Travel Guide

Colombia is home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity, hundreds of beautiful towns and villages, pristine tropical beaches, bustling big cities and majestic mountain ranges. It’s possible to travel across the country for months and only the scrape the surface of what Colombia has to offer. So if you’re searching for Colombia’s very best destinations, start with this guide.


The Andes stretch across central Colombia and encompass the country’s most populous cities. With an incredible biodiversity ranging from high-altitude páramos to the temperate rolling hills of Medellin and the Coffee Region, the Colombian Andes offer something for everyone.

A train once connected Apulo to Bogotá.

For decades, Apulo has offered a sun-soaked, hot-country getaway for residents of Colombia’s capital tired of the cold and rain.
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Colombia’s Amazon region makes up part of the world’s richest ecosystem. Home to thousands of species of plants and animals, the Amazon is a nature-lover’s paradise.

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Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa Marta. Colombia’s three largest Caribbean cities each have tons to offer, from colonial architecture to tropical beaches. The Caribbean region is also home to small towns virtually lost in time and the stark desert beauty of the northern La Guajira region.

Embera huts dot the roadside in Mutatá.

A trip to Urabá is a trip to a deeper Colombia, full of ethnic diversity, vibrant culture and sometimes painful memories.
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The Orinoco region, also known as the Llanos Orientales or Eastern Plains, is Colombia’s frontier. Home to cowboys and folk music, the plains stretch from the Central Andes all the way to the border with Venezuela.


Travel writer Steve Hide ventures overland on a new road which unites Villavicencio with the capital of Guaviare.
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The Colombian Pacific begins with the city of Cali and includes the expansive Valle del Cauca, as well as the major port city of Buenaventura and the Chocó department. It is a natural paradise for whale watching and home to some of Colombia’s most valuable natural resources.

A fisherman navigates the waters near Tumaco, Colombia.

Cut off from most of Colombia by miles of impenetrable forest, tides and tusnamis Tumaco is an isolated Pacific “pearl.”
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