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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 10 attractions 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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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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Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar)

Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar)

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As well as offering respite from Cartagena’s Caribbean heat with its leafy trees, Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar) is home to both the Palace of the Inquisition museum and the Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Zenu). In between museums, sample Colombian coffee and snacks from street vendors and admire the eponymous statue of Simon Bolivar at the square’s center.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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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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Pink Sea and Mud Volcano
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Pink Sea and Mud Volcano

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ATV Tour 3 Mountains Medellin

ATV Tour 3 Mountains Medellin

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Half-Day Tour to Totumo Mud Volcano from Cartagena
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Private City Tour of Cartagena

Private City Tour of Cartagena

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Recent reviews from experiences in Colombia

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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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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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So cool and interesting
Georgia_L, May 2022
Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour By Locals
We had a local guide who spoke perfect English, he even showed us his family home and told us personal stories about growing up in the community.
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Best trip in Colombia
Georgia_L, May 2022
Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tour
We first stopped for breakfast, then visited the rock, then the town of Guatape, then lunch, then in the afternoon we took the boat across the river and got to see one of pablo escobars burnt down mansions.
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If you like water activities!
Bethsabet_V, Apr 2022
Baru and Playa Blanca Enjoy the best place with accommodation and lunch.
But if you like water activities such as jet ski, banana boats and private tours to other island in the area this is the place to be.
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Excellent day of hiking
Angela_R, Mar 2022
Hiking Mountains and Magical Forests
He provided lots of options for more or less strenuous activities based on how we were feeling, and even took us on a mini City tour when we finished our hike a bit before 5pm.
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INCREDIBLE! Great tour company & bucket-list memories!
Jennifer_S, Mar 2022
Epic Zipline and Giant Waterfall Private Tour from Medellin
After ziplining across, we hiked down to the waterfall.
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Great tour, Great Guide.
Oscar_V, Mar 2022
Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour By Locals
He spoke excellent English.
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A great first experience in Medellin!
Abraham_Q, Mar 2022
The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour
As a bonus, he shared some foods typical to Colombia, such as "empanadas" and "gelatinas," while sharing his recommendations on what to do/see while in Medellin.
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An excellent day with an expert guide!
Daria_F, Feb 2022
Private Tour To Guatape From Medellin
He was an excellent conversationalist in both English and Spanish and knew the best places to eat along the way.
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Unforgettable experience!
Vera_E, Feb 2022
Full Day Tour to Gotsezhy Indigenous Town in Santa Marta
It was incredible to see Wiwa's way of life!!
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Great driver, beautiful springs.
Michael_S, Feb 2022
Santa Rosa de Cabal and Hot Springs Full-Day Trip
Walking through the grounds was like visiting a botanical garden, and a giant waterfall serves as an incredible scenic backdrop to the springs.
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Great view into Colombian cuisine
Heather_B, Dec 2021
SkyKitchen 4 Course Cooking Class
The food we prepared was tasty and it was so nice to see a personal look at Colombian cuisine.
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All about Colombia

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

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.

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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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