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Welcome to Colombia

From the Caribbean coast and the peaks of the Andes to the relics of ancient pre-Columbian civilizations and freshly roasted coffee, Colombia epitomizes South America.

Top 10 attractions in Colombia

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Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

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On the shores of the Guatapé Dam and surrounded by lush islands, the 19th-century town of Guatapé is one of Colombia’s most photographed sites. It’s not hard to see why—the town’s brightly painted buildings and serene natural setting make for some stunning shots.More
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Baru Island

Baru Island

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Baru Island, which sits in the glass-clear waters of the Caribbean, south of Cartagena, has long been touted as one of Colombia’s most serene beach resorts. The aptly named Playa Blanca is the undeniable highlight, an expanse of powdery white sand perfect for spending a day swimming and sipping tropical cocktails.More
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Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo)

Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo)

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Totumo Volcano (El Totumo) ranks among Cartagena’s most popular day trips. A small volcanic caldera has become a top attraction—a naturally heated bath of grayish brown silt. After bobbing around in the soupy mix, head to the lagoon next door to wash off the mineral-rich mud, thought to have therapeutic properties.More
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Tayrona National Park (Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona)

Tayrona National Park (Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona)

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Ruins, reefs, mangroves, and beaches make up the 37,000-acre Tayrona National Park, one of Colombia’s most popular ecotourism destinations. Visit to hike along the coast, relax on the beaches, snorkel among the coral reefs, or simply disconnect from daily life.More
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

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This spacious cathedral is carved into a warren of salt mines 600 feet (183 mt) below the ground. Venture into the Salt Cathedral to see chapels and altars carved directly into solid rock, learn about the mine’s history, and see intricate statues in chapels representing the Stations of the Cross.More
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Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

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The Lost City, or Ciudad Perdida, is the archaeological site of an ancient indigenous city in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Thought to have been a commercial center for trade around 700 A.D., its population probably ranged between 1,400 and 3,000 inhabitants. Hidden in the jungle for over a thousand years, the Lost City was found in 1972 when treasure hunters followed a series of stone steps leading up to an abandoned city.The Lost City is open to visitors, but the trip is not for the faint of heart. The nearly 30 mile trek takes visitors through farmland and jungle on an unforgettable six-day journey. Part of the adventure includes trekking over mountains filled with exotic plants and animals, climbing stone paths through dense jungle, bathing in waterfalls and sleeping in indigenous villages.Upon arriving at Lost City, climb more than 1,000 stone steps to the top of the site for incredible views of the surrounding mountains and jungle. Take time to explore the more than 250 stone terraces that were carved out of the mountainside, each of which was a space for living and working. The different areas of the city were joined to the fields by a network of cobbled paths and stairs, and an irrigation system channels rainwater downhill to avoid damage and erosion.Members of local tribes, including the Arhuacos, Koguis, and others, continue to maintain many of their ancestral beliefs and customs. They visited the site regularly before it was widely discovered, and gave it the name Teyuna. This trek takes you through some of their villages where life has remained unchanged for centuries.More
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Old Town Cartagena

Old Town Cartagena

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With brightly-colored buildings, colonial landmarks, and bougainvillea-covered balconies, Old Town Cartagena is known for its beauty and its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Highlights include the leafy Plaza de Bolivar, the striking Clock Tower (Torre del Reloj), and the Gold Museum (Museo de Oro).More
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San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)

San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)

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Some historians say that if it weren’t for San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), South America would now speak English. The 14th-century fortress protected the coastal city of Cartagena from English invasion, allowing the Spanish to maintain their rule. Besides the role it plays in Colombia’s history, the castle attracts visitors with its panoramic harbor views.More
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La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

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The graceful and carefully planned Spanish colonial city center, known as La Candelaria, is the oldest part of Bogotá, Colombia. Now a vibrant hub of activity for young artists, bohemian university students, and hip indie businesses, La Candelaria centers on Plazuela del Chorro del Quevedo, the spot where the city was founded in 1537.More
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Caño Cristales

Caño Cristales

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Often called the “River of Five Colors” or “Liquid Rainbow,” Caño Cristales is one of the world's most beautiful rivers. Set in Serrania de la Macarena National Park, Caño Cristales flows over a riverbed that, several months per year, blooms with vibrant aquatic plants, creating a natural phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Cartagena

How to Spend 3 Days in Cartagena

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

Top activities in Colombia

Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca

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Excursion to the Rosario Islands

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Half-Day Tour to Totumo Mud Volcano from Cartagena
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Recent reviews from experiences in Colombia

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Great view into Colombian cuisine
Heather_B, Dec 2021
SkyKitchen 4 Course Cooking Class
The food we prepared was tasty and it was so nice to see a personal look at Colombian cuisine.
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Awesome and safe private transfer!
Anisha_K, Dec 2021
Private transportation service from Santa Marta to Cartagena
He spoke good English and was a safe driver who knew the fastest way to get there.
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Do it!
Tanesha_P, Nov 2021
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)
We were able to see some of the most beautiful sites Colombia has to offer and our guide, Diego Castillo, was friendly, knowledgeable and fun.
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Amazing trip , need to see
Marie_Gonzalez, Sep 2021
Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tour
Really enjoyed my time on this trip, we got to see many spots in the guatape area and also try some delicious food!
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Nick is the best guide,...
John_P, Sep 2021
The Bogotá food experience
Nick is the best guide, very knowledgeable Completely worth it to see all the staples of Colombian food, come hungry
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Amazing!
Ashley_M, Aug 2021
Waterfall La Chorrera de Choachí Hike Tour + Optional Lunch
La Chorrera waterfall is a MUST see in Colombia.
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Excellent experience this one of the best when in Medellin.
Diana_M, Jan 2022
Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour By Locals
He seem to be more happy to see us than my Mom was to be there.
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Amazing Experience!
Viviana_R, Dec 2021
Guatape Rock & Coffee Tour & Picturesque Town, All in one day
As we continue our trip to the farm we talked about coffee, the process, the different techniques etc, and Alejandro realized that my boyfriend was a true coffee lover and geek, so we stopped at "la cooperativa de cafe" to see the how individual coffee farmers sell their grains and how they are graded and divided in different categories.
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Excellent!
Lana_M, Nov 2021
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
Elisa and Alejandra were wonderful guides (Spanish and English), very knowledgable, brought in their super sweet energy and made the whole experience so much fun.
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If you don’t book it then you are loosing out.
DAMALI_R, Nov 2021
Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tour
From the beginning gennie made sure to include everybody in the activities she gave us tips on where to buy our souvenir for cheap and stop at the most instagramable locations.
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Loved our Coffee Tour and Horse Experience
Alejandro_A, Sep 2021
Coffee Tour In Horse Riding In Medellin
We took the English tour and left with great knowledge and love for coffee.
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Do Not Miss This Tour!!
Andrew_M, Sep 2021
Street Food Tour of Cartagena
His English is awesome and he also speaks French.
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Rewarding experience
Ashley_M, Aug 2021
Colombian Coffee tour - Daily and group tour
Oswaldo our driver was so friendly and kind, not to mention an excellent driver :) highly recommend this tour to see how Colombian coffee is made and to try the coffee and coffee liquors the hacienda coloma has to offer!
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An experience like no other
MICHAEL_S, Apr 2021
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
A very nice ride into the Colombian interior to see the rich culture outside the city.
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Great tour
Gregory_G, Jul 2020
The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour
Really got to see the sites regarding this unique time in Colombian history.
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Such a unique experience
Taylor_B, Feb 2020
Full-Day Mud Volcano and Indigena's Town (Galerazamba) from Cartagena
Great way to see some of colombia outside the city.
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Good service
Ashley_S, Jan 2020
Cartagena Airport Pick-Up Transfer
My driver brought his son with him who was able to tell me about the city and Colombian life in English.
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Great combined tour
Luiz B, Dec 2019
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)
If you plan to visit Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, one of the top attractions in Colombia, this is great combined trip, which also includes the Lake Guatavita.
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Daniel was the BEST Tour Guide for Private Comuna 13 Tour
Kris_C, Dec 2019
Private Comuna 13 tour (cable car & escalators)
He is very fluent in Spanish AND English.
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Worth it!
Damalie_K, Jun 2019
Bogota City Tour with Gold Museum and Optional Monserrate
Got to see so many historical aspects of Bogota.
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