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.


Destinations of the month

Four travel destinations

Wondering where to travel in 2016? The City Paper has some suggestions for intriguing international journeys.
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Andes

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.

Río La Miel

Río La Miel, not far from urban centers but a world away, offers an unspoiled natural paradise striving to leave behind a troubled past.
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Amazon

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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Caribbean

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.

Yoga

Looking to de-stress from city life? Get in touch with mind and body in Colombia’s spectacular Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
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Orinoco

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-Guaviare

Travel writer Steve Hide ventures overland on a new road which unites Villavicencio with the capital of Guaviare.
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Pacific

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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