If what you are looking for is a place to visit and live unforgettable experiences, then do tourism in Colombia! Diverse and multicultural, the Latin American country is an unmissable destination

Are you looking for a place to travel in latin america? So, here I will give you 12 reasons to visit Colombia as soon as possible. Filled with beautiful landscapes, incredible historical scenery and great tour options, the country is one of the best Latin American destinations.

In addition to the famous Bogotá, Medellin and Cartagena, the Colombia have many must-see places to visit, from Caribbean beaches to archaeological ruins. The cities are charming and the people very welcoming. So if what you're looking for is a destination to visit and live unforgettable experiences, travel to colombia

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What to do in Colombia: 12 reasons to visit the country

Regardless of whether you enjoy ecotourism, look for beautiful beaches or are adept at historical-cultural tourism, you will find Colombia everything you're looking for. Diverse and multicultural, the country is an unmissable destination.

Guatape and La Piedra del Peñol

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A great tour option for those who are in Medellín, Guatapé is a small and charming town that can even be visited by public transport. It has colorful streets, lots of hospitality and several attractions.

The main one is La Piedra del Peñol, a large granite rock weighing 10 million tons and 220 meters high that offers a panoramic view of the region. However, to reach the top of La Piedra de Peñol, you have to face a staircase with about 700 steps. But the effort is worth it, the view from there is breathtaking. In addition, the place has a great structure for tourists, including an observatory that allows you to see the lakes of a hydroelectric plant.

Santa Fe de Antioquia

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Santa Fe de Antioquia is a beautiful city in Colombia. Considered a national monument, it preserves historical buildings that take tourists on a journey through time – it is also very reminiscent of the Minas Gerais cities of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes.

The streets of Santa Fe de Antioquia are charming, there are several squares and beautiful scenery for many clicks. There you can go horseback riding, hiking, cycling, paragliding and rafting on the Rio Cauca. Best of all, the city is very close to Medellín, just 80 km away. 

Tayrona Park

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Tourism in Colombia: Tayrona Park. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the Tayrona National Natural Park It is an excellent option for those who enjoy the beach and ecotourism. The place has beaches of white sand and crystal clear waters, mangroves and forests in about 15 thousand hectares. 

Among the park's main attractions are Playa Cañaveral, Playa Arrecifes, Playa La Piscina, Playa El Cabo and Pueblito, an archaeological site of an ancient city inhabited by the Tayrona people. All places can be discovered through the various trails that cut through the park.

Cocora Valley

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Unmissable destination in Colombia. Photo: via Maxpixels

Another option of tour in Colombia for those who enjoy ecotourism, Valle de Cocora is located in the city of Salento. The place is beautiful, full of palm trees between hills and valleys. In it is the tallest palm tree in the world, with 70 meters high.

Valle de Cocora is part of the Los Nevados National Natural Park and has basic tourist infrastructure, with restaurants, bars and cafes, in addition to parking. It is a quiet place, perfect to enjoy nature with tranquility. In addition, the landscape is stunning.

Villa de Leyva

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Tourism in Colombia: Villa de Leyva. Photo: Forturcolombia / Wikimedia Commons

One of the first Colombian cities, Villa de Leyva is a historical and archaeological treasure of Colombia. Its cobblestone streets, surrounded by preserved colonial buildings, contain fossils dating back thousands of years.

Among the attractions of Villa de Leyva, the Plaza Mayor – one of the largest in the Americas – and the Camino Iguaque, which leads to a viewpoint at an altitude of almost 3,000 meters, stand out. In addition, there are several museums and archaeological parks that provide great tours for those who enjoy historical tourism.

Las Lajas Sanctuary

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Unmissable destination in Colombia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Located in the city of Ipiales, the Las Lajas Sanctuary It is an imposing church built in the middle of a canyon on the Guaitara River. The neo-Gothic construction is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world.

The Sanctuary of Las Lajas was built in the 18th century and houses the cathedral, a museum, a square, a walkway and several viewpoints, with beautiful views, including a waterfall. The construction can be seen from miles away and impresses everyone who visits the region.

Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

Tourism in Colombia: Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Photo: Carlos Adampol Galindo / Wikimedia Commons

THE Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral is an underground church built in the galleries of a salt mine in Colombia. It is just 50 km from Bogotá and is an excellent option for anyone visiting the Colombian capital.

Considered the main wonder of the country, the Cathedral of Salt is part of the cultural complex “Parque do Sal”, a space dedicated to geology, mining and natural resources. Located 180 meters below ground, the church is all carved in salt and has wide and illuminated access tunnels.

San Andres

Unmissable destination in Colombia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The paradisiacal San Andrés is a caribbean island of colombia that impresses with the stunning beauty of its beaches. It is one of the most affordable destinations in the Caribbean and does not disappoint at all for the most popular places in the region. Famous for its sea of seven colors, the island is a great place for diving.

The most famous beach on the island is Peatonal, located in the center of San Andrés, where the sea is calm and with few waves. Another place to visit is Olho Soprador, a hole in the rock that lets out wind due to the force of the waves. San Andrés also has a lot of action and great services to cater to tourists.

Walled city in Cartagena

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Tourism in Colombia: Cartagena. Photo: juniorlink / Wikimedia Commons

Formed by four small neighborhoods – Centro, San Diego, Matuna and Gethsemane -, the walled city is the old part of Cartagena, with historic buildings and romantic streets. In it are the main tourist attractions of the region, among them the Palace of the Inquisition and the Clock Tower.

The wall, which took 200 years to build, had the function of protecting the region and, today, it is a place to discover in Cartagena. In addition, the colorful and flowered colonial mansions decorate the streets of the walled city, making the walks there very pleasant.

lost city

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Unmissable destination in Colombia. Photo: Rory MacLeod / Wikimedia Commons

Ciudad Perdida – or Lost City – is an ancient archaeological site located at an altitude of 2,000 meters in Colombia. When you visit it, you will have the feeling of being inside one of the Indiana Jones movies. 

Full of ancestry, the lost city it was the heart of the Tayrona indigenous civilization around 800 AD The scenery is surreal and takes you on a journey through time among 32 ruins, 169 terraces and lots of vegetation.

Cano Cristales

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Tourism in Colombia: Caño Cristales. Photo: Mario Carvajal / Wikimedia Commons

Considered one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, Cano Cristales located in La Macarena, in Colombia. It is known as the “River of 5 Colors”, a phenomenon resulting from the plants and algae present in its bed, which transform the color of the waters in the transition from the dry and rainy seasons. The mix of colors is impressive: the waters take on shades of red, blue, yellow, green and black.

Caño Cristales is located in the Serranía de La Macarena Natural Park and is open to visitors from June to November. In the other months of the year, the place is closed due to the reproductive period of aquatic plants.

Bogota

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Unmissable destination in Colombia. Photo: Jeisson Daniel Rondon / Wikimedia Commons

Diverse and multicultural, the capital Bogota it is a must-see destination in Colombia. It is the largest city in the country and has a beautiful historic center - known as the La Candelaria neighborhood -, full of squares and museums to discover.

Another interesting region of Bogotá is Zona Rosa, the most modern neighborhood in the city. There you will find great restaurants, bars and shops of the main international brands. In addition, there are many green areas scattered around the Colombian capital that make it a great place for outdoor walks.

With these 12 reasons to visit Colombia as soon as possible, you have no more excuse to venture out into this beautiful Latin American country. So, what are you waiting for to plan your trip there? Oh, and don't forget to tell us about your experience.

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