Top Places to Visit in Colombia

Chris Grad - Mar 31, 2014
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If you are vacationing in Colombia or even if you live there, you might not realize how many amazing places there are to visit. From historical landmarks to places that are just great fun, this list of the 10 top amazing places to visit in Colombia will tell you everything you need to know.

10. La Candelaria in Bogota

You simply cannot be in Colombia without exploring Bogota, the streets that are filled with amazing history and culture. The Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) has the largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold in the world and it is definitely worth a look. While you are in Bogota, you should also explore the nearby La Candelaria, the historic neighborhood with scenery, shops and restaurants that are guaranteed to keep you occupied for hours. The architecture of the old houses, has Spanish Colonial and Baroque styles. It houses several universities, libraries and museums.

9. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira

The Salt Cathedral located in Zipaquira is one of the main things the small town is known for. The architecture is simply stunning but very unique. There is definitely no other cathedral like it in the world. Visitors flock to this landmark all the time in respect to the religion that it beautifully represents.

8. Mompox

If you are particularly interested in the history of Colombia and beautiful architecture, then you should explore the town of Mompox. Unlike the rest of the country, it is pretty much in the same condition it was years ago which makes for some exciting experiences. The town which has preserved its colonial character bears the official name of Santa Cruz de Mompox. It was founded in 1540 and the Spaniards actually used it as a holding ground for their gold and other treasures to keep them safe from pirates during the attacks in Cartagena.

7. Barichara

Barichara is a very well-known town located in Santander. It is found near Bucaramanga. Barichara is an absolutely beautiful location and is actually dubbed "the prettiest town in Colombia", making it popular with lovers and those looking for romance. There are some quaint little shops to check out as well as cathedrals and picturesque mountains.

6. Cabo de la Vela in La Guajira

Cabo de la Vela is a little out of the way, north of the Caribbean coast, but the experience you will have there will be worth it. With its beautiful beach called Ojo de Agua it is a popular ecotourism destination. With the views from the mountains, the amazing landscape and the clear blue sea all around you; this is a place that could be compared to paradise.

5. Villa de Leyva

Located in Boyaca, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva is popular with tourists due to its amazing architecture. The main plaza filled with shops and restaurants is surrounded by magnificent buildings that will leave you lost for words. There are many museums and religious buildings to check out also. The Archeological Park of Moniquira is another popular venue nearby and it is home to some beautiful sculptures of the land.

4. The Coffee Region

The Coffee Region located in the center of Andes, is where the famous and very delicious Colombian coffee is produced. The area has factors that are perfect for making only the best quality coffee and this is a must go to location if you are a fan of the caffeinated stuff.

3. Cartagena

Cartagena is located in Bolívar and is a place with heaps of history. The bustling streets tell you the story of how it was one of the first cities founded in Latin America. You cannot visit Colombia without soaking up the wonderful sights and sounds that Cartagena has on offer.

2. Tayrona National Natural Park

The Tayrona National Natural Park is a beautiful place to visit near Santa Marta. With beaches that you can relax on and rain forests that you can hike, you could spend hours here and still want to explore even more.

1. Cano Cristales

Cano Cristales is the most hypnotizing river in Colombia located in "The Plains". What makes the river amazing is the bottom of the river which changes color from yellow, blue, black to red. It is truly a sight to behold. Trek along the sides of the river and see all that Cano Crisales has to offer like stunning waterfalls and natural pools where you can take a dip and enjoy the experience.

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