Where to go in Colombia: 3 places to visit

Colombia: lovely outdated cities, nationwide parks, seashores… it’s the proper place for a long-weekend or prolonged journey. That’s precisely what Tristan, certainly one of our scholar ambassador’s did lately – spending every week in Colombia, and says that was greater than sufficient time to go to these locations and their surrounding areas: Cartagena, Tayrona Nationwide Park and Bogota. He spills the beans on all Three locations on this submit.

Cartagena & Rosario Islands

Colombia’s Caribbean port metropolis of Cartagena is an simply accessible getaway, with direct flights provided from many US cities– simply 5 hours continuous from NYC. Some states take longer than that, so it’s a no brainer!

The colonial structure is extraordinarily picturesque; brightly-painted houses and hostels stand boldly alongside Spanish manors and big church buildings. The colourful streets are filled with distributors, promoting every part from contemporary fruit and coconut water to handmade items, or go into the shops and seize your self one thing historically woven, some boutique artwork or a specialty-crafted basket. Cartagena is filled with life, and it’s contagious.

Enterprise out of the outdated city for native bars and golf equipment within the Getsemani neighborhood. Liquor is reasonable to purchase in shops and even on the road: there are distributors in every single place handing out chilly cervezas.

And when you’re feeling actually adventurous, take a ship to the Rosario islands, the place locals and vacationers go to chill out or get together on one of many 16 islands. There are non-public boats, but in addition public ferries which go away repeatedly from the Cartagena Marina within the Manga district.

Right here, you may go scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming within the colourful coral-filled waters, hop on a jet-ski for a high-speed take a look at the islands, or simply take a while out to put out on the ivory-white seashores. Touring is difficult work in any case…

Tayrona Nationwide Park

Colombia is thought for its pure parks and biodiversity. Whereas many of the animal species are far-off within the Amazon rainforest, you can be handled to a glimpse whilst you’re right here, so hold your eyes peeled!

A number of hours away from Cartagena by automotive, or a brief flight from Bogota, are the cities of Santa Marta and Tagana. Each cities are very near Tayrona, and sleeping right here will can help you discover the park with ease (you may even camp within the park when you’re the outdoorsy sort). Tayrona Park is huge, with many mountain climbing trails and seashores, so keep the night time when you can.
You’ll be amazed by Tayrona’s jagged cliffs, which jut out into the ocean. Taking a ship experience across the coast is a good way to understand the dramatic panorama.

The perfect seashore is Cabo San Juan, well-known for its ‘double-beach’ and nature walks. When you’re fortunate you’ll see some uncommon rainforest creatures. Or, simply sit again and benefit from the crystal-clear water. I sadly bought caught in a little bit little bit of a storm after the hike so I didn’t have a lot seashore time in Tayrona– however most days in Colombia are sunny and vibrant!

There are additionally a number of Indigenous communities, certainly one of which is open to vacationers. A two-hour hike by the forest takes you to Pueblito, the place there are a number of conventional thatched-roof settlements.

When you have extra time, you may apparently go on a 3-Four day trek to search out “The Misplaced Metropolis” — I simply want I’d identified about it earlier than I went!


Colombia’s often-overlooked capital metropolis is vigorous, and boasts a big selection of actions and atmospheres. The outdated city neighborhood of Candelaria is brightly painted and stuffed with candy outlets, whereas the downtown areas host a lot of Colombia’s nationwide museums and procuring.

Bogota is named the Metropolis of Gold for a motive!

Situated on the foot alongside the Andes’ mountains, Bogota’s air is contemporary and fewer humid than different Colombian cities. A hike or cable up Montserrat affords unbelievable views of this sprawling metropolis.

Bogota is infamous for its gray skies, however that doesn’t cease folks from dancing within the streets!

The native meals scene ranges from unusual to stranger; conventional favorites embrace sizzling chocolate with cheese, and aphrodisiac ants (not for me!). Bogota is a singular mixture of outdated and new, and is value not less than a day of your time, if no more.

Colombia may not be on each traveler’s radar, nevertheless it needs to be! Its proximity to the US makes it a straightforward journey or a super starting to an epic South American tour. There’s a lot to discover, you simply have to search out someplace to start out! Take a look at this journey information for a little bit extra information.

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