Exploring ColombiaOur Travel Guide
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is situated in the north of South America. It’s capital, Bogotá is the countries largest city and where most visitors fly into when arriving. Colombia borders the Caribbean Sea, Panama, Ecuador and Peru, Venezuela and Brazil. And to the west by the Pacific Ocean. With over 50 million people, Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world. It has a rich cultural heritage and is considered one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries and the second-highest level of biodiversity in the world.
Visiting Colombia the first time, I was overwhelmed with the vibrancy of the cities, and enjoyed the wild places in Colombia. I studied it’s pre-Columbian history and fascinated by the pottery and wares produced. Colombia is full of surprises at every turn and worth visiting and exploring.
Colombia at a Glance
CURRENCY: The Colombian Peso is the currency of The Republic of Colombia. The currency code is COP and the symbol is $.
VISA: More than 90 countries no need visa for 90 days, include Europa and America.
LANGUAGE: The official language of Colombia is Spanish. But around 65 languages are considered co-officially, include English.
- Sight Seeing 70% 70%
- Cost 80% 80%
- Ease of Travel 70% 70%
- Activities 80% 80%
When visiting Colombia, leave the drug-culture stereotype at home. Medellin is a modern vibrant city along with Bogota and the drug-culture references are offensive to most Colombians. This is no longer the land of Pablo Escobar. Travel and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Colombia from the mountains to the sea.
Top Experiences in Colombia
1. Bogotá, Capital City of Colombia.
It´s among the 25 best places in Latin America to visit. Mount Monserrate is definitely one of the places that you should not miss, you can go through it by cable car or you can go up on foot, this is the best experiences but you must be prepared. And if you like the history and the culture you must visit the gold museum and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez cultural center, one of the most famous Colombian writers. In your plan add the Cathedral of Sal de Zipaquirá, is an amazing place to visit and enjoy the view and it´s very peculiar site.
2. Cartagena de Indias.
Cartagena de Indias is surrounded by imposing walls, which once protected it from pirate attacks. If you visit Cartagena you must take a tour of all the beaches, especially between December and April, You should also do a tour throughout the city, I recommend that you rent a bicycle, take a hat and a lot of sunscreen and take the whole or two days to travel it with the bicycle, always is the best option for know the city. Also, if you thinking or you want to visit several Caribbean countries, you can take one of the many cruises that pass through Cartagena de Indias, is a good and economic option.
3. Santa Marta.
It´s one of the oldest cities in all of Colombia. Tayrona National Park is a most attractive sites in Santa Marta, is a real paradise. If you kwon the Park buy a tour with all the beaches of Tayrona Park or many than you can, Cristal beach is the best to visit with family or friends of the Park, the first stop is Siete Olas where you can take in panoramic views, is amazing and continues to Neguanje where you can take a boat to get to Playa Cristal in 8 minutes, is a beautiful experiences, make sure you have the whole day off and bring hydration an sunscreen.
4. Villa de Leyva.
It´s declared a National Monument. Villa de Leyva is an amazing spot to explore, if you don´t have much time you can never miss these natural attractions “Cuevas de la Fábrica”, “Cascada El Hayal” and “Pozo de la Vieja”, these 3 points have incredible views, but not forget bring a bathing suit and a camera, I assure you that you will not want to forget Villa de Leyva. If you can book several nights, 3 or 4 and enjoy to the fullest, but at least do not miss these incredible points. But watch out, La Fábrica cave is full of bats!
5. Coffee axis: Caldas, Quindio and Risaralda.
The coffee axis is a mandatory stop if you travel to Colombia and you must try the coffee here. Colombia is famous for its incredible coffee, it´s amazing, if you don´t speak Spanish I give these words: “¿Me puede regalar una taza de café? por favor” (Can I have a cup of coffee? please), don´t forget. Is an incredible places for coffee lovers, the aroma of this place fills you. If you love coffee don´t miss the opportunity to visit the museum of coffee culture, they show all the steps, one by one, to get a cup in your hands.
6. San Andrés Archipelago.
If you are a lover of water sports or practices one, this is the place you cannot miss. But, if you are looking for a place more quite, with more exuberant and less intervened scenarios, you can go to the island of Providencia or the smaller island of Santa Catalina, both accessible after 3 hours of boat from San Andrés. This archipelago has the most beautiful and beaches with amazing shades of blue, is an incredible view. The San Andrés archipelago contains a wide variety of hotels, so you can choose the one that suits you best. A good options is go to the Spratt Bight boat port and visit the neighboring cayos.
7. Gorgona Island.
If you need a new experiences you can go to Gorgona Island, here you see the most diversity of birds, whales and flora. Also, you will find surprising white sand beaches and coral reefs where you will not want to leave, but wear good shoes. If you travel between July and November an you are the coast, maybe you will be able to see humpback whales give birth, it´s a beautiful experience,
This spot we are mentioned in Colombia is the most beautiful places to visit and enjoy alone or with friends and family, and looking for a new experiences. Before traveling in Colombia, keep each of these places in mind.
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