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.

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.
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.
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."
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.

Cali: City of atonements

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

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.
Bahia Solano in Colombia

Cruising the Pacific tides in Bahía Solano

Isolated and peaceful, the Pacific town of Bahía Solano is a perfect getaway for nature lovers and whale watchers.
Utria National Park in Chocó by Sebastien Longhurst

On Utría time

Operating on a different concept of time, the Parque Nacional Ensenada de Utría is a revitalizing and dramatic destination.
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.
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.
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.

Step into Cali with our insider’s guide

Cali is synonymous with salsa, champús and an afternoon Pacific breeze that bathes the capital of Valle del Cauca like clockwork. Although time is always measured in steps.

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.
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.
San Cipriano brujitas by Esme McAvoy

‘Witch’craft and railroads

It's not magic. The motorized 'brujita' rail cars of San Cipriano are an exciting way to visit the Pacific town.

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