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.

The Morro of Santa Marta.

The guardian of Santa Marta

An outcropping of rock facing Santa Marta has protected this town for centuries. Now the protagonist of the new movie, El Faro.

Tayrona Park reopens after eco “healing” helps endangered biodiversity

Closed for one month by the indigenous groups that inhabit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the PNN Tayrona reopens confirming the existence of endangered jaguars, pumas and the paujil.

Back to the farm

It’s not what Orwell had in mind when he wrote Animal Farm, but when on the coast, el Solar, is fun for the whole family, including yours.

Mompox: Colonial masterpiece at the heart of imagination

The colonial town of Mompox on the Magdalena River was at the epicenter of Simón Bolívar's Independence campaign and a place where imagination runs wild.
Sailing to Cartagena on the Stahlratte

Setting sail for Cartagena

When traveling from Panama to Cartagena, try the old-fashioned way: sailing on a multi-day island-hopping cruise.
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.

Bocas de Ceniza: When the Magdalena river meets the sea

At the tip of Barranquilla the Magdalena River crashes into the Caribbean creating a maelstrom of current, spray and exacerbated by relentless wind. Welcome to the "ash mouth" of Colombia.

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...

Cartagena: From the most classic to cool and contemporary

Heading to Cartagena for the end of the year? Here, some tips on what's new in the Old.
Getsemani, Cartagena

Getsemaní: lost and found

Once abandoned to drugs and prostitution, Getsemaní is now one of Cartagena's most vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods.

Plan-cation: Don’t miss the boat

When traveling in Colombia, it's best to heed the advice of locals so as to not get stranded.
Isla Providencia, Colombia by Richard Emblin

Providencia: unspoiled isle

Resisting temptations of oil and unchecked tourism, Providencia is one of Colombia's most unspoiled destinations.

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.
The Republican architecture of central Cienaga.

Ciénaga: A sleeping beauty

A city that inspired a novel is kept alive through the voices of its peoples and imposing literary landmarks.

Crusading for a more eco-friendly “Palomino way”

An important environmental effort is underway to keep the beach town of Palomino as pristine as humanly-possible.
Santa Cruz de Islote

Island of many souls

One of the world's most densely populated areas, Islote, in the San Bernardo islands is home to more than a thousand.

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