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Colombia
Travel Guide

Taganga Beach showing a sandy beach, a bay or harbour and a coastal town

Rolling mountains, verdant jungles,tropical islands, colonial cities and welcoming locals make this South Americancountry an extraordinary travel destination.

Colombia is a friendly country with immense geographical and cultural diversity. Relax on palm-lined beaches, hike through coffee plantations, spot wildlife amid lush rainforests and experience festive culture. Colombia sits in the northwest corner of South America, looking out to the glorious waters of the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.

Colombia’s towns and cities offer a glimpse into the country’s history and culture. The capital, Bogotá, is famous for its colonial-era Old Town La Candelaria neighborhood and pulsating nightlife. Learn to dance the salsa and be part of carnival celebrations in Cali. Visit the art galleries and parks of Medellín, nicknamed the City of Eternal Spring. Discover colonial monuments and traditional Semana Santa (Easter) festivities in Popayán. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of historic Mompox.

Embark on an adventure in Colombia’s stunning natural landscapes. Go to the Andean town of San Gil for white-water rafting and paragliding. Hike to glacial lakes and snowcapped mountains in Parque Nacional El Cocuy. Discover Colombia’s coffee-growing culture as you walk through the picturesque plantations of the Zona Cafetera. Join a multi-day trek to the magnificent archaeological ruins of Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City).

In the southeast, Leticia is the gateway to the jungle and rainforests of the Colombian Amazon. Experience Colombia’s cowboy culture amid the plains of the easterly Orinoquía region. Ride on horseback to the ancient tombs of Tierradentro.

Colombia is the only South American country with a Pacific and Caribbean coastline. Find crystal-clear water and pristine beaches at Santa Marta, Taganga and carnival-loving Barranquilla. Admire the colonial port of Cartagena and visit the stunning Rosario Islands. Enjoy excellent diving and snorkeling at the Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Providencia. Spot humpback whales at Bahia Solano.

Having overcome years of civil turmoil, Colombia is now a safe county to travel. You’ll find enhanced security conditions and an excellent infrastructure of transport and tourism services. Colombians have a reputation as being some of South America’s kindest people and visitors are warmly welcomed.

Popular cities in Colombia

Monserrate showing a house, mountains and landscape views
Bogotá
Known for Dining, Shopping and Museum
Bogotá is a colossal city in the sky. Its cultural and recreational activities provide diverse entertainment with an exciting South American flair.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de Bolivar
  • Catedral Primada de Colombia
  • Gold Museum
Cartagena
Cartagena
Known for Beach View, Historical and Live Music
Trip time! Discover the history, monuments and beaches in Cartagena.

Reasons to visit

  • Bocagrande Beach
  • San Pedro Claver Church and Convent
  • Plaza de San Pedro Claver
Taganga Beach showing a sandy beach, a bay or harbour and a coastal town
Santa Marta
Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Tour
Caribbean fishing town Santa Marta has exploded into a traveler’s nirvana with white-sand beaches, a lost city and a forested national park.

Reasons to visit

  • Parque de Los Novios
  • Santa Marta Cathedral
  • Tayrona National Natural Park
Barranquilla
Barranquilla
Known for Dining, Shopping and Poolside Bars
Get away to Barranquilla! Enjoy the live music, bars and football.

Reasons to visit

  • Venezuela Park
Botero Square Sculpture Park featuring heritage architecture, a city and a square or plaza
Medellin
Known for Shopping, Poolside Bars and Café
Discover art, innovation and natural beauty in the City of the Eternal Spring, a hidden marvel in the valleys of the Andes.
Cali
Cali
Known for Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
Get away to Cali! Enjoy the cafes, live music and entertainment.

Popular places to visit in Colombia

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