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.

Volcano El Totumo Visitors

Volcán el Totumo: A volcano for a spa

Between Cartagena and Barranquilla, tourists flock to a 12-meter-high volcano to wallow in a mud bath of minerals.
The Zona Bananera of Colombia

Land of ‘La Unite’

In the early 20th century, the United Fruit Company ran Colombia’s northern coast, and bananas were mean business.
A Veery finch by Kelly Colgan Azar

Alone in the forest

Fear of being alone in the Sierra Nevada didn't stop Nick Bayly's mission to research Veery finch migration.
Flamingos in Colombia's La Guajira department. (Photo by Jacqui de Klerk)

On Colombia’s north coast, La Guajira’s pristine flamingo paradise

On Colombia's northern coast, a unique reserve brims with pink flamingos, though climate change has threatened their numbers.

Barranquilla Carnival and the court of King Momo

Barranquilla gears up for its carnival and cast of colorful characters. Here, a guide to who’s who in this Kingdom of the street.
Yoga

Tai chi-lling in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

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

Never miss out on a beach: Four of Colombia’s most beautiful

With a Caribbean and Pacific coastline, there are countless stretches of beach in Colombia to explore, each with their own beauty and natural charm. Here four options for your next excursion.

Isla Fuerte: Small island, big wonders

Isla Fuerte is the least known and lesser visited of Colombia’s Caribbean islands, perhaps because of its location off the coast of Cordoba, 200...

Four days at the heart of Colombia’s Lost City

A trek to the Lost City is an obligatory part of the Colombian "adventure," but the human footprint must respect ancestral ways and the pristine nature.
The tranquil bay of Capurgana in the Darien.

Capurganá: Paradise earned

To enjoy the earthly paradise of Capurganá and Sapzurro you must be prepared to take the paths less traveled.

The Zenú: Gold, ghosts and plenty of pirates

With Semana Santa around the corner, Colombians head to the coast. When in Cartagena, visit a gold museum dedicated to the lost Zenú culture
La Guajira Wayuu

Into the Wild East

Cut off from the rest of the country by culture and geography, La Guajira is a wild region of stark beauty.

Minca: The Ultimate Getaway in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Minca, in the hills above Santa Marta, has positioned itself as an obligatory destination on the travel circuit of the coast. Here, an insider's guide to this tropical getaway.
Nestled along secluded bays of the Colombian Caribbean, this town is a hot destination for travelers.

Paradise at Palomino

Palomino is becoming the hot new Caribbean destination, offering breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada.

Costeño Beach: Best surf secret in Tayrona

Inspired by the bestselling novel The Beach, two brothers created a surfer’s paradise in a remote stretch of Tayrona.
A city of diversity and opportunity is also one of Colombia's hubs for gastronomy.

Barranquilla: Place of peoples

With its long history of receiving immigrants, Barranquilla today is a business hub that celebrates diversity.