Dreaming of somewhere a little different for your next trip away? A place where you can enjoy the tropical palm-fringed beaches, visit the Amazon jungle, see the tallest palm trees in the world or salsa your way through the night. Then Colombia is perfect for you.
Starting in Cartagena in the North of Colombia, where the streets are bright and colourful and the locals even more so, you will find an array of different activities and adventures. Take a stroll around the UNESCO world heritage site of the walled city and here you will find great historical buildings, churches, plazas, cafes, bars, restaurants and much more. One of our personal favourite restaurants, located in the walled city, is La Mulata. You can sample authentic local cuisine at extremely affordable prices. The city is bustling with activity, charm and the history of this place is just breathtaking.
Once you tire of the hustle and bustle of the city why not escape to the paradise of the Rosario Islands? Just a short boat ride from Cartagena, you will find yourself basking in the sun on the white sandy beaches of the islands that make up this captivating archipelago. Whether you want to spend the day snorkelling through the crystal-clear waters or lounging on the beach eating fresh seafood and drinking a beer, it’s all here for you.
Travel a few hours further North and you will find the spectacular Tayrona National Park. This Truly magical place has an abundance of wildlife, with jungle scenery that brushes against the tranquil Caribbean Sea. Take a hike to one of the many pristine beaches or, if you’re feeling lazy, travel on horseback so you can take full advantage of the spectacular views. Whether it’s relaxing in a hammock at Playa Arrecifes, or looking out for monkeys on one of the many hiking trails, you are sure to have an out-of-this-world experience.
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada is the Lost City. If you are looking for adventure, then look no further. Trekking for 4 days and 3 nights through the steamy Colombian jungle is not for the faint-hearted, but once you reach the Lost City, or as the Colombians call it, Ciudad Perdida, it is absolutely worth it! The hike takes you deep into the dense jungle and through indigenous villages, where the local people wear traditional white smocks and walk around barefoot, speaking in their ancient language. Each night you will sleep in hammocks and swim in rivers until you reach the mysterious ancient civilisation that was established around 800 AD. If you want to immerse yourself in culture whilst appreciating nature, then visiting the Lost City is a must!
If you are really looking for somewhere off the beaten track, there is an isolated fishing village called Cabo De Vela in the La Guajira department of Colombia. Home to the indigenous Wayuu people, this is one of the most unique destinations you will ever visit. Only accessible by four-wheel drive, getting there is a challenge, but once you arrive, Cabo De La Vela is a great place to do; well… nothing! After all, the Wayuu women are famous for making the most comfortable hammocks in the world. Why not sit back and take in the beautiful landscape, where the barren, golden desert meets the wild, never-ending sea. If you fancy something a little more thrilling, with the strong winds and the flat waters there’s no better place to try your hand at kite surfing. Once the day is over, head up to the top of El Pilon de Azucar for a spectacular sunset, stay until the sky turns dark and the stars come out. With no light pollution in the desert, you won’t believe how beautiful the night sky can be. As for accommodation, how does a hammock on the beach sound?
Venturing away from the North of Colombia you will eventually find the wonderful city of Medellin. Known as the city of eternal Spring, it is the second largest city in Colombia, located in a narrow valley in a central region of the Andes mountains. Amongst the busy chaotic noise of the city, you will find the kindest, and most friendly people in Colombia, or maybe even in the world. You can’t walk down the street without a local shouting “Welcome to Colombia” or inviting you into their home for dinner. It has not been long since the dark days of Pablo Escobar, so for the locals, seeing tourists is a sign of how far their country has come, and they are proud of that. If you want to learn more about Medellin, its history and the people that live there, take one of the free walking tours on offer. You will explore downtown with a guide where you will discover the incredible sights and stories of this city. Although it isn’t the most beautiful of places, the city is alive, the atmosphere is electric and there is a beating heart to Medellin.
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