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Columbia is a country of vast unspoiled terrains and rich biodiversity. While Columbia was previously not entirely suitable for tourists, the social and political landscape has changed significantly, and for the better. The South American state has much to offer its visitors, with its vibrant culture providing a welcome change from the monotony of daily life.
Colombia is famous for its wide array of dance styles. The unique musical mixes with signature dances are representative of Colombian culture and heritage. The diverse music styles, rhythms, and dances are symbolic of the areas of their origin. Colombia has more than 30 typical dances and rhythms, from the mapalé (originally African), fandango, merengue, chandé, berroche, and champeta, and although initially Cuban, the highly celebrated salsa.
Cartagena, also known as Cartagena de Indias, is a spectacular city you must visit in Colombia. With its small-town charm, vivid nightlife, delicious cuisines, lush landscapes, and turquoise beaches, this city helps you relax and unwind in the cool breeze and the warm waters. Gabriel García Márquez got inspired by the colorful blooms spilling from ornate balconies of the town and wrote about it, receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. From ancient churches, monuments dedicated to India Catalina, Los Zapatos Viejos, and Los Pegasos to Cartagena's Historical Center, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has more to offer than meets the eye.
The ancient city of Ciudad Perdida in Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, also known as the Lost City, was founded some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. The mystical land has stunning architecture, with 169 terraces carved into the mountainside, a mesh of tiled walkways, and several circular plazas. If you're a dance enthusiast, enjoy a good melody, or are a history buff, Colombia is for you.
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Located on the largest and best-known of the Rosario Islands , Playa Blanca is a short, one-hour trip from Cartagena by ferry. The famous Playa Blanca on Isla Baru is just a 45 minutes drive from Cartagena.
Playa Blanca in Baru Islandfrom $75 USD
The Islas del Rosario , also referred to as Corales Islas del Rosario , is an archipelago located off the coast of Colombia, approximately 100 kilometres from Cartagena. It is one of the 46 Natural National Parks of Colombia. The national park was founded in 1988, to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Colombian Caribbean coast. People can visit the national park area of the islands, and tours are available.
Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blancafrom $155 USD
La Cevicheria is a seafood restaurant where travel pro Anthony Bourdain’s picture is hung inside as a stamp of approval. With its white and blue decor resembling the colors of the ocean, it’s a must-to stop where you can enjoy a delicious and affordable meal during your visit. For about $20.00 you can order fresh ceviche, a plate native to South America. If you get lucky, you’ll even experience a free musical performance. No need to make reservations, this is a first come first served environment.
Serving as the principal Spanish port and storehouse of gold on the Caribbean Coast in the 16th Century, Cartagena inevitably fell victim to buccaneer plundering. With its strategic location on the north coast of Colombia, Cartagena became a major port during the colonial era.
Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blancafrom $126 USD
The Cathedral of Cartagena in Colombia, officially the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria , is located in the historic centre of Cartagena. It is the episcopal see of the Archbishop of Cartagena de Indias, one of the oldest episcopal sees in the Americas. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The cathedral was designed by master builder Simón González, modelled after basilicas in Andalusia and the Canary Islands.
Old Town Cartagena has a couple of fun & vibrant plazas, including Plaza de Bolívar and Plaza Santo Domingo. If you’re looking for a good laugh and an even better picture, there is a bronze sculpture of a large naked woman by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero in Plaza Santo Domingo.
The Lost City of Z is a 2016 American biographical adventure drama film written and directed by James Gray, based on the 2009 book of the same name by David Grann. It portrays real events surrounding the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who was sent to Brazil and made several attempts to find a supposed ancient lost city in the Amazon. The film stars Charlie Hunnam as Fawcett; Robert Pattinson as his fellow explorer Henry Costin, Sienna Miller as his wife, Nina Fawcett; and Tom Holland as his son Jack Fawcett.The film's world premiere was on October 15, 2016, as the closing-night selection at the New York Film Festival. It was released in the United States on April 14, 2017, by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street.
Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 5-7Hfrom $95 USD
Minca is a one hour drive or bus ride away from Santa Marta and escaping here is the real deal – surrounded by jungle and with most hotels lacking Wi-Fi, it’s the perfect place to disconnect. With a huge circuit of viewpoints, coffee and cacao plantations, waterfalls and hiking routes surrounding the small centre of the town, Minca will keep you busy however long you stay. Minca can easily be visited as a day trip, but if you have the time, we recommend staying a night or two to really take it in. Located in the foothills only an hour from Santa Marta, Minca is a small town surrounded by green lush forest and much cooler temperatures.
Tour E-Bike Mincafrom $65.39 USD
Displays a collection of precolumbian pottery, a nice collection of gold and a scale model of Ciudad Perdida.
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá: Experience of Art Culture and Historyfrom $78 USD
Ok, so I have been pretty harsh on Santa Marta. It was a city that got under my skin and left me with a bad feeling but in actuality, this is a working port city that does have some appeal. It’s not your typical pretty beach town but it is the stepping off place for some of the most beautiful places in Colombia. The true value of Santa Marta is what surrounds it. From the cheap scuba lessons in Taganga to the world class beaches of Tayrona National Park to the majestic snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains, Santa Marta does in fact live up to its nickname – La Perla de America (America’s Pearl). Just think of the city as the small ugly rock that the pearl grew around…
The lively historic centre, or Old Town, is a place you could easily spend an entire day. Grab a coffee and a light breakfast and relax in Parque de los Novios before the sun gets too hot. Grab a cheap lunch along Calle 19 or something fancier along Carerra 3, and check out the fascinating crafts for sale by Venezuelan refugees.
Santa Marta Airport — Santa Marta has a small airport which has international flights and flights to other cities in Colombia including Medellin and Bogota.
We stayed in a sweet cabin we found on Airbnb just 10 minutes walk from the El Zaino entrance for two nights. We stayed the night before our hike so we could enter the park as soon as it opened at 8AM and overnight after our hike. We loved the feeling of still being in the jungle area but with the comforts of four walls, a shower, a normal bed and fan after a sweaty day in the park.
The Museum of Antioquia is an art museum in Medellín, Colombia. It houses a large collection of works by Medellín native Fernando Botero and Pedro Nel Gómez. It was the first museum established in Antioquia department and the second in Colombia. The museum is located in the center of Medellín on the Botero Plaza near the Berrío Park metro station.
Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tourfrom $35 USD
Medellín is known as La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera , being famous for its year-round warm weather, spectacular nature, and location in the basin of the Aburrá Valley. It’s a nice place to wander around to admire the art while taking in the beautiful year-round springtime weather Medellín has to offer. Plaza Botero and Museo de Antioquia are two of the top tourist attractions in Medellín. Medellín should be one of the top cities on your Colombia itinerary.
5 Day Medellín and Surroundingsfrom $1116 USD
A 'please touch museum', great for kids. Tuesday-Fri 8AM- 5:30PM, Sat - Sunday 11AM- 5:30PM. Closed Mondays (or Tuesdays after a holiday Monday). Cra 57 # 42-139, located on Parque de los Piés Descalzos and next door to the Plaza Mayor convention center. Phone +57 4 380 6950. Metro station '''Alpujarra''' or '''Cisneros'''.
Nutibara Hill is a rocky hill formation located in the Colombian city of Medellin, in the geographic center of the Aburrá Valley and on the west bank of the Medellín River. It is one of the few ecosystems that is conserved in Medellín and is considered one of the city's seven "guardian" hills. The hill has a sculpture park, the open-air Carlos Vieco Auditorium, and the Pueblito Paisa a reproduction of the traditional Colombian township, amongst other sights. The hill is 80 meters tall and has an area of 333,300 m2.
Monserrate Tour Bogotá + Ticketsfrom $24 USD
Bogotá , officially Bogotá, Distrito Capital, abbreviated Bogotá, D. C. , and formerly known as Santa Fe de Bogotá during the Spanish period and between 1991 and 2000, is the capital and largest city of Colombia, administered as the Capital District, as well as the capital of, though not part of, the surrounding department of Cundinamarca. Bogotá is a territorial entity of the first order, with the same administrative status as the departments of Colombia. It is the political, economic, administrative and industrial center of the country. Bogotá was founded as the capital of the New Kingdom of Granada on 6 August 1538 by Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada after a harsh expedition into the Andes conquering the Muisca, the indigenous inhabitants of the Altiplano.
Bogotá Bike Tourfrom $20 USD
El Dorado International Airport is an international airport serving Bogotá, Colombia and its surrounding areas. The airport is located mostly in the Fontibón district of Bogotá, although it partially extends into the Engativá district and the municipality of Funza in the Western Savanna Province of the Cundinamarca Department. In 2018, it served over 32.7 million passengers and 741,000 metric tons of cargo. This makes El Dorado the third busiest airport in Latin America in terms of passenger traffic, and the busiest in terms of cargo.
Guatavita and Salt Cathedral - Group tour and daily departurefrom $75 USD
Guatavita is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Guavio Province of the department of Cundinamarca. Guatavita is located 75 km northeast of the capital Bogotá. It borders Sesquilé and Machetá in the north, Gachetá and Junín in the east, Guasca in the south and in the west are Tocancipá and Gachancipá.
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon from Bogota (Private Tour)from $85 USD
Lake Guatavita is located in the Cordillera Oriental of the Colombian Andes in the municipality of Sesquilé in the Almeidas Province, Cundinamarca department of Colombia, 57 km northeast of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. The lake is circular and has a surface area of 19.8 hectares. The earlier theories of the crater's origin being a meteorite impact, volcanic cinder, or limestone sinkhole are now discredited. The most likely explanation is that it resulted from the dissolution of underground salt deposits from an anticline, resulting in a kind of sinkhole.
Private Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Tour from Bogotafrom $199 USD
Tolima is one of the 32 departments of Colombia, located in the Andean region, in the center-west of the country. It is bordered on the north and the west by the department of Caldas; on the east by the department of Cundinamarca; on the south by the department of Huila, and on the west by the departments of Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Quindío and Risaralda. Tolima has a surface area of 23,562 km2, and its capital is Ibagué. The department of Tolima was created in 1861 from a part of what was previously Cundinamarca.
Termales de Aguas Calientes - El Sifónfrom $65 USD
Monserrate is a high Mountain over 10,000 feet high that dominates the city center of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. It rises to 3,152 meters above the sea level, where there is a church with a shrine, devoted to El Señor Caído . The Mountain, already considered sacred in pre-Columbian times when the area was inhabited by the indigenous Muisca, is a pilgrim destination, as well as a major tourist attraction. In addition to the church, the summit contains restaurants, cafeteria, souvenir shops and many smaller tourist facilities.
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tourfrom $71 USD
The Museum of Gold is a museum located in Bogotá, Colombia. It is one of the most visited touristic highlights in the country. The museum receives around 500,000 tourists per year.The museum displays a selection of pre-Columbian gold and other metal alloys, such as Tumbaga, and contains the largest collection of gold artifacts in the world in its exhibition rooms on the second and third floors. Together with pottery, stone, shell, wood and textile objects, these items, made of a– to indigenous cultures – sacred metal, testify to the life and thought of the different societies which lived in present-day Colombia before the Spanish conquest of the Americas.
Experience Bogota visiting: Monserrate, City tour, Food and Museo Oro or Botero.from $57 USD
La Candelaria is the 17th locality of Bogotá, Colombia. A historic neighborhood in the city's downtown, it is the equivalent to the Old City in other cities. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial, Baroque and art deco styles. It houses several universities, libraries and museums.
Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotáfrom $12 USD
As I said the last post, Botero is a Colombian artist. He donated several of his work and many artworks from his personal collection to many museums across Colombia. It’s pretty cool, and the kids LOVED his style. Even the objects, like guitars and forks, are chubby. Awesome thing. The hand at the entry is a whole other thing, huge, and so Botero.
City Tour Bogota - La Originalfrom $69.34 USD
The Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina , or, in everyday language, San Andrés and Providencia, is one of the departments of Colombia. It consists of two island groups in the Caribbean Sea about 775 km northwest of mainland Colombia, and eight outlying banks and reefs. The largest island of the archipelago is called San Andrés and its capital is San Andrés. The other large islands are Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands which lie to the north-east of San Andrés; their capital is Santa Isabel.
Discovering Diving / Discover Scuba Diving (DSD)from $60 USD
The Jardín Botánico de Cádiz was an eighteenth-century example of a botanical garden for the study of medicine located in Cádiz, Spain. It was founded by Pedro Virgili, director of the Royal College of Surgeons of the Navy . Virgili set about acquiring the site for the garden on April 22, 1749, shortly after the foundation of the Royal College. The plants were grouped according to their medicinal use in order to help the students apply their knowledge of botany in a medical context.
Botanical Garden Bogotá Private Tour (4 Hrs.)from $79 USD
Playa Blanca in Baru Islandfrom $75 USD
Adventure full day Isla Barú + Mangroves + Snorkel + bioluminescent planktonfrom $123 USD
Magical Full-Day Tour Through The Mangroves And The Beach In Isla de Barúfrom $90 USD
Full Day: 5 Must See Spots in Rosario Islands with Optional Mud Volcanofrom $99 USD
Baru Terrestrefrom $22.5 USD