The nation of Colombia is one of South America's most diverse and scenic destinations. Colombia really has it all, with everything from beaches to mountains to swamps that surround the Amazon River. Visitors planning the ideal trip to Colombia would want to travel outside the cities and see national parks, historical sights, and the nation's vibrant culture. Let this guide serve as an itinerary which highlights Colombia 's top tourist attractions.
Val de Cocora : The emblem of Colombia is the wax palm, and in a beautiful setting, the Valle de Cocora is the ultimate place to see these plants. The unreal landscape is lush green, and the immense height of the wax palms rising upright on the hills of the valley can be seen as the fog rises. The landscape itself is Valle de Cocora's main attraction, but there are many ways to see it all. Horseback riding, Jeep tours and a six-hour hiking loop are common options.
Perdida Ciudad : There is still an undeveloped forest in most of Colombia, and Ciudad Perdida is nestled right in the middle of that jungle. Ciudad Perdida, also known as the Lost City of Teyune, is a pre-Columbian settlement that was founded by the Tayrona Indians around the eighth century. The settlement was once a vibrant cultural centre, but all that remains today are circular-shaped stone terraces, many of them overgrown by the surrounding forest. For longer guided treks, the area is popular, where participants can go hiking from camp to camp and experience the jungle's pristine, natural environment.
About Cano Cristales : This is one natural landmark that should be on the itinerary of any tourist, whether it is known as Caño Cristales, the Liquid Rainbow or the River of Five Colors. Unfortunately, due to the presence of the FARC in the surrounding areas, Caño Cristales has been closed to tourism since 1989, but a few tourist agencies have recently started offering carefully planned tours to the region. The river is situated in the national park known as Serranía de la Macarena, just outside of the small town of La Macarena. Plants, rocks , sand and algae give colour to the river, which, depending on the location, can look black, white, green , yellow or bright red. An experience on its own is hiking along the banks of the Caño Cristales, but travellers can also head to Los Cuarzos waterfall or swim in the natural pools created by the river itself.
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National Park of Los Nevados : The National Park of Los Nevados is perched at a high altitude and is focused around some of the most incredible volcanic peaks in the world. Among other items, the snow-covered Nevado Del Ruiz and Nevado del Tolima are the main attractions of the park. Hiking is a common pastime, and those with an adventure streak will be able to camp in the backcountry of the park. The local wildlife, which includes spectacled tigers, tiger cats, Andean condors and pumas, is also possible to spot.
Barranquilla Carnaval : Although the majority of people in Brazil equate Carnival with Rio de Janeiro, the Colombian city of Barranquilla is currently home to the second largest carnival in the world. The city is overrun with concerts, live music and street parades during the Carnaval de Barranquilla. The festivities kick off with La Batalla de Flores, or the War of the Flowers, where floats in beautiful and vibrant designs are adorned with flowers.
Las Lajas Santuario : The Santuario de Las Lajas, one of the most intriguing religious institutions in all of Colombia, is just north of the frontier with Ecuador. The Santuario de Las Lajas, constructed spectacularly on a bridge that spans the Guaitara River, looks like it is straight from a fairy tale. In the early 20th century, thanks to a financial donation from locals, the Gothic-style cathedral was built and there is now a small museum situated inside the building. It is easy to get to Las Lajas Sanctuary from the nearby town of Ipiales, where travellers can take part in guided cathedral tours.
To Monserrate : Due to its high elevation, the Colombian city of Bogota is a special capital, something that becomes pronounced with a visit to Monserrate. There is a church from the 17th century that serves as a mecca for religious pilgrims at the top of the Monserrate peak, which overlooks the city. Riding either the funicular train or the aerial tramway to the top of Monserrate is one of the best ways to experience Bogota. From there, the sun setting over Downtown Bogota can be seen in a truly stunning way.
New Town Cartagena: The historic Cartagena Old Town is arguably one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colombia. This city was the first of Colombia's Spanish settlements, and the Old Town is bursting with colonial historical architecture. There are many older neighbourhoods and landmarks in the walled Old Town, which is also known as Ciudad Amurallada. In the Getsemaní neighbourhood, which is the oldest part of the colonial city and a centre for local eateries, Plaza Trinidad is of particular note. Take advantage of the coastal position and try a side of arroz de coco, or coconut rice, with fried cod.
National Park Tayrona : The Tayrona National Park, which borders the Caribbean Sea and provides remarkable beaches and scenery for tourists, is in the northernmost part of Colombia. A lagoon called La Piscina, where a natural reef transforms the lagoon into a protected swimming area, is one of the top spots in Tayrona National Park. It is possible to see lobsters, fish and rays between the seagrass and the reef when snorkelling in La Piscina. There are also plenty of sandy hiking trails that lead to and from the coast, many of which offer stunning Caribbean views.
Zipaquira 's Salt Cathedral : Zipaquirá, a city known as Columbia 's salt mining capital, is only an hour's drive north of Bogota. There has long been a concentration of intense wealth in Zipaquirá as a result of salt mining. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which is a Catholic church made almost entirely of salt inside a now defunct mine, is one of the items that illustrates this. While this is a major tourism destination, every Sunday the Salt Cathedral actually accommodates almost 3,000 parishioners, and it can be an unforgettable experience to attend a church service. An area known as the Salt Park is surrounding the cathedral, where tourists can see other landmarks inside the mines and learn more at the Brine Museum about the industry.
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Of Medellin : Once recognised as the world's most dangerous city, Medellin has since become one of Latin America's safest cities. These days, Medellin is more known than its traumatic history for its hipster cafes, exclusive museums, and beloved Flower Festival. You have to add a trip to Medellin to your Colombia travel plans, if you're into amazing parks, delicious food, and an creative, youthful feel.
National Park Tayrona : Tayrona National Park, situated on the northern coast of Colombia where the Santa Marta Mountains crash into the Caribbean Sea, is planned for nature lovers. Tayrona provides some of the best swimming and snorkelling beaches in Colombia, along with amazing hiking and incredible excursions. There are ample lagoons and tropical jungles, offering stunning views everywhere you look. You simply have to visit Tayrona, whether you're spending 2 weeks in Colombia or just stopping in for the weekend.
Cartagena : The city of Cartagena is situated on the Caribbean coast of Colombia and is best known for its colonial Walled City, its laid-back atmosphere and wild nightlife. Cartagena, a particularly charming port city full of fascinating history and stunning architecture, is surrounded by amazing beaches and even more amazing island getaways. For example, the Rosario Islands, where endless tropical drinks and some of the best snorkelling in the world can be found, are just a boat ride away.
Islands of Rosario : And speaking of the Rosario Islands, visiting the Rosario Islands is a great day trip from Cartagena, situated just 60 miles from Cartagena. Relax in the clear-blue water alongside coral reefs and aquatic life or scuba dive. We will still recommend adding a stop here to your list even if you're planning a strictly city-based Colombia itinerary. Bogotá : Bogota, the Colombian capital, is renowned for its excellent food, warm people, and spectacular street art. In Bogota, there are loads of things to do, from feasting on traditional Colombian cuisine to discovering world-renowned street art in the region. This unique city is packed with exciting sights and events to add to your Bogota itinerary, whatever it is you're looking for.
The San Gil : In the northern area of Colombia, San Gil is situated about two hours south of the city of Bucaramanga. San Gil is the place to be for those looking to add a bit of fun to their ideal Colombia itinerary. San Gil 's terrain provides a wide range of adventure activities that will excite every tourist, from paragliding to white water rafting to climbing in the nearby Chicamocha Canyon.
Departing from Chennai airport.
Arrival And Day 1 is going to be an exciting one if you are a thrill seeker.
About 40 minutes north of the city area is San Felix – the main paragliding area of Medellin. Here you will find yourself high up in the mountains above the entire city. During this experience, you will join a tandem paraglide with an instructor and fly above the Medellin valley down below. The flight should last around 30 minutes or so before landing back in the same spot you took off from.
We would recommend taking part of a paragliding experience in the morning as that is when the winds are usually at their calmest.
Since you will probably be finished paragliding late morning, you can then head over to El Centro, the historical district of Medellin. If you are into free guided tours, Real City Tours has one of highest reviewed and well spoken of tours you will come by.
They take you to all the main attractions and give you some background and history of the city.
The afternoon tour starts at 2:19PM and lasts about 4 hours (must book in advance through the link above). If you aren’t into tours you can also just do it on your own. Follow this map and walk through at your own pace. Note that the walking tour isn’t available on Sunday.
El Centro is filled with plenty of different types of experiences. You have everything including Alpujarro, Parque de le Lucas, the National Palace, El Hueco, Museo de Antioquia, Botero Plaza, and Parque Bolivar.
It really is just a great couple miles of authentic Medellin, seeing the past and present and enjoying the city. Once you are finished with either your guided or non guided tour hop in a cab back to your hotel to end your day.
Morning breakfast at Hotel.
A two hour drive from Medellin lay the towns of El Penol and Guatape. In the middle of the two is a massive rock formation called La Piedra de Penol that will give you one of the best views in Colombia.
The day trip will consist of climbing the giant rock, visiting the colorful town of Guatape, and stopping at some viewpoints along the way. When it comes to day trips, it won’t get much better than this one.
Come back to Hotel and overnight stay.
Morning breakfast at Hotel.
On the morning of your last day in Medellin you will get head up the cable car system of Medellin and into Parque Arvi.
In order to do so you will head to the Acevedo station, the base of the first of two cable cars, which will take you all the way up above the city to the Santa Domingo station.
On this first car you will get amazing views of the entire city of Medellin to the north, west, and south. Once you get to the Santa Domingo station follow the signs to the Parque Arvi cable car. This cable car takes you even higher up the mountain and into the forest and eventually to the park itself.
Depending on how much time you have in Arvi you can do a bunch of different things – everything from hiking, walking tours, ziplining and more. There are also a few outdoor restaurants and bars at the entrance along with a market filled with different local cuisine.
After a morning/afternoon enjoying Parque Arvi, it is time to head to the second city of this itinerary – Cartagena. There are plenty of flights throughout the day that will take you there so just hop on one sometime in the afternoon/evening time and be on your way.
You will see it right away how different Cartagena is from Medellin. While it will clearly be more touristy, it is also such a great city to walk around and enjoy.
The walled city feels like an old European town, with great restaurants, bars and squares throughout. If you are into the nightlife scene then you will definitely find a place around the Old City or Getsemani neighborhood that will suit your needs.
Come back to Hotel and overnight stay.
Morning breakfast at Hotel.
You can spend the next morning strolling the old city, and exploring all the twists and turns. It really is a great place to just walk around and get lost in. After having some lunch you can then head to the El Totumo Mud Volcano.
Located around 1 hour north of the city, you will find this small volcano filled with mud. Here you can jump inside, float in the mud, and even get some massages. A definite unique experience to take part of during your 5 days in Colombia.
Come back to Hotel and overnight stay.
Morning breakfast and then check out from Hotel.
Your final day of this Colombia 5 day itinerary will have you hit the waters of the Caribbean Sea. There are a few different options to choose from deciding what type of experience you would like to have. You can take a day trip to Playa Blanca and/or the Rosario Islands or you can also rent a boat and explore a whole bunch of places out at sea.
Then Hotel Check -out and Drop at Airport for Return Journey !
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