Pacific

The Colombian Pacific begins with the city of Cali and includes the expansive Valle del Cauca, as well as the major port city of Buenaventura and the Chocó department. It is a natural paradise for whale watching and home to some of Colombia’s most valuable natural resources.

More of paradise in a post-conflict Colombia

Think you’ve seen it all? Colombia's post-conflict is opening up travel destinations unseen until now by the outside world.

An unexpected trip to Cerro Tokio

Once the scene of a fierce battle, Cerro Tokio (Tokio Hill) is now part of the tourist circuit in Valle del Cauca.
A fisherman navigates the waters near Tumaco, Colombia.

Turning the tide in Tumaco

Cut off from most of Colombia by miles of impenetrable forest, tides and tusnamis Tumaco is an isolated Pacific "pearl."
Las Lajas

Legends meet landscapes at Las Lajas sanctuary

Colombia's Las Lajas sanctuary, emerging from a rocky gorge, has been named among the most beautiful in the world.
The streets of Condoto, Choco.

Hymns to Condoto ‘Town’

The recently-released album by Colombia’s favorite hip-hop trio ChocQuibTown sings the praises of Condoto.

Cali: City of atonements

For many, Cali is synonymous with salsa. Garreth Parks explores a city with a more genteel feel.

Route 37: The ‘Inner Land’

When hitting the road in Colombia, it's often best to trust the advice of locals than the experts in cyberspace.
The colonial streets of Popayan.

Touring the ‘White City’

Known as the 'White City,' Popayán is an important hub for tourists doing the southern circuit.
View of colonial Pasto, capital of Nariño.

The gentle side of Pasto

Pasto. There's never a dull moment when spending time next to a volcano and a trout filled lake.
The stone tombs of Tierradentro are part of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

Adventures in Tierradentro

The remote hypogeum of Tierradentro, Cauca, was once home to an ancestral peoples who built elaborate burial chambers.
Not everything foreigners are exposed to makes for a picture-perfect moment.

Looking beyond the beach

Colombia is pushing its ethno-tourism. But not everything we are shown makes for a picture perfect moment.
View of the grey beaches of Gorgona island.

Gorgona: “Terrible” times

A former prison colony in Colombia's Pacific waters is now a nature reserve for deep water scuba diving.
Whale watching season lasts four months along the Pacific.

Paradise for whales and tourists

It isn’t the easiest place to get to, but the spectacle of whale watching is a once in a lifetime experience.
The hacienda of 'La María' in Paraiso, Valle de Cauca.

Destination ‘Paraíso’

The hacienda Jorge Isaacs built in the Valle de Cauca has become a literary shrine to his great heroine and novel, La María.
The whale season in Colombia starts mid July and runs until October.

Whale season in Bahía Malaga

From July until October, thousands of grey humpback whales congregate in the warm waters near Bahía Malaga.
Tatacoa desert in Colombia

Beyond the Tatacoa sky

Appearing out of nowhere, the Tatacoa is one of Colombia's most unusual landscapes and a window to the stars.

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