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Colombia is..
More than 3.000 km of coastline between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean,
Mountains peaking at over 5.000 m in altitude along the Andes and the Sierra Nevada,
Colorful villages and a welcoming population,
The world’s second greatest biodiversity,
Traditions and lifestyles to discover,
An immense natural and cultural diversity..

Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and discovering it is one of the most exciting experiences you can have. All travellers who return from a trip to Colombia have only one word on their lips: come back! It has to be said that the country has so many treasures that it would be difficult to imagine it any other way..

But don’t worry, you’ ll fall in love with the country like everyone else, and we’re sure you’ll want to come back!

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All the blog’s posts on the different regions of Colombia

Visiting Colombia

We write our posts as we travel around Colombia and discover new things. We still have so much to explore! That said, the blog is starting to have quite a bit of content, which is listed below. We hope you’ll be able to find your way around!

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Visit Lorica travel guide: heritage town on the Caribbean coast

Visit Capurgana & Sapzurro travel guide: best things to do

Discovering Cano Cristales, the rainbow river of Colombia

Utria National Park travel guide: natural wonder in the Pacific coast of Choco

Where to find Colombian coffee?

Hotel Punta Caribana: where to stay in Necocli

Scuba diving on the Pacific coast

How to get to San Andres and Providencia travel guide

Visit Villa de Leyva Travel Guide: Best things to do in the most beautiful village in Boyaca

Visit Guatape travel guide: best things to do in one of Colombia’s most colorful villages

Visit Nueva Venecia travel guide: the stilt villages of Cienaga Grande

Tayrona National Park travel guide: all you need to know

Indigenous travel agency to discover the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta

Visit San Felix and the Samaria Valley travel guide: the other wax palm forest

Visit Mongui travel Guide: beautiful heritage village in Boyaca

Cerros de Mavecure, the most beautiful landscape in Colombia?

Visit Juan Curi travel guide: the most beautiful waterfall in Santander?

The 7 best scuba diving spots in Colombia travel guide

Bogota weather: what’s the best time to visit Bogota?

Visit Caño Cristales travel guide: the most beautiful river in the world

Hotel Finca El Cielo, where to stay in San Agustin

The best Bogota City Tours with an English-speaking guide

Visit Taganga travel guide: between good memories and bad reputation

Visit Moravia Barrio Tour: the sowers of life in Medellin

Visit Buritaca travel guide: things to do between sea and river

Medellin weather: when is the best time to visit Medellin?

The pink dolphins of Laguna Damas de Nare in the Guaviare River that brought peace

El Cocuy National Park travel guide: some of the most beautiful treks in Colombia

Caño Sabana, the river of 5 colors in Guaviare (the small caño cristales)

Visit Laguna Negra in the Guaviare region of Amazonia

Amazon river dolphins travel guide: Where to see pink river dolphins in Colombia

Private tours in Barichara, with local english-speaking guide

Visit Cerro Azul travel guide: the Sixtine Chapel of the colombian Amazon in Guaviare

Visit San José del Guaviare travel guide: the gateway to Amazonia

Local english-speaking agency to visit Santander in Colombia

How to get around Medellin and how to get to/from the airport

Carbonera Valley travel guide: visit the largest wax palm forest

Around Medellin Travel Guide : best things to do and see in the area

Whale-watching in Colombia travel guide: where to see humpback whales in the pacific coast

Visit Punta Gallinas travel guide: best things to do in the Guajira desert

Should you visit the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira?

Visit Salento travel guide: the most famous village of the cofee region

Cartagena weather: what’s the best time to visit Cartagena de indias?

Top 9 best and most beautiful beaches in Colombia

Our experience in the Tayrona National: feeback and tips

Where to stay in Cali: the best hotels and the best areas

Visit Medellin Travel Guide : the best things to do in Medellin

Where to stay on Rosario islands and Baru Island in Cartagena

What are the best beaches in Cartagena de indias ?

Where to stay in Bogota: the best hotels and the best areas

Visit La Playa de Belen travel guide: an heritage village off the beaten path

Visit Casanare travel guide: wildlife Safari in the heart of the Llanos

Visit San Agustin Travel Guide: The best things to do in San Agustin

Flamingos watching at Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary

Bunkuany travel guide: the alternative trek to the Lost City

The best City Tour in Bogota to understand the history of Colombia

Visit Necocli travel guide: the other face of the Caribbean coast

Top 5 most beautiful villages in Santander, Colombia

Visit Cali Travel Guide: The best things to do in Cali

The best Cali city tour with a local guide

Visit the Laguna de Guatavita Travel Guide

Lost City Trek: our travel guide to the Ciudad Perdida

Visit Jerico travel guide: one of the most beautiful village around Medellin

Our list of the best restaurants and bars in Cali

Where to stay in Cartagena: the best hotels and the best areas

Visit Giron travel guide: heritage town near Bucaramanga

Around Bogota Travel Guide : best things to do and see in the area

Paramo de Oceta travel guide: one of the best hikes in Colombia

The 5 most beautiful villages in Colombia’s coffee region

Visit Silvia travel guide: cultural immersion in the Misak indigenous community

Cocora Valley Travel Guide: hiking in one of the most beautiful landscape of Colombia

The best Bogota Graffiti Tour: enjoy Bogota’s street art in English

Alto Bonito, homestay where to stay in Salamina (bed and breakfast)

Visit Salamina travel guide: Best things to do in this beautiful village of the coffee region

Guajira desert 4-day Tour: our travel guide and feedback

Visit Palomino travel guide: an experience between two waters

Rafting in Medellin: an opportunity to discover the forgotten region of eastern Antioquia

Visit Comuna 13 travel guide: the Graffiti Tour in Medellin

The best Cartagena City Tours with an English-speaking local guide

The most beautiful beaches in Tayrona National Park: the ultimate guide

Visit Barichara travel guide: the most beautiful village in Colombia ?

Mucura and Tintipan Islands travel guide: the San Bernardo islands

Visit Cartagena Travel Guide: The best things to do in Cartagena de indias

Punta Brava travel guide: 3 days in paradise on the pacific coast of Choco

Visit Distrito Graffiti travel guide: Bogota’s new street art district

Around Santa Marta travel guide: best things to do and see in the area

Visit Arusi travel guide: a quiet Pacific village in the Nuqui region

Medellin City Tours and local english tour guides to discover Medellin’s region

Around Popayan travel guide: best things to do and see in the area

Visit Getsemani travel guide: Historic and Street Art distric in Cartagena

Cultural immersion with a Sierra Nevada indigenous family

Los Nevados National Park travel guide: best trekking in the coffee region

Visit Filandia travel guide: Best things to do in this pretty village near Salento

Chingaza National Park travel guide: hiking the Siecha Lagoons path

Visit Popayan travel guide: the best things to do the White City

Visit El Valle travel guide: first time in the Pacific coast of Choco (Bahia Solano)

Around Cali travel guide: best things to do and see in the area

The Wayúu, Indigenous Peoples of Colombia

How to get around Cartagena and how to get to/from the airport

Visit Bogota Travel Guide : 10 best things to do in the capital

Visit Hato Los deseos travel guide: natural reserve in Casanare

Visit the gold Museum in Bogota: a must-see in a trip to Colombia!

Visit Minca travel guide: things to do in the Sierra Nevada

How to get to Medellin travel guide

Paragliding in San Gil travel guide: flying above Chicamocha Canyon

Scuba diving in Santa Marta (Taganga)

How to get around Bogota and how to get to/from the airport

Visit Punta de los remedios travel guide: farniente en la Guajira

How to get to Bogota travel guide

Our Chicamocha Canyon travel guide: one of the natural wonders of Colombia

How to get to Cartagena de Indias travel guide

Bioma Boutique Hotel where to stay in Mompox

Our list of the best restaurants and bars to eat and drink in Bogotá

Visit Monserrate travel guide: experience the sunset over Bogota

Visit Mompox travel guide: Best things to do and see

Visit San Agustin archaeological parks travel guide

8 off-the-beaten-path destinations to discover in Colombia

Visit Rincon del mar travel guide: best things to do and see

Guajira Desert in Colombia: what you need to know before you go

Visit Hato Berlin travel guide: Natural reserve in Casanare

Playa Blanca on Baru Island travel guide (and why not to go!)

Casa Oniri Hotel where to stay in Barichara

Our list of the best restaurants and bars in Cartagena

Visit San Gil travel guide: best things to do in the outdoors activities capital

Macuira National Park travel guide: at the edge of the Guajira desert

Visit Las Gachas and the village of Guadalupe travel guide

Visit Cabo de la Vela travel guide: Best things to do in the Guajira Desert

Visit Nuqui travel guide: best things to do on the Pacific coast of Choco

How to get to Cali travel guide

Visit Hato Las Gaviotas travel guide: Natural reserve in Casanare

Visit Santa Marta travel guide: best things to do in Santa Marta

Visit Pijao travel guide: the slow village of the coffee region

Visit Tatacoa Desert travel guide: one of the natural wonder of Colombia

How to get around Cali and how to get to/from the airport

Organize a trip to the Pacific Coast of Choco

The history of street art in Bogota

The best 18 heritage villages in Colombia

Hotel Arcoiris where to stay in Villa de Leyva

Hotel El Despertar where to stay in Jerico

Visit Bazurto Local Market Tour with a local guide in Cartagena

Visit Raquira Travel Guide: village and handicrafts from Boyaca

Vacation rentals and appartment where to stay in Medellin

Colombia in figures

Visit the most beautiful country in South America

Destination Colombia
  • Independence: July 20, 1810
  • Capital: Bogota (7.5 million inhabitants)
  • Currency: Colombian Peso (COP or $)
  • Population: 49 million
  • Indigenous population: approx. 1.9 million, divided into 115 different ethnic groups
  • Surface area: 1.141.748 km2
  • Natural regions: Andes, Amazon, Caribbean, Orinoquia, Pacific
  • Major cities: Barranquilla, Bogota, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín, Montería, Pasto, Santa Marta
  • Neighbouring countries: Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador
  • Climate: Tropical isothermal
  • Coastline: 3.200 km (Caribbean and Pacific)
  • Highest point: 5.775 m (Pico Colon)

The most visited places in Colombia

Visiting Colombia

We’ve already mentioned it in our post on our tips for planning a trip to Colombia, but 99 he tourists who plan a trip to Colombia almost all plan the same itinerary, based on the usual recommendations of the major guidebooks and communications media:

In addition to these great classics of Colombian travel, there are other destinations that have become tourist attractions, such as Caño Cristales and Leticia in the Amazon, San Agustin, Villa de Leyva and Barichara in the Andean region, and the Lost City, Palomino and Cabo de la Vela in the Caribbean.

It’s worth noting that, overall, the most classic destinations on a trip to Colombia are almost all (with the exception of Leticia) in the Andes and Caribbean regions. Which leads us to conclude that, generally speaking, the classic Colombia is visited between the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. But there’s so much more to see in Colombia!

Colombia off the beaten path

Visiting Colombia

Taking a step off the beaten track is what we’re trying to do with our Colombia blog. And there’s no need to go deep into the remotest parts of Colombia to do so. The country is big enough and not so touristy that it’s really easy to get off the beaten track, even in the most touristy places!

You can visit Cartagena, Bogotá or Medellín differently, you can choose a beach other than Palomino, such as Buritaca or Punta de los Remedios… you can discover the Guajira desert through cultural immersion… you can visit other colorful villages just as beautiful as Salento, such as Filandia, Pijao, Salamina, or Jerico… you can see the famous wax palms of the Cocora Valley in other less touristy places like the Carbonera Valley, the Samaria Valley, etc.., etc.

Our blog is here to help you visit the great classics, but also to give you ideas for discovering the other side of Colombia. Don’t hesitate to take the plunge!

And while the great classics are to be found in the Andes and the Caribbean, the other three major regions of Colombia can be considered the unexplored regions for travellers: the Pacific coast, the Llanos and Amazonia are much less-visited destinations brimming with hidden treasures.

On the Pacific coast, Choco is our favorite region, with Nuqui and Bahia Solano, but Isla Gorgona is also beginning to make a name for itself. In the Orinoquia region, the Casanare around Yopal is fast becoming a fashionable destination. Further afield and more difficult to access, el Tuparro Natural Park offers spectacular scenery.

On the border between Orinoquia and Amazonia lies the emerging destination of Guaviare, offering unique experiences around San Jose del Guaviare, easily accessible by transport. The mysterious and totally isolated Cerros de Mavecure near Iñirida are one of Colombia’s natural wonders.

On the border between the mountains and the Amazon rainforest, Mocoa and the Sinbundoy valley in Putumayo offer even more different discoveries.