Colombia Tourism introduces us to a South American Country that boast everything from beaches in the Caribbean and the pacific, to volcanoes, waterfalls, swamps and above all great cities with a rich culture that comes from a mix of Hispanic and indigenous heritage.
We are going to visit the most important ones.
Tayrona National Natural Park
Set against the dramatic mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta are the most beautiful beaches in the Colombian Caribbean, surrounded by rain forested hills.
Tayrona is heaven for snorkelers and scuba divers, especially near Las Piscina and Cabo San Juan beaches
There are also plenty of sandy hiking trails leading to and from the coast, many of which provide spectacular views over the Caribbean.
Plaza Bolivar in Bogotá the Capital of Colombia
Most people will eventually start their trip in the Capital of Colombia, the amazing city of Bogota.
The combination of modernism and colonial charm where more than eight million people live the good life.
Visit La Candelaria, the Plaza Bolivar, the Museum of Gold and many more tourist attractions. Then head to northern Bogota, the wealthier neighborhoods for the best restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira near Bogota
Some consider it the #1 of Tourist Attraction in Colombia. Just an hour drive from the capital in an area called the Salt Capital of Colombia, is this Catholic church constructed mostly of salt inside a now closed mine.
Although this is a major tourism destination, the Salt Cathedral actually accommodates nearly 3,000 parishioners every Sunday and attending a church service can be an unforgettable experience.
Valle de Cocora
This is the ultimate spot where to see the wax palm, a symbol of Colombia. The amazing landscape is a verdant green, and as the fog lifts it is possible to see the tremendous height of the wax palms growing upright on the hills of the valley. Popular options include horseback riding, Jeep tours and a six-hour hiking loop.
In English the Lost City, is nestled inside the jungle. Also known as the Lost City of Teyune, this is a pre-Columbian settlement, constructed around the 8th century by the Tayrona Indians.
In its time it was a center for culture. There are tours available to visit this treasure.
It is a river that flows in in a rainbow of five colors. It is a great natural treasure. For many years it has been closed due to the FARC guerillas presence.
The river is located outside the town of Macarena in a National Park called Serrania de la Macarena.
Cartagena de Indias in Colombia
This was the crown jewel of the Spanish colonizers. Called “de Indias” to differentiate it from Cartagena in Spain.
The city preserves its colonial heritage in the Old Town area and surrounded with about 13 km of centuries-old walls. The bougainvillea-covered balconies and the many Catholic churches, make it an ideal place to visit and stay for a few days.
In the 1990s it was one of the most dangerous cities of the world. But everything changed for this picturesque Colombia city.
This hilly city has many cable cars linking the different parts of it and a modern metro system in the lower valley.
Visit Botero Plaza at the Old Quarter, to see a collection of 23 sculptures of famous Colombia artist Fernando Botero. And finish your day at El Poblado for boutique shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Los Nevados National Park
This is an area with many volcanic peaks. The snow-covered Nevado del Ruiz and Nevado del Tolima, among others serve as main attractions in this national park.
Hiking is a popular pastime, and those with a streak of adventure can camp in the park’s backcountry. There is also the opportunity to find the local wildlife, which includes spectacled bears, Andean Condors and pumas as well as tiger cats.
Carnaval de Barranquilla
Besides the #1 Carnival which is in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, we can say that Barranquilla’s is the # 2.
During Carnaval de Barranquilla, the city is overrun with festivals, live music and street parades. The festivities start with La Batalla de Flores, or the Battle of the Flowers, where parade floats are decorated with flowers in magnificent and colorful designs.
La Guajira Península
This northernmost spot in South America, is yet to be discovered by tourists. It is an oasis of sand dunes and mangrove swamps with infinite number of birds.
All this surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. The meeting of the orange-brown sands with the blue waters is a sight nobody should miss.
Cali is the Salsa Capital of the World
Known as the Salsa Capital of the World this southwest city is the third largest city of Colombia. Founded in 1536 by the Conquistadors is nicknamed “Branch of Heaven” is surrounded by the peaks of Cristo Rey, the hill of the Three Crosses, and the hills of San Antonio jut upwards from the plains that make up most of Valle del Cauca.
Colombia Flag Description
The current flag of Colombia was officially adopted on December 17, 1819. The flag features three horizontal bands of yellow, blue and red. Colors of the flag are commonly interpreted that the yellow symbolizes sovereignty and justice, blue as loyalty and vigilance, and red represents the valor shown and the victory achieved during the battles for independence from Spain.
images for colombia tourism
tayrona by jorge lescare
bogota by kinori
zipaquira by novoaparra
cocora by deivid saenz
perdida by raphael chay
cano cristales by mario carvajal
cartagena by ealmagro
barranquilla by jd villalobos
cali by aleko
all courtesy of wikimedia commons
Map of Colombia and its neighbors in South America