proyecto San Antonio and Casa Hippiness.
Recommended plan | 1-day excursion to the Chingaza Paramo, includes transportation to and from Bogotá, departures every weekend, certified guide, snack lunch and entrance to the park.
12. EL COCUY NATURAL NATIONAL PARK
Average temperature: 0°C – 20°C
Elevation: 600 – 5330 meters
El Cocuy National Natural Park is sacred territory for the U‘wa indigenous people. A beautiful place on the Eastern Cordillera, which is home to the largest glacial mass in Colombia, made up of more than 25 peaks covered in ice and snow, and more than 150 lagoons distributed between its two mountain ranges.
This is one of the few tourist places of Colombia, where you can exceed 5.000 meters in height, come into contact with the great natural beauty of the Andes and the variety of valleys, mirrors of water, and birds such as the Andean Cock of the Rock and the Brown-breasted Parakeet.
What to do | Trekking on the 3 enabled trails. Ritacuba Trail: starts from 4.000 meters, to the edge of the Ritacuba Blanco glacier. Laguna Grande de la Sierra: starts at the site known as La Cuchumba, up to the edge of the Pico Cóncavo glacier. Lagunillas Púlpito: reaches the Púlpito del Diablo.
How to get there | You can get to El Cocuy from the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá. The buses leave daily from 4:00 a.m., take 11 hours to arrive and the trip is available from $60.000 COP.
Entry price | Colombians up to 25 years old, $20.000 COP. Colombians over 25 years old, $34.500 COP. Foreigners $71.000 COP. Obligatory to purchase a Rescue and Assistance Insurance, it can be purchased in the municipalities of El Cocuy and Güicán.
Lodging | You can’t spend the night in the park. In El Cocuy: Hotel San Gabriel, Casa Museo la Posada del Molino and Hostal El Caminante. In Güicán: Hotel Casa del Colibrí, Hotel Güicán de la Sierra and Hotel Brisas del Nevado.
Plan recomendado | Discover in 3 days the magic of the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, includes private transportation to and from Bogotá, internal transfers, accommodation, food, certified guides, insurance, and visit to the Laguna Grande and the Púlpito del Diablo for $780.000 COP.
13. SAN GIL
Average temperature: 20°C – 31°C
Elevation: 1.100 meters
San Gil, is one of the places you have to visit to test your nerves and feel the adrenaline, a place surrounded by the magic of the imposing Chicamocha Canyon and mountains, rivers and ravines that offer the possibility of practicing adventure sports such as rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping and mountain biking.
San Gil has a beautiful plaza of more than 300 years and perhaps what most attracts the attention of this old comunero town is that very close are the wonderful Juan Curí Waterfalls and the Chicamocha, the second largest canyon in the world.
What to do | In San Gil you can visit the public market, El Gallineral Park and go to the Casa de la Cultura museum to learn about the history of the Guane people. On the outskirts there are extreme sports for all tastes, being rafting on the Fonce river, one of the must-sees.
How to get there | At the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá you can take an Expreso Brasilia bus, which will take you to San Gil in 7 hours, from $39.000 COP. From Bucaramanga buses take 2 hours and each trip can be had from $25.000 COP.
Recommended plan | Rafting on the Fonce river with transportation from San Gil and Barichara.
TOURIST PLACES OF COLOMBIA IN MEDELLÍN AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Average temperature: 18°C – 28°C
Elevation: 1.475 meters
Between the Aburrá Valley is Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia, and one of the most innovative cities in the world, which has decided to leave behind the culture associated with the drug cartels and embrace kindness, vigor and charisma. of its inhabitants.
Medellin, thanks to its excellent climate, is known as the city of eternal spring, home to 445 species of birds and a large number of cultural activities, museums, art galleries and a lively nightlife influenced in part by Carlos Gardel’s tango.
What to do | Go to Botanical Garden, the Park of Lights, the Berrio Park, the Museum of Antioquia and the Museum of Modern Art. Do the graffiti tour around Comuna 13, visit the Arví park, the El Poblado neighborhood and go to Pueblito Paisa.
How to get there | You can get to Medellín by bus or by plane from the main cities of Colombia and the world. The airports that provide the service are Olaya Herrera and José María Córdova, the latter located in the municipality of Rionegro, 1 hour from Medellín.
Average temperature: 15°C – 28°C
Elevation: 1.750 meters
Jardín is one of the Colombian Heritage Towns present in Antioquia. A mountainous municipality with extensive vegetation, which is fortunate to be surrounded by multiple natural trails and side roads that lead to waterfalls, caves, ravines and rivers, where it is possible to see the yellow-eared parrot and the green toucancillo.
Undoubtedly, this is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia, a quiet town with flowered balconies, where you will find the immense church of the Immaculate Conception, a neo-Gothic temple that stands out for 2 immense conical domes and for being in in the middle of a nice park of roses and guayacanes.
What to do | Visit the Gallito de Roca Nature Reserve, ride in the traditional Garrucha, walk to the Waterfall of Love, the Charco Corazón and the Crystal Staircase, and visit the Cueva de los Guácharos, the Angel Falls and the Cave of Splendor.
How to get there | From the South Transport Terminal you can take a bus from the company Rapido Ochoa, which takes 3 hours to get to Jardín and which charges $25.000 COP per way.
Recommended plan | Coffee tour of Jardín and other small towns in Antioquia.
Average temperature: 14°C – 25°C
Elevation: 1.925 meters
Guatapé is a small municipality in eastern Antioquia, 2 hours from the city of Medellín. One of the most colorful cities in Colombia, where a large hydroelectric complex has been lying since 1970, and where you can climb the Piedra del Peñol and learn about the history of the town that relocated to make way for the gigantic reservoir.
In Guatapé you will find old traditional houses that display their plinths with great decorum, a few bas-relief works of art that cover the lower half of most homes, and that represent crafts, animals and traditions.
What to do | Enjoy the colorful architecture of the town, photograph each façade and each plinth, sail kayak or by boat or even paddle board the Guatapé reservoir. 5 minutes from town you can get to Piedra del Peñol and climb its 702 steps for $20.000 COP.
How to get there | To get to Guatapé you must leave from the North Transport Terminal of Medellín, the bus journey takes 2 hours and can be obtained with the company Sotrasanvicente from $15.000 COP.
Recommended plan | 1-day tour to Guatapé and Piedra del Peñol, includes private transportation to and from El Poblado park in Medellín, breakfast, lunch, climb to the stone, boat ride on the reservoir, tour of the town and return at 6 p.m.
Average temperature: 14°C – 28°C
Elevation: 1.950 meters
Jericó is recognized for being the cradle of the Antioquia colonization, that advanced country under which various uninhabited territories were occupied, south of Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda, Quindío, and part of Tolima and Valle del Cauca, and in which it was influenced culturally, socially and economically around coffee production.
This town appears on the map of many travelers, because in 2013 mother Laura Montoya Upegui, who was born in Jericó in 1874, was canonized. In addition, she is known for the manufacture of the Antioquia rail, and has the happiness of being surrounded by mountains. and forest relics that its inhabitants defend from the advance of mining.
What to do | Surprise yourself with the typical architecture, visit the Los Balsos Botanical Garden, the birthplace of Santa Madre Laura, go up to the Cristo Rey viewpoint and enter the MAJA Museum and the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes.
How to get there | At the South Transport Terminal of Medellín you can board a bus from the company Transportes Jericó, which takes 4 hours to arrive and offers each way from $25.000 COP.
Recommended plan | Jericó 1-day tour, includes transportation from Medellín, lunch, bilingual guide, tour of the town and entrance to the Birthplace of the Holy Mother Laura.
18. SANTA FE DE ANTIOQUIA
Average temperature: 24°C – 36°C
Elevation: 500 meters
Santa Fe de Antioquia is a quiet colonial city 1 hour and a half from Medellín, one of the oldest settlements in the region, a national monument considered the cradle of paisa culture and for many years it was the capital of the department of Antioquia.
The narrow streets of this declared Colombian Heritage Town, preserve the essence of the 17th and 18th centuries, white houses with large windows and a single story with beautiful central courtyards. A place where you can understand part of the historical processes linked to the Colony, Independence and the Republic.
What to do | Get to know the Puente de Occidente, appreciate the popular baroque style of the Church of Santa Bárbara, enter La Casa de las dos palmas, the Museum of Religious Art and enjoy the colonial works of art and archaeological pieces exhibited in the Juan del Corral Museum.
How to get there | In the North Terminal of Medellín you can take a bus from Sotrauraba, the journey takes 1 hour and a half and is available from $15.000 COP.
Recommended plan | 1-day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia, includes round-trip transportation from Medellín, passage through the Puente de Occidente, tour of the historic center, entrance to Juan del Corral Museum and lunch.
Average temperature: 15°C – 30°C
Elevation: 1.638 meters
Támesis is a municipality in the southwest of Antioquia located 3 hours from Medellín, on the Cordillera Occidental, between the Citará cliffs and the Cartama river, surrounded by a great natural wealth that is expressed in its warm valleys, cold mountains and crystalline rivers that They form natural pools and wells where you can swim.
Támesis is one of the new tourist places of Colombia, which is slowly becoming a benchmark for responsible tourism, as its culture and its ideal landscapes for adventure sports, force locals and travelers to assume a responsible attitude to conserve natural wealth.
What to do | Abseiling, paragliding, tubing, canyoning and climbing, swimming in natural spas, exploring the caves of the San Antonio river, walking to Cerro Cristo Rey and marveling at the architecture of one of the most traditional towns in Antioquia.
How to get there | In the South Transport Terminal of Medellín, you can take a bus from the Cooptratam company to the Thames, each journey takes 3 hours and can be obtained from $20.000 COP.
TOURIST PLACES OF COLOMBIA IN THE CARIBBEAN
20. SANTA MARTA
Average temperature: 28°C – 35°C
Elevation: 0 meters
Santa Marta is one of the tourist places of Colombia that serve as a starting point to explore the best natural and cultural attractions of the Caribbean coast. A city of stories and legends in which you will find a rich historical and cultural heritage, represented in colonial architecture, monuments and museums.
From Santa Marta you can go on a trip to the Tayrona National Natural Park, Palomino, Lost City and Minca, the latter is a small coffee town where you will find waterfalls, viewpoints and where you can also see the highest snow-capped peaks in Colombia.
What to do | Know the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Marta, go to the Botanical Garden and the Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art of La Quinta de Bolívar, go to the Gold Museum and Taironaka, visit the beaches of Taganga, Pozos Colorados, Bahía Concha and the beaches of Tayrona.
How to get there | Santa Marta receives national and international flights at the Simón Bolívar International Airport. Furthermore, it is connected by land to the interior of the country.
Lodging | Masaya Hostel, República Hostel, Hotel Catedral Plaza, Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina, La Brisa Loca, Rua Hostels, Akuamarina Hotel, The Pelican Larry Hostel, Casa Avelina Hostal and Hotel Bello Caribe. In Taganga: Casa Baloo.
21. TAYRONA NATIONAL NATURAL PARK
Average temperature: 25°C – 33°C
Elevation: 0 meters
On the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain in the world, the bays and inlets of the beautiful Tayrona park. A place of singular beauty where you will find white sand beaches, mangroves, forests, and extensive biodiversity of the Caribbean Sea.
This is one of the tourist places of Colombia, preferred by adventure lovers and travelers who want to visit a destination where they can contemplate the wide culture, flora and fauna of one of the most beautiful natural parks in Colombia.
What to do | Practice snorkel in Cristal Beach, Granate Beach and Piscina Beach, dive in Isla Aguja and Granate, enjoy the landscapes of Cabo San Juan, Cañaveral and Arrecifes, and walk through the jungle in search of monkeys, eagles and more than 400 species of birds.
How to get there | In Santa Marta you can take a bus to the park entrance from $10.000 COP. Please note that the Tayrona will be closed in 2020 from February 1st to 29th, from June 1st to 15th and from October 19th to November 2nd.
Entry price | High season*: Colombians up to 25 years old, $20.000 COP, over 25 years old, $28.500 COP. Foreigners $63.500 COP. Low season: Colombians up to 25 years old, $18.000 COP. Colombians over 25 years old, $24.000 COP. Foreigners $53.500 COP.
Lodging | Inside the park: Hotel Jasayma Parque Tayrona and Playa Brava Teyumakke. Close to the entrance: Eco Hostal Yuluka, Eco Hotel Chayrama, Viajero Hostel Tayrona & Ecohabs, Manigua Tayrona Hostel, Hostal Monte Verde and Quetzal Dorado Eco-Lodge.
*High season in Colombia: December 15 to January 15, Easter, from June 20 to July 20, and weekends with holidays.
22. CARTAGENA DE INDIAS
Average temperature: 30°C
Elevation: 0 meters
Cartagena de Indias is one of the best preserved and most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America. An ancient city of wonderful colonial houses, streets full of life and numerous tropical fruits, founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, which to this day houses the great wall that resisted pirate invasions.
Before traveling to Cartagena, one of the tourist places of Colombia that you must visit at least once in your life, you should know that the city is divided into two parts, the historical part made up of the walled city, San Diego and Getsemaní, and a modern area full of skyscrapers called Bocagrande.
What to do | Free tour of the historic center. Enter the Zenú Gold Museum, the Inquisition Palace, the San Pedro Claver Convent Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Visit the beaches of Playa Blanca, Isla Grande and Múcura, and go on a cruise around the bay.
How to get there | Cartagena receives at the Rafael Núñez Airport national and international flights from some of the main cities in the world. Furthermore, it is connected by land to the interior of the country.
Lodging | In the historic center: República Hostel, The Icon Capsule Hostel, Maloka Boutique Hostel, Hotel Capellán, Hotel Casa Lola and Movich Hotel. In Bocagrande: Barahona 446 Hotel, Casa San Martín and Oz Hotel.
23. ROSARIO AND SAN BERNARDO ISLANDS
Average temperature: 27°C – 30°C
Elevation: 0 meters
The Rosario Islands are a small archipelago made up of at least 28 islands and are part of the Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo National Natural Park, one of the most beautiful protected areas in the country, where a great marine life lies and the largest coral reef in the Colombian continental Caribbean.
On these islands near Cartagena and Tolú, you can marvel at beautiful beaches with crystal clear water and white sand, extensive seagrasses, coastal mangrove forests and underwater trails inhabited by fish of all kinds, corals and aquatic plants of different shapes and colors. that mitigates the impact of erosion.
What to do | From Cartagena go to Isla Grande to dive, snorkel, explore the mangrove forests by kayak and visit Isla Pirata. From Tolú and Rincón del Mar you can get to the paradisiacal beaches of Isla Múcura, Isla Palma and Tintipán, and visit Santa Cruz del Islote, the most densely populated artificial island in the world.
How to get there | At the La Bodeguita dock in Cartagena you can take a boat to Isla Grande, the journey takes 45 minutes and costs $50.000 COP. To Isla Múcura, it is 2 hours and costs $100.000 COP. In Tolú, the boat ride to Isla Múcura lasts 50 minutes and is available from $40.000 COP.
Lodging | In Isla Grande: Coralina Island, El Hamaquero, Isla del Sol, Las Palmeras, Eco Hotel Islabela and Hotel San Pedro de Majagua. In Isla Múcura: Hotel Isla Múcura, Dahlandia, Hotel Punta Faro and Múcura Club Hotel.
Recommended plan | Catamaran to the Rosario Islands from Cartagena, includes food, drinks with fresh fruit and snorkeling equipment to explore the coral reefs.
24. SAN ANDRÉS AND PROVIDENCIA
Average temperature: 25°C – 30°C
Elevation: 0 – 360 meters
The archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina is the only island department in the country. One of the tourist places of Colombia that houses some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean, and a place declared a biological reserve of marine flora, known worldwide as the Sea of 7 Colors.
In San Andrés you will find one of the most beautiful places, but most visited by Colombians and travelers from all over the world, and in Providencia you will find a much more typical, authentic and idyllic corner away from mass tourism, a beautiful island of local constructions, cays, lagoons and small mountains.
What to do | In San Andrés visit the beaches of Sound Bay, Spratt Bight, Rocky Cay, Johnny Cay and El Acuario, visit Mangle Old Point Park and see bullets in Big Pond Lagoon. In Providencia walk along lonely beaches, climb The Peak and go to Cayo Cangrejo.
How to get there | You can get to San Andrés by plane. You can get to Providencia by air or sea from San Andrés. The flight from San Andrés is available from $300.000 COP. By sea, the ticket can be purchased from $200.000 COP. To enter San Andrés you have to buy the tourism card for $112.000 COP at the departure airport.
Lodging | In San Andrés: Big V Raizal Home, República Hostel, Viajero Hostel, Summer Breeze, Miraflores Boutique Hotel and Be Happy. In Providencia: Hotel Posada Enilda, Cabañas Agua Dulce, Hotel El Encanto, Posada Santa Catalina and Deep Blue.
Recommended plan | Catamaran trip through the bay of San Andrés
Average temperature: 28°C
Elevation: 0 meters
Palomino is located between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, the Caribbean Sea and very close to the Palomino River. A small fishing village where members of the Kogui, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamo indigenous communities also live.
In Palomino you will find long white sand beaches, tropical vegetation, perfect waves for surfing, calm rivers and perhaps what makes this Colombian Caribbean destination special, is that from its beaches it is possible to observe the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and its snowy tops.
What to do | Surf, tubing and paddle board the Palomino River and visit the indigenous villages of Seydukwa and Gotsezhy, a couple of communities high up in the Sierra Nevada, where you can learn more about the knowledge of these ancient peoples.
How to get there | You can get to Palomino by bus from Santa Marta (2 hours and $9.000 COP), Tayrona Park (1 hour and $6.000 COP) and Riohacha (1.5 hours and $8.000 COP).
Lodging | Tiki Hut Hostel, Primaluna Beach Hostel, Casa Coraje, Casa del Pavo Real Boutique Hostel, Makao, Aite Hotel, Dreamer Palomino, La Sirena Eco Hotel & Retreat, Reserva One Love and Faro Hostel.
26. RINCÓN DEL MAR
Average temperature: 25°C – 34°C
Elevation: 0 meters
Rincón del Mar is a small and authentic fishing village in the department of Sucre, facing the San Bernardo Archipelago and just 2 hours from the city of Cartagena. An unexplored destination of Afro customs that houses some of the best beaches in Colombia and crazy sunsets.
A perfect place to rest from the city and the crowds of the Caribbean coast, and a place of bright and cheerful colors where time seems to pass slowly and where you will have the pleasure of enjoying the simplest things of the lifetime.
What to do | Play a game of dominoes, swim in the sea, read in a hammock, enjoy an open-air cinema function, take a canoe ride through mangrove trails and visit by boat Isla Múcura or one of the other islands that belong to the San Bernardo archipelago.
How to get there | In Cartagena take a bus to San Onofre for $25.000 COP. In San Onofre a motorcycle taxi takes you in 20 minutes to Rincón del Mar for $10.000 COP. Keep in mind that direct buses go to San Onofre from Medellín and Bogotá.
Average temperature: 25°C
Elevation: 660 meters
Minca is a small and quiet town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, just 30 minutes from the city of Santa Marta. A nature destination, which thanks to its cool climate and refreshing gorges and waterfalls between mountains, has gained great importance among backpackers around the world.
This is one of the most particular tourist places of Colombia that you can find on the coast, since its climate contrasts with the Caribbean heat and it is one of the few places where you will find farms dedicated to coffee and cocoa, incredible hostels and dream routes. for bird watching, hiking and mountain biking.
What to do | Walk to the Marinka and Pozo Azul waterfalls, visit the Los Pinos viewpoint, enjoy a cup of coffee or organic chocolate and go up to San Lorenzo, a small refuge in the cloud forest from where you can appreciate the snow-capped peaks of Colón and Bolivar.
How to get there | By bus from the public market of the city of Santa Marta, there each tour lasts about 50 minutes and the journey you get from $8.000 COP.
28. CIUDAD PERDIDA
Average temperature: 28°C
Elevation: 900 – 1.300 meters
Lost City is one of the main cultural and archaeological centers of Colombia. An old citadel in the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This is the Colombian Machu Picchu, where the Kogui, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamos indigenous peoples live.
Teyuna or Lost City, was built around 700 AD, it is 1,200 meters, and thanks to its location it remained hidden from the Spanish conquerors and the influence of the West, until it was discovered in the decade of the 1970.
What to do | Enjoy one of the best trekking routes in Colombia. A challenging and rewarding experience, which will take you along the way in the company of an indigenous guide and in which you will have to cross rivers, swim in waterfalls, climb slopes, descend mountains, cross hanging bridges and jump on large rocks.
How to get there | Most tours depart from downtown Santa Marta. Keep in mind that the only month of the year that Ciudad Perdida is closed to the public is September.
Lodging | On the way to Lost City you will sleep in camps. In Santa Marta: Masaya Hostel, Hotel Catedral Plaza, República Hostel, La Brisa Loca Hostel, Oasis Fresh Hotel, The Pelican Larry Hostel & Dance School and Rua Hostels.
Recommended plan | 4-day trek to Ciudad Perdida, includes round-trip transportation from Santa Marta, professional guide, lodging in the archaeological park camps and complete meals.
Average temperature: 24°C – 33°C
Elevation: 33 meters
Santa Cruz de Mompox or Mompós is one of the tourist places of Colombia, located in the north of the country and in the south of the Bolívar department. One of the Heritage Towns of Colombia and a jewel of the colonial era declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which breathes culture, religiosity and history.
Mompox, is one of the little known destinations in Colombia, since it is located in the hidden interior of the Caribbean Coast, on Margarita Island and in the middle of the Magdalena and Cauca rivers. A beautiful site that has kept its colonial architecture intact and where the magic realism of Gabriel García Márquez is breathed.
What to do | Know the 7 churches of Mompox, visit the filigree workshops, navigate the Pijiño swamp, and walk through the Albarrada and the Pasajes de la Marquesa, a street whose neighbor is the river, and whose terraces are the best restaurants.
How to get there | You can get to Mompox by bus from Bogotá, Cartagena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta. The bus from Cartagena to Mompox takes 6 hours to arrive and each trip is available from $60.000 COP.
Recommended plan | 6 Days of Magical Realism, a land trip that starts from Bogotá, in which you will get to know Mompox, Girón, Barichara, Guane, the Quebrada de Las Gachas, the Juan Curí Waterfall, the Chicamocha Canyon and the Pijiño Swamp. Scheduled departure July 14, 2020.
30. CABO DE LA VELA
Average temperature: 22°C – 32°C
Elevation: 0 – 47 meters
In the northernmost point of Colombia, you will find the department of La Guajira. One of the tourist places of Colombia made up of desert peninsulas of large bays, inhabited by the Wayuu indigenous community and loaded with dry forests, flamingos, mangroves and a landscape where the magic of Cabo de la Vela stands out.
Cabo de la Vela is one of the most beautiful and visited places in La Guajira, one of the few tourist places of Colombia with waves and winds perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing. An ideal destination for lovers of adventure sports.
What to do | La Guajira is much more than Cabo de la Vela, it is a whole destination where you can also visit the Manaure salt flats, the Pilón de Azúcar, the Mayapo beach, the Taroa dunes, the Honda and Hondita bays, La Macuira, Punta Gallinas and the indigenous population of Uribia.
How to get there | To get to Cabo de la Vela you must get a flight to Riohacha or travel by bus from Santa Marta. In Riohacha you must go to the Transportation Terminal and take a car to Uribia for $15.000 COP. In Uribia there are 4×4 vehicles that go to Cabo de la Vela from $20.000 COP.
Average temperature: 25°C – 31°C
Elevation: 0 meters
Capurganá, is a small paradise hidden in the Gulf of Urabá, near the border with Panama. Its almost virgin beaches are perhaps some of the most beautiful in the Colombian Caribbean and Chocó. A destination decked out by the abundant jungle, the crystal clear waters and the gentle surf.
Capurganá is a good place to rest and isolate yourself from worldly noise. A small car-free population, where you can marvel at the wealth of the marine world, and one of the most remote tourist places of Colombia in the country, where you can enjoy adventure planes and the possibility of observing exotic species.
What to do | Visit El Cielo, a reserve where recordings are made between natural pools, waterfalls that are born in the rocks and the lush jungle. Explore the marine trails of Isla de los Pájaros and El Aguacate, witness the desert of the Cana turtles on the beaches of Acandí and go to Sapzurro and La Miel (Panamá).
How to get there | Arrive at the municipality of Necoclí and take one of the boats that leave daily at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Heading to Capurganá, the trip by sea lasts 1 hour and a half, and the trip is obtained from $75.000 COP. By plane, you arrive from Medellín to Acandí and take a boat to Capurganá for $20.000 COP.
TOURIST PLACES OF COLOMBIA IN THE PACIFIC
Average temperature: 27°C – 33°C
Elevation: 1.000 meters
Cali, the capital of Valle de Cauca is located between the Farallones de Cali National Natural Park and the Cauca River. A city where the Pacific and the south of the country converge, generating cultural wealth and customs linked to music and love of dance. In fact, Cali is considered the capital of salsa.
However, Cali is not only a party, it is one of the few tourist places of Colombia bathed by seven rivers, which endows it with an immense water wealth and at least 560 species of birds between its urban and rural areas, a figure which makes it the city with the greatest diversity of species in the country.
What to do | Visit the La Merced Archaeological Museum, the La Tertulia Museum and the Jairo Varela Salsa Museum, walk along the Boulevard of the Cali and San Antonio rivers, climb Pico de Loro, Cristo Rey and the Cerro de las Tres Cruces and bird watching in the Pance river.
How to get there | Cali receives national and international flights at the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport in the city of Palmira. Furthermore, it is connected by land to the interior of the country.
33. URAMBA BAHÍA MÁLAGA NATIONAL NATURAL PARK
Average temperature: 20°C – 32°C
Elevation: 0 – 20 meters
The Uramba Bay Malaga National Natural Park is one of the most beautiful places in Valle del Cauca and the municipality of Buenaventura, a space composed mainly of marine and coastal ecosystems that protect unimagined biodiversity just 3 hours from Cali.
A place that is not only home to hundreds of humpback whales that choose their warm waters to mate, rest and give birth to their young, but a completely natural environment where you can discover the magic of the Colombian Pacific and the unique charm from one of the tourist places of Colombia that few have had the happiness to know.
What to do | Arrive by boat to Juanchaco and from there walk to Ladrilleros and La Barra, or continue by boat to the beaches of Chucheros and Juan de Dios. Explore the tropical rain forest, kayak on mangrove trails and swim in the open sea at La Sierpe and Tres Marías waterfalls.
How to get there | In Cali you can take a bus to Buenaventura for $25.000 COP. From the Buenaventura terminal you can walk to the tourist pier and board a boat from Bahía Mar, which for a round trip to Juanchaco, Ladrilleros and the Bahía Málaga Natural National Park can charge you $75.000 COP.
Lodging | In Juanchaco: Hostal Liliana. In La Barra: Hostal Donde Alex o el Restaurante Hostal Pacheco. In Ladrilleros: Hostel Casa Azul and Surf House Estilo Libre. 10 minutes from Juanchaco: Pacífico Hostel.
Average temperature: 25°C – 31°C
Elevation: 0 meters
In Chocó, one of the most humid and rainy areas on the planet is the town of Nuquí, one of the many tourist places of Colombia that shine for its immense biodiversity and for the strong social contrasts with respect to the rest of Colombian society.
In Nuquí you will find virgin landscapes and solitary, rocky and black sand beaches, accompanied by the best waves for surfing, and a few meters from the rain forest, the mangroves, and from July to October the humpback whales remind us that Colombia is one of the most privileged countries in the world.
What to do | In Nuquí you can visit the Olympic beach, navigate the river by canoe and walk through the jungle, but keep in mind that the most beautiful beaches and the most unexplored places are south of Nuquí, in the towns of Arusí, Coquí, Termales and Guachalito.
How to get there | By plane from Medellín with the airline San Germán. You can get to the neighboring townships of Nuquí in the public boats that leave the pier from Monday to Saturday at 1 p.m., which return from Monday to Saturday at 7 a.m. and that each way they charge from $30.000 COP.
Lodging | In Nuquí: Hotel Nuquimar, Hotel Obega Pacific and Hotel Acuali Nuquí. In Guachalito: La Kuka, La Joviseña and Piedra Piedra. In Termales: Cabañas Refugio Salomon, Posada El Esfuerzo and Pijibá Lodge. In Arusí: Ecohotel Punta Brava and Casa Colibrí.
35. BAHÍA SOLANO
Average temperature: 26°C – 30°C
Elevation: 0 – 1.400 meters
Bahía Solano is probably one of the least explored tourist places of Colombia, a place where the seed of peace is slowly growing and opening up a landscape full of natural riches, such as freshwater waterfalls on the seashore, humid jungles, dreamy beaches and humpback whales.
This place is perfect for travelers seeking adventure in the midst of nature, enjoying the paradisiacal beaches of Huina, Mecana, El Almejal and El Valle, and having the opportunity to dive and observe the beauty of the coral reefs and the migratory species that visit Chocó every year.
What to do | Walk or kayak through the rain forest, go to the Botanical Garden of the Pacific and visit the Utria National Natural Park, a unique space in the world where you will find foothills, mangrove paths, in which its cove is home to passage of sea turtles, birds and whales.
How to get there | You can only get to Bahía Solano on a direct flight from Medellín, Quibdó, Cali or Bogotá. From Nuquí you can take a boat that in 2 hours will leave you in Bahía Solano and will charge you $70.000 COP per way.
Lodging | The best place to sleep in Bahía Solano is 30 minutes by tuk-tuk from the town, in the township of El Valle, where the best accommodations are: Hakuna Matata Hostel, The Hill B&B, Mama Orbe Family Eco Farm, The Pelican House Hostel, El Valle de Bahía Hostel and EcoLodge el Almejal.
36. GORGONA ISLAND NATURAL NATIONAL PARK
Average temperature: 25°C – 30°C
Elevation: 0 – 330 meters
El Gorgona National Natural Park is made up of two islands, Gorgona and Gorgonilla, making it one of the tourist places of Colombia where the jungle interacts with the Pacific Ocean and coral reefs, thus creating one of the most biodiverse sites in the world.
One of the most feared maximum security prisons in Colombia operated in this park for 25 years, however since 1984 it is a living laboratory, which allows scientists from all over the world to understand the vestiges of the pre-Hispanic culture Tumaco-La Tolita and the complex wildlife that inhabits the island.
What to do | Humpback whales watching from July to November, although all year round it is possible to visit the park to go scuba diving, careteo, walk along the La Chonta trail, spot wildlife and rest on the Palmeras and Yundigua beaches.
How to get there | Fly from Cali to the municipality of Guapi. The boats that leave from Guapi to Gorgona, operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and only on Saturdays if the weekend has a holiday, and of course you must have booked your trip in advance.
Entry Price | Colombians up to 25 years old, $13.000 COP. Colombians over 25 years old, $21.000 COP. Foreigners $51.000 COP.
TOURIST PLACES OF COLOMBIA IN THE COFFEE REGION
37. SALENTO AND COCORA VALLEY
Average temperature: 15°C – 25°C
Elevation: 1.895 – 2.400 meters
Salento is one of the most visited tourist destinations and places in Colombia in the coffee region, and one of the oldest towns in Quindío that preserves its peasant customs, where its streets and colorful houses stand out, which seem to house the best of a region. friendly, vigorous and hard-working.
On the outskirts of Salento you will find coffee farms, cloud forests and the Cocora Valley, one of the last places in the world where you can see the native wax palm of the high Andean valleys, which today is threatened by the advance of livestock.
What to do | In the small town you can walk along Calle Real, enjoy its two viewpoints and visit a coffee farm to take a coffee tour. In the park you can take a jeep to the Cocora Valley for $4.000 COP, and there you can walk along the trails of the La Esperanza and El Portón farm to the Casa de los Colibríes.
How to get there | You can get to Salento from the Transport Terminal of Armenia or Pereira, the journey takes 45 minutes and you can get from $4.500 COP and $7.000 COP, respectively.
Recommended plan | 3-day expedition to the Coffee Region, includes private transport to and from Bogotá, and guided tours of Salento, Cocora Valley, Filandia and the Tochecito wax palm sanctuary. Scheduled departures every month.
Average temperature: 15°C – 25°C
Elevation: 1.923 meters
Filandia is a small and charming town of paisa origin in the heart of Coffee Region. One of the tourist places of Colombia where its traditional architecture is still perfectly preserved, and where you can taste authentic origin coffee and enjoy some of the best restaurants in the entire region.
Filandia is 30 minutes from Salento. In this town, you will find the characteristics similar to Salento, in which several natural viewpoints stand out, large colored houses, a beautiful church and a main park that brings together all the essence of the place.
What to do | Walk along the Street of time stopped, have lunch at Helena Adentro, look for howler monkeys in the Barbas Bremen River Canyon, see the Nevado del Tolima in the distance and enjoy a crazy sunset from the Illuminated Hill Viewpoint.
How to get there | From the Pereira Terminal, the buses take 50 minutes to get to Filandia and the journey is available from $6.500 COP. From Armenia the trip lasts 45 minutes and the bus $4.500 COP. From Salento you can get in a Jeep for $5.500 COP.
39. LOS NEVADOS NATIONAL NATURAL PARK
Average temperature: 14°C – 3°C
Elevation: 2.600 – 5.321 meters
Los Nevados National Natural Park is one of the most beautiful destinations in the country. One of the tourist places of Colombia that is located in the Coffee Region, ewhere they rise to more than 5.000 meters, the volcanic complex formed by the Nevados del Ruiz, Santa Isabel and Nevado del Tolima, and the paramillos del Cisne, Santa Rosa and Quindío.
The park offers its visitors a unique landscape where the snow, the frailejones, the fauna of the paramo and the large number of lagoons such as Otún and Laguna Verde, make this place an ideal destination for those who want to connect respectfully with nature.
What to do | Observation of wildlife, hiking and mountaineering. Climb the top of Nevado Santa Isabel, reach the edge of the Nevado del Ruiz glacier, walk to Laguna del Otún, embark on a 3-day trip from Salento to Nevado del Tolima and go to the Termales de la Cabaña.
How to get there | The excursions of 1 day or 2 days to Nevado del Ruiz and Santa Isabel, depart from Pereira, Santa Rosa de Cabal and Manizales. The 3-day trips to the summit of Nevado del Tolima, depart from Salento and go through the Cocora Valley.
Lodging | In Pereira: Boreal Hostal, Kolibri Hostel and Hotel Agata LH. In Santa Rosa: Coffee Town Hostel, 212 Hotel and Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal. In Salento: Hostal Ciudad de Segorbe and Coffee Tree Boutique Hostel. In Manizales: Golden Frog Mountain Hostel and Mountain Hostel.
Recommended plan | Excursion to La Cabaña Hot Springs from Bogotá, includes private round trip transportation, visit to Armero, the Quebrada de los 7 Colores, the El Silencio waterfall and the Laguna Corazón at 4,100 meters.
Average temperature: 13°C – 23°C
Elevation: 1650 meters
Pijao is one of the hidden jewels of the coffee region, an authentic and quiet coffee town that recently was the first town in all of Latin America to be included in the world network of cities without haste or Cittaslow. A destination of nature and culture that bets on sustainable tourism.
In Pijao, in addition to finding the typical architecture typical of the Antioquia colonization, you will find rural accommodation, handicrafts, coffee farms and, above all, a quiet and unexplored town that remains apart from the great crowds and is surrounded by green mountains and valleys. of the Coffee Cultural Landscape.
What to do | Walk the streets of the town, enter the Municipal Mayor’s Office, visit the Café de Origen La Floresta, spot birds and go with a native guide to the Chilí paramo, the wax palm forest and the Guácharos Waterfall.
How to get there | You can get to Pijao by bus from the Armenia Transport Terminal, the trip takes 1 hour and costs $6.500 COP.
Average temperature: 28°C
Elevation: 700 meters
Norcasia is an eco-tourist destination in Colombia, located in the Caldas department 5 hours from Manizales, where you can connect your senses to a natural landscape conducive to rest and adventure, while you can enjoy beautiful landscapes that you would not expect see in the Coffee Region.
In Norcasia you will find the crystal clear waters of the La Miel river that descend from the Caldas mountains to empty into the Magdalena river. During your journey you can marvel at immense waterfalls, rapids and wells in the middle of the forest.
What to do | Enjoy the La Miel and Manso rivers, the Amaní Reservoir and the San Diego Lagoon. Practice water sports such as tubing, careteo, body rafting and taking walks in search of the titis monkeys and hundreds of birds.
How to get there | From Manizales you can take a bus to La Dorada (Caldas) for 4 hours and $32.000 COP. In La Dorada you can take a taxi from Rio Tax or Coopuertos to Norcasia for $9.000 COP. From Bogotá and Medellín you can get direct buses to La Dorada.
Recommended plan | Natural immersion on the banks of the La Miel River, iincludes private transportation from Bogotá, visit and walk in Guaduas, full meals, lodging and guided tours to see howler monkeys and birds. Scheduled departure August 22, 2020.
OTHERS TOURIST PLACES OF COLOMBIA
42. FIN DEL MUNDO WATERFALL
Average temperature: 19°C – 31°C
Elevation: 600 meters
The Fin del Mundo Waterfall, is located on the outskirts of the municipality of Mocoa, one of the tourist places of Colombia that, due to the armed conflict, has been hidden and away from travelers for decades. However, today it is calmer and little by little peace has arrived at the door of the Colombian Amazon.
The nature reserve in which the End of the World Waterfall is, is a beautiful natural setting in which birds fly free, and the greens of the plants merge with the crystal clear waters that emanate from the mountain. An ancient place between the mountains and the canyons amazes those who dare to visit one of the most remote and forgotten places in Colombia.
What to do | Contemplate the Amazon jungle from the top of the End of the World Waterfall, visit the Ojo de Dios and Hornoyaco waterfalls, swim in natural wells and navigate the Mandiyaco Canyon.
How to get there | You can get to the Fin del Mundo waterfall from the municipality of Mocoa, you must take a bus that goes to Villagarzón and drops you off at the Dantayaco Tourist Inn for $3.000 COP. There begins the path to the Fin del Mundo Waterfall.
43. SAN AGUSTÍN
Average temperature: 15°C – 25°C
Elevation: 1.730 meters
The San Agustin Archaeological Park is one of the most complete tourist places of Colombia and cultural venues in the world, as it contains the largest set of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America.
San Agustín is one of the World Heritage Sites in Colombia, a beautiful place that you can explore on foot and some parts on horseback, in search of archaeological sites, mythical waterfalls and dozens of tombs carved in volcanic stone and pre-Columbian remains that seem to have been brought from beyond.
What to do | Visit the Forest of Statues and the Alto de los Ídolos Park and reach the natural viewpoints of Alto de Piedra, La Chaquira and Alto de Lavapatas. Also, you can go to the Salto de Bordones and Mortiño waterfalls, the Magdalena river strait and San José de Isnos.
How to get there | Direct buses depart from the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá, which take 9 to 10 hours to reach San Agustín and charge one way from $70.000 COP. From Cali the trip is 8 hours and costs $45.000 COP.
Recommended plan | Discover the ancient culture of San Agustín in 3 days, includes transportation to and from Neiva or Pitalito, food, lodging, visit to the Archaeological Park of San Agustín, Alto de los Ídolos Park, Magdalena Strait, San José de Isnos, Salto de Bordones and guide.
Average temperature: 22°C – 32°C
Elevation: 100 meters
If you want to discover the jungle in its purest state, it is necessary that you leave your comfort zone, and have your senses ready to visit the most unexplored places in the Colombian Amazon. An adventure that begins in Leticia and from where you can get public boats that take you to the towns that protect the lungs of the world.
On the banks of the Amazon River, you can visit Mocagua, a Ticuna community that appropriated community tourism to lead the primate conservation and protection project known as Maikúchiga, on your own, and then you can go to Puerto Nariño to swim with dolphins pinks and piranhas in the lakes of Tarapoto.
What to do | In Leticia go to the Amazon Ethnographic Museum, Santander Park and the Flor de Loto Natural Reserve. In Mocagua, visit Maikúchiga, the murals, the Victoria Regia and take night walks. In Puerto Nariño, swim in the Tarapoto lakes and get closer to the community of San Martín de Amacayacu.
How to get there | You can only get to Leticia by air from Bogotá. At the Leticia airport you can go to the river pier for $10.000 COP, and the boats that go to Mocagua and Puerto Nariño only leave at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 m. and 2 p.m. The river tours can last between 2 to 3 hours and can be obtained from $25.000 COP.
Please note | Tourism tax in Leticia: $32.000 COP. Tourism tax in Puerto Nariño: $12.000 COP.
Lodging | In Leticia: Hostel Casa de las Palmas, Waira Suites, Omshanty Jungle Lodge and Hotel Amazon B&B. In Mocagua: La Ceiba. In Puerto Nariño: Hotel Lomas del Paiyü, Flor de la Selva, Eware Refugio Amazónico, Waira Selva Hotel and Maloca Napu.
45. CAÑO CRISTALES
Average temperature: 22°C – 31°C
Elevation: 200 – 400 meters
Caño Cristales is one of the tourist places of Colombia that will surely leave you breathless. A body of water that is part of the Sierra de la Macarena National Natural Park, in the department of Meta, known as «the river of seven colors», «the most beautiful river in the world” or “the rainbow that melted».
The beautiful pigmentation that can be seen in Caño Cristales, is produced by the underwater plants called Macarenia Clavigera, which according to the exposure of the sun change their color, and give Caño Cristales its particular red.
What to do | Navigate the Guayabero river, discover the Laguna del Silencio, a natural reservoir of fresh water that, according to Macareños, houses giant boas in its depths. Also, you can navigate the Raudal de Angostura and get to know Ciudad de Piedra.
How to get there | Take a flight to La Macarena, Meta. Keep in mind that the season to travel to Caño Cristales begins on June 20 and ends on November 30. Outside these months you can also travel to but you will not be able to access the river.
Recommended plan | Expedition to Caño Cristales 2020, inncludes round trip flights from Bogotá, land and river transportation in La Macarena, permission to enter the park, food, lodging, guide and insurance. Departures scheduled from June.
46. PURACÉ NATIONAL NATURAL PARK
Average temperature: 3°C – 18°C
Elevation: 2.500 – 5.000 meters
45 kilometers from Popayán is the Puracé Natural National Park, one of the largest and unexplored tourist places of Colombia in the Andean mountain range. The park is made up of volcano peaks, lagoons and a very diverse flora and fauna.
In this natural destination declared by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, you will find the Coconucos volcanic chain, made up of 11 volcanoes and multiple sulfur sources and hot springs. A beautiful place where the Magdalena, Cauca, Patía and Caquetá rivers are born and about 30 ideal lagoons for contemplation.
What to do | Climb to the top of the Puracé volcano (4,780 masl) the only asset, spot the Andean condor, visit the Bedón and Nicolás waterfalls, the San Rafael Lagoon, the Danta Lagoon and contemplate the beautiful colors of the San Juan hot springs.
How to get there | At the Popayán Terminal you must take at 5 a.m. a bus from the Sotracauca company to the town of Puracé, and get off at the Pilimbalá sector known as the mine crossing, there you can hire a guide from the indigenous council. The trip from Popayán lasts 2 hours and the ticket is available from $18.000 COP.
Precio de ingreso | Colombians $16.000 COP and foreigners $40.000 COP.
47. THE MAVECURE HILLS
Average temperature: 25°C – 30°C
Elevation: 100 – 600 meters
The Mavecure hills are in the Guainía department, 3 hours from Puerto Inírida and on the border with Venezuela. The hills are a set of three huge rocks called Mavicure, Mono and Pajarito, which are part of the Guiana shield and which are estimated to be the first stones that formed on Earth during the Pre-Cambrian era.
Of the three hills, you can only go up in the company of a local guide to the Cerro de Mavicure, a 250-meter-high monolith, from which you can contemplate the impressive Guainía jungles and have one of incredible views of the Inírida river and the other hills.
What to do | Approach with great respect the indigenous communities of the Puinaves, Guahibos and Curripacos, navigate the Inírida, Guaviare, Atabapo and Orinoco rivers, spot pink dolphins, see the Inírida flower, see the sunrise from the top of the Mavecure and explore the river star of Inírida, the Black Lagoon and the Raudales Zamuro.
How to get there | By plane from Bogotá to Inírida.
48. FLORA AND FAUNA SANCTUARY ISLA DE LA COROTA
Average temperature: 11°C
Elevation: 2.820 meters
The Isla de la Corota Fauna and Flora Sanctuary is located in the Laguna de la Cocha, in the El Encano township, in the city of Pasto, Nariño. La Laguna is a wetland of international importance declared Ramsar and it is the smallest protected area in the country.
This beautiful sanctuary is one of the best preserved tourist places of Colombia, a natural life destination and a sacred place for the Quillacingas indigenous people and the traditional doctors of Putumayo, where you will find birds and more than 340 species of flora including bromeliads, orchids and anthuriums.
What to do | NNavigate the lagoon and walk the trails in search of resident and migratory birds such as sparrows, cucaracheros and mirlas, as well as multicolored butterflies and amphibians, visit the small chapel that is inside the island and tour the town of El Encano, known as the little Switzerland of Colombia.
How to get there | Outside the Alkosto de Pasto Warehouse you can take a bus or taxi to La Cocha, the journey takes 30 minutes and costs $4.500 COP. To get to La Corota Island you can take a boat at the La Cocha lagoon dock.
Precio de ingreso | Colombians $5.500 COP and foreigners $10.500 COP.
49. CUEVA DE LOS GUÁCHAROS NATIONAL NATURAL PARK
Average temperature: 16°C – 25°C
Elevation: 1.630 – 2.850 meters
This natural park shared by the departments of Huila, Caquetá and Cauca, is one of the oldest protected areas in Colombia. An earthly paradise in which ancient rock formations coexist with lush forests, and in which more than 240 species of trees inhabit, among laurels, black and white oaks, and black and pink cedars.
This is undoubtedly one of the tourist places of Colombia, ideal for adventurers and nature lovers who are willing to walk through jungles, hills, mountains, trails, cross rivers, explore caves, discover waterfalls and the immense wildlife of one of the best protected places in the country.
What to do | Get to know the Cueva de los Guácharos, the Cueva del Indio, the Cascada de Colores and spot some of the 300 species of birds that inhabit the park, such as monkeys, rock cocks and ducks from torrents.
How to get there | You can get to the Cueva de los Guácharos National Natural Park from Pitalito, Huila, from there you will have to go to the municipality of Palestine and finally to the Mensura village, where the journey begins.
50. SERRANÍA DE CHIRIBIQUETE NATIONAL NATURAL PARK
Average temperature: 25°C
Elevation: 200 – 1.000 meters
Chiribiquete is located in the western part of the Guyanese Shield, between Venezuelan Guiana, the Eastern Cordillera, the Amazon plain, and the Orinoquia. A place considered by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, where the Guyanese and Amazon landscapes are home to a wide variety of habitats and a large number of cave paintings.
This is one of the most unexplored tourist places of Colombia in the world and one of the most threatened on the planet. The Serranía de Chiribiquete is in danger, more than 1.000 hectares of forest have disappeared due to indiscriminate logging and arson that seek to expand the land border dedicated to livestock.
What to do | In addition to flying over 3 hours through the immense landscapes of Chiribiquete, you can take advantage of your visit to San José del Guaviare to visit the Ciudad de Piedra, the rocky outcrop of the Túneles sector, the beautiful Caño Lajas and discover the rock paintings of Cerro Azul and the Serranía de la Lindosa.
How to get there | The overflights are made from the municipality of San José del Guaviare, with a frequency of 2 overflights a week during the months of January, Easter, June, July, October and December. See more.
NOW THAT YOU KNOW 50 TOURIST PLACES OF COLOMBIA
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