12 Most Beautiful Places in Colombia

LAS LAJAS SANCTUARY

Las Lajas Sanctuary located on the border between Colombia and Ecuador.  The fascinating thing about this place is that it was built inside the canyon where the Guitara River flows. Las Lajas Cathedral, also known as “Las Lajas Sanctuary”.

MEDELLIN

The capital of Antioquia offers visitors the chance to experience the bustling, chaotic Colombian culture amid a backdrop of soaring mountains and leafy coffee plantations. The “City of Eternal Spring,” as Colombians affectionately call it because of its temperate climate, is fast becoming a tourist hot spot for fine dining, trendy bars and, of course, world-class coffee.

CARTAGENA

An historic 16th-century port city nestled alongside the Caribbean Sea, it’s no secret that Cartagena  is one of Colombia’s prettiest jewels. Come for the old town’s stunning Unesco World Heritage Site’s colonial architecture, stay for the tropical islands and eternal summer weather. While the cobbled streets and vibrant façades might teem with cruise ship passengers, escape with a sojourn to nearby beaches.

JARDIN

The small town of Jardin is one of the most beautiful pueblos in all of Colombia and has remained virtually unchanged for more than a century. Located approximately 4 hours to the south of Medellin if traveling by car, it sits in the southernmost stretches of the department of Antioquia. The pueblo is famous in Colombia for its preserved and colonial appearance as well as its striking mountain views and lush green, garden filled landscapes.

COCORA VALLEY

In the rolling green foothills of the Colombian Andes there is a valley that is known for being one of the only places in the world to see wax palms in their natural habitat. These slender poles shoot up 60 meters into the sky and are topped with a few palm leaves, making them look like they came straight from a Dr. Seuss book! Fun facts, the wax palm is the national symbol of Colombia and the world’s tallest palm tree. The best way to see these impressive trees and their beautiful surroundings is by visiting Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley) in the Eje Cafetero (coffee region). Here in the valley you walk past lush green cloud forest and a river, to come to a clearing with hundreds of wax palms.

SANTA MARTA

Santa Marta is a city located in the Magdalena department in the northern region of Colombia on the Caribbean coast. The city is famous for being the final resting place of Simon Bolivar who passed away at a ranch on the outskirts of the Santa Marta on December 17, 1830. Although his remains have been relocated to Caracas, Venezuela, there is a memorial monument located at the ranch estate La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino that is open to tourists.

BOGOTA

New buildings and modern architecture has sprung up near the traditional barrios which have transformed Bogotá into a city of contrast. Many of the large mansions have been beautifully restored in the older barrios and converted into government offices, auditoriums and museums. Much of the colonial architecture has been carefully preserved to reflect traditional Andalusian style of homes as well as the city’s extraordinary antique churches and beautiful republican buildings.

EL PIEDRA  DE PENOL

Also known as “El Peñon de Guatape”, or Guatape Rock, La Piedra is a monolithic formation situated near the town of Guatape, nestled in the Andean mountain range and bounded by the Peñol-Guatape dam. Advertised as only 649 steps to the top, the sign fails to add the additional journey to the tower on top of the rock, making it a grand total of 740 steps to reach its very peak.

TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK

Park Tayrona is located on the Caribbean coast, 1 hour bus drive from the city of Santa Marta. The natural park is a treasure for those interested in nature, it has fascinating wildlife. If you are not big fan of animals, you will still love the park! Tayrona is also a great gateway for those who simply want to relax on some of the loveliest South American coast lines, have digital detox and get closer to nature. And it is just a fun adventure by itself!

SAN ANDRES

The island of San Andrés is officially part of Colombia but its old ties connect it with England. This makes the Island multicultural and bilingual the most common spoken languages are Spanish, English and Creole. San Andrés Colombia is one of the hotspots when visiting Colombia. The island of San Andrés is located in the Caribbean Sea not far from Nicaragua. It is a small island of approximately ten square miles

CANO CRISTALES

Located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. It’s a tributary of the Guayabero River. The river is commonly called the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow”, and is even referred to as the most beautiful river in the world due to its striking colors. The bed of river in the end of July through November is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last caused by the Macarenia clavigera (Podostemaceae) on the bottom of the river.

GUATAPE

This resulted in a village or two being relocated and tourism having a much bigger role to play in the economy given that all the fields were, well, submerged. If you’re staying in the centre of town, the quickest option to reach El Peñol is to get a tuk-tuk or one of the collectivo jeeps to take you to the entrance.