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.

Cartagena is more than a resort town. It's an important business center in the Caribbean.

Cartagena: Break with ‘Convention’

While many flock to Cartagena on vacation, the old city also caters to business travelers in search of a break from the 'Convention.'
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.
Turbo, Colombia

Turbo: no tourists here

You're likely to find refreshingly few tourists in Turbo, on Colombia's northern coast, if you're adventurous enough to stick around.
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.

San Fernando: Cartagena’s forgotten fort and other island-hopping lore

Removed from the beaches of Cartagena is Bocachica, steeped in history and home to a fort that served as the first line of defense against British pirates.
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.
Semana Santa in the Colombian town of Mompox.

Mompox: saints, sinners and masons

An austere Semana Santa contrasts with pagan traditions and colorful history in the legendary Magdalena town of Mompox.

Playa Blanca on Barú reopens to tourism after rash of boating accidents

The popular beach of Playa Blanca on the peninsula of Barú has reopened to tourists with strict measures announced to ensure public safety with watersports.

What’s new in old Santa Marta?

One of the preferred vacation destinations on the coast, Santa Marta continues to innovate with more options for the demanding traveler.
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.

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.

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.
Mompós plaza being restored

Restoring Mompós

Renovations in this important historical town have generated controversy regarding just how much to change from the past.
Cascada Marinka outside of Santa Marta, Colombia

An insider’s guide to Santa Marta’s hidden ‘pearls’

Santa Marta is one of Colombia's many tropical paradises, and knowing where to go will earn you an even more relaxing trip far from the tourist throngs.
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.

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.