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Places to See in Colombia

bogota tourBogota

The capital city is far more interesting than some imagine. There is a blend of modern and traditional designs and way of life in the city. A fairly unique fact about Bogota is that due its location it generally experiences a year round spring climate. The city has many neighbourhoods but the old part of the city is known as La Candelaria. Monserrate Hill has wonderful views across the city. The Gold Museum is definitely worth a visit. It houses what is considered to be one of the most important collections of gold, stone and ceramic objects gathered from all over Colombia. A short drive from the city you'll find the Zipaquirá, where there is a a unique underground salt mine that is now a cathedral.

villa de leyva tourVilla de Leyva

This is one of the most attractive towns in Colombia and easily explored on foot. It has the largest plaza mayor at 14,000 sq.m. and is full of colonial charm. Highlights of the town include the Museo del Maestro Acuña which displays colonial objects, musical instruments and furniture. Convento del Santo Ecce Homo was founded in 1620 and is not far from Villa de Leyva. The chapel has a beautiful golden altarpiece.

coffee region tourCoffee Region

This fairly large region is accessed by three cities, each in a different department; Armenia, Manizales and Pereira. Coffee is the main attraction here but there are other things to see and do. Cocora Valley is lovely with wax palms and Los Nevados National Park has lush cloud forest and snow capped peaks.

cartagena tourCartagena

This is one of the more popular and well known destinations in Colombia. It does attract cruise ships through the year but you will get much more of an insight into the area by staying a few nights. It is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and rightly so. The narrow streets are great to wander around and admire the architectural treasures. There are various islands nearby which are ideal for a day trip or even an overnight in some cases.

tayrona national park tourSanta Marta & Tayrona

Santa Marta was the first city of Colombia and so is very important historically. Nearby Tayrona National Park is well worth a few days. The park covers an area including land and water. The beaches are beautiful; some are suitable for swimming, others have rough water with dense vegetation.

Leticia

Located on the north bank of the Amazon River, Leticia is Colombia's southernmost town. Activities in this area include feeding the monkeys at Micos Monkey Island, visits to local communities along the river, birdwatching, kayaking and jungle hikes.