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.

Children play excavate near Villa de Leyva, Boyacá.

On the Dino trail in Villa de Leyva

Every generation rediscovers its dinosaur past. In Colombia there are paleontological sites scattered across Tolima, Santander and Boyacá.

Crossing “The Line”

The most direct route to reach the western cordillera is to traverse 'La Linea’ and an experience in white-knuckle driving.
The Puente de Occidente over the Cauca River.

Highlands of stone and steel

Santa Fe de Antioquia is more than a balmy outpost of Antioqueño hospitality. It's a tribute to Old World engineering.
Close to Bogotá, Chingaza is a water reserve high in the Andes.

Chingaza: Wild,wet and woolly

The tundra-like wetland of Chingaza can be a soggy, yet very satisfying outdoor experience.
Lagos de Menegua, near Villavicencio.

Honeymoon for six

Puerto López might not be your typical romantic getaway, but then there’s a place for everyone in Colombia.
In Sabaneta, Antioquia, fake can be fascinating.

Sabaneta: ‘Fonda’ life

Firewater in a '"faux" finca setting? Sabaneta, Antioquia, is home to the 'tipicó' Fonda where ‘fake’ is both charming and fascinating.
Neusa near Bogotá was once a Musica sacred lake.

Neusa: Lake of ‘mystics’

Once a sacred lake of the Muisca, Neusa, with its tranquil waters and pine forests is a great escape for word conscious day-trippers.
Colombia offers spectacular views for campers.

Where to pitch your tent in the Colombian Andes

If enamoured by the landscapes of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, there are several camping options not far from the capital.
View of colonial Honda by William Moore.

Twilight in Tolima

Honda on the Magdalena River is an ideal destination for those who enjoy ranch life, negotiating bulls and afternoon cocktails.
The holiday season offers visitors the chance to enjoy Villa de Leyva.

Villa de Leyva “extreme”

Heading to Villa de Leyva? Catch an ancient music festival and an endurance BMX race by Andes Epic.

Raquira: Red hues of heaven

Why not take advantage of a day trip from Bogotá to explore Cundinamarca's spiritual heartland?

Boyacá backwaters

One of the greenest of all departments in Colombia - Boyacá - offers a varied agenda for tourists.
Flying tandem over the sabana de Bogotá.

Sailing Sopó wind

Get swept off your feet paragliding in the high Andean wind and an easy escape from the Bogotá rush.

Insider’s guide to Villa de Leyva

Hemmed-in by orchards and olive groves, the colonial enclave of Villa de Leyva remains one of Colombia's must see destinations.
One of Colombia's most challenging rivers: Rio Suárez.

Taming the Suárez

For some the ultimate challenge, for others, a night-mare with paddles. The Río Suárez in Santander is all about extreme adrenaline.
Girardot is one of Colombia's most visited resort towns.

Heat of the moments

Melgar and Girardot thrive on low cost tourism. With high temperatures, the fun is staying cool by a pool.