Colombia has seen a complete transition in recent years, thanks to a long-term peace agreement and an increasing number of foreign tourists.
Colombia, surrounded by the Caribbean and Pacific beaches to the north and west, and the Amazon jungle to the south, has some of South America’s most captivating landscapes and exhilarating experiences.
A journey may include wildlife-rich rainforest, breathtakingly rough high-altitude mountain trails, and healthy coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.
Away from the wilderness, contemporary cities are alive with music, culture, and friendly people.
Raft along the Rio Pato with former FARC guerillas.
Splashing down the Ro Pato’s Class III and IV rapids in the Caquetá Department is a thrilling experience. And the adrenaline builds even more when you learn that your guides are a combination of ex-FARC guerillas and civilians who use rafting to challenge perceptions of a Colombian area that was too hazardous to visit during the decades of war.
Trek through the forest to Colombia’s Machu Picchu, Ciudad Perdida.
Have you ever wanted to be an explorer? Hiking through beautiful tropical flora for three days before ever catching a sight of Colombia’s aptly called Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) offers the same pleasure.
Learn to salsa in the dancing capital of Cali.
Cali, which claims to be the global capital of salsa, is a frenzy of music and dancing at all hours of the day and night.
Embrace the mobility of your hips as you engage on a short but intense love affair with Colombia’s favorite dance step, whether at a dancing school or at one of the city’s legendary salsotecas, such as La Topa Tolondra or the local favorite El Rincón de Heberth.
Snorkel the coral reefs that surround Providencia.
Colombia’s Caribbean coast seems like paradise, and that description applies even more to emerald-green Providencia, a calm tropical island that covers about 17 km sq (6.6 sq miles) and is located roughly 800 km (497 miles) north of mainland Colombia.
Participate in the Carnaval de Barranquilla.
During the city’s annual Carnaval festivities, the most passionate street party in Colombia can be found in the throbbing streets of Barranquilla.
These celebrations offer an enthusiastic display of pageantry, comprising four packed days of floats, beauty queens, African and Indigenous beats, and – in true Colombian fashion – plenty of dancing.
They officially begin four days before Ash Wednesday every February or March, and offer an enthusiastic display of pageantry.
Learn about Cartagena’s indigenous roots.
With its ancient plazas, stately cathedrals, and renovated houses that have been turned into posh boutique hotels and restaurants offering Caribbean-infused seafood delicacies, the gorgeous walled city of Cartagena seems like a movie set.
Learn about Medellin’s remarkable turnaround.
Prepare to be surprised by the truth of current Medellin, whether it’s influenced by Netflix’s Narcos or accounts from the 1990s.
Medellin has emerged from the shadow of drug-fueled warfare, with sophisticated areas like as Poblado and Laureles exhibiting expensive restaurants and thriving nightlife – evidence that a leopard can change its stripes.
In the Valle de Cocora, photograph Colombia’s national flora.
The Valle de Cocora is one of Colombia’s most magical places, located in the lower regions of Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados, one of the greatest national parks to visit in Colombia.
It protects some of the world’s last snow-capped tropical highlands and is home to the country’s peculiarly formed Quindo wax palms, which may reach the height of a six-story structure and tower over this beautiful valley.
Visit the art and museum scene in Bogotá.
Bogotá is a city where first impressions do not reflect what lies under the surface. While its gridlocked streets, frequently slippery with rain, may take some time to navigate, Colombia’s capital is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant nightlife and a diverse selection of cultural attractions.
Stay on a coffee farm and enjoy Colombia’s most delicious export.
One of Colombia’s most significant exports is world-class coffee, and coffee aficionados will find a home away from home at one of the coffee fincas nestled in the verdant hills of the Zona Cafetera.
Drive to La Guajira, South America’s northernmost state.
La Guajira is an assault on the senses after the verdant crops of the coffee area. This arid desert peninsula that juts out into the Caribbean Sea near the southernmost edge of South America has some of the country’s most stunning landscape.