Highlights of Colombia
Bogota, a city that merges history and modernity, decorated with rich vegetation, which achieves one of the most beautiful green landscapes on the continent. Enjoy the charm of its architecture, decorated with colonial and modern designs. Downtown, you will find Plaza de Bolívar, the Primada Cathedral, Casa de Nariño, and the Presidential Palace. Additionally, you can visit stunning places such as La Candelaria neighborhood, the heart of the historic center. Fall in love with the typical flavors and textures of the region, such as ajiaco, cocido, tamale, or almojábanas, and try Colombian fruit juices and desserts that are prepared with native products.
Cartagena is a vibrant city located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Its colorful streets full of charm make it the gateway to South America. Delight your palate with excellent international and national cuisine. This fantastic destination keeps the secret of history, on its walled city with lovely balconies and on its narrow stone paths, which served as inspiration for Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Cartagena has more than 5 surrounding islands, with 20 beaches to visit and enjoy. The white sand, the palm trees, the sea breeze, and the coral reefs. Enjoy a tour of Totumo volcano and visit the unique beach with pink water. Find out the best places: Getsemani neighborhood, San Felipe Castle, and La Popa Convent, to learn the history of Cartagena.
Colombia's Coffee Region is dotted with small towns where life has changed over the past centuries. Towns like Salento, Pijao, and Filandia still preserve the same colonial air of the past years, when coffee farmers brought their products to market along old country roads. Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia are the three largest cities in the Coffee Region, each of them has its magic and many activities to do. If you are a culture and nature enthusiast, visit museums and enjoy walking tours in the soaring mountains crowned in mist, and pastoral scenes of farms, rivers, and creeks. You will love the international and local flavors.
Caribbean Coast, Barú
The Barú Peninsula is a coastal area located in the south and 45 minutes by boat from Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, famous for the white sand and turquoise water. Nearby there are mangroves, water mirrors, and underwater gardens. Barú has various beaches, but the most outstanding are Playa Blanca, Cholón, Agua Azul, and Agua Tranquila. Perfect for water sports, such as kayak, kitesurf, snorkeling, and a ride on a jet ski. The water is warm and the visibility very good, all year round. This paradise island has one of the most relevant environmental attractions in Colombia, the National Aviary. There you can take a tour of three ecosystems - tropical rainforest, coastal area, and desert - where you can see 170 species of birds. One of the little-known but at the same time, most charming activities that you can do in Barú is the luminescent plankton tour. These small marine organisms appear at night in Puerto Naito.
Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, is a beautiful city located in a valley surrounded by mountains and stunning landscapes. Medellin is home to lovely parks and gardens, including the Botanical Gardens, and miles of hiking trails in Arvi Park. You can even see Scarlet Macaws, Iguanas, and even wild monkeys within the city itself. A visit to Medellin is not complete with experiencing Comuna 13, a small urban community for the arts – a bustling oasis of creativity on the hillside overlooking the skyscrapers of this massive city.