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Welcome to Colombia

From the Caribbean coast and the peaks of the Andes to the relics of ancient pre-Columbian civilizations and freshly roasted coffee, Colombia epitomizes South America.

Top 15 attractions in Colombia

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Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo)

Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo)

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Totumo Volcano (El Totumo) ranks among Cartagena’s most popular day trips. A small volcanic caldera has become a top attraction—a naturally heated bath of grayish brown silt. After bobbing around in the soupy mix, head to the lagoon next door to wash off the mineral-rich mud, thought to have therapeutic properties.More
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Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

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On the shores of the Guatapé Dam and surrounded by lush islands, the 19th-century town of Guatapé is one of Colombia’s most photographed sites. It’s not hard to see why—the town’s brightly painted buildings and serene natural setting make for some stunning shots.More
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Old Town Cartagena

Old Town Cartagena

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With brightly-colored buildings, colonial landmarks, and bougainvillea-covered balconies, Old Town Cartagena is known for its beauty and its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Highlights include the leafy Plaza de Bolivar, the striking Clock Tower (Torre del Reloj), and the Gold Museum (Museo de Oro).More
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Plaza de Bolivar

Plaza de Bolivar

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Bogotá’s main square is built on a grand scale, from a landmark statue of Simón Bolívar to the 16th-century La Catedral Primada. In between is a colorful crowd of vendors, travelers, and downtown workers. A starting point for exploring the historic La Candelaria neighborhood, the Plaza de Bolivar is a key stop for visitors to Bogotá.More
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San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)

San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)

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Some historians say that if it weren’t for San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), South America would now speak English. The 14th-century fortress protected the coastal city of Cartagena from English invasion, allowing the Spanish to maintain their rule. Besides the role it plays in Colombia’s history, the castle attracts visitors with its panoramic harbor views.More
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Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

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Towering 10,341 feet (3,152 meters) tall at the edge of Bogotá, forested Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate) can be spotted from across the city. Set like a pearl on the summit is the Monserrate Sanctuary, a 17th-century church whose shrine is a major pilgrimage place for Colombian Catholics.More
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La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

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The graceful and carefully planned Spanish colonial city center, known as La Candelaria, is the oldest part of Bogotá, Colombia. Now a vibrant hub of activity for young artists, bohemian university students, and hip indie businesses, La Candelaria centers on Plazuela del Chorro del Quevedo, the spot where the city was founded in 1537.More
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Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar)

Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar)

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As well as offering respite from Cartagena’s Caribbean heat with its leafy trees, Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar) is home to both the Palace of the Inquisition museum and the Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Zenu). In between museums, sample Colombian coffee and snacks from street vendors and admire the eponymous statue of Simon Bolivar at the square’s center.More
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Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

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Deep within the Sierra Nevada, the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida is an indigenous archaeological site accessible only via a challenging multi-day trek through the surrounding jungle. Prepare to wade through waterfalls and climb more than 1,000 stone steps to reach the secluded ruins, where you’re rewarded with panoramic views.More
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

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This spacious cathedral is carved into a warren of salt mines 600 feet (183 mt) below the ground. Venture into the Salt Cathedral to see chapels and altars carved directly into solid rock, learn about the mine’s history, and see intricate statues in chapels representing the Stations of the Cross.More
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It sparkles with more than 55,000 priceless archaeological and artistic treasures. Only a fraction can be displayed at any one time, laid out to tell tales of pre-Colombian mining, manufacturing, and metallurgy of pre-Hispanic Colombians.More
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Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

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While the plump proportions of Fernando Botero’s sculptures have earned him international acclaim, it’s his generosity that’s made the artist Colombia’s favorite son. At the peak of his fame, the artist donated more than 150 pieces worth $200 million to the Colombian government—you can enjoy all of this art for free at Museo Botero.More
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Pueblito Paisa

Pueblito Paisa

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A short train ride from the skyscrapers and international art galleries of modern Medellín’s El Centro is Pueblito Paisa, a monument to Colombia’s colonial past. The little village (pueblito) is a re-creation featuring traditional white-washed houses, a picture-perfect central plaza, and spectacular views of Medellín’s surrounding mountains.More
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Plaza de Caicedo (Plaza de Cayzedo)

Plaza de Caicedo (Plaza de Cayzedo)

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A charming mix of old and new,Plaza de Caicedo (Plaza de Cayzedo)is a fitting showcase of modern Cali and as the central hub and main navigational landmark, most visitors will start their tour of the city from here.Once the epicenter of the colonial city,Plaza de Caicedo (Plaza de Cayzedo’s) stately architecture lends the square an air of grandeur, with the snow-white facades of the National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral looming over the south and east corners. But the square is also full of life, teeming with street artists, food carts and shoeshine boys, and making a popular picnic spot for locals, with its central gardens shaded by towering palm trees and linked by star-shaped walkways.More
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Plaza Botero

Plaza Botero

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Plaza Botero is one of Medellín’s most important outdoor spaces, home to 23 bronze sculptures of chubby cats, voluptuous women, and fat fingers designed and donated by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Beneath swaying palms and native ceiba trees, snack on street food and snap photos alongside the larger-than-life sculptures.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Cartagena

How to Spend 3 Days in Cartagena

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

Top activities in Colombia

Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
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Excursion to the Rosario Islands

Excursion to the Rosario Islands

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Freedom Tour of Palenque

Freedom Tour of Palenque

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Half-Day Tour to Totumo Mud Volcano from Cartagena
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Pink Sea and Mud Volcano
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Pink Sea and Mud Volcano

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ATV Tour 3 Mountains Medellin

ATV Tour 3 Mountains Medellin

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Private City Tour of Cartagena

Private City Tour of Cartagena

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Recent reviews from experiences in Colombia

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One of the best tours I’ve ever done
Anouk_F, May 2022
Minca - Coffee And Cocoa Tour
We saw waterfalls, had an amazing lunch at Jungle Joe’s, and I made some friends on the tour.
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Excellent guide. Fluent English. Very knowledgeable.
Lee_R, May 2022
La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota
His English is fluent and he is knowledgeable about all matters Colombian: art; history; politics; architecture; wildlife etc.
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Great sites to see, plus a workout!
Travis_B, Apr 2022
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
This tour was a great way to see a small Colombian village.
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Visit Bogota!
Rachel, Mar 2022
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
We were glad for the the customization of the tour , information about the attractions, and conversation about life that we had during those four hours.
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Great Medellin Experience
Aaron_G, Feb 2022
Pablo and Comuna 13 with Cable Car
Andres was a great guide, was nice to be able to speak with him in Spanish and English.
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Great view into Colombian cuisine
Heather_B, Dec 2021
SkyKitchen 4 Course Cooking Class
The food we prepared was tasty and it was so nice to see a personal look at Colombian cuisine.
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Awesome and safe private transfer!
Anisha_K, Dec 2021
Private transportation service from Santa Marta to Cartagena
He spoke good English and was a safe driver who knew the fastest way to get there.
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Best trip in Colombia
Georgia_L, May 2022
Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tour
We first stopped for breakfast, then visited the rock, then the town of Guatape, then lunch, then in the afternoon we took the boat across the river and got to see one of pablo escobars burnt down mansions.
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So cool and interesting
Georgia_L, May 2022
Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour By Locals
We had a local guide who spoke perfect English, he even showed us his family home and told us personal stories about growing up in the community.
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If you like water activities!
Bethsabet_V, Apr 2022
Baru and Playa Blanca Enjoy the best place with accommodation and lunch.
But if you like water activities such as jet ski, banana boats and private tours to other island in the area this is the place to be.
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Excellent day of hiking
Angela_R, Mar 2022
Hiking Mountains and Magical Forests
He provided lots of options for more or less strenuous activities based on how we were feeling, and even took us on a mini City tour when we finished our hike a bit before 5pm.
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INCREDIBLE! Great tour company & bucket-list memories!
Jennifer_S, Mar 2022
Epic Zipline and Giant Waterfall Private Tour from Medellin
After ziplining across, we hiked down to the waterfall.
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Great tour, Great Guide.
Oscar_V, Mar 2022
Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour By Locals
He spoke excellent English.
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A great first experience in Medellin!
Abraham_Q, Mar 2022
The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour
As a bonus, he shared some foods typical to Colombia, such as "empanadas" and "gelatinas," while sharing his recommendations on what to do/see while in Medellin.
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An excellent day with an expert guide!
Daria_F, Feb 2022
Private Tour To Guatape From Medellin
He was an excellent conversationalist in both English and Spanish and knew the best places to eat along the way.
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Unforgettable experience!
Vera_E, Feb 2022
Full Day Tour to Gotsezhy Indigenous Town in Santa Marta
It was incredible to see Wiwa's way of life!!
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Great driver, beautiful springs.
Michael_S, Feb 2022
Santa Rosa de Cabal and Hot Springs Full-Day Trip
Walking through the grounds was like visiting a botanical garden, and a giant waterfall serves as an incredible scenic backdrop to the springs.
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Amazing Experience!
Viviana_R, Dec 2021
Guatape Rock & Coffee Tour & Picturesque Town, All in one day
As we continue our trip to the farm we talked about coffee, the process, the different techniques etc, and Alejandro realized that my boyfriend was a true coffee lover and geek, so we stopped at "la cooperativa de cafe" to see the how individual coffee farmers sell their grains and how they are graded and divided in different categories.
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Excellent!
Lana_M, Nov 2021
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
Elisa and Alejandra were wonderful guides (Spanish and English), very knowledgable, brought in their super sweet energy and made the whole experience so much fun.
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If you don’t book it then you are loosing out.
DAMALI_R, Nov 2021
Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tour
From the beginning gennie made sure to include everybody in the activities she gave us tips on where to buy our souvenir for cheap and stop at the most instagramable locations.
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