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40 Best Things to Do in Medellin (2020): What Travelers Love (+bonus)

I wrote down a complete list of things to do in Medellin and around so that you can decide the length of your stay there.

Through this post, you will get insightful and practical information to decide what to do in Medellin. I put on the side all the useless stuff like visiting the commercial center or banal activities like eating a Bandeja Paisa.

Use our post to create a fantastic itinerary to explore Antioquia.

Also, there is a bonus at the end of this post. I give you a list of things to do in Medellin for each day of the week. Don’t miss it. 😉

Must read: Our top-notch Medellin Travel guide

Table of Contents: Things to do in Medellin, Colombia

  1. Entertainment
  2. Free walking tour
  3. Paid cultural tours
  4. Museums and places
  5. Hikes in Medellin
  6. Outdoor activity paradise
  7. Colonial towns
  8. Hikes around Medellin
  9. Things to do during the week
  10. Start deciding which places you visit
  11. Lay back while we do the hard job

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What to do inside Medellin, Colombia

Let’s start with the fun things to do in Medellin. Because of its growing popularity, new local agencies offer excellent tours and cool social events are scheduled every week.

Entertainment in Medellin, Colombia

Things to do in Medellin, Colombia

#1 Drink beers in the 3 Cordilleras factory

It’s one of my favorite places to hang out in Medellin. You pay a cheap cover to drink 5 tasty craft beers and listen to some live music.

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  • Where: Ciudad del Rio | 10 min taxi from Poblado
  • Duration: 2-4 h
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Get there early to have a table. Only on Thursday and Friday.
  • Website: 3 Cordilleras

Must read: Our Medellin Nightlife guide to party like a local

#2 Dancing Salsa

Travelers love to party in Poblado, but they miss the opportunity to learn some Salsa moves. There are free classes during the week in various bars.

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  • Where: Son Havana (Laureles) and Social Club Academia (South of Poblado).
  • Duration: 1h
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Wed – Thu > Son Havana. Thu – Sat > Social Club. Better to arrive early
  • Website: Son Havana | Social Club

Get some fun: Explore Medellin by night with these guys

#3 Play Tejo

It’s a national game where you throw a metal disk and hope for loud explosions. You MUST drink beers. It’s a fun thing to do in Medellin and some locals are super skilled!

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  • Where: Cancha de Tejo Polideportivo Sur (Envigado) | 25 min from Poblado
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Avoid the rush hour from 5 to 8 pm.
  • Website: You can practice with these guys!

#4 Watch a football game at the Stadium

Colombians love football. Players’ performances on the field aren’t spectacular, but the atmosphere is a lot of fun. Don’t wear the wrong colors!

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  • Where: Estadio (Laureles) | 20 min from Poblado
  • Duration: 3h
  • Price: $
  • Tips: There is a game twice a week. Ask locals to know the dates. Buy your ticket in advance.
  • Website: none.

Get some fun: Hang out with locals before and during the game!

#5 Ciclovia on Sunday

Colombians are fond of the “Tour de France”. Every Sunday morning, they close several main roads so that inhabitants can ride -almost- all over Medellin.

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  • Where: Avenida Poblado, from the south in Envigado until El Centro in the north
  • Duration: From 7 am to 1 pm
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Only on Sunday and Public holidays
  • Article: Ciclovia in Medellin

#6 Paragliding above Medellin

From the sky, the city of Medellin is quite impressive. Head to San Felix and pick one of the several certified companies.

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Make it easy: Ask these guys to drive you to San Felix

#7 Horse riding in the green hills

Horse riding Medellin

Traveling is a great opportunity for experiencing new things. Ask Andres to pick you up wherever you want in Medellin and explore the surroundings on a well-trained horse.

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  • Where: Sabaneta | 45 min away from Poblado
  • Duration: 3h
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: Morning activities are always better

We recommend: Travelers love to do it with that guy!

#8 Rafting on the most beautiful Antioquia’s river

Rio Verde and Rio Samana are two beautiful rivers hidden in the hilly landscapes of Antioquia. You can pick a 1 or 2-day rafting trip. The local agency takes care of everything. I’m a big fan!

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  • Where: San Francisco | 2-hours jeep drive from Medellin
  • Duration: 1 or 2 days
  • Price: $$$$
  • Tips: Fantastic experience. You can get there on your own to reduce the cost.
  • Booking: We always work with these guys.

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#9 Language Exchanges: have a chat with locals

Colombian woman

I know that it is not easy to talk with locals when you don’t speak Spanish. Look on the internet the Language Exchanges events to practice and meet new people! It’s one of my favorite things to do in Medellin.

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  • Where: There are various cafes and hostels in Laureles and Envigado. I let you my favorite places and their Facebook page. Just check the events!
  • Duration: 1 – 4 hours
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Just show up and smile. People will come to you.
  • Facebook page: Dimeli | Cafe Ondas | Colombia Immersion | Barrio central | Wandering Paisa

#10 Mountain bikes and adrenaline rush

mOUNTAIN BIke Medellin

Ask Medellin Adventure tours to show you their favorite biking spots. Breathless landscapes and unforgettable experiences. They’ve got excellent pieces of equipment.

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  • Where: They pick you up In Medellin or at the Jose Cordova Airport
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: Book it only if you’re in an excellent physical condition
  • Website: Medellin adventure tours

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Free Walking Tours in Medellin, Colombia

Things to do in Medellin, Colombia

A free walking tour is a cheap and informative thing to do in Medellin. You join a local guide who shows you his city and give you tons of information. Then, you give a tip at the end.

I love it because it’s an excellent way to understand a city/country and get a more in-depth travel experience.

#11 Visit the center of Medellin

Real City Tours does a great job to explain to you the complicated past of Medellin while showing you the various monuments and places. Do it if you can’t afford to book a private tour.

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  • Where: Alpujarra Metro Station | Near the center
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Price: Free, but don’t forget to let a tip
  • Tips: Book it a couple of days in advance
  • Website: Real City tour

#12 Visit the Comuna 13

The stories behind the colorful streets of Comuna 13 are super interesting, but there are too many tourists nowadays.

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  • Where: San Javier Station| 15 min by metro from Laureles
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: Free, but don’t forget to let a tip
  • Tips: Pick the morning tour. Don’t forget your sunscreen.
  • Website: Zippy Tour

Must read: Pick the right district in Medellin

Paid Cultural tours in Medellin, Colombia

Things to do in Medellin, Colombia

While Free walking tours are an excellent choice when you travel on a shoestring budget, you can’t compare it with a private tour (or at least a small group size).

Also, you don’t interact much with your environment when strolling randomly among the streets – without mentioning the fact that big Colombia cities aren’t sexy.

If you really want to learn from this trip, then booking at least one cultural tour is the thing to do in Medellin.

#13 Bike tour to visit several districts at once

Moutain bike Valle de Cocora Salento

Medellin is situated in a valley. It means the roads are mostly flat. Also, there are many cycling routes, so you won’t die hitten by a truck (hopefully).

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  • Where: Departure from Poblado. 19 Km.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Do it in the morning.
  • Website: Bici tour

We recommend: Travelers love to do it with that guy!

#14 Food tour to la Minorista Market

I love eating street food and fruits when I’m in Colombia. It’s even better when you do it in a massive market with hundreds of stands. There is no interest if you don’t do it with a tour.

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  • Where: La Minorista Market | 15 min from Laureles
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Don’t eat before the tour!
  • Website: Real City Tour

# 15 Visit of a local brewery

Microbrewery are becoming a big thing in Colombia. Pay your entrance fee to get 5 samples and visit the Apostol’s Factory.

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  • Where: Sabaneta | 30 min from Poblado
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Every Thursday, at 6h30 pm. Better to make a reservation. Spanish only.
  • Facebook Page: Apostol

#16 La Sierra: A great alternative to Comuna 13

Be an insider and go where 99% of the tourist are not. The district of La Sierra was one of the most dangerous in Medellin. Learn its history. Fantastic view of Medellin.

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  • Where: The tour starts in San Antonio, then you take the tramway and the cable car to get to La Sierra (30 min).
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Contact the local agency before showing up. There are many stairs.
  • Website: La Sierra Tours

#17 Visit a coffee farm

You can visit a coffee farm even if you don’t plan to visit the coffee region. Ask Andres to pick you up at your hotel then visit a Finca in Sabaneta. Andres knows tons of stuff about coffee.

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  • Where: Andres picks you up wherever you want. The farm is in Sabaneta, a 35-min drive from Poblado.
  • Duration: 3 hours on-site.
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: Do it in the morning.

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#18 Coffee and walking tour in La Floresta

Stroll in the district of La Floresta and Santa Lucia with your local guide and speak about coffee and architecture. You’ll visit a coffee roaster!

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  • Where: Tour starts at La Floresta Metro Station. | 10 min taxi from Laureles.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Contact the local guide by Whatsapp first. He speaks English.
  • Facebook page: Urban coffee tour

#19 Cook delicious meals with locals

Cooking is a universal language and an excellent way to bring some delicious memories back home. Go shopping to a traditional market then cook with a lovely Colombian family.

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#19′ Smell the colorful flowers of Santa Elena.

Santa Elena

The Flower Fair is an important event in Medellin. Each year hundreds of Silleteros parade to show their creations. Learn about their traditions in Santa Elena.

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  • Where: Santa Elena | 45 min from Laureles
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: Don’t go there if you’re not interested in flowers.
  • Website: More information here

Lovely hikes to do in Medellin, Colombia

Things to do in Medellin

There are several hikes you can do to admire the city of Medellin. You can also find many hiking tips around Medellin on this post.

I don’t recommend Arvi Park (boring).

Because the most dangerous areas of Medellin are on the outskirts, you should always ask around you before hiking somewhere in the city.

#20 Sunday hike to 3 Cruces

Colombians love to hike to 3 cruces on Sunday. It’s super steep, and the view from the top is outstanding. Besides, it’s also a funny thing to do in Medellin to observe the fashion style of its inhabitants.

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  • Where: Start from the Collegio Padre Manyanet | 20 min from Poblado
  • Duration: 1h to get to the top
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Take a bottle of water and a hat. There is no shade. Do it early morning on Sunday.
  • Website: Kinkaju organizes many hikes around Medellin

Places, museums, and gardens in Medellin, Colombia

Things to do in Medellin

While there are not so many interesting museums in Medellin, some of them are worth visiting if it’s a rainy day.

You won’t find lots of content in English or French inside the museums. We know some excellent local guides if you need it.

#21 Museo del Castillo

Museo del Castillo

A wealthy Colombian, fond of the middle age, built the castle in 1930. Now, it belongs to the State. You can admire the gardens and there is a tour to contemplate the piece of arts inside.

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  • Where: Next to Poblado
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Take the time to lay back in the garden. Visit only in Spanish
  • Website: Museo del Castillo

#22 Get to know el Señor Botero

Botero is a world-famous artist who loves to exaggerate the proportions of his subjects. Many of its sculptures are in front of the Museo de Antioquia, that you can also visit to learn more about Botero’s life.

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  • Where: Plaza Botero | 15 min from Laureles
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Price: $
  • Website: Museo de Antioquia

#23 Museo Moderno del Arte

Beautiful building with a small art collection, various exhibits throughout the year. It’s also a good option to watch independent movies and the view from the terrace is quite nice!

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  • Where: Ciudad del Rio | 10 min from Poblado
  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: There is an open house every last Friday of the month, at 6 pm.
  • Website: MAMM

#24 Museo de la Memoria

An instructive thing to do in Medellin to get a better understanding of the various conflicts in Colombia. Many different communication supports.

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  • Where: In the center | 30 min from Poblado
  • Duration: There are lots of content, but your brain will probably blow up after 2 hours.
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Take a cab to get there, the neighborhood is dodgy. Go early to avoid the crowd. Spanish only.
  • Website: Museo de la Memoria

#25 Parque Explora

Parque Explora

I’m a big fan of that park/museum. You can visit the aquarium and learn in a playful way through many experiments. Perfect for families.

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  • Where: Metro station Universidad | 20 min from Laureles.
  • Duration: You can easily stay 6h
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Go early and during the week.
  • Website: Parque Explora

# 26 Jardin Botanico & butterflies

Jardin Botanico

You won’t learn a lot about flowers but it’s a lovely place to hang out for 30 min. Visit the butterfly garden and look for the iguanas. You can pair it with Parque Explora.

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  • Where: Metro station Universidad | 20 min from Laureles.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Go early to be able to enter in the butterfly garden. Have lunch at In Situ.
  • Website: Jardin Botanico

#27 Take the Metro Cable

Cable Car

It’s not a secret, and every traveler does it. Get to Santo Domingo at sunset and admire the city by night.

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  • Where: Metro Station Santo Domingo
  • Duration: 30 min by metro from Laureles
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Don’t wander too far away from the metro station.

Must read: Our favorite Medellin day trips

Things to do around Medellin, Colombia

The region of Antioquia offers many opportunities for day trips from Medellin.

Colonial towns in the region, with colorful wooden doors and gigantic main squares, are among the most pleasant towns in Colombia. Also, travelers who like adventure trips will be spoilt for choice.

With all our suggestions, you can easily travel for one month just in Antioquia.

Use the following information to decide your favorite things to do in this region.

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Towns that offer many outdoor activities

Things to do in Medellin

There are beautiful rivers that flow through the hilly landscapes of Antioquia.

#28 Tubing in San Rafael

San Rafael

San Rafael is a little town surrounded by natural pools and waterfalls. It’s an excellent place for tubing.

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  • Where: 3h bus drive from Medellin | Terminal North
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tips: Stay in San Rafael and visit Guatape on the way back.
  • Travel guide: San Rafael

#29 Canyoning in San Carlos

San Carlos is a little town that offers stunning canyoning opportunities and lovely hikes.

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  • Where: 5 hours bus from Medellin | Terminal North
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tips: You can include Guatape and San Rafael in the loop.
  • Travel guide: San Carlos

#30 Tamesis, a town with a mind-blowing view

Tamesis Antioquia

You won’t meet many travelers in Tamesis despite it’s an excellent spot for extreme sports and outdoor activities.

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  • Where: 4 hours bus from Medellin | Terminal South
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tips: You must stay at least one night at the Hotel Monte Magico.
  • Travel guide: Tamesis

#31 La Peña, the paradise for rock climbers

Stay at Casa en El Air hostel or at La Peña Abejorral and plan your climbing activities.

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  • Where: 5 hours from Medellin | Terminal North
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tips: Book many days in advance, avoid the weekends.
  • Website: La Peña Abejorral

#32 Magical stay in Rio Claro

Rio Claro is a nature reserve with crystal-clear water and lush vegetation. The park offers various activities like tubing, zipline, and cave exploring and you can stay overnight!

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  • Where: 4 hours from Medellin | Terminal North
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tips: Customer service isn’t great
  • Website: Rio Claro

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Lovely colonials towns around Medellin

Things to do in Medellin

There are many cute colonial towns in Antioquia that are perfect for a multi-day trip from Medellin. Don’t hesitate to take the Chivas (colorful buses typical from this region) to move from one town to another.

There is one thing you must keep in mind: You can’t rush if you really want to enjoy the experience.

#33 Guatape and El Peñol

Hikes around Guatape

Every traveler plans a trip to Guatape. The view from el Peñon (the rock on the picture) is fantastic, but the town is a bit overrated.

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  • Where: 2 hours bus from Medellin | Terminal North
  • Duration: Day trip or stay overnight near the lake
  • Tips: Avoid going on a public holiday. You can continue your trip to San Rafael, it’s just 45 min away.
  • Travel guide: Guatape

Make it easy: Ask these guys to show you around if you’re in a hurry

#34 Santa Fe de Antioquia and its famous bridge

It’s a lovely colonial town with some beautiful hotels – pick one with a pool. You can learn about gold seekers and contemplate the bridge “El Puente del Occidente”.

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  • Where: 1.5h bus from Medellin | Terminal North
  • Duration: Day trips or 2 days
  • Tips: It’s not worth it if you don’t book a tour. You will miss 95% of the experience.
  • Website: More information here

#35 Horizontes, our best-kept secret

Horizontes is a tiny colonial town, up a hill, with a great view of the valley. The inhabitants all know each other and you won’t find any tourists. It’s an excellent tour if you pair it with Belmira and Santa Fe de Antioquia.

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  • Where: 2h bus to Belmira (Terminal north) + 2 h Chiva to Horizontes.
  • Duration: Package 3 days
  • More information here

#36 Jerico, a religious colonial town

Jerico Antioquia

Jerico is a colonial town made up of colorful houses and magnificent churches. It’s ideal for staying a couple of days and be soaked by the atmosphere.

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  • Where: 3.5 hours from Medellin | Terminal South
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tips: Don’t miss the Finca Ariel and the waterfall Arco Iris
  • Travel guide: Jerico

We recommend: This kick-ass tour to Finca Ariel

#37 Jardin, cowboys’ land and waterfalls

Jardin Antioquia

Jardin is a vibrant town where the inhabitants drink coffees all day on a vast and flowery main square. It offers several beautiful hikes to reach mighty waterfalls.

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  • Where: 4 hours bus from Medellin | Terminal South
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Tips: There is a Chiva Jerico-Andes twice a day, and you can do a 2-day hike to Tamesis.
  • Travel guide: Jardin

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Hikes to plan from Medellin, Colombia

Things to do in Medellin

There are many opportunities around Medellin if you’re a mountain lover.

#38 The Paramo de Belmira

A tough 11km hike to get to the laguna and come back through the Paramo. You can hire a local guide in Belmira. Departure from town.

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  • Where: Belmira, 2 hours bus from Medellin | Terminal North
  • Duration: 7 hours hike (in total)
  • Tips: Leave super early from Bogota.
  • The trail: Wikiloc.

#39 Cerro Tusa, the biggest natural pyramid

A super steep hike to reach the super-sharp end of the mountain. The view is beautiful. You must get a bus to Venecia first, then ask for a local guide.

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  • Where: Venecia, 2h from Medellin | Terminal South, Flota Fredonia
  • Duration: 2-3 hours to get to the top.
  • Tips: Stay overnight in Venecia. Stay in Las Palmas. Do it during the week.
  • More information: Here

#40 Multi-day hike to El Paramo del Sol

A stunning 2 or 3-days hike to get to the highest point in Antioquia. Dreamy sceneries and super cold. You can take a local guide in Urrao and get your camping gear.

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  • Where: Urrao is 5h away from Medellin | Terminal South
  • Duration: 2 or 3-day hike
  • Tips: Be a maximum prepared and opt for the 3-day tour
  • More information: here

Things to do in Medellin for each day of the week

Medellin is a vibrant city, and you will always find something to do (if you know what to look for).

I want to give some cool weekly events you can add to your Colombia itinerary.

The schedule of the event can regularly change, so double-check on the Facebook/Instagram pages.

You can find a cheat-sheet of the weekly events (for Bogota, Cartagena, Cali, and Medellin) in our Free travel guide.

Things to do in Medellin on Monday

Things to do in Medellin on Tuesday

Things to do in Medellin on Wednesday

  • Listen to live music at Cafe Zorba (delicious pizza) | 8 pm | Poblado
  • Free Salsa Class at Son Havana | 8 pm | Laureles

Things to do in Medellin on Thursday

Things to do in Medellin on Friday

Things to do in Medellin on Saturday

  • Listen to live music at El Arranque | 8 pm | Poblado
  • Listen to live Salsa Music at Son Havana | 11 pm | Laureles
  • Electro DJ’s at Club 1984 | Ciudad del Rio
  • Language exchange and live music at Dance Free | 8 pm | Poblado

Things to do in Medellin on Sunday

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45 Best places to visit in Colombia (2020): An Awe-Inspiring list + guides!

When I planned my first trip to Colombia, I asked Google God, “What are the best places to visit in Colombia“.

I bet you did the same.

It’s a smart reaction, after all. You’re creating your Colombia itinerary, and you want to do a pre-selection of the top destinations in Colombia.

However, there is a glitch in your plan.

We’re all different.

It means you maybe won’t like the same places as your cousin or friend – or the travel blogger who only spent 3 weeks in Colombia and wrote a “Best of Colombia” post.

I want to do things differently. You deserve it – especially if you share this article on the internet, love y’all.

I wrote down an exclusive list of all the Colombia places we have been in the last 5 years, and I regrouped them by theme.

And, there is a travel guide for (almost) each of them.

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Where to go in Colombia: Table of Contents

  1. The best major cities in Colombia
  2. The best beach towns in Colombia
  3. The best colonial towns in Colombia
  4. The best jungle towns in Colombia
  5. The best islands in Colombia
  6. The best outdoor activity towns in Colombia
  7. The best deserts in Colombia
  8. The best archeological sites in Colombia
  9. The best off the beaten path places in Colombia
  10. The best national park to hike in Colombia

How to decide which places you should add to your itinerary?

Major cities to visit in Colombia

Best places to visit in Colombia

Big cities in Colombia aren’t sexy. It can be loud, polluted, dirty – like every city in the world.

However, there are many reasons why you would like to include some of them in your Colombia itinerary.

  • Some local guides speak French/English
  • Local travel agencies offer kickass tours and activities
  • There are airports and principal bus terminals
  • Interesting museums to learn about Colombia history and culture
  • It’s your best chance to experience a fantastic nightlife

Read more: A local guide to explore the main Colombian cities

Let’s have a look at the best cities in Colombia depending on what you’re looking for

#1 Medellin, best city for living as a digital nomad

Many travelers stop in Medellin because they like partying in Poblado. I agree it’s fun, although there are better cities.

I’m also fond of Medellin. I lived there for 4 months, and it was fantastic. It’s “easy” to move around – except if it’s rush hour -, the weather is mild and the Paisas – Medellin’s people – are super friendly.

From Medellin, you can plan many multi-day trips to explore Antioquia and the Pacific coast.

Read more: Our Medellin travel guide

Medellin Best places to visit in Colombia

#2 Bogota, best city to learn about the Colombia culture

I know that every traveler hates Bogota, but it’s a mistake. I didn’t like it the first time – and the 2nd time. It’s because I didn’t know how to understand Bogota.

Go to Bogota if you:

Read more: Our Bogota travel guide

#3 Cali, best city for dancing Salsa

Travelers skip Cali because they think they’re going to be bored – and 99% of us dance with 2 left feet.

It’s true that if you don’t care about dancing, then you might don’t want to include it in your Colombia itinerary. However, you don’t have to dance all day long. There are many day trips to visit exciting Colombia sightseeings around the city.

  • Hike in the Western Andean mountains
  • Plan a trip to La Barra or Popayan
  • Tubing in San Cipriano
  • Kitesurfing in the Colima lagoon

Have fun at night, and explore during the day. I can’t think of a better situation.

Read more: Our Cali travel guide

Cali best places to visit in Colombia

#4 Cartagena, best romantic city in Colombia

Cartagena already has a tremendous reputation around the world and many travel websites consider it’s one of the best places to visit in Colombia. The old city center is made up of colorful facades, flowery balconies, and fantastic restaurants.

Therefore, it’s an ideal city for a honeymoon journey, but there are some inconveniences you should know.

Read more: Our Cartagena travel guide

Cartagena itinerary 1 week in Colombia

#5 Santa Marta, a touristic hub on the coast

There is 0 interest in visiting Santa Marta. However, you may have to stay there one night as it’s the easiest way to reach the Western side of the Caribbean coast.

It’s also the departure point for various excellent multi-day trips to La Guajira or the Lost City.

Read more: Our Santa Marta Travel guide

Santa Marta

#6 Pereira, a touristic hub in the Coffee Region

As Santa Marta, Pereira won’t blow your mind. However, it’s a strategical point to visit the coffee region. It’s also easy to get there as there are an airport, a major bus terminal, and AVIS Rental car company.

We’ve met one of the best local travel agencies when we were there. Thanks to them, you can plan different adventures:

  • Multi-day trips to the Paramo Los Nevados
  • Canyoning and thermal baths
  • Visit unknown-and-beautiful colonial towns

Read more: Our Pereira Travel guide

Pereira Zona Cafetera

The best beach towns to visit in Colombia

Best places to visit in Colombia

Colombia is the only country in South America with two coastlines. Therefore, there is a bunch of cool beach towns where you can relax.

#7 Capurgana & Sapzurro, visit 2 beach towns in the Darien Gap

First of all, yes, it’s safe to travel to Capurgana and Sapzurro. I know that the Darien Gap as a bad reputation because of the Colombia paramilitaries, but I stayed there for over 1 year without having any issues.

Both towns are remote, and only accessible by boat. I loved it there. There are some nice beaches, an authentic beach town atmosphere, and many half-day trip activities you can do by yourself.

Read more: Our Capurgana travel guide

Read more: Our Sapzurro travel guide

Capurgana best places to visit in Colombia

#8 Rincon del Mar, the ideal beach town

Rincon del Mar is a little hidden paradise that we must preserve. The inhabitants are the nicest people I’ve met on the coast, and it’s the most beautiful beach town in the Caribbean with its endless white-sand beach and colorful houses.

Moreover, there are plenty of activities you can organize with the locals, as snorkeling tour, bioluminescent plankton, and a trip to the San Bernardo Islands.

Read more: Our Rincon del Mar Travel guide

Rincon del mar best places to visit in Colombia

#9 Palomino, visit the most famous beach town

Nowadays, every traveler knows about Palomino – it wasn’t the case a few years ago. It’s a chill beach town with not many things to do, except tubing on the river. It’s maybe not the best option if you’re looking for a place with fewer foreigners. However, there are some nice accommodations and restaurants.

Unfortunately, the current is quite strong in this area, so you won’t be able to swim in the ocean.

Read more: Our Palomino travel guide

Palomino

#10 Dibulla, an authentic fishing town

If you want to experience living and chilling in an authentic Caribbean beach town, then you should ditch Palomino and pick Dibulla instead.

There are not many things to do around, but it’s enough to occupy you for a couple of days.

Organize a horse riding activity at sunset or an ecological hike in the Sierra Nevada, then plan a multi-day expedition to La Guajira.

Read more: Our Dibulla Travel guide

dibulla best places to visit in Colombia

#11 Thermales & Guachalito, visit the paradise on earth

The pacific coast is wild and beautiful. There is no road to get there, and you shouldn’t expect a 5-star hotel. However, it will be the perfect place for disconnecting from the modern world.

Guachalito is a magnificent black-sand beach surrounded by lush vegetation. There are few eco-lodges scattered alongside the beach, and it can be an excellent option for enjoying some slow vacation days with your loved one.

And, if you don’t have the budget for it, Termales remains an excellent choice. Take the opportunity to learn how to surf. 😉

Read more: Our Guachalito & Termales travel guide

Nuqui and Guachalito

#12 El Valle, it will be hard to say goodbye

El Valle is a small beach town on the Pacific coast, at 30 min from the Bahia Solano’s airport. There are a few restaurants, nice hostels, and guesthouses. It’s more affordable than Guachalito.

Read more: Our El Valle travel guide

El Valle Bahia Solano best places to visit in Colombia

#13 La Barra, the cheapest zone of the Pacific coast

Being quite close to Cali (3h bus + 1h boat), Juanchaco attracts many Colombian tourists, especially during the whale watching season.

Juanchaco doesn’t deserve your attention, but we really liked La Barra and its surroundings. It’s a tiny beach town, with not many things to do. Fortunately, some hotels offer some entertaining and affordable activities.

Read more: Our La Barra travel guide

La barra et bahia Malaga

The most beautiful colonial towns to visit in Colombia

Best places to visit in Colombia

Because of the reputation of Villa de Leyva or Barichara, some travelers are willing to spend a day in transportation just for staying 24 hours.

It makes no sense to me.

Colombia’s colonial towns are indeed pleasant to visit, but the genuine interest lies in the atmosphere. And, you won’t get it by flying 30 seconds around like a hummingbird.

  • There are always some cool activities to do around.
  • Try all the restaurants and decide which one is your favorite
  • Stay in a lovely guesthouse and lay back for an afternoon
  • Grab a coffee on the main square and watch bystanders

#14 Barichara, ideal for planning extreme sports activities

Many travelers consider Barichara as one of the best places to visit in Colombia.

I’ve to admit that this colonial town is super lovely and pleasant. However, it’s a bit of a headache to get there.

Add this famous Colombia destination to your itinerary if you like extreme sports activities. There are excellent local travel agencies that offer fantastic experiences like rafting, cave exploring, paragliding, canyoning.

If you’re not interested in that, pick another village.

Barichara best places to visit in Colombia

#15 Villa de Leyva, my favorite romantic getaway

Villa de Leyva is a town I like to visit again and again. It’s close to Bogota and there are all the conditions needed to enjoy a fantastic stay.

  • Delicious restaurants and lovely hotels
  • Many entertaining outdoor activities: bike, vineyard, hikes
  • Massages
  • Colombia sightseeings where you can stop on the way back
  • Cool nights which is perfect for sleeping well

Villa de Leyva is one of my best places to visit in Colombia.

Read more: Our Villa de Leyva travel guide

#16 Buenavista, the best view in Colombia

Buenavista is a little colonial town nestled up a hill in the coffee region. There are two excellent coffee tours and some delicious ice-creams.

Read more: Our Buenavista travel guide

Buenavista zona Cafetera

#17 Filandia, an excellent alternative to Salento

Filandia is my favorite alternative to Salento and the atmosphere is much more authentic there. Moreover, there are some really good restaurants and cafés – Helena Dentro & Cafecultor.

From Filandia, you can easily organize a trip to Valle de Cocora or an expedition to listen to howler monkeys in the Barbas Bremen nature reserve.

Read more: Our Filandia travel guide

#18 Salento, the departure point to Valle de Cocora

Like Cartagena & Palomino, Salento is always listed in every “where to travel in Colombia” article. Nowadays, the colonial is so famous than most of the locals have run away.

There are some excellent accommodation options and the main square is the official departure to Valle de Cocora, where you can find the tallest wax palm trees in the world.

It’s also a good option if you want to get a more in-depth explanation about coffee.

Read more: Our Salento travel guide

Salento and Valle de Cocora

#19 Salamina, another secret alternative to Valle de Cocora

Salamina is a lovely colonial town, with colorful streets and carved wooden balconies.

The main Colombia highlight nearby is Valle de Samaria, another valley where you can observe the tallest wax palm trees in the world. It’s a great alternative to Valle de Cocora, and there is nobody!

Read more: Our Salamina Travel guide

Salamina coffee region Colombia

#20 Jardin, a town for drinking coffee and chasing waterfalls

While Jardin starts being famous among travelers, it’s still not invaded by foreigners.

I recommend Jardin to people who like hiking and waterfalls. There are many day-trips you can organize with excellent local agencies.

Moreover, we discovered a couple of beautiful hotels and mouth-watering restaurants.

Read more: Our Jardin Travel guide

Jardin

#21 Jerico, a religious town made up of churches and coffee farms

Jerico is nestled on the top of a green hill and offers some beautiful sceneries to visitors. Like Jardin, Jerico is situated in Antioquia – one of my most beautiful Colombia departments. I like to include both towns in the same itinerary as you can move from one to the other thanks to a Chiva – a large and colorful bus typical from there.

Read more: Our Jerico Travel guide

Jerico Antioquia best places to visit in Colombia

#22 Guatape, get to the top of a giant monolith

Guatape is the most famous day trip from Medellin. Let’s see why:

  • It’s easy to get there from Medellin by bus
  • You don’t need a guide
  • The view from El Peñol – a giant monolith nearby – is breathtaking
  • The colonial town is cute

Even if it’s straightforward to get to Guatape, you will still spend at least 4h on a bus (round trip). Therefore, I recommend staying 1 night in Guatape or heading to San Rafael and San Carlos.

Read more: Our Guatape Travel guide

Guatape

Towns surrounded by lush vegetation to visit in Colombia

Best places to go to Colombia

Colombia is not only made up of beaches, cute colonial towns, and big cities. Actually, an important part of the country is covered by thick green plants AKA jungle.

You can let your machete at home, but don’t forget your repellent.

#23 Minca, a town to visit in the middle of the Sierra Nevada

If you want to travel on the Caribbean Coast, then it’s interesting to stop a couple of days in Minca to take a break from the beaches. It’s straightforward to get there from Santa Marta.

It’s a well-known place to do some birdwatching and relax a few days in an Eco-lodge. The town itself doesn’t offer any interest. The best Colombia sightseeing is the 2-day hike to Cerro Kennedy.

Avoid the weekends as many Colombians like to get to the Pozo Azul -natural pools- and the Marinka waterfalls.

Read more: Our Minca travel guide

MINCA

#24 Paso del Mango, an excellent alternative to Minca

You won’t find many “Best places to visit in Colombia” articles mentioning Paso del Mango. It’s because only a few people know about this place.

Paso del Mango is an alternative to Minca. It’s a bit more complicated to get there, but it’s worth it as you won’t meet many other foreigners. There is an excellent hostel that offers various activities and an excellent setting.

There is a “secret” 5h hike between Minca and Paso del Mango in case you would like to visit both ;).

Read more: Our Paso del Mango travel guide

Paso del Mango best places to visit in Colombia

#25 Mocoa, A city at the border with the Amazon

Mocoa was half shattered by a terrible mudslide a few years ago, and the city is not appealing at all.

Pick your accommodation nearby the departure of the trail “Cascada fin del Mundo”. There is a bunch of superb waterfalls and the area is excellent for birdwatching.

The zone is super humid. Your clothes won’t dry.

Mocoa

#26 Leticia, the only access to the Amazon

If you want to visit the Amazon in Colombia, you must pass by Leticia. The city is vast and loud, but it’s interesting to move around as you can eat your breakfast in Colombia, have lunch in Brazil and dinner in Peru.

Most of the multi-day tours with a local agency will start from Leticia. Also, don’t hesitate to pick an eco-lodge distant from the city to immerse yourself in the wild.

There are two seasons in the Amazon:

  • December to May: the water level increases
  • June to November: the water level decreases

Read more: Our Leticia Travel guide

Leticia best places to visit in Colombia

#27 Puerto Nariño, the green lungs of the Amazon

Although Leticia can be “fun” for a couple of hours, it’s far from being the best place to visit in Colombia to embrace nature.

Take the public boat to head to Puerto Nariõ, an eco-friendly town where motor vehicles are forbidden. From there, you can plan different activities to observe wildlife and visit various cultural centers.

Read more: Our Puerto Nariño Travel guide

Puerto Nariño (1)

Best islands to visit in Colombia

What to see in Colombia

We can’t create a list of the best places to visit in Colombia without mentioning some paradise islands.

#28 Archipelago de Rosario, visit the Caribbean islands near Cartagena

Beaches in Cartagena aren’t appealing at all. Fortunately, visitors can easily travel to the Rosario islands from the Walled City. I don’t recommend picking the day-trip tours selling by the hotels & street vendors. There are too many people and not enough time on the islands. The best option is to stay overnight.

Be aware that most of the Rosario Islands are invaded by tourists, especially during the high season.

  • Mamallena Shuttles to Playa Blanca
  • Public Boat to Isla Grande
  • Private transport to various upscale Eco-lodges/resorts.

Read more: Our Rosario islands Travel guide

#29 Archipelago de San Bernardo, Caribbean islands in front of Rincon del Mar

The Archipelago of San Bernardo is made up of 10 paradise islands, and there are only 2 tiny portions considered as public beaches.

Crystal-blue water, white-sand beaches, and palm trees, the setting is mind-blowing.

Pick well your accommodation as you won’t be able to wander from one place to the other, as most parts of the islands are privatized. There is a hotel or hostel for every taste.

Read more: Our San Bernardo travel guide

San Bernardo islands

#30 Isla Fuerte, an island forgotten by travelers

Most travelers are not aware of Isla Fuerte as it’s a bit isolated from the other Colombia sightseeings.

Isla Fuerte is a good choice to relax for a few days and enjoy the island vibe. There is not much to do except hang out in a nice hotel and book their different activities: Scuba diving, paddle, rafting…

Read more: Our Isla Fuerte Travel guide

#31 San Andres, A paradise island victim of mass tourism

We didn’t stop there, but from what I’ve heard, there are many hotel resorts and loud Colombians.

You should pick your accommodation nearby San Luis if you look for a better paradise island atmosphere.

There are still some excellent diving spots.

San Andres

#32 Providencia, the ideal paradise island

We chose not to stop in San Andres because we wanted to stay longer on Providencia. I assure you it’s one of the best places to visit in Colombia – if you’ve got the budget and the time for it.

You must take 2 flights to get there, so it’s not worth it to plan on staying 3 days.

I can’t imagine a better island life. Book a little guesthouse and rent a scooter to move from secluded beach to secluded beach. And don’t forget to book a scuba diving expedition and a snorkel tour to explore the mind-blowing submarine world around Providencia.

Read more: Our Providencia travel guide

Providencia

Best places to plan exciting outdoor activities

Best places to visit in Colombia

Because of the Andean mountains, there are various places where you can get some adrenaline rush. It’s affordable and safe ;).

The most commons in Colombia are:

  • Canyoning
  • Rappelling
  • Zipline
  • Rafting
  • Paragliding
  • Cave exploring

Let’s find out the best places to visit in Colombia for practicing extreme sports activities.

#33 San Gil, a town with a solid reputation for outdoor activities

Santander was the first department to develop extreme sports activities in Colombia seriously.

Many travelers go to San Gil for this reason. Everyone can show up in the city and book the tours they want for the next day. The only inconvenience is that you spend many travel hours to get to San Gil.

Usually, people like to paragliding above the Chicamocha Canyon and rafting on the Suarez river – Rapid class 4/5.

#34 Tobia, visit a 3-h getaway from Bogota

The town of Tobia is not famous enough yet to be able to plan outdoor activities during the week.

However, many Colombians from Bogota get there on weekends. You can book some affordable all included packages (rafting + rappelling) or you can ask for something more specific.

We did some excellent canyoning tours in Tobia.

Read more: Our Tobia travel guide

Tobia Best places to Colombia

#35 Paicol, an off the beaten path colonial town

Paicol is a little colonial town not “far away” from the Tatacoa desert and Tierradentro.

It’s an ideal stop to plan a few outdoor activities with the top-notch local agency present in town.

As in Tobia, there are not many visitors during the week. Therefore, it can be complicated to organize a rafting trip if you’re not a group of 4.

In any case, cave exploring, biking, and rappelling trips are always doable.

Read more: Our Paicol travel guide

#36 Tamesis, a 4h getaway from Medellin

Tamesis is an excellent pick if you want to stay in a town that nobody knows, except a few aficionados. Moreover, the landscapes around Tamesis are mind-blowing.

It’s a great spot for rappelling.

Read more: Our Tamesis travel guide

Tamesis

# 37 San Rafael, an ideal place to cool off

San Rafael is only 45 min from Guatape, but almost no travelers get there. It’s an excellent spot to swim in crystal-clear rivers.

Canyoning and tubing are the two main activities in San Rafael.

Read more: Our San Rafael travel guide

San Rafael (1)

#38 San Carlos, a paradise for canyoning lovers

San Carlos is 1h away from San Rafael and there are some excellent spots for canyoning.

I highly recommend it.

Read more: Our San Carlos travel guide

San Carlos (1)

#39 Suesca, more than 400 rock climbing routes

If you like playing Spider-pig, then you will love Suesca. Roca de Suesca is a large cliff at a 15 min walk from town. There, more than 400 routes are equipped so you can practice your climbing skills.

There are also qualified local agencies where you can rent pieces of equipment or take some lessons.

Read more: Our Suesca travel guide

Best Deserts to visit in Colombia

What to see in Colombia

There are 2 deserts in Colombia. You won’t find dunes on hundred of miles, but it’s worth a visit.

Let’s have a look at the best places to visit in Colombia for kissing a cactus.

#40 La Guajira desert, visit the northernmost point of South America

La Guajira is quite a vast desert starting from Riohacha to the Venezuelan border. There are different Colombia sightseeings you can include in a tour, the 3 main ones being:

  • Cabo de la Vela
  • Punta Gallinas
  • The national park Macuira

Except for Cabo de la Vela, you need to book a tour to explore it and you will spend many hours in the jeep.

A trip to La Guajira is also an opportunity to share with the Indigenous Wayuu and live in a Rancheria (farm).

Read more: Our La Guajira travel guide

LA Guajira

#41 Tatacoa desert, a place to observe the starry sky

Frankly, I was a bit disappointed with the Tatacoa desert. The most photogenic section – Cuzco – is quite small, and a couple of hours is enough to visit it.

We heard it was fun to sleep in the desert, but most of the hotels are illegals as it’s forbidden to build constructions within the park. So, we didn’t do it and stayed in Villavieja instead.

Nevertheless, it can be a nice day trip if you pass nearby.

Read more: Our Tatacoa desert travel guide

Tatacoa desert

Best archaeological sites to visit in Colombia

Best places to visit in Colombia

Colombia isn’t like Peru, Guatemala or Mexico. You won’t find sumptuous pyramids or other mysterious constructions.

However, Colombians found many gold artifacts and proof of old civilizations, especially two crucial necropolis sites in the South of Colombia, both declared UNESCO world heritage sites.

Lots of concrete explanations are still missing.

#42 Tierradentro, visit a necropolis made up of deep underground tombs

Tens of underground vaults (5-7m deep) have been discovered in Tierradentro. You can freely move from site to site with a local guide – (Spanish only).

My favorite spot was “El Aguacate” as the view was breathtaking.

It’s a bit of a headache to get there, a mode of private transport isn’t a bad idea ;).

Read more: Our Tierradentro travel guide

Tierradentro

#43 San Agustin, a place with more than 500 giant stone statues

San Agustin is famous for its various archeological sites where you can contemplate massive stone statues of 4-5m high.

There are many lovely accommodations outside the city, and the landscape are quite lovely. Horse riding is an entertaining way to move from one site to the other.

Don’t plan only to stay 1 night as you can book many other fun experiences like rafting, birdwatching, zipline, and various cultural tours.

Read more: Our San Agustin travel guide

San agustin

Hidden gems recently open to the public

Best places to visit in Colombia

20 years ago, Colombia was really messed up because of the Guerillas and Narcotraficants. While there are still presents in some remote areas in the country, the situation has improved a LOT.

In 2016, the most prominent rebel armed group, the FARC, signed a peace agreement with the government.

Today, various incredible new-safe places that start receiving tourists.

#44 La Macarena, contemplate the rainbow river

The easiest way to reach la Macarena is to take a charter with a local travel agency. They will take care of everything, from transportation to the park entrances. Moreover, if you pick the right local agency, it’s almost the same price as if you do it by yourself.

Caño Cristales is a world-famous 5-colors river you can sight from mid-June to November when the national park is open to the public. All the tours leave from La Macarena.

It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Colombia.

Read more: Our Caño Cristales travel guide

Caño Cristales

#45 San Jose del Guaviare, our favorite off the beaten path destination

If you’re looking for a unique Colombian experience, then San Jose del Guaviare is a perfect pick.

It’s an authentic town with local farmers coming every weekend to sell their products. There are top-notch Colombia sightseeings scattered all around like rock paintings, waterfalls, colorful rivers, natural pools, birdwatching, dolphins…

You can’t move around without a means of private transportation. The easiest way is to book an all-included package – and the prices can be super interesting.

Read more: Our San Jose del Guaviare travel guide

San Jose del Guaviare

The national parks in Colombia

Best places to visit in Colombia

There are 58 protected areas in Colombia, and you can visit 29 of them. Local agencies organize day trips or multi-day hikes to explore the Paramos, contemplate beautiful rivers and so on.

We will write a more in-depth post next time, but here is a list to give you some leads:

  • Tayrona: It’s a beautiful park on the Caribbean coast. No guide mandatory.
  • Los Nevados: It’s a vast protected area with snow peaks, paramos, and the famous Valle de Cocora. Many multi-day trips. Guides are not mandatory, but I recommend taking one.
  • Purace: It’s a reserve and a volcano near Popayan.
  • Cocuy: There are 3 beautiful hikes, but you can’t sleep within the park. Guides are mandatory.
  • The Ciudad Perdida: A 4-day trek in the Sierra Nevada. A guide is mandatory.

Read more: Our Tayrona travel guide

Read more: Our Popayan travel guide.

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Fun Medellin Nightlife for 2020: Best bars and clubs

There is very little good information about Medellin nightlife in Colombia. Many articles speak about the same boring bars and clubs.

Let me help you to find out the best bars, nightclubs, and neighborhoods so you can build unforgettable memories and party like a Colombian.

Medellin Nightlife: What you must know

Laureles: It’s a district “near” the center. It’s safe to party at night. Traditional loud Colombian bars and clubs and hidden salsa places.

The center: Don’t walk there at night, it’s super dodgy. However, there are a few nice parties going on.

Las Palmas: Famous district to pick a good restaurant and breathe some fresh air.

Barrio Colombia: The place to be for partying in massive night clubs while listening to Colombian music. It’s more expensive.

Poblado: The epicenter of Medellin nightlife. Lots of foreigners and locals. Tens of bars, make your choice before going or you’ll be lost. Pick this district if you want to listen to electro music.

Safety in Medellin: Take an Uber at night and don’t look for hookers or cocaine. Get more advice here.

Best tour with a hangover: Let you drive to Guatape

More tips about Medellin: Read our travel guide here.

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Table of Contents: Where to go out in Medellin

  1. Why do I love Colombia nightlife
  2. Best district in Medellin for partying
  3. Selection of the best bars in Medellin
  4. Selection of the best nightclub in Medellin
  5. Where to dance salsa in Medellin
  6. Is Medellin safe at night
  7. Where to go out in Medellin during the week
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Why Colombia nightlife is so famous?

Medellin Nightlife has a tremendous reputation among travelers who visit Colombia. And, while I think the nightlife in Bogota offers more variety, I easily understand why people fall in love with this Paisa’s land – AKA People living in Medellin.

I plead guilty too.

When we created Colombia Insider, there was no doubt in my mind. We had to settle in Medellin. And, I’m glad we did it.

After a few months of living here, I realized we only knew the tip of the iceberg regarding the Medellin Nightlife.

Some of you probably think about hookers and drugs. You’re right and wrong at the same time.

Yes, there are hookers and drugs in Medellin. And some tourists only come to Colombia for these reasons. Those are idiots. It’s because of the customers that Prostitution and cocaine are a scourge for the country.

There are so many other reasons why people would enjoy partying in Colombia!

1. Colombians are fun and friendly

Colombians are so cool (+)

It’s in their blood and flesh. Italians love pasta, French are grumpy and Colombians are friendly.

Foreigners aren’t uncommon anymore. Nobody will jump on you. However, if you do the first steps, they will love to speak with you.

2. They dance Salsa, reggaeton, champeta and more

You will have so much fun dancing with them (+)

Colombians LOVE to dance. They do it since they are kids. For them, sitting at a table without doing nothing except drinking is boring.

And I couldn’t agree more.

So, put on the side your shot of aguardiente and move your hips! There is only one hitch. Besides Reggaeton, people dance by two. Have a look on Youtube or book a few dance classes to learn the basics. Then invite Colombians and ask them to teach you!

I tell you later in this article where to dance Salsa and find some free classes.

3. Colombia Nightlife is cheaper than at home

Don’t get me wrong. You could spend thousands of dollars in one night if you want it.

But, if you avoid tourist traps and luxury clubs, you should be alright.

Expenses you could expect while enjoying a fun nightlife in Colombia (+)

  • National beer in a shop (Poker, aguila, club…) : Around 3 000 COP | 1$
  • National beer in a bar or Nightclub in Colombia: Around 6 000 COP | 2$
  • Famous Artisanal beer in a shop (BBC, 3 cordilleras…): Around 6 000 COP | 2$
  • Famous Artisanal beer in a bar or Nighclub in Colombia: Around 10 000 COP | 3$
  • Good beer in a VIP nightclub: Around 15 000 COP | 5$
  • Excellent cocktail in bar & Nightclub: Around 25 000 COP | 8$
  • Cover for an event or a nightclub: 15 – 30 000 COP | 5 – 10$
  • Bottle of Rum or Aguardiente in a cheap bar: 50 – 80 000 COP | 17$ – 27$
  • Bottle of Rum or Aguardiente in a club: 100 – 200 000 COP | 33$ – 66$
  • Taxi, Uber or Beat: 6 – 15 000 COP | 2$ – 5$

Also, the prices change a lot according to the area where you decide to party.

Moreover, the budgets aren’ the same among the largest cities in Colombia.

The nightlife in Cartagena is the most expensive. Then it’s the nightlife in Bogota and Medellin. The cheaper city is Cali!

4. Colombian Women are gorgeous

You will fall in love (+)

I’m sorry girls, but it’s true.

Their long black hair is beautiful; their deep dark eyes look through your soul when they speak to you, and they know how to dance.

Add a bit of drama from the TeleNovela they like to watch and you will understand why guys fall in love with Colombian girls.

Now, let’s get into the bare bones of the topic. Here are my favorite Medellin nightlife tips.

Read more: Find the perfect district in Medellin

Where are the best areas to party in Medellin

According to what you’re looking for, you shouldn’t head to the same party spots in Medellin.

There are 5 main areas where you can enjoy the best Medellin Nightlife:

  • El Poblado
  • La 70
  • La 33
  • Barrio Colombia
  • Las Palmas

1. Poblado, la Zona Rosa de Medellin

Where to go out in El Poblado (+)

When coming for the first time to Medellin, travelers usually hang out in Poblado. There are many tourists and prices are more expensive. But, It’s where most of the clubs in Medellin are.

Besides, lots of Colombians love to go out in Poblado too. So, you won’t be only surrounded by drunk foreigners who don’t dance.

Within the Zona Rosa of Medellin – AKA Party district -, There are 3 sub-districts where you would like to get a drink and move your hips.

  • Lleras Park in Medellin: It was the place-to-be 10 years ago, but now it’s not that good. However, there are still some fun clubs around.
  • Provenza: The chic part of Poblado. It’s one street of dazzling lights and bars
  • Manila: The newest one. This part of Poblado is quiet but it’s great to have a few drinks before starting your crazy nightlife in Medellin.

2. The Street “la Setenta” – 70: Pre-party & Salsa in Medellin

Where is la Setenta in Medellin (+)

If you prefer a nightlife a bit more authentic, you should head to Laureles. Alcohol is cheap, music is loud, and there are almost no foreigners.

La 70 is a short street between the Stadium and La Universidad Pontifica.

Many bars play crossover Latin music and it’s where football fans love to celebrate their victory or drown their sorrow with a pola – Cold beer.

Moreover, there are two bars perfect to learn some new Salsa moves, Son Havana and El Tibiri.

3. The Street “Trenta y tres” – 33: Colombian Nightclubs

Once people are bored to hang out in La 70, they usually move to La 33. There are many clubs in this loooong street.

Don’t start walking around, it would be exhausting. Pick a club before and go there directly by taxi.

4. Las Palmas and Barrio Colombia: VIP Nightclubs in Medellin

Where are Las Palmas and Barrio Colombia (+)

Las Palmas is a hill located near the metro station “Expositiones”. The place is packed with VIP nightclubs, good restaurants, and hotels. The view at night is pretty cool and a cool breeze always wakes up the late partygoers.

Another famous place to party in Medellin is Barrio Colombia. Located 10min away by taxi from Poblado, this industrial zone filled with empty warehouses has been turned into an I-m-drunk-so-I-can-finally-move-my-hips spot.

Both places I great to get a fun nightlife in Medellin. But, be ready to spend a lot more and bring some girls if you wish to enter in the most famous nightclubs.

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Where are the best bars in Medellin

Bars in Medellin are everywhere. You can start the night in a local brewery or look on Facebook for a live band event. The BBC bars are in many areas of the city and are always a good option too.

There is no dress code and nobody will ask for your ID.

Here is a selection of my favorite bars in Medellin:

1. Bars in Laureles: Not many tourists

My favorite bars in Laureles (+)

  • Cafe Cliché is a French Cafe that organizes events from Wednesday to Saturday. Massive choice of home-made rum punches and delicious desserts | Close at midnight on weekends
  • Panorama Rooftop bar is a good pick if you want to get a drink under the stars. Prices are a bit more expensive. Close at 2 am on Weekends
  • La Abadia Gastropub will make the beer lovers happy. Their wallet too. Close at 2 am
  • Del Patio Bar is a heaven for travelers on a shoestring budget. Close at 1 am
  • Barrio Central is one of the favorite bars for the expats living in Laureles. Good music, events almost every night and a large variety of beers | Close at 2 am on weekends

2. Bars in Manila, A chill Medellin nightlife in El Poblado

My favorite bars in Manila (+)

  • 20Missions Cerveza is a vast warehouse serving 6 delicious craft beers on tap. Ribs party on Tuesdays and live music on Thursdays. Close at 2 am on weekends
  • Le rooftop of Los PatiosExcellent hostel – is a fun place to get a few drinks to meet other travelers
  • El Arranque Cafe offers a tasty range of cocktails. Besides, there is live music on weekends | Close at 2 am
  • Victoria Regia is the place to be if you want to start dancing early. Open from Wednesday to Saturday, they propose a different kind of music each day.

3. Bars near Parque Lleras, Zona Rosa del Poblado

My favorite bars near Parque Lleras (+)

  • Berlin Bar serves delicious beers. Perfect to start the evening. Close at 2 am
  • Envy rooftop is the best rooftop in Medellin. It belongs to the famous hotel The Charlee. The view is astonishing and there is even a pool you can use on Sundays for Brunch. Live Salsa music on Tuesdays. Let your flip flop at home and bring your wallet
  • La Octava bar is the place to be if you’re bored of listening to Latin music. Plus, you can jump into a giant ball pit. Close at 4 am on weekends
  • Woka Lounge is a cool place to bring a date and attempt to impress her with an expensive cocktail – I’m joking. Cool decoration and rooftop.

4. Bars in Provenza, the trendy Medellin Nightlife in El Poblado

  • El Social is one of the oldest bars in Medellin. Crossover music on three floors, it’s a cool spot to get a few cheap drinks and watch the Medellin Nightlife. Close at 2 am
  • Mad Radio has got great outdoor seating and a giant Jenga. DJ’s performs every weekend. Close at 2 am

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Best nightclubs to experience an unforgettable Medellin Nightlife

In Medellin, most of the nightclubs close at 4 am. According to the place you’re heading to, you will have to give up the flip-flop and shorts. Moreover, hype clubs won’t let you in if you’re a bunch of dudes – Like a bachelor party. Most of them charge a cover between 10 – 20 000 COP.

List of the best clubs in Medellin (+)

  • La Tienda la 70 is a typical Colombian club with dazzling lights and loud music. Buy a cheap aguardiente bottle and go with the flow | La 70
  • Club 1984 is a place where you can hear House, Techno, hip-hop with the best local, national and foreign artists. A fantastic terrace that offers a great view of the mountains of the Antioquia capital | Barrio Colombia
  • Dulce Jesus Mio hosts typical Colombian parties with aguardiente, entertainment, colorful lights, loud music | Barrio Colombia
  • Bendito Seas is a famous spot to meet cute Colombian girls (many girls night events). They organize open bar every Thursday for 50 000 COP | Parque Lleras, El Poblado
  • Calle 9+1 is a perfect spot for backpackers or people who don’t want to bother with a dress code. Cool artists and DJ’s | Parque Lleras, El Poblado
  • The Blue Bar is for old school music lovers | Parque Lleras, El Poblado
  • Babylon is another option if you’re not a big fan of Bendito Seas. Open Bar Thursday and Friday till 1 or 2 am  and lots of Colombian Women | Parque Lleras, El Poblado
  • SkyBar is a VIP club where you can learn Bachata and Kizomba on Thursdays for free | Parque Lleras, El Poblado
  • Vintrash is one of the most famous clubs in El Poblado. 2 Floors and a Rooftop. They play 2 kinds of music, Reggaeton an Electro | Provenza, El Poblado

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How to experience a fun Salsa Night in Medellin

You won’t find many Salsa places in El Poblado. You have to get out of the “Gringo Area” to dance in the best salsa bars.

I advise you to learn the basic steps if you want to make the most of your Medellin Nightlife. Most of us don’t have the Latin beats in our blood. Hence, it’s not easy to “learn on the job”.

There are many Salsa Schools scattered in Medellin. (+)

Once you’re at ease on the dance floor, it’s time to practice in a real situation.

The best Salsa bars in Medellin

My favorite Salsa bars in Medellin (+)

  • Son Havana is a little bar located on Avenida San Juan. It can be really busy on weekends but it’s my favorite spot to dance Salsa on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Besides, they give free Salsa lessons at 8 pm. Live bands on Saturdays. Close at 3 am.
  • El Tibiri is located on La 70. Let’s be frank, this place is a small hot cave. But, the best salsa dancers love to meet there. It’s perfect to get a glimpse of the salsa nightlife in Medellin. Close at 2 am
  • El Eslabon Prendido is the place to be on a Tuesday night. Live bands. However, don’t hang out in the neighborhood. It’s sketchy. 7:30pm-2am Tue & Thu-Sat
  • Cuchitril is a perfect nightclub for going out on weekends. Live bands. Close at 3 am
  • DanceFree is Salsa School in El Poblado. There are live bands playing on Friday and Saturday nights. The place is packed with foreigners.
  • Social Club Academia is the secret spot to dance Salsa. Located within a roundabout, they offer free Salsa classes from Thursday to Saturday. It’s an open space with a continuous breeze. You have to get there to understand what I’m talking about.

Is it safe to party in Medellin at Night?

Yes, the Nightlife in Medellin is safe. But, there are a few basic rules of safety you should always follow.

I’m going to tell you how to No dar Papaya. It’s a Colombian saying more important than Yoda’s quotes.

It means “don’t give the stick to be beaten with”.

My favorite safety tips (+)

  • When coming back home at night, don’t walk. Take uber.
  • Don’t accept a glass or bottle from someone else, except if you saw other people drinking from it before
  • Don’t let your glass without surveillance. There is a drug called Scopolamine, used by thieves. It makes you gentle as a lamb, it’s perfect for robbing you.
  • Don’t take your passport, a photocopy of it is enough
  • Withdraw some cash before going out and let your credit card at home
  • If a cute girl comes to you, ask her some questions and see if she came with friends. It could be a hooker.
  • Use Uber instead of cabs at night
  • Don’t be wasted

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Where do I like to go out in Medellin during the week?

  • Monday: Getting a drink At Los Patios Hostel
  • Tuesday: Dancing salsa in Eslabon Prendido
  • Wednesday: Dancing Salsa in Son Havana or listen to some Jazz Music at Cafe Zorba
  • Thursday: Drinking some beers at the factory 3 Cordilleras or listen to live bands in La Pascasia
  • Friday: Language exchange with Colombia Immersion at Envigado then dancing salsa at El Social Club Academia
  • Saturday: It could be everywhere in the bars and nightclubs listed in this article
  • Sunday: A beer in a BBC pub

Still, keep in mind there are plenty of cool tours and activities to do in Medellin. Don’t go to bed too late ;).

Q&A to get the most of the Medellin nightlife

All the questions you asked us about the nightlife in Medellin (+)

At what time should you go out in clubs?

Some clubs will let you in for free before midnight. It can be a smart move if there is a live band or an open bar event. Otherwise, I recommend being there around 1 am. Regarding the pubs, 10 pm is fine.

Do you need girls to enter a club?

Not if you decide to go out in El Poblado or Laureles. However, fancy clubs in Barrio Colombia and Las Palmas could refuse you the entrance if they notice too much testosterone in your group.

Is there a dress code to enter in Nightclubs?

Casual clothes like jeans and tee shirts are perfect. Give up flip flops and shorts.

Are there parties going on after 4 am?

Yes, indeed. Club Seven, Club Fahrenheit and the Palmahia area in Itagui close around 7 am.

Bogota VS Medellin: Where is the better nightlife?

It’s a no brainer. The answer is Bogota. Yes, the weather in the capital is terrible. However, the large choice of events and clubs makes it a fantastic place to party.

Do I need my Passport?

Keep a photocopy of your passport in your wallet. Some clubs could ask for it before letting you in. And the police can check your ID too.

Which days are the best for enjoying the Medellin Nightlife?

Most of the nightclubs open from Thursday to Saturday. However, there are parties every day of the week if you know where to look for. Besides, Colombians love to go out when they receive their paycheck – around the fifteenth and at the end of the month.

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Cabo San Juan In Tayrona: My favorite tricks (2019)

Cabo San Juan in Tayrona is the most famous beach inside the national park.

It means that tens of thousands of tourists dream to visit it every year.

As you know, a crowded beach is never pleasant.

So, what can you do to enjoy Cabo San Juan in parque Tayrona?

You have to be smart.

Panoramic view cabo San Juan in Tayrona park

Enter in Parque Tayrona early

The main entrance – Zaino – in Parque Tayrona opens at 8 am.

Be there.

Thus, you avoid most of the tourists

To enter, you have to:

  • Watch an induction video
  • Present your passport and pay
  • Empty your bag. No alcohol or plastic bags are allowed

Learn more about it in our travel guide about Tayrona

Once inside, you still have to walk 2h along the coast before reaching Cabo San Juan in Tayrona.

Most of the tourists should be behind you when you arrive – Except the ones sleeping in Cabo San Juan.

Moreover, the boats coming from Taganga don’t show up before 10h30 am.

Path going to the beach in Tayrona
Path going to the beach in Tayrona

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Wake up early and leave from Playa Brava

Playa Brava is another gorgeous beach in Parque Tayrona – accessible from the Calabazo entrance.

There, different accommodations are available for beachgoers.

The sun rises around 6 am. If you leave at 7 am, you should arrive at 9 am in Cabo San Juan.

Although this itinerary is doable in 2 days, I recommend you to do it in 3 days: 1 night in Playa Brava and 1 night in Cabo San Juan/Arrecife.

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Where to stay: Cabo San Juan in Tayrona

Otherwise, the best way to appreciate Cabo San Juan in Tayrona is to sleep there.

The camp is quite vast and there are numerous accommodations. Moreover, there is a restaurant, a little shop, toilets and showers.

  • Tent 1 pers: 40 000 COP
  • Tent 2 pers: 80 000 COP
  • If you bring your own tent: 20 000 COP / Pers
  • Private cabin: 200 000 COP / 2 pers | Only 2 cabins
  • Hammock near the camping zone: 40 000 COP
  • Hammock on the watchtower: 50 000 COP

The hammocks on the watchtower and the private cabins are popular and you should book them in advance.

I’m not a big fan of their tents. Many of them were soaked because of the rain.

Hammocks are rented with a mosquito net.

A. How to book your hammock on the watchtower in advance in Cabo San Juan? (+)

There are 2 options.

The easiest way is to book a hotel near the park and arrive at 8 am at the Zaino Entrance.

Then, book your hammock at the desk office.

The second solution is to make a deposit of at least 50% on a Colombian account.

I’ve never tried it.

Whatsapp contact: +57 310 49 78 272 | website

In case you decide to enter by Calabazo, it won’t be possible to book it in advance. Therefore, you should leave early from Playa Brava and run at the Cabo San Juan’s reception.

B. Is the hammock on the watchtower in Cabo San Juan worth it? (+)

I’ve got mixed feelings. I don’t know if it’s worth the extra 10 000 COP.

The view is astonishing but it’s freezing up there because of the wind.

Don’t forget your blanket.

C. What should you pack for Cabo San Juan in Tayrona? (+)

You don’t have to worry about water and food during your adventure inside Tayrona Park

In Cabo San Juan, the restaurant serves many different meals (15 – 30 000 COP) and there is a shop where you can buy water.

However, the climate is very humid. Drink a lot.

  • 2 L of water
  • Blanket – There is a breeze at night
  • Cash – There is no ATM
  • Repellent
  • Lock – There are lockers you can use for free
  • Rain jacket
  • Toilet paper

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Avoid the high season in Parque Tayrona

Cabo San Juan in Tayrona is extremely famous and Colombians love the Caribbean Coast.

Therefore, avoid going to Tayrona during weekends, public holidays – There are seventeen of them! – and the holy week.

Cabo San Juan in Tayrona in a few words

Cabo San Juan is a victim of its own success. The beach is gorgeous but the experience isn’t the same anymore.

Fortunately, there are other beaches less frequented.

Yes, Cabo San Juan is still worth it. But I recommend you to add other stops while you’re visiting the National Park.

Start from Calabazo and spend the night – almost alone – on Playa Brava. The following day, wake up early and walk in the direction of Cabo San Juan. Once you’re there, book your hammock before enjoying the beach.

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Beach in Tayrona: The Ultimate Guide – Full list (2020)

What would be your ideal beach in Tayrona?

The question seems simple but there is no easy answer.

As is the case with relationships, it will depend on your affinities and tastes. Not all of us fell in love with the most popular girl in Highschool.

Inside Tayrona, you will discover different types of beaches. Some of them are beautiful but crowded, others are secret but dangerous, or unknown but difficult of access.

All these beaches are scattered on the coast. Therefore, your choices will determine how you should visit the Parque Tayrona

Note: Since March 2019, 3 beaches in Tayrona are closed to the public:
Chengue, Los Naranjos, and the oriental zone of Bahia Concha.

Beaches in Tayrona near Santa Marta

Tayrona is a vast national park and not all the beaches are accessible from Calabazo or Zaino.

The following beaches are accessible from Santa Marta thanks to Public or Private transports

A] The Beach Bahia Concha

Learn about Bahia Concha

Bahia Concha is located 50 min away from Santa Marta.

It’s easy to access and you’re allowed to set up your tent or hammock. There is no cabin and you can buy some food in the few shops around.

However, I recommend you to buy in advance everything you need.

How to get there: Public bus + moto taxi from Santa Marta | 50 min

The Beach Cabo San Juan in the National Park of Tayrona
The Beach Cabo San Juan in the National Park of Tayrona | Credit: @tristan29photography

B] The beach Neguanje

Learn about Beach Neguanje

It’s a long day trip from Neguanje and you won’t be able to do it with public transports.

But, it’s worth it.

Neguanje is the largest beach in Tayrona and there are some cool spots for snorkeling.

A restaurant sells some expensive meals. Or you can buy some foods from some little shops. Or you bring your food from Santa Marta.

Unfortunately, you can’t sleep on Neguanje beach.

Try to explore Playa Cristal once you’re there!

How to get there: 2 hours with private transport from Rodadero

C] Playa Cristal or Playa Muerte, a hidden beach in Tayrona

Learn about Playa Cristal

It’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Tayrona and only 300 persons per day have access to it.

In other words, you should try to arrive early and avoid weekends and public holidays.

Enjoy the white-sand beach, the crystal-blue water, cold beers, and fantastic snorkel sessions.

How to get there: 10 min boat from the beach Neguanje or 1-hour boat from Taganga.

Read more: Best beaches near Santa Marta

Beaches in Tayrona: Access from Calabazo (Shorter way)

Calabazo is a small entrance located 14km away from the main entrance – The Zaino.

I recommend you to buy your Tayrona tickets there if you like hiking.

A] Playa Brava, the secret beach in Tayrona

Learn more about Playa Brava

Are you looking for a quiet beach where only a few brave travelers stay at night?

Then, you should opt for Playa Brava.

Once you’ve done the checkpoint in Calabazo, hike 3-4 hours on a trail unfrequented by the lambda tourists to arrive in Playa Brava.

There, a large white-sandy beach welcomes adventurers with coconuts and palm trees.

The hotel Playa Brava Teyumakke offers different sleeping options (Hammocks, tents, and cabins) and serves hot meals.

Note: I’ve heard there is a new path that allows travelers to reach Playa Nudista and Cabo San Juan without passing by Pueblito. It’s a 2h30 hike.

How to get there: Hike 3-4 hours from the Calabazo Entrance


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Beaches in Tayrona: Access from the Zaino (Shorter way)

All the following beaches in Tayrona are also accessible from Calabazo. But, it’s a longer hike.

A] Playa Nudista, the naked beach in Tayrona

Learn more about Playa Nudista

Don’t like crowded beaches?

I’m the same.

Thus, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered there was nobody on Playa Nudista.

Once you are in Cabo San Juan, continue to walk 10 min more – after the massive boulders – to take a sexy dip in the ocean.

Be careful, currents can be strong. But, there are are some signs telling you where you can swim.

Ps: Yes, you can keep your clothes on.

How to get there: 10 min walk from Cabo San Juan

Playa Nudista Tayrona Colombia
Nudist Beach

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B] Cabo San Juan, the most famous beach in Tayrona

Learn more about Cabo San Juan

Cabo San Juan… The beach that is more famous than Tayrona.

And, I understand why.

It’s gorgeous.

Unfortunately, like every high touristic spot, it becomes ugly when it’s crowded.

But, there is always a solution to have it all for himself.

  • Avoid the weekends and public holidays
  • Same for the period Mid-December to Mid-January
  • People leave around 4 pm
  • Sleep in Cabo San Juan and wake up early

There are the “best” amenities of the park in Cabo San Juan: Restaurant, toilets, showers, hammocks, tents, 2 private rooms, little shop.

How to get there: Walk 2h from the Zaino entrance or take a 1-hour boat from Taganga.

Panoramic view cabo San Juan in Tayrona park, Colombia
Panoramic view cabo San Juan in Tayrona park

C] The Beach la Piscina in Tayrona

Learn more about La Piscina

La Piscina is a peaceful beach protected by large boulders. Therefore, travelers can relax and enjoy a quiet swim in this natural pool.

The place is also great for snorkeling.

It’s a nice spot if you’re allergic to people as most of them continue to Cabo San Juan.

There is no accommodation or restaurant.

How to get there: 1h30 walk from the Zaino entrance or 30 min walk from Cabo San Juan (On your way back to the Zaino)


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Beaches In Tayrona Where You Can’t Swim

The Caribbean sea isn’t as peaceful as you think. There had more than 200 deads over the years inside the Parque Tayrona.

Why?

Because of dangerous currents – and also because many Colombians don’t swim well)

Anyway. Read the signs and everything gonna be alright.

The following beaches are the first you will encounter when you start the trail from the Zaino entrance.

A. Cañaveral beach at Tayrona’s entrance

Learn more about Playa Cañaveral

Cañaveral beach is located at the entrance of Parque Tayrona.

There, the luxury Ecohabs welcomes – with its 14 cabins – the wealthy tourists who came to explore the park.

How to get there: At the beginning of the trail, once the shuttle dropped you from the Zaino entrance.

B] Playa Castilletes, camping in Tayrona

Learn more about Playa Castilletes

Castilletes beach is on the east side of Cañaveral. This coastline, unknown from the public, is beautiful.

There is a vast zone for tents and hammocks. Or you can decide to sleep in one of their private cabins.

How to get there: A few min walk Via Cañaveral

Camping in Tayrona Los Castilletes

C] Beach Arrecife in Parque Tayrona

Learn more about Playa Arrecife

Arrecife is another beautiful but dangerous beach in Tayrona.

It’s a lovely place where travelers enjoy a panoramic view of white sands, blue ocean and green vegetations under the shadows of palm trees.

It’s Arrecife that you will be able to find the cheapest accommodations – tents or hammocks.

Also, try to wake up early. The sunrise is gorgeous there.

How to get there: 50 min walk from Cañaveral

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Tayrona National Park Tickets: Where, How much and How (2020)

Psst, Psst! Are you looking for Tayrona National Park tickets?

I’m not the guy who is going to sell you some under his long dark coat.

However, I can give a clear explanation that will answer all the questions you’ve in mind.

It’s actually pretty simple.

The most important tip is the following one:

You don’t need to book a tour to explore Tayrona. Also, it’s super easy to buy your Tayrona ticket on-site.

Ok, let’s see what you can do to get these Tayrona National Park Tickets.

EDIT 03/03/2020: You CAN’T buy your ticket Online.

How to decide which places you should add to your itinerary?

Where to buy your Tayrona National Park ticket

There are 2 methods to get your tickets

  • Online with the park national (Not available till further information)
  • At the park entrance

A] Buy your Tayrona ticket online -> You CAN’T until further information

I never did it myself because I’m an old school guy. Moreover, the websites aren’t very friendly in Colombia. I don’t like them.

But I have to admit the Tayrona website – Managed by Parque Nacional – seems okay. Edit March 2020: Their website is not working anymore.

On their homepage, you have to select Zona Calabazo Or Zona El Zaino. It’s both park entrances.

Most of the travelers take the Zaino entrance – it’s the main one,- but I recommend the Calabazo entrance if you want to spend more days inside the park.

Find out the beaches you can visit from Zaino and Calabazo

The two other entrances are beaches accessible from Santa Marta

Once, you have selected your zone, the number of visitors and the date, click on “Check”.

Then, you must pick “foreign” and “Sign in” – do it quickly with your Facebook. Yeah I know, it’s boring.

Then, you will have to pay by credit card.

When I did the simulation, the final price was 56 000 COP. It’s the official price, without any surcharge.

You have 48 hours to pay or you have to do it again. Please note you must show the receipt at the park entrance.

The pros and the cons of buying your Tayrona tickets online (+)

The Pros:

  • Limited visitors per day: 1850. By buying online your Tayrona National Park tickets, you’re sure to be one of them
  • You don’t have to wait to buy your ticket
  • It’s the official price, without any surcharge.

The Cons:

  • It says you have to pay a daily fee for the insurance but you can’t choose an exiting day

B] Buy your Tayrona National Park Tickets on site

Map Tayrona Colombia Park
Map Tayrona (Pueblito isn’t open to the public anymore)

If you don’t trust the technology, you still can buy your ticket at the park entrance.

There are two entrances to explore the Parque Tayrona:

  • The Zaino – Main entrance
  • Calabazo – My favorite secret entrance

You have to show your passport and pay in cash – Inside the park too.

Start early to avoid the crowd. Therefore, you should pick an accommodation near the entrance.

  • Opening hours The Zaino: 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM
  • Opening hours Calabazo: 6.00 AM – 2.00 PM

My favorite accommodations near Tayrona (+)

What are the advantages to enter by Calabazo (+)

  • It’s faster than the Zaino
  • There are fewer people on the trail
  • The path is more enjoyable
  • You have access to Playa Brava

How much does a Tayrona National Park Ticket cost?

There are 2 factors that change the final price of your ticket:

  • High and Low season
  • If you’re a foreigner or not

List of the prices for Parque Tayrona 2019

  • Kids (foreigners or not) 0 – 4 years old: Free
  • Foreigner (5 or more):
    • Low Season: 53 500 COP
    • High Season: 61500 COP
  • Daily fee insurance: 2 500 COP

More details here (In Spanish)

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Trip Santa Marta to Tayrona: Insider Tips (2019)

How to travel from Santa Marta to Tayrona?

Like many other travelers, you have been seduced by the pictures of the Parque Tayrona.

Nestled on the Caribbean Coast, between Santa Marta and Palomino, Tayrona attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

And, the simplest way to get access to the park is to first stop in Santa Marta.

The coast in the Tayrona National Park

Santa Marta is a tourist hub

Santa Marta isn’t a pleasant city – Except for the area around Parque de Los Novios. Or some beaches near Rodadero.

My favorite highlights around Santa Marta (+)

But, there are many highlights to visit all around:

Over the years, more and more tourists have decided to stay in Santa Marta instead of Cartagena.

Therefore, the city is well deserved by the public transports:

  • There is a national airport with flights from Bogota and Medellin | 1 hour
  • There are buses from
    • Cartagena: 4-6 hours
    • San Gil: 13 hours
    • Bogota: 18-20 hours
    • Medellin: 16 hours

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Best Ways To Travel From Santa Marta To Tayrona

A) Take the public bus Santa Marta – Tayrona

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There are two places where you can take the bus Santa Marta to Tayrona:

  • At the main bus station – Outside the city
  • At the Mercado Publico (Market) | Calle 11 con Carrera 11

Bus Santa Marta – Tayrona: 1 hour | Price: Around 8 000 COP

B) Take a bus to Taganga then a boat to Tayrona

Explanation, prices, and duration (+)

The boat Taganga – Tayrona is the fastest way to get to Cabo San Juan in Tayrona.

First, travel to Taganga:

  • Blue Public buses
  • Taxi

Blue Buses To Taganga – On the Carrera 5 | 25 min | Around 2 000 COP

Taxi Santa Marta – Taganga | 20 min | Around 12 000 COP

Once you’re in Taganga, you have to find a boat to Tayrona National Natural Park

  • Ask the fishermen on the dock
  • The last boats leave before 9h30
  • The sea is rough from October to March. This boat ride is scary for the people who are not used to it
  • Boats leave from Cabo San Juan around 4 pm

Boat Taganga – Tayrona | 1 hour | 50 000 COP (1 way)

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C) Private transports from Santa Marta

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Cartagena Beaches (2020): The good, the bad, and the ugly

Many people want to add Cartagena to their Colombia itinerary. The city has a tremendous reputation, there are many delicious restaurants and upscale hotels. However, you probably don’t know the truth about the Cartagena Beaches.

The Cartagena beaches nearby the city are unpleasant.

Fortunately, there are some cool alternatives to find a lovely white-sand spot. Read this post to find out where are the best beaches nearby Cartagena.

Cartagena Beaches: What you must know

Beaches within Cartagena: Boca Grande and La Boquilla are surrounded by skyscrapers, covered by plastic chairs and invaded by street sellers. Avoid them.

Tierra Bomba: It’s an island nearby where you can find some good beach clubs.

Rosario Islands: Archipelago nearby Cartagena where you will find your dreamy white-sand beach. Depending on the season, they can be overcrowded. Stay overnight if you can.

Isla Baru: The most famous Rosario island. There is a fabulous beach, but it’s always crowded. The easiest way to get there is to take a shuttle from Cartagena.

Isla Grande: Outstanding Rosario island with lots of Eco-resorts. Stay there to enjoy the most beautiful beaches. My favorites are Carolina Island and Isabella.

Day trips: Many beach tours sell in Cartagena aren’t great. I would recommend this one if you don’t have time to spend 1 or 2 nights on the Cartagena islands.

Isla Cholon: It’s a famous party place on the weekend that you can only reach by boat.

More tips about Cartagena: Read this.

Look at the Table of Contents in this post to get more information about the beaches in Capurgana.

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Table of Contents: Cartagena Beaches

  1. Beaches inside the city
  2. Tierra Bomba island
  3. Playa Blanca
  4. Playa Azul
  5. Isla Grande
  6. San Bernardo islands
  7. Weather in Cartagena
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Isla Grande Cartagena beaches
Sunset from Isla Grande

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The Beaches inside the city of Cartagena

In my opinion, you shouldn’t waste your time there – Except if you’re living in Cartagena de Indias or if you’re spending the week.

A. The beaches Boca Grande and Laguito in Cartagena (+)

It’s the wealthiest district of Cartagena. With the tall skyscrapers, it looks like a little Miami. There are fancy restaurants, boring Cartagena beach resorts, and tourists living on Mac Donald’s diet. In front of the buildings, there is the beach Boca Grande. Hundreds of Plastics chairs and umbrella are waiting for the lazy tourists who refuse to walk more than 50m before getting in the water. At the end of the peninsula, there is Laguito beach – similar.

Yes, I’m not in love with the two closest Cartagena beaches.

Boca grande Cartagena beaches
Boca grande Cartagena

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B. The beach La Boquilla in Cartagena (+)

La Boquilla is a little fisherman village just after Cartagena. There is no skyscraper this time but the Boquilla beach is not pleasant, and the sea is often murky. Still, it will be less touristic, and you can book an excellent tour to go fishing with locals among the mangroves.

In restaurants, there are many seafood options. Be careful, some unscrupulous owners try to increase the bills when white tourists with blond hair are eating. A plate should cost you around 20 – 30 000 COP.

La Boquilla Cartagena Beaches
La Boquilla Cartagena

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C. The beaches Manzanillo del Mar, Marbella, and Crespo in Cartagena (+)

The beaches Manzanillo del Mar,  Marbella, and Crespo, are between The Old City center and La Boquilla. It will be the same Colombia beaches than La Boquilla without the mangroves at the end.

Also, the currents can be dangerous around Cartagena. Don’t swim too far.

Best Day trips to fantastic beaches near Cartagena

Don’t stress. It’s not because I’m telling you that Cartagena beaches suck that you can’t have a great time with a cocktail in hands and your butt on a white-sand Colombia beach.

There are lovely islands nearby Cartagena. Ready to become a pirate?

A] The beaches in Isla Tierra Bomba | Day trip from Cartagena

Where is isla Tierra Bomba (+)

Tierra Bomba is an island 10 min away from Cartagena. You can take a boat by yourself in Bocagrande in front of the hospital. It’s quite big, and there are four little towns on it.

The best option is to get to Punta Arena. It’s where the loveliest beaches are. The water and the sands are still not heavenly, but you’re surrounded by trees instead of buildings. And the street vendors are less annoying :).

The other beaches are: Linda, Palmarito, Chiringuito and Marina

Tierra Bomba, bomba beach hotel
Tierra Bomba, bomba beach club

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Tips about Tierra Bomba (+)

You can book a day trip with different hotel resorts. They can offer you some interesting packages: Boat+ Chairs + Hammocks + swimming pool + lunch. It’s a great way to spend the day.

Stay at Blue Apple beach if you like beach clubs. They also offer day-pass here.

B] Isla Baru, Playa Blanca beach | 1 or 2-day trip from Cartagena

There, the beaches are beautiful with white sand and a turquoise sea. But there is another hic. It’s a famous place. It will be crowded. However, there is always a solution to avoid people. You just have to do it differently, and you will love Playa Blanca beach.

How to get to Isla Baru from Cartagena | 3 ways (+)

There are three different ways to arrive at Playa Blanca beach.

  • Public bus + Moto-taxi.
  • A round trip with a Mamallena’s Shuttle. It’s the best solution.
  • A boat ride from the touristic dock.

Once there, you just have to find a place without too many people or jetskis. There are many cabañas near the parking entrance, but if you walk 200-300 m, it will be quieter.

Playa Blanca Beach
Playa Blanca, Isla Baru

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How to avoid people on Playa Blanca (+)

The answer is simple. You must sleep there!

The majority of the tourists (99% of them) plan a day trip to Playa Blanca. Most of the buses and speedboats go back to Cartagena around 3-4 pm.

If you’re staying overnight, you will have this Colombia beach for yourself! Ready for a crazy sunset with your coco loco and nobody around?

Also, don’t go there on the weekend and on a public holiday.

The best way is to take a shuttle with Mamallena hostel. You pay for the round trip, but you can return to Cartagena whenever you want.

It’s one of the best Cartagena beaches.

Prices on Playa Blanca beach (+)

  • Boat round trip: Around 100 000 COP + 18 500 COP dock fee in Cartagena 
  • Shuttle round trip: 50 000 COP
  • Public transportation option: Around 17 000 COP – 1 way
  • Hammock: Around 20 000 COP
  • Cabañas: Around 100 000 COP
Playa Blanca beach Isla Baru
Playa Blanca, Isla Baru

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If you’re in a hurry: An easy option to enjoy Playa Blanca

C] Playa Azul, Isla Cholon, Rosario Islands | Day trip from Cartagena

Lovely Cartagena beach a little further than Playa Blanca beach. You can book a full-day private boat tour in Cartagena or with the hotels near Cholon. There are many packages Isla Baru+ PIaya Azul. I believe it’s a private island so I don’t know if you can hang out by yourself. But it seems lovely, and there is almost no street vendor!

We recommend: Plan a 4-island trip in one day.

Cholon, Rosario islands
Cholon, Rosario islands

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D] Playa libre, Isla Grande Colombia, Rosario islands | 3-day trip from Cartagena

The Rosario Archipelago is a set of 30 islands. Many are privates or protected, but fortunately, it’s not the case for Isla Grande in Colombia.

Isla Grande is a little paradise. The tiny islands around are fantastic, and they belong to the National park and reef of Rosario. It’s the best spot for snorkeling near Cartagena! And the lush vegetation of mangroves is an idyllic habitat for many birds.

Isla Grande Cartagena Beaches
Isla Grande

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Tips about Isla Grande (+)

Boats leave from the tourist port between 8 and 10 am and it takes 1h. Be careful, most of them are Rosario island tours. I don’t recommend it. They offer you to visit an oceanarium where they keep poor animals and to swim in a natural aquarium – where there are more Colombians trying not to sink than fishes. And you won’t go on Isla Grande.

You can book your boat ride here to be sure.

The best Rosario beach is Playa libre. It’s also the most accessible :). Otherwise, there are many private beaches for different hotels/ beach hostels like Majagua.

You should at least stay 1 night on Isla Grande. Be aware that the accommodations are more expensive as it’s a remote place.

  • Secreto Hostel is the perfect hostel with excellent outdoor facilities and activities.

Turnkey itinerary: Itineraries that include Cartagena

The Non-Touristic San Bernardo Islands

If you’re not interested in the Cartagena beaches above, there is one last option. Grab a bottle of rum, a dead parrot, an inflatable buoy – I’ve got a preference for mermaids – and go to explore the San Bernardo Islands

For that, you need more than two days, but it’s worth it – It’s 2-3 hours away from Cartagena. Isla Mucura and Isla Tintipan are superb, these Colombian beaches and landscapes are better than what you can imagine.

And Casa En El Agua is loads of fun if you’re looking for parties.

Include them in a terrific Colombia itinerary.

Read more: Our ultimate guide for exploring Isla Mucura and Tintipan

Isla Mucura San Bernardo Islands
Isla Mucura San Bernardo Islands

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Now it’s time to make a choice. Which Cartagena beaches do you choose?

More tips about Colombia beaches (+)

Do you want to learn more about the different tours and activities around? Read a 4-day itinerary in Cartagena written by Rachel

Do you love beaches? Find out other fantastic beaches in Colombia.

Would you like more sandy information? TheDiscoverieSof wrote an article about the best beaches in Colombia

We also wrote a kick-ass Caribbean Coast itinerary if you’re a beach fan!

What’s the weather in Cartagena?

There are two types of weather in Cartagena: A day with or without rain.

But, you shouldn’t be to worry about it. Even during a rainy day, the sun will show up.

As a rule of thumb, here is what you need to know about the weather in Cartagena

Get to know the weather in Cartagena (+)

  • The sunniest month: December to March; July & August
  • The rainiest month: April, May, September, Octobre
  • The weather is always hot in Cartagena but it’s a bit windier from December to February.
  • Unfortunately, it’s also the tourist season. Prices increases by 2 and annoying tourists fall like rains from the sky.
  • The sea is rough from October to April. Think about it before organizing a day trip on the islands from Cartagena.

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River Of Five Colors, Insider Travel Guide To Caño Cristales (2019)

A river of five colors?

I know it seems odd. Before Caño Cristales, I thought rainbow rivers were only in the imagination of three years old kids, with unicorns and flying bunnies.

But in Colombia, magic realism is more than a style of fiction used by famous writers.

Here, nature has no limit.

While I’m still looking for Mr. Easter Bunny, I know now where to find and admire one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.

The journey isn’t easy. You will have to take boats and jarring jeep rides.

Follow the guidelines in this article to get the smoothiest trip possible.

Ps: After this trip, some of your friends could blacklist you on Instagram. Don’t blame them.

Short video about Caño Cristales

Do you like off the beaten path experience? Check our San Jose del Guaviare travel guide!

The river of five Colors la Macarena
Caño Cristales

Is the river of Five Colors real?

A] How is it even possible?

Yes, there is a river of five colors in Colombia.

However, the expression Liquid Rainbow river is a bit exagerated. But the guy who found it is a marketing genius.

Macarenia Clavigera is an aquatic plant – Not an algae! – that grows in the bed river of Caño Cristales during the raining season – from June to November.

The color of this plant change according to its sun exposure. It goes from Green to Brown – When it’s burned.

Hence, the 5 colors of Rio Cristal are:

  • Green
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Purple
  • Brown

Plus, the sedimentary rocks add a 6th color, the Yellow!

Tadam!

B] Where is the river of 5 colors?

Caño Cristales is situed in the Meta (+)

Within the Meta department, in the middle of nowhere.

Caño Cristales is located in the National Park Natural Serranía de la Macarena

It was an old FARC’s stronghold for a few years. Roads and tourism infrastructures aren’t ideal :). And yes, it’s now 100% safe to visit.

It’s not easy to get there.

First of all, you have to arrive at La Macarena.

Let’s speak about your different options.

Ps: Another option would be to visit Caño Sabana near San José del Guaviare

El Colisé Caño Cristales
El Colisé Caño Cristales

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II] How to get to the most beautiful river in the world

A] How to fly to la Macarena

1. Flights from Bogota to La Macarena (+)

You don’t like buses and don’t want to book a tour?

Then, you will have to take off from Bogota to reach La Macarena.

As usual, Satena is the only company that you can use.

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Flight Bogota – La Macarena| Duration : 1h20 | Price: Around 240 000 COP / 80 $

  • Sunday (Mid-day)
  • Wednesday (Morning)
  • Friday (Morning)

2. Flights from La Macarena to Bogota (+)

The flights La Macarena – Bogota leave the same days: Sunday, Wednesday & Friday.

In Colombia, most of the public holidays are on Mondays. Thus Colombians can enjoy 3-day weekends.

If it’s the case, Satena will modify the dates of the flights – Especially the ones planed on Sundays.

Thus, check the flights before creating your itinerary 😉

Important: The luggage allowance changes according to the model of Aircraft

B] Is it possible to arrive at la Macarena by land?

1. How to arrive by car at La Macarena (+)

It’s an adventure but it’s doable.

First, you have to arrive in San Vicente del Caguan.

From Bogota, you can take a night bus with Coomotor: 16 h | Around 85 000 COP / 26 $

The bus passes by Neiva (Tatacoa) & Florencia.

Once in San Vicente del Caguan, find the bus office Cootranscaguan and buy your jeep ticket. The road trip is bumpy. Pray to not be at the back of the car ^^.

Jeep San Vicente del Caguan – La Macarena | Duration: 5 – 6 hours | Dirt road | Price : 50 000 COP / 16 $ | Depature time: Every day 7 am | 8 am | 9 am | 12h30

Jeep La Macarena – San Vicente del Caguan | Duration: 5 – 6 hours | Dirt road | Price : 50 000 COP / 16 $ | Depature time: 5 am | 7 am | 9 am | 11h30 am

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A chicken Truck in La Macarena
A chicken Truck in La Macarena

2. How to arrive by boat to La Macarena (+)

If you plan to visit San Jose del Guaviare and la Macarena, the easiest way to do it is to take the boat on the Guayabero river.

The landscapes are astonishing. However, it’s a long trip and the boat only leaves on Saturdays from San Jose del Guaviare.

Get all the information about San Jose del Guaviare – La Macarena

C] Book a Charter to La Macarena to get more options

Charters are tiny private planes that can be booked by everyone. However, it’s an expensive flight as you have to pay for the fuel.

Thus, except if you’re pooping diamonds, you won’t be able to book it for yourself.

Fortunately, travel agencies like Caqueta Travel create air routes to make it affordable.

But, you won’t be able to only buy the flight ticket. It’s part of their Caño Cristales package.

Charter Flights Cali, Medellin & Bogota to La Macarena | Duration: 1h20 | Price: Included in the Caño Cristales Package |Days: Monday & Friday

Viewpoint on the Llanos Orientales - Savanna
Viewpoint on the Llanos Orientales – Savanna

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How to admire the Rainbow River in Colombia?

Ok. Now that you know how to arrive at La Macarena, there are still a few steps to follow to be able to observe the river of five colors.

A] What are the best months for Caño Cristales?

Caño Cristales isn’t open to the public all along the year.

Two reasons for that:

  • The Aquatic plant Macarenia Clavigera only grows during the raining season
  • Colombian Authorities close the park to preserve the environment

You can visit Caño Cristales from Mid June to the End of November

Note: August and September are the icings on the cake.

The best way of transportation on The Guayabero River
The best way of transportation on The Guayabero River

B] You have to be registered at the Centro Ambiente

Caño Cristales is a protected area. You can’t visit it as you wish.

First and foremost, you have to register at the Centro Ambiente – Environment center – managed by CorMacarena.

There is a limited number of places per day to enter within the National Park. 318 in total.

It shouldn’t be a problem – yet? – during the week. However, avoid the public holidays if you plan to admire the river of 5 colors on your own.

The travel agencies take care of it if you come with a package.

Centro Ambiante | Closed on Tuesday and Sunday Afternoon | Other days: 7h00 am – 12h00 / 14h00 pm – 17h00 pm

C] There are rules to follow to visit the river of five colors

Learn the rules to follow (+)

  • Once registered at the Centro Ambiente, you have to watch an introduction video
  • You have to hire a local guide
  • Pay the different taxes
  • Don’t use sunscreen – It kills the aquatic plants
  • Take a hat
  • Plastic bottles, plastic bags, and repellents are forbidden – To keep the site clean. You can buy a cheap gourde
  • You need the authorization to use a drone
  • Kids under 7 years old can’t enter in Caño Cristales

Watch their video for a more in-depth explanation (English & Spanish)

Ronald, our guide in La Macarena
Ronald, our guide in La Macarena

D] What does a day trip to the river of five colors look like?

Our guide gave us a meeting point at the restaurant El Caporal for a heavy breakfast.

Ronald doesn’t speak good English, but we didn’t need it thanks to our 2 Spanish weeks with Colombia Immersion :p. Anyway, none of the guides in La Macarena speak English.

Sat at the back of the jeep, I could feel the excitement slowly growing inside me. I was looking all around like a kid while my butt played some drum beats on the car’s bunch. It was a jarring ride indeed.

1 hour later, we arrived at the entrance to the park. Militaries were playing cards and gave us a quick look. We were among the last visitors of the year and they didn’t even check our bags.

It allowed us to save some precious time within the park as we had to be back before 4 pm.

The trail is only 9 km long but it takes time to appreciate the numerous spots. We knew we will not come back there soon!

Militaries at the park entrance of Caño Cristales
Militaries at the park entrance of Caño Cristales

1- The different sections within the National Park Caño Cristales

It was an easy hike through the savanna del Parque La Macarena. Ronald led us to the different highlights of the park while communicating with the other guides. Thus, there are not dozens of people in the same spot.

Caño Escondido and Cascada la Virgen were the appetizers. We could observe the pink aquatic plants but the water was too shallow – end of the season – to really appreciate the show.

The Bridge above Cano Escondido
New Wood Bridge above Cano Escondido
Macarenia Clavigera

Moreover, the pictures I found on the internet were way too edited to match with reality.

I had to admit I was a bit disappointed at first.

People should stop lying on their pictures! And we always should below our expectations 🙂

Then, after our lunch break at Cascada Los Pianos, everything changed.

The sun finally decided to show up while we were above Tapete Largo. In a second, all the colors became brighter. The contrast between the green of the vegetation, the blue of the sky, the yellow from the rocks in the bed river and the pink colors of the plants was astonishing.

Carpete Largo in Caño Cristales
Tapete Largo in Caño Cristales

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We stopped at another waterfall – Los Cuarzos – for a quick dip on our way to Tapete Rojo.

After that, it was an outburst of colors. Tapete Rojo is to Caño Cristales what Guernica is to Picasso. A masterpiece.

It was my favorite spot to appreciate the river of five colors.

And that was not all!

Like in San Jose del Guaviare, the bed river is made of sedimentary rocks. Throughout the years, the erosion caused by the water has created mesmerizing sceneries.

Los Ochos and the Coliseo are two of the spots where we could admire Mother Nature’s work.

Then it was time to get back to La Macarena. But not without enjoying a last swim in the clear water of Piscina Cristal.

Carpete Rojo in Caño Cristales
Tapete Rojo in Caño Cristales

E] What are the other activities other than the river of five colors?

Yes, the river of the five colors is the main tourist attraction. But, it’s not the only one.

More highlights near La Macarena (+)

  • Have fun in Caño Piedra, a place located 8 km away from the town La Macarena | Half a day | 60 000 COP – Round Trip
  • Drive in the savanna at the end of the day to contemplate gorgeous sunsets | A couple of hours
  • Enjoy a boat trip to the Raudal Angosturas on the Guayabero river. You will be able to spot birds, caimans, and turtles | Full day trip
  • Organize an expedition to Caño Canoa – Huge Waterfalls | 1 or 2-day trip | 150 000 COP for the transport | Field trip here
The Raudal Angosturas
The Raudal Angosturas
Caiman resting on the bank of the river
Caiman resting on the bank of the river

How much does it cost to admire the river of five colors?

A] La Macarena Without a Tour Package

Do you have plenty of time and ready to cross the savanna with your machete?

In that case, you could try to reach La Macarena on your own and organize your tours to the river of five colors once you’re there.

Get the numbers and calculations (+)

  • Flight: 80 $ *2 = 160 $
  • Accommodations: 20 $ * 4 nights – You arrive on Wednesday and you leave on Sunday = 80 $
  • Meals (L & D) = 12 $ * 5 days = 60 $
  • 3 Tax Entrances = 131 000 COP / 45 $
  • Guide + Transport to La Macarena = 50 $ – You will join a group
  • Other activities (Caño Piedra & Raudal Agosturas) = 90 $

Total La Macarena Without a tour package | 1 pers | 5 days | 485 $

It’s possible to reduce the cost if you take the bus to reach La Macarena. But, it will take more days to organize your trip.

Our Lunch break in Caño Cristales
Our Lunch break in Caño Cristales

B] La Macarena with a Package Tour

Like San Jose del Guaviare, it’s financially interesting to book a tour to admire the river of five colors, especially if you don’t have many days to travel to Colombia.

In average, a package tour to with Caqueta Travel to La Macarena will cost 550 USD for 4 days | 610 USD for 5 days

During our trip to La Macarena, we explored the area with Caqueta Travel.

What does this package include (+)

  • A direct flight ticket from Cali, Medellin or Bogota – Round Trip
  • Pick up at the airports
  • 1/2 day trip exploring the Savanna around la Macarena
  • Day trip to Caño Cristales
  • Day trip to the river Guayabero to reach the Raudal Angosturas and observe wildlife
  • 1/2 day trip to admire the sunrise in the Savanna around la Macarena
  • 3 nights in a Finca with a swimming pool and games
  • 3 meals per day
  • All the transportations and taxes

We had an excellent time with Caqueta Travel and we highly recommend them 🙂

Caqueta Travel& Geotour offers tours from Bogota & Medellin. The dates are already scheduled for 2019. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sunset in the Savanna
Sunset in the Savanna

Where to stay in La Macarena

You will have to find a place to stay if you want to visit Caño Cristales on your own.

We have visited different places to help you to make the right choice.

$: Less than 18 $ | $$: From 18 to 50 $ | $$$: From 51 to 118 $ | $$$$: More than 118 $

Get our favorite options for staying in la Macarena (+)

A] $ – Hostel Caño Cristales – [For Backpackers]

Hostel Caño Cristales is the only hostel in La Macarena. The building is new and it will be your best chance to meet the few other backpackers. Hammocks are at disposal so you can rest after your expeditions.

Wifi: Bad | Clothes washing: Yes | Breakfast: No | Air-con: Yes | Kitchen: Yes

The + + + | Hostel Caño Cristales

  • Hammocks
  • Cheap
  • You can find a guide easily
  • Modern

The – – – | Hostel Caño Cristales

  • Bad wifi
  • Small Kitchen
Hostel La Macarena

B] $$ – Finca Tinigua – [Pools & Lovely]

Finca Tinigua is a nice place outside of La Macarena. The place is reserved for the clients of Caqueta Travel. Each night, events are organized to entertain the guests. They can relax in the vast swimming pool and play Tejo – Colombia local game.

Wifi: No | Clothes washing: No | Breakfast: Yes | Air-con: No | Kitchen: No

The + + + | Finca Tinigua in La Macarena

  • Nature
  • Swimming pool
  • Quiet

The – – – | Finca Tinigua in La Macarena

  • No Air-con
  • Basic rooms
Finca Trinigua La Macarena

C] $$$ – El Punto Verde – [ Green & Clean]

El Punto Verde is a nice hotel in the center of La Macarena. Lovely green alleys surround the different cabanas nestled near the river. Rooms are simple, comfortable and clean. Pleasant staff. They do their best to be eco-friendly. Also, there is a pool where you can relax after your excursions.

Wifi: Bad | Clothes washing: Yes | Breakfast: Yes | Air-con: Yes/No | Kitchen: No

The + + + | El Punto Verde Hotel La Macarena

  • Pool
  • Peaceful & Green

The – – – | El Punto Verde Hotel La Macarena

  • Not all the rooms have Air-con
  • Rooms are basics (For the price)
Punto Verde Hotel in La Macarena

D] $$$ – La Fuente – [ Best hotel in Town]

Hotel La Fuente is the best hotel in La Macarena. Rooms are spacious and beds are comfortable. Moreover, the staff is friendly and cooks delicious meals. Don’t forget to take a dip in the pool 😉

Wifi: Bad | Clothes washing: Yes | Breakfast: Yes | Air-con: Yes | Kitchen: No

The + + + | La Fuente Hotel in La Macarena

  • Comfortable bed
  • Good meals
  • New spacious rooms
  • Pools
La Fuente Hotel La Macarena

Where to eat in La Macarena

There are not many options, and you will probably die if you’re vegan.

Every restaurant will offer a menu del dia for less than 12 000 COP – It’s a bit more expensive for dinner. I write down the most famous ones.

List of our favorite restaurants (+)

  • Punto Verde serves a tasteful buffet to their guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Join them and make new friends! – 16 000 COP / pers 
  • Caporal is a Colombian Llaneros restaurant in La Macarena. Huge tables and lots of overcooked meats. – Around 20 000 COP / pers | Every day from 6 am to 23 pm
  • Aramis is THE local restaurant. The menu del dia is massive and you will have to roll from your seat to quit this place. – Around 14 000 COP / pers | Every day from 6 am to 20 pm
  • Cafe Litho is a cozy coffee in the center of la Macarena. The decoration is fantastic and would make jealous most of the trendy-hipster bars in Paris/Berlin. Stop there to enjoy a good coffee and delicious pastries for 1 or 2 dollars. They also serve main dishes 😉 | Open from 6 pm.
Cafe de Lithos in La Macarena
Cafe de Lithos in La Macarena

Is it Mandatory to buy a Package Tour to travel to the River of Five Colors?

No. You don’t have to.

But, it will make your life a lot easier.

  • Nobody speaks English in La Macarena. Thus, it’s a bit complicated to organize your trip on your own if you don’t speak like Antonio Banderas.
  • It will cost you almost the same if you’re traveling alone or as a couple.
  • They organize everything for you – Peace of mind!
  • You meet other travelers – You will be able to avoid your travel buddy
  • They do a great job

Important

All the tours with Caqueta Travel are in Spanish. But the explanations are pretty basic anyway.

The period to visit Caño Cristales is from Mid June to the End of November

Cascada Los Coarzos in Caño Cristales
Cascada Los Coarzos in Caño Cristales

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San Jose del Guaviare, The FIRST Travel Guide On The Internet (2019)

A place like San Jose del Guaviare is not easy to prospect. We couldn’t find any information on the internet – Spanish, French, English, Chinese 

Where to start? Who should we meet? How is the bus? 

Nothing, nada, nitchts.

I won’t accuse Google – please don’t kill my ranking – or my fellow bloggers.

Actually, nobody is at fault.

Ten years ago, San Jose del Guaviare was a FARC’s stronghold. Even the government didn’t want to get there.

But the political situation has changed a lot in Colombia. And now, this town is a paradise filled with secret gems, colorful rivers, Colombian cowboys and aguardiente.

It’s time for the world to know about this place. It’s time that I give you the newest tips to explore it. It’s time for you to be the next Indiana Jones. 

Read our 5-day experience in San Jose del Guaviare

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How to Get to San Jose del Guaviare

You have to leave from Bogota. There is also another secret path but I will speak about it later in this article.

A] How to fly to San Jose del Guaviare?

Flying is always the easiest and most comfortable way to get somewhere in Colombia. 

However, there are still a few inconveniences

  • You can’t observe the landscapes
  • There is no daily flight. It means you have less flexibility
  • You pollute a lot more
  • They can cancel your trip in case of bad weather conditions
  • You can’t buy your flight ticket online if you’re not in Colombia – Fortunately, we are here 🙂

Flights Bogota - San Jose del Guaviare (+)

The only airline company to get to San Jose del Guaviare is Satena. They fly out of Bogota. Here is how to get to the airport.

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Flight Bogota – San Jose del Guaviare | Duration : 1h30 | Price: Around 220 000 COP / 70 $

  • Monday (Afternoon)
  • Wednesday (Early Morning) 
  • Saturday (Early Morning) 

The prices and dates can change. Check on Satena website before planning your trip.

The airport is near the center.

Important: The lugagge allowance change according the model of Aircraft

B] Is it possible to take a bus?

Bus Bogota - San Jose del guaviare (+)

Yes, it is! 

Once again, the departures are from the main bus terminal (Salitre) in Bogota.

Look for the bus company Flota La Macarena.

There are buses leaving every day, days and nights. 

Bus Bogota – San Jose del Guaviare | Duration: 9 – 10 hours | Prices: Around 70 000 COP / 22 $

You can’t book them on the internet. However, there are the departure times.

TIP: Take a night bus to save time. Our night bus wasn’t great… The bus leaving at 10h30 PM should be better – Platino VIP

C] Caño Cristales then San Jose del Guaviare

Boat La Macarena - San Jose del guaviare (+)

After an amazing trip to the rainbow river, you can decide to extend your adventure to San Jose del Guaviare.

Don’t take the jeep. It will be a horrible muddy path for 10 hours.

Fortunately, there is a boat leaving every week – almost – on Mondays during the raining season from June to November

Boat La Macarena – S.J.D Guaviare | Departure time: 8h00 am | Cootransfluvial | Duration: 10 hours | Price: 120 000 COP

On our way to the pozos Naturales
On our way to the pozos Naturales

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How to leave from San Jose del Guaviare

Because you don’t want to stay forever in San Jose del Guaviare – Sorry Andres -, you also need to know how to leave the city.

There are 2 options:

  • Bogota
  • La Macarena

A] Fly back to Bogota Satena

Flight San jose del Guaviare - Bogota (+)

The flights San Jose del Guaviare – Bogota are not every day.

  • Monday (Afternoon)
  • Wednesday (Morning)
  • Saturday (Morning)

Flight S.J.D Guaviare – Bogota | Duration: 1h15 | Price: Around 220 000 COP / 70 $ | Website

The airport is near the center. Order a taxi for 7 – 10 000 C0P  and arrive 1 hour in advance at the airport. 

B] Take the bus from San Jose del Guaviare to Bogota with La Flota Macarena

At the hour I write this article, the schedule isn’t available online.

Fortunately, I took a picture 🙂

Bus S.J.D Guaviare – Bogota | Duration: 9 – 10 hours | Prices: Around 70 000 COP / 22 $

TIP:  Take a night bus to save time. The bus leaving at 22h00 PM should be the best 

C] After San Jose del Guaviare, explore la Macarena

Boat San Jose del Guaviare - La Macarena (+)

There is a boat leaving to La Macarena every Saturday.

I don’t recommend you to take the jeep. The trip is longer and extremely muddy.

How do we know it? Because we did it ^^

We planned to take the boat all the way to La Macarena. Unfortunately, there was a strike that day. So we had to take a boat then a jeep to La Macarena. The ride was insane! Plus, we had a massive hangover from the previous night…

I let you watch our video 🙂

Boat S.J.D Guaviare – La Macarena | Departure time: 9h00 am | Cootransfluvial | Duration: 10 hours | Price: 120 000 COP

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Things to do in San Jose del Guaviare

The town of San Jose del Guaviare isn’t sexy.

But we had loads of fun to spend the week there.

First, the town is 100% safe. We could hang out with our cameras and phones without being worried to use them. 

Second, there are many bars, clubs, and restaurants. We liked to spend the evening with our crew and the staff of Geotours. It’s perfect to create bonds while sharing beers and histories.

I will tell you about restaurants and bars in San Jose del Guaviare a bit further in this article

A] El Centro Cultural de San Jose del Guaviare

Get some information at the centro Cultural (+)

Some travelers don’t want to book their activities in advance. I wouldn’t recommend to do it in San Jose del Guaviare, especially if you’re a small group (1-2 people) because it can be a lot more expensive. Indeed, the local travel company won’t be able to add you to another group at the last minute.

But, if you don’t mind to pay a private tour, you shouldn’t have too much problem to find someone.

Once in San Jose, go to El centro Cultural to get the best information about the tours and trustful guides

Centro Cultural | Opening hours: Monday to Friday | 8 am – 6 pm

Main square San Jose del Guaviare
Main square San Jose del Guaviare

B] Things to do within the town of San Jose del Guaviare

There are not many things to do in town. But we still found 2 fun activities:

  • Wake up at 5h30 am and take pictures of the fish market. 
  • Drink a beer and observe the sunset on the Guayabero river
    • From boat-bar at the port
    • From the bar El Mirador
sunset on the Guayabero River
sunset on the Guayabero River

C] The different day trips from San Jose del Guaviare

I’m sure this place will be soon a booming touristic attraction in Colombia. 

Located between the Llanos and the Amazonia, San Jose del Guaviare offers various landscapes such as an immense savanna, a deep jungle, endless river banks,  and so on.

You need to be a bit organized to visit the maximum of these gorgeous places in a minimum of time.

First but not least, you have to book a guide and transport.

All these places are outside San Joses del Guaviare and there is no public transportation to get there.

We used the service of Geotour, and there were awesome 🙂

We went to the Centro Cultural to ask for the different prices for a day trip from the town. As a rule of thumb:

  • Guide: Around 80 000 COP 
  • Transporte: 200 000 COP
  • Insurance + Various entrances: 100 000 COP

Surprisingly, you can save a few bucks if you pay a Package with a local travel agency instead of booking everything by yourself – We will speak about it late in the article.

For now, let’s see what different day trips you can do

1 - Cerro Azul and the River Guayabero (+)

Located two and a half hours away from San Jose del Guaviare, Cerro Azul is one of the main highlights in the area.

There, an old and unknown civilization drawn hundreds of pictograms on 2 large facades.

The drawings are perfectly well preserved. And that’s weird! Because they are subject to every climatic condition like rain and heat.

How is it possible? What plants did they use? 

There are a lot of missing answers.

Moreover, we can find the same pictograms in the  National Park Chiribiquete.

On the way back, some tours offer you to take a boat ride through the Raudal -Rapid – de Guayabero. The scenery is impressive and you can even spot of a few dolphins!

Cerro Azul in San Jose del Guaviare
Sebastian showing us different pictograms

2 - Dolphins in the Laguna Damas del Nare (+)

The laguna Damas del Nare is a lagoon rich in planktons located 2 hours away on the Guayabero river.

And do you know who love planktons?

Dolphins!

A family lives there throughout the year, enjoying an orgy of food.

Moreover, they share a cute relationship with the locals residing there. They love to pick the rope throw at them in the lagoon and terrorize the visitors by swimming between their legs.

Photographer San Jose del Guaviare

3 - Puerta de Orion, Caño Sabana (Pink river) & Tranquilandia (+)

Caño Sabana is the little sister of Caño Cristales. There, from June to November, an aquatic plant called Macarenia Clavigera grows in the bed river. 

The color changes from Pink to Purple according to sun exposure. The result is astonishing.

The pink aquatic plants in Caño Sabana
The pink aquatic plants in Caño Sabana
Caño Sabana San Jose del Guaviare
Caño Sabana near San Jose del Guaviare

On the way to observe this marvelous river, local tours give you the opportunity to start the hike a bit further so you can admire the Puerta de Orion, a huge rock – 12 m high – in the middle of the savanna. 

Then, you can chill at the waterfalls in Tranquilandia, hoping to spot a few monkeys.

The Puerto de Orion
The Puerto de Orion

4 - The intriguing pozos naturales (+)

Back in time, El Guaviare was just a small part of a huge ocean. But things are never set in stone with Mother Nature. 

Nowadays, the water has disappeared and made rooms for a soil composed of sedimentary rocks.

Because of the erosion, holes occurred through the ages in a bed river located 30 min away from San Jose del Guaviare. They look like natural jacuzzis. Moreover, some of them are deep enough that you can jump in it!

Let's burn then jump in the Pozos Naturales
Let’s burn then jump in the Pozos Naturales

5 - Serrania de la Lindosa and Los Túneles (+)

As I told you, flows, rains and tides have shaped the landscapes of El Guaviare.

Serrania de la Lindosa and Los Tuneles are 2 perfect places if you want to admire the work of mother nature.

There, massive rocks create a mysterious atmosphere with sceneries comparable at an old abandoned city or a secret maze.

Sedimentary rocks

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Where to stay in San Jose del Guaviare

We were surprised to constate the number of accommodations where you can stay.

There are plenty of options – Except if you’re looking for a luxury establishment.

The climat is very humid in this area of Colombia. Book an hotel with a pool and air-con if you can’t deal with the heat. 

$: Less than 18 $ | $$: From 18 to 50 $ | $$$: From 51 to 118 $ | $$$$: More than 118 $

Find our favorite options for staying in San Jose del Guaviare (+)

A] $ – Panorama Hotel – [Cheap & Simple]

Panorama Hotel is one of the cheapest hotels you will be able to find in town. The family in charge is always smiling and ready to help. Rooms are simple but more than acceptable for the price. 

Wifi: Yes | Clothes washing: Yes | Breakfast: No | Air-con: Yes | Kitchen: Yes

The + + + | Panorama hotel

  • Cheap
  • Friendly
  • Near the center

The – – – | Panorama hotel

  • No Swimming pool
  • Weak Water pressure
Panorama Hotel San Jose del Guaviare

B] $$ – Hostel Guaviare – [ Only Hostel]

The owner had the great idea to turn her mother’s house into a hostel where travelers can meet and share. Private rooms and Dorms.

Wifi: Yes | Clothes washing: Yes | Breakfast: No | Air-con: No | Kitchen: Yes

The + + + | Guaviare hostel

  • Lovely house
  • Friendly owner
Hostel Guaviare

C] $$ – Portico Hotel – [Clean & Pools]

A Nice hotel with classic rooms and shower. As in every hotel in Colombia, the isolation isn’t perfect. Nice swimming pool.

Wifi: Weak | Clothes wash: Yes | Breakfast: No | Air-con: Yes | Kitchen: No

The + + + | Portico Hotel

  • Swimming Pool
  • Clean rooms and showers

The – – – | Portico Hotel

  • Rooms can be noisy if people are playing in the pool
Portico Hotel San Jose del Guaviare

D]  $$$ – Aeropuerto Hotel – [Upscale] 

Aeropuerto is the hotel offering the best rooms and services in San Jose del Guaviare. The rooms are moderns and comfortable. Plus, you can relax in the pools and the gardens.

Wifi: Yes | Clothes wash: Yes | Breakfast: Yes | Air-con: Yes | Kitchen: No

The + + + | Aeropuerto hotel in

  • Modern
  • Location
  • Pools
  • Good Wifi

The – – – | Aeropuerto hotel in

  • Cold Water
  • Basic breakfast
Aeropuerto Hotel in San Jose del Guaviare

Where to go out in San Jose del Guaviare

A] Where to eat in San Jose del Guaviare

List of our favorite restaurants (+)

Nomadas was my favorite restaurant for the night. They serve different delicious meals around 22 000 COP. No menu del día.

El Dorado de Omar is a perfect restaurant if you wanna eat a big fish with your menu del día. Around 18 000 COP

Carnes y Carnes is for meat lovers. The small portion is already huge! They only open at night. Around 20 000 COP 

El Mirador del Barquito in the Cultural center is our little tasty secret. The view on the river is gorgeous and the food fantastic. Get your Menu del día for only 6 500 COP!

El Ranchon is one of the upscale restaurants in town but the menu del dia is affordable. 10 000 COP

B] Where to Go out in San Jose del Guaviare

List of our favorite bars (+)

Bars and clubs are open every day in San Jose del Guaviare. But the inhabitants usually go out on Saturdays.

The Zona Rosa – party district – is composed of 2 streets near the main square. Follow the lights and music beats, you can’t miss it.

Banana Disco club and La Cantina are 2 funky clubs with a mix of Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton. A bottle of aguardiente cost 70 000 COP and there is no cover.

Also, enjoy the sunset on the river Guayabero from EL Mirador or El Barquito Sol Y Arena. Cheap Beers.

And in case you wanna drink a good coffee or juice, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to Marroqui cafe. Their internet is fast! 

El Barquito Sol y Arena San Jose del Guaviare

Do you have to pay a package to visit San Jose del Guaviare?

The answer is no.

You can book your accommodations online and pay a bus ticket at the bus terminal in Bogota. 

Once you are in San Jose del Guaviare, go to the Cultural center and find a guide who will organize your day trips – you can’t do otherwise.

However, it will be more time consuming and more expensive. 

Tip: Don’t book your tour with a national travel agency. Try to find a local travel agency in town. Thus, you will avoid paying an intermediary.

View point Near Cerro Azul
View point Near Cerro Azul

A] Package tours in San Jose del Guaviare: Cheaper or not?

I use the data from the local travel agency Geotour. We had a great experience with them and we are happy to consider them as dream maker partners.

There are other local travel agencies in San Jose del Guaviare, and I’m sure some of them are doing a great job too.

1 – Visit San Jose del Guaviare without a tour

Let’s say you are a couple who wants to explore San Jose del Guaviare 4 days / 3 nights

Considering you arrive at the last minute, you’ll have to stay one extra day and night to organize your trip.

Moreover, it will be hard to join another small group – As it’s not very touristic yet.

See the calculations

  • 4 nights El Portico : 90 000 COP * 4 = 360 000 COP
  • 5 breakfasts – 2 pers : 10 000 * 2 * 5 = 100 000 COP
  • 5 Lunches – 2 pers : 20 000 * 2 * 5 = 200 000 COP
  • 5 dinners – 2 pers : 20 000 * 2 * 5 = 200 000 COP
  • 4 day trips: 380 000 COP * 4 = 1 520 000 COP | Jeep + Private guide + entrances

Total: 2 380 000 COP | 5 days | 2 Pers

2 – Visit San Jose Del Guavoare With a package Tour

If you prevent Geotour (or us) in advance, they can give you the best dates to be with another group and share the costs.

For the same activities and accommodations, you could pay – Prices 2018 / 2019:

  • 1 700 000 COP for 2 pers | Group of 9 pers in total
  • 2 000 000 COP for 2 pers | Group of 6 pers in total
  • 2 500 000 COP for 2 pers | Group of 4 pers in total

As you can see, prices are pretty similar but you get a lot more advantages:

  • Geotour helps you to book your bus tickets
  • They organize everything for you – Peace of mind!
  • You meet other travelers – You will be able to avoid your travel buddy
  • The staff hang out with you at night
  • You know they are doing an excellent job
Seb showing us the way in los Tuneles
Seb showing us the way in los Tuneles

Important

All the tours are in Spanish. But the explanations are pretty basic anyway.

The best period is from May to November


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