The Caribbean Coast is bursting at the seams with outdoor adventures. Go surfing or chill out at Palomino, Costeño Beach, Las Gaviotas or Naranjo Beach.
Enjoy yoga, kitesurfing, rainforest and nature reserves like the Tayrona Park, and trek to the Lost City.
Take a 1hr trip from Cartagena to nearby El Totumo volcano, where you can take a mud bath. Visit the islands of Baru, Tierrabomba and the Archipelago of San Bernardo.
At Riohacha you can practice kitesurfing, biking or paddle with NinaKite.
The Tatacoa Desert was once a garden for the dinosaurs. Today, it’s the perfect place to go biking, and to be mesmerized by the stars at the observatory – if the clouds don’t ruin your intensions.
The river of five colors is a magical mix of greens, red, and orange, created by the aquatic plant Macarena Claveria. Visit the river in the warm weather, and marvel at the rainbow before your eyes.
If you don’t have a lot of time or money, stick around the capital and venture to these close-by spots; Guatavita, Tobia, Villa de Leiva and Suesca for rock climbing, rappelling and biking.
See the Páramo ecosystems, one of the world’s fastest-evolving hotspots.
Go to Chingaza, Chicaque, Iguaque, and Ocetá. The altitude might leave you feeling a little lightheaded as you look around the foggy landscapes full of rare fauna. If you’re lucky (or unlucky, whichever way you see it) a bear will pop up to say Buenos Dias.
Why not try climbing this monolithic mega-structure? Or, perhaps just take the stairs.
If heights aren’t your thing, you can go kayaking or fly-boarding at Guatapé Lake.
Santander is the region to go for extreme sports; like rafting, paragliding, rock climbing and caving – bats included. The best spots for this are The Mesa of Saints, Chicamocha Canyon, Gallineral National Park, San Gil, and La Mojarra.
Where Colombia,Brazil, and Peru meet, you can sleep in a tree house, hold an anaconda, monkey around at Monkey Island (Isla de los Micos), or visit Agape, Zacambu, River Javari and Nariño port.
Visit the indigenous Nariño people’s sacred lakes. Trek in at altitude to see these two wonders for a real thrill.
If you love a demanding trek, located near Salento is one of the highest mountains in the country, El Nevado del Tolima. It stands at 5,280m (17,110 ft) tall. You’ll need a guide if you want to summit this peak.
If you’d rather go horse-riding, head to the Cocora Valley, where there are some shorter hikes as well. Make sure you try fried smashed plantains with some local fish.
The Pacific Coast’s outgoing locals and cheerful music will welcome you with open arms. See whales, go scuba-diving, or go surfing at Nuquí, Bahia Solano, La Barra, and Ladrilleros.
With towering dunes, remote Indigenous villages, lagoons dotted with flamingos, and stunning, blissfully empty beaches, this out-of-the-way stretch of the Caribbean coast is Colombia’s most spectacular emerging destination.
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