Exploring South America is always an exciting experience! Colombia attracts travellers by its colonial cities, Indian tribes, wild Amazon jungle, nice Caribbean beaches and vibrant rhythms of Latin American way of life!
Discover Caño Cristales, known as "the river that ran away from paradise". From July through November the most spectacular natural wonder in the country mesmerizes with amazing shades of red, blue, yellow, orange and green.
Located in the Macarena Mountains, the multi-coloured river is difficult to reach and was closed off to the public until the early 2000s. To enter the area you must be accompanied by a tour guide, as you need permission to get there.
How to get there:
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Where to stay:
We encourage you to stay at excellent 4* Hotel American Golf for just €43 with breakfast included! Located in Barranquilla, on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, this 4-star hotel with very good reviews is situated in a residential area. It offers an outdoor swimming pool with sun deck and free Wi-Fi. Rooms at American Golf Hotel feature a classic style. They are air conditioned and include a satellite TV and a work desk. Room service is available 24/7. Guests can enjoy a variety of massage treatments or work out in the gym. The tour desk can arrange several trips in the area. A continental buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant.
In Bogota we recommend you to book 3* Abitare 56 Hotel. This top rated hotel offers modern rooms with TVs. It also features free Wi-Fi and a tour desk. Accommodation at Abitare 56 is bright, with ample windows and nice wooden floors. Rooms also have minibar and telephone, and breakfast is included in the rates. The property provides a 24-hour front desk, laundry and ironing services. Available to guests are also a shuttle service and a nearby parking.
What to do:
Those with an adventurous spirit should visit San Gil in the Santander region, where you can go rafting, paragliding, cave diving and climbing. If you like scuba diving, go to Tayrona National Park, Islas del Rosario, San Andrés, Barú or Gorgona. Challenging but rewarding hike up a snow-capped peak of El Cocuy is one most surprising experiences you can have in Colombia. It’s a moderately challenging trek, so be prepared. You can also choose a simple but rewarding trek in Cocora Valley – the cloud forest with the towering wax palms, located in Colombia’s coffee region. Go and see charming colonial village of Salento. Visit one of the local plantations to pick your own coffee beans and roast them afterwards.
If you seek for entertainment, attend the Barranquilla’s Carnival. Street dances, musical and masquerade parades start on the Saturday before the Ash Wednesday with the Battle of the Flowers. If you’re looking for some unusual experience, go mud-bathing in Totumo Volcano near Cartagena. Its caldera has been turned into a naturally heated mud bath. The volcano is a couple hundred meters deep and the mud is so thick that you just float on top.
Visit Muzo, a town widely known as the world capital of emeralds. Enter one of the emerald mines containing the world’s highest quality gems of this type. Bring your dancing shoes and head to Cali, the salsa dancing capital of Colombia. You can also learn how to dance cumbia, the traditional Colombian dance, on the Festival de la Cumbia in El Banco. Head to San Augustin, a pre-Colombian archaeological site, to see hundreds of stone statues carved by an unknown culture. Enjoy the dramatic setting of Las Lajas Sanctuary – a dangling church built over a gorge, accessed by the arched stone bridge.
Go to La Guajira, the most northern region of South America for the desert-like landscapes, the surreal colours of Punta Gallinas and the freshest, cheapest lobster. Don’t forget to sample local arepas, empanadas and chorizos. Meet the indigenous communities with their rich cultures. Near Medellin you should visit El Peñon de Guatape, a ten-million-ton monolithic formation once worshiped by the Tahamies Indians, accessed by an astounding staircase.
Every year, from July to October, humpback whales come to Nuqui on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. It’s a unique experience to see these majestic creatures come close to the shore. If you want to relax, just pass a day in a typical Colombian hacienda doing nothing.
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