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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 things to do in Colombia

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Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo)

Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo)

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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
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Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

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

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

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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
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Plaza de Bolivar

Plaza de Bolivar

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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
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Old Town Cartagena

Old Town Cartagena

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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
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Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

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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
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Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

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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
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La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

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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
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Pueblito Paisa

Pueblito Paisa

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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
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

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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
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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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
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Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

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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
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Plaza Botero

Plaza Botero

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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
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Sebastian de Belalcázar Statue and Viewpoint

Sebastian de Belalcázar Statue and Viewpoint

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Looking down over the city from its hilltop perch, the Sebastian de Belalcázar Statueand Viewpointis one of Cali’s most iconic landmarks, erected in honor of the Spanish conquistador who founded the city in 1536. Built in celebration of the city’s 400th birthday, the statue depicts Belalcázar leaning on his sword and pointing towards the ocean as he looks out over the city below.As well as being an important monument, the Sebastian de Belalcázar Statue also marks one of Cali’s most popular lookout points, with views stretching out over the city below. For the most atmospheric experience, visit in the evening hours when locals gather to watch the sunset and food vendors and street entertainers work their way through the crowds.More
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Cat Park (Parque del Gato de Tejada)

Cat Park (Parque del Gato de Tejada)

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The brainchild of local painter and sculptor Hernando Tejada, the aptly named Cat Park (Parque del Gatode Tejada) started life in 1996, when a giant bronze sculpture, El Gato Rio (The River Cat) was erected along the banks of the Cali River. The impressive sculpture was created in Bogota and transported to Cali—no easy feat as the huge cat measures around 3.5 meters in height and weighs about three tons—and became the centerpiece of the newly renovated parklands stretching along the riverfront.The River Cat was so popular, it was soon joined by more feline friends and today a series of 15 smaller cats can be found in the park, including a fiberglass cat model and colorful sculptures by local artists like Alejandro Valencia Tejada, Mario Gordillo, Nadin Ospina, Omar Rayo and Maripaz Jaramillo.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

Top activities in Colombia

Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
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Excursion to the Rosario Islands

Excursion to the Rosario Islands

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Freedom Tour of Palenque

Freedom Tour of Palenque

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Mud volcano and Galerazamba from Cartagena
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Private City Tour of Cartagena

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Half-Day Tour to Totumo Mud Volcano from Cartagena
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ATV Tour 3 Mountains Medellin

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Recent reviews from experiences in Colombia

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Great tour of Bogotá
Shanta_F, Jul 2022
City Tour: Bogotá Essentials
Excellent tour - we got to see everything we wanted, learn culture, history, and other fun facts about Colombia.
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Great layover experience
Nicolette_F, Jul 2022
Bogota In Transit Tour (4-6-hour layover experience)
Doriel our guide was great, easy to talk to in English.
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Amazing Tour
Stacy_M, Jul 2022
Freedom Tour of Palenque
What an amazing opportunity to visit the people of Palenque.
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One of the best tours I’ve ever done
Anouk_F, May 2022
Minca - Coffee And Cocoa Tour
We saw waterfalls, had an amazing lunch at Jungle Joe’s, and I made some friends on the tour.
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Excellent guide. Fluent English. Very knowledgeable.
Lee_R, May 2022
La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota
His English is fluent and he is knowledgeable about all matters Colombian: art; history; politics; architecture; wildlife etc.
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Great sites to see, plus a workout!
Travis_B, Apr 2022
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
This tour was a great way to see a small Colombian village.
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Visit Bogota!
Rachel, Mar 2022
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
We were glad for the the customization of the tour , information about the attractions, and conversation about life that we had during those four hours.
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Great Medellin Experience
Aaron_G, Feb 2022
Pablo and Comuna 13 with Cable Car
Andres was a great guide, was nice to be able to speak with him in Spanish and English.
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A highlight of our trip!
Rose_T, Aug 2022
Dance Class In a Secret Rooftop Of The Old City
This was one of the most memorable activities we did while in Cartagena.
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A must do.
Liseth_W, Aug 2022
Minca - Coffee And Cocoa Tour
And a guide will walk you up into the mountains, you will stop at a waterfall, which is amazing, then you will hike some more to the coffee farm, get a review of the process, taste the local coffee and be able to buy the product.
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Exemplary service with an excellent company
Monica_H, Jul 2022
Private transportation service from Cartagena to Minca
Juan speaks fluent English and clearly considers his customers' comfort and welfare.
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Amazing and memorable experience!
Nicholas_E, Jul 2022
green connection
Incredible views and a very unique experience to see the wonderful nature Colombia has to offer.
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It was INCREDIBLE!!
Kelsey_M, Jul 2022
Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tour
We started at our meeting point and had a lovely journey to our first stop to see a beautiful statue along with having a lovely breakfast.
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Flexible, Knowledgeable Tour Guide and Friendly Driver!
Morgen_B, Jul 2022
Bogota In Transit Tour (4-6-hour layover experience)
Our flight plans ended up changing, so he picked us up at our hotel and planned the 4 hours around what we wanted to see - Monserrate, Paloquemao Market, and the historic area around Parque Central Simon Bolivar.
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Beautiful place and trip!
dhanishjohn, Jul 2022
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Salento)
If you are in Colombia, make sure to visit Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia.
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Great tour, Great Guide!
Anastasia_G, Jul 2022
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
You get to see all the key historic sites, try some great food, taste great coffee and tour great museums.
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Had a blast in San Cipriano!
Mechi_A, Jun 2022
Full Day Private Adventure Tour to San Cipriano
After finding some waterfalls and hanging out we ended up tubing down the river.
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Best Tour Guide Ever!
Andrea_B, Jun 2022
Private Walking Tour in Cartagena
Also, Rafael spoke fluent English which provided a personalized experience.
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Loved it! Breathtaking view at volcano!
Kristin_B, May 2022
Private tour to the mud Volcano
Unfortunately, as there are many variables to the pink sea being pink, it was not pink when we toured it but it was still nice to visit and be educated on the process.
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Couldn’t have asked for a better tour
Lucina_M, May 2022
Most complete Coffee Tour in Medellín: From the Seed to the Cup in just half day
You get to visit an actual coffee plantation and then you are brought to a different location to learn about the different roasting and brewing process.
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All about Colombia

Currency
Colombian Peso (COP)
Time Zone
COT (UTC -5)
Country Code
+57
Language(s)
Spanish

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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