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.

El Nevado de Ibague by Edgar Jimenez

The hills are alive

Ibagué is Colombia's music capital. It's also a laid-back town with gorgeous nature, tasty cuisine and perfect weather.
El Cocuy National Park by Felipe Mesa

Cocuy for beginners

Between páramos and glaciers thousands of meters above sea level, El Cocuy is a truly otherworldly experience.
The Catedral de Sal in the Sabana de Bogotá

Shortcut to the Sabana

Just outside the city, the Sabana de Bogotá is a world apart. Lush meadows and forests make a relaxing day trip.
Laguna de Tota by Oliver Harvey

It’s an Iza escape

In the sun-baked uplands of Boyacá lies the small town of Iza, the gateway to Lago de Tota, Colombia’s largest natural lake.
Houses and shops in Salento, Colombia

Seduced by Salento

Gateway to one of Colombia’s most beautiful valleys, the Valle de Cocora, is Salento: a picture perfect colonial town.
The main cathedral in Manizales, Colombia

Beyond coffee in Caldas

Oliver Harvey tours wind-swept Manizales and what just might be Colombia’s coffee central, Chinchiná.
A map of the Department of Santander, Colombia

Dramatic Santander

Steep mountains and raging rivers are just part of scenic Santander. If you work up an appetite, nibble on fried ants.
Graffiti in Medellín

Medellín’s revival: Ciudad del Río

An aggressive urban renewal project in Medellín is transforming a derelict district into a lively and creative hub for art and gastronomy.