Colombia is certainly a unique experience as it differs from many countries in culture and history. You can’t stay away from the biggest and most popular cities like Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena which have a lot to offer.
But, there are a lot of other hidden gems in the country listed below. Take a look at what things to do and see in Colombia and plan your ideal trip!
Colombia has always been struggling to fight drug distribution and stopping drug wars throughout the years but the country has entered a new modern era. Medellin was once the center of such operations known for the Medellin Cartel and Pablo Escobar but has come a lot way since.
If you want to uncover the history and the events that occurred at the old Medellin take the Medellin Free Walking Tour that guides you through the streets of Medellin and especially District 13 (Comuna 13).
Comuna 13 used to be the most notorious place in Colombia where crimes were committed every day but has now been modernized and turned around its old reputation. Comuna 13 is now Medellin’s most interesting district with a lot of cool street art to admire and coffee shops to enjoy the local flavored coffee.
The quality of life has been improved in Medellin as well as the public transportation and the general feel of the city. You will have a great time visiting Medellin!
Did you ever consider where is the coffee you drink every day coming from? It might be Colombia! It would for sure be a shame if you visit Colombia and not taste the Colombian coffee. Colombia is the third biggest producer of coffee in the world behind only Brazil and Vietnam. The country is famous for its Arabica coffee beans that you can enjoy in local cafes or even buy some bags of original Colombian coffee beans.
If you want to learn about the history of coffee in Colombia as well as everything about coffee production take a tour at local coffee farms and experience the process including harvesting, drying the beans, and tasting the coffee as it’s finished.
Valle De Cocora Hike
Situated near Salento and not far away from the coffee farms of Quindio, Valle De Cocora offers a truly unique experience for travelers. The landscape of the valley features very tall palm trees (up to 70m tall) between mountains.
The atmosphere is amazing and more so when thick fog covers the area. Then, the magnificent setting is compared to a forest above the sky. Valle De Cocora has several paths to take, just take the time to enjoy the beautiful view and of course take some photos!
Take A Mud Bath At Totumo Volcano
Totumo volcano is a famous volcano in Colombia which is not active and has transformed into a tourist attraction. At the top of the volcano, there is only mud! And for that reason, locals decided to offer mud baths to visitors. The volcano is easily accessible and in fact is only an hour of drive away from Cartagena.
So, don’t think about it too much, cover yourself in mud and get a mud massage from the locals. Afterwards, wash in a nearby lake. Don’t miss out on a definitely strange but cool experience!
Santuario De Las Lajas
The Santuario De Las Lajas goes way back to the 1750s when it was built for the first time as a small place of worship. It then developed into the magnificent church it is today. It is said that the building is located in a sacred place according to its history.
The church itself is an amazing sight to tourists from all over the world and is situated close to Colombia’s border with Ecuador. The cathedral is built in Gothic style and features an exciting museum where you can learn everything about the history of the church. Lastly, the cathedral is set on a beautiful landscape with mountains and rivers all around.
Cartagena, one of the oldest cities in Colombia with a great historical presence and an exotic style. Cartagena is located along the Caribbean coastline and is a port city with rich history and culture. The city is a popular tourist destination and is known for its vibing energy. Tropical weather, sea, and colorful neighborhoods are all one can ask from its vacation.
There is a lot to discover in Cartagena including the Old Town where you wander around the streets and fill that unique energy mentioned above. The streets are filled with colorful traditional outfits, special restaurants, and small shops.
Also, the city has to offer some pretty historical sights like castles, churches, and fortifications. Admire the beautiful churches and amazing street art on foot or take a guided city tour with a horse carriage.
Bogota is the capital of Colombia and the largest city in the country with a population of over 10 million. The city is a modern metropolis with skyscrapers, crowded streets, and fast-paced life.
Bogota has a pretty impressive artistic side, as neighborhoods and streets are covered with amazing street art. If you want to experience the graffiti Colombian culture in full you have to take the Bogota Graffiti Tour.
Another good way to explore the city is by taking the Bogota Bike Tour that takes travelers through multiple neighborhoods, streets, plazas, markets, restaurants, and coffee shops.
Tayrona National Park
Before you leave Colombia make sure to stop by the Tayrona National Park where you can enjoy the sea, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and also take a hiking trail across the shoreline.
The Park is close to the Caribbean coast and visiting it should be a must because it gives your trip the relaxation and calmness the rest of Colombia doesn’t offer. Pass through a tropical forest, “meet” the wildlife and enjoy the beautiful beach. The setting is spectacular!