Colombia’s 10 most beautiful villages to visit

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Discover the most beautiful villages in Colombia with our posts that take you on a journey through the country.

Colombia is still a very rural country, and despite the presence of large cities throughout the country, there are many small villages – there’s even a network of heritage villages! Some are authentic journeys back in time!

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Villa de Leyva

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

Villa de Leyva is a sublime white village typical of the Boyaca department, with Colombia’s largest public square.

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

Barichara

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

Barichara simply deserves to be named Colombia’s most beautiful village.

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

Salento

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

Salento is probably the best-known village in Colombia! A typical Quindio village and gateway to the Cocora Valley, it has seen a huge boom in tourism in recent years.

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

Guatapé

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

Guatapé is perhaps (along with Salento) the most touristic village in Colombia. Located very close to Medellin, it’s the place to come to admire the Zocalos and the view from the Peñon.

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

Mompox

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

For a long time, Mompox was a village “held back in time”, difficult to access, a sort of small Cartagena without the tourists. Today, the construction of roads, bridges and air links will facilitate access and surely change its face.

Visit Mompox travel guide: Best things to do and see

Jerico

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

Jerico is one of the most beautiful villages in the region around Medellin. It’s a little less accessible than Jardin, and therefore certainly less touristy.

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

Nueva Venecia

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

Nueva Venecia is a mirage, a village on stilts in the middle of Santa Marta’s Cienaga Grande where life isn’t easy, but where the “amphibian” culture makes discovery incredibly rewarding.

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

Lorica

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

Lorica was a real surprise for us! The history, the architecture of the historic center, the banks of the Sinu river, the market… we loved it all.

Visit Lorica travel guide: heritage town on the Caribbean coast

Salamina

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

Salamina is perhaps the most beautiful village in the famous coffee region! Located in the little-known department of Caldas, Salamina is well worth a visit! What’s more, it’s home to the Samaria Valley of wax palms.

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

Playa de Belen

Colombia’s most beautiful villages

La Playa de Belen may be the most off-the-beaten-track village on this list, but it’s clearly worth the detour! For its pretty white and red houses and its location in the heart of Los Estoraques Natural Park.

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

Other villages in Colombia

Many other villages are also worth a visit, even if they’re not on this list! The Andean regions are often brimming with little-known, little-visited places that look exactly like the tourist village next door!

So it’s highly recommended to get off the beaten track, and not hesitate to visit these lesser-known villages, as they are often the guarantee of a unique and authentic experience far removed from traditional tours. Nothing beats meeting locals who are not yet jaded by tourists and are open to discussion and exchange.

Villages such as Filandia, Pijao and Marsella in the coffee-growing region come to mind, offering the same colorful architecture as the famous Salento… In Boyaca, other villages include Raquira, Duitama, Mongui, El Cocuy, Iza and Tibasosa.. In the villages of Santander, there are of course Guadalupe, Socorro, Giron, Zapatoca, Curiti… On the west coast, villages like El Valle, Arusi, Coqui, are a real immersion in the Afro-Colombian culture of the Pacific.

In short, all this to tell you that the villages to discover in Colombia are not only the best-known and most-visited ones, and sometimes quite the opposite! If you’re going through a travel agency for a tailor-made tour and you want to feel the heartbeat of Colombia, talk to them about it and get off the beaten track!