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Welcome to Colombia

From the Caribbean coast and the peaks of the Andes to the relics of ancient pre-Columbian civilizations and freshly roasted coffee, Colombia epitomizes South America.

Top 15 attractions in Colombia

Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

On the shores of the Guatapé Dam and surrounded by lush islands, the 19th-century town of Guatapé is one of Colombia’s most photographed sites. It’s not hard to see why—the town’s brightly painted buildings and serene natural setting make for some stunning shots.More

Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario)

The Rosario Islands(Islas del Rosario) are a highlight of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, famous for their vibrant marine life, pristine white beaches, and sun-soaked beach resorts. A cluster of 28 idyllic islands dotted offshore of the port city of Cartagena, this archipelago sits atop the world’s third-largest barrier reef and makes up Islas del Rosario National Park.More

Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo)

Totumo Volcano (El Totumo) ranks among Cartagena’s most popular day trips. A small volcanic caldera has become a top attraction—a naturally heated bath of grayish brown silt. After bobbing around in the soupy mix, head to the lagoon next door to wash off the mineral-rich mud, thought to have therapeutic properties.More

Plaza de Bolivar

Bogotá’s main square is built on a grand scale, from a landmark statue of Simón Bolívar to the 16th-century La Catedral Primada. In between is a colorful crowd of vendors, travelers, and downtown workers. A starting point for exploring the historic La Candelaria neighborhood, the Plaza de Bolivar is a key stop for visitors to Bogotá.More

San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)

Some historians say that if it weren’t for San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), South America would now speak English. The 14th-century fortress protected the coastal city of Cartagena from English invasion, allowing the Spanish to maintain their rule. Besides the role it plays in Colombia’s history, the castle attracts visitors with its panoramic harbor views.More

Old Town Cartagena

With brightly-colored buildings, colonial landmarks, and bougainvillea-covered balconies, Old Town Cartagena is known for its beauty and its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Highlights include the leafy Plaza de Bolivar, the striking Clock Tower (Torre del Reloj), and the Gold Museum (Museo de Oro).More

La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

The graceful and carefully planned Spanish colonial city center, known as La Candelaria, is the oldest part of Bogotá, Colombia. Now a vibrant hub of activity for young artists, bohemian university students, and hip indie businesses, La Candelaria centers on Plazuela del Chorro del Quevedo, the spot where the city was founded in 1537.More

Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

Deep within the Sierra Nevada, the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida is an indigenous archaeological site accessible only via a challenging multi-day trek through the surrounding jungle. Prepare to wade through waterfalls and climb more than 1,000 stone steps to reach the secluded ruins, where you’re rewarded with panoramic views.More

Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

Towering 10,341 feet (3,152 meters) tall at the edge of Bogotá, forested Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate) can be spotted from across the city. Set like a pearl on the summit is the Monserrate Sanctuary, a 17th-century church whose shrine is a major pilgrimage place for Colombian Catholics.More

Pueblito Paisa

A short train ride from the skyscrapers and international art galleries of modern Medellín’s El Centro is Pueblito Paisa, a monument to Colombia’s colonial past. The little village (pueblito) is a re-creation featuring traditional white-washed houses, a picture-perfect central plaza, and spectacular views of Medellín’s surrounding mountains.More

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

This spacious cathedral is carved into a warren of salt mines 600 feet (183 mt) below the ground. Venture into the Salt Cathedral to see chapels and altars carved directly into solid rock, learn about the mine’s history, and see intricate statues in chapels representing the Stations of the Cross.More

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It sparkles with more than 55,000 priceless archaeological and artistic treasures. Only a fraction can be displayed at any one time, laid out to tell tales of pre-Colombian mining, manufacturing, and metallurgy of pre-Hispanic Colombians.More

Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora)

The Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora) is like a postcard-perfect version of rural Colombia, with lush rolling hills, mist-capped mountains and tall, slender palm trees. Tucked into foothills at the heart of the country’s UNESCO-listed “Coffee Cultural Landscape,” the serene valley makes a worthy detour from nearby Salento.More

Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

While the plump proportions of Fernando Botero’s sculptures have earned him international acclaim, it’s his generosity that’s made the artist Colombia’s favorite son. At the peak of his fame, the artist donated more than 150 pieces worth $200 million to the Colombian government—you can enjoy all of this art for free at Museo Botero.More

Plaza Botero

Plaza Botero is one of Medellín’s most important outdoor spaces, home to 23 bronze sculptures of chubby cats, voluptuous women, and fat fingers designed and donated by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Beneath swaying palms and native ceiba trees, snack on street food and snap photos alongside the larger-than-life sculptures.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Cartagena

How to Spend 3 Days in Cartagena

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

How to Spend 2 Days in Bogotá

How to Spend 2 Days in Bogotá

How to Spend 2 Days in Cartagena

How to Spend 2 Days in Cartagena

Top activities in Colombia

Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca
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Excursion to the Rosario Islands

Excursion to the Rosario Islands

Private City Tour of Cartagena

Private City Tour of Cartagena

Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club Full Day Experience
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Freedom Tour of Palenque

Freedom Tour of Palenque

Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 5-7H
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Guatavita and Salt Cathedral - Group tour and daily departure
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ATV Tour 3 Mountains Medellin

ATV Tour 3 Mountains Medellin

Sunset Cruise in Cartagena

Sunset Cruise in Cartagena

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Recent reviews from experiences in Colombia

Camlio is a fountain of information about Medellin.
Scott_L, Jan. 2023
City Tour from Medellín
Camlio's English was perfect and not only did he tell me a ton about Medellin but he also answered my many random questions about things I saw like the styles of Colombian houses.
Great experience, perfect guide
SEDA_Y, Dec. 2022
comuna 13 graffitour & cable car
It’s really nice to see Comuna 13 and hear about the history of Colombia.
Dance on the rooftop
Karen_J, Dec. 2022
Dance Class In a Secret Rooftop Of The Old City
It is taught in English and Spanish.
Fantastic trip!!
Katelyn_J, Nov. 2022
Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tour, Breakfast and Lunch
I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to see more of beautiful Colombia!!
So delicious and fun
Jennifer_S, Oct. 2022
The Bogotá Food Experience
Marcela was very friendly and knowledgeable and did an excellent job of introducing us to many gastronomic pleasures of Colombia and got to see great sites along the way.
Amazing experience, great team
Christopher_D, Sep. 2022
Sailing to Tayrona with Luis and his team: Unique!
The ride there & back on the sailboat was perfect, the lunch was delicious, and our English speaking tour guide, Marco, literally spoke the best English of any Colombian I've met -- including my Spanish professors.
Andres is the best!
Mubina_D, Jan. 2023
Paramo hike, high Andean forest and Guadalupe mountain.
After the hike, there is a little time for rest and snacks (not included) before going to see Guadalupe - where the views are more stunning than Monserrate!
We went into the trip...
Kelsey_K, Jan. 2023
Sunset tour Sibarita Express 90 minutes with Open Bar
They good played a good mix of colombian and English music.
Small group tours are the way to go.
Lance_A, Jan. 2023
Guatapé & Coffee farm, all in one day
Our tour guide really educated us about the sites we went to see and gave us excellent information about Medellin and Colombia in general.
(Coffee) Cup Winning Trip!
kerstin_w, Jan. 2023
Jardin Private Day Trip: Colombian Coffee Tour from Medellin
I usually fall asleep during long drives, but not on this tour.
A unique travel experience in Cartagena
Tosan_E, Jan. 2023
Cooking Class In A Real Restaurant At Old City
5 hours to cook and the chefs taught in both english and spanish.
Really fun / educational tour
D_N, Jan. 2023
Traditional Bogotá Coffee Tour
Town had a celebration in the square so that was fun to see the local lived.
Cruisers in Cartagena
Valerie_R, Nov. 2022
Cartagena Unforgettable: Half Day Private City Tour (Also for Cruisers)
We only had one day in Cartagena and wanted to see as much as possible.
Best time with best people in Bogota
Pattaya_B, Nov. 2022
Bogota Private City Tour - Gold & Botero Museums, Old Town & Monserrate (optional)
Thanks to my sweet guide, Marta & driver, Luis, for taking me to see the Bogota on my only day off from the business trip.
Great overview of the city if you're short on time
Kyle_G, Nov. 2022
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
In the time I had, she gave me a great tour of all the best sights in the city.
Best Tour in the World
William_L, Nov. 2022
Pablo and Comuna 13 with Cable Car
We Loved the history and to see what it has transformed into.
Wonderful class!
Yasmin_F, Nov. 2022
Private Market Tour and Colombian Cooking Lesson With a Local Family in Medellin
Definitely going to take another coking class with her when I go back to visit Colombia!
Excellent full-day tour with lots of activities
Mila_N, Nov. 2022
Guatape and ATVs Private Tour
He is fluent in English and Spanish and is very knowledgeable.
Great experience!
Leah_H, Oct. 2022
Minca Full Day Tour
Our guide Christina was so knowledge, easy to talk to, and spoke excellent English.
Excellent. Recommended tour
Rorie_H, Oct. 2022
Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour and Street Food
I highly recommend this tour as you get to see another side of Colombia!!!
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People Also Ask

What is Colombia famous for?

As well as coffee and salsa dancing, Colombia is famous for its diverse natural landscapes, which range from tropical beaches of the Caribbean coast to the lush greenery of the Coffee Triangle. The most famous cities are Medellin and Cartagena. Top natural attractions include Tayrona National Park and the Lost City.

What activities do people do in Colombia?

Colombia offers a wealth of activities, including snorkeling and swimming in Tayrona National Park and the Rosario Islands; hiking through the Corcoran Valley or to the Lost City; exploring the colonial architecture of Bogota and Cartagena; white-water rafting in San Gil; and mud-bathing in the Totumo Volcano.

Is Colombia really that dangerous?

No and yes. Unlike in the past, Colombia is now safe for travelers to visit. Little crime is reported in major tourist hot spots such as Caratgena, the Caribbean Coast, and Coffee Zone. However, parts of Bogota and Medellin do see high crime rates, so keep alert, especially at night.

What are two major tourist attractions in Colombia?

When it comes to cities, Colombia’s two major tourist attractions are Cartagena—close to Tayrona National Park and the Lost City—and Medellin, which also serves as a convenient getaway to Guatape and its famous Penon de Guatape, plus the Coffee Zone and Corcoran Valley.

What do families in Colombia do for fun?

Colombia’s Caribbean Coast is best for families. Spend time exploring the colorful city of Cartagena before enjoying fun in the sun at the Rosario Islands or San Andres Island, which is a short flight from the mainland—its sandy beaches, calm seas, and relaxed atmosphere are ideal for kids.

What should I see in Colombia?

Colombia’s must-see sights span jungles, rivers, mountains, and beaches—don’t miss the unspoiled beaches of Tayrona National Park; colorful Cartagena Old Town; recently transformed Medellin; Corcoran Valley in the Coffee Zone; mountain paradise of Minca; street art of capital city of Bogota; and a jungle-clad hike to the Lost City.


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