Looking for places to visit in Colombia 2018?
There are many places to visit in Colombia. It can be a real nightmare to chose and organize your trip.
Did you hear about the FOMO syndrome? It’s the Fear Of Missing Out. It’s when you are scared to take the wrong decision and waste your time.
It happens all the time when you’re planning a trip.
– Oh my gosh, do you think we gonna like this place? Maybe it’s better to go there instead.
– Yes. But my friend Josh told me it was great! Oh shit, we should add it to the itinerary too – just in case.
In the end, you have 123 destinations to go in only 15 days. Good luck!!!
No worry, I’m here to help you to fight your FOMO. First, we need to appease it. I made a list of all the places to visit in Colombia to help you to synthesize your choices.
If you want to know more about a place, You just need to read its detailed guide. All the sites are also briefly explained in my Free Ebook about traveling in Colombia.
And there is also the Bible for Backpacking in Colombia! A fantastic article with + 7 000 words full of tips to help you to travel to Colombia. 😉
Do you have a better idea where you wish to go?
Places to visit in Colombia on the Caribbean Coast
The Caribbean coast is the most famous part Colombia. It’s the perfect area if you’re looking for white beaches, palm trees, deserted islands. But you will have the occasion also to discover other environments. Travel to La Guajira desert, be a pirate on Isla Mucura- one of my favorite places to visit in Colombia -, hike the mysterious lost city or organize a romantic dinner to your girlfriend in Cartagena.
1 – Capurgana, A Town In The Darien Gap – Detailed guide and how to pass the border with Panama / Cheapest place to dive
2 – Sapzurro, The Last Village Of Colombia – Detailed guide / Access to La Miel
3 – San Francisco, a secret holiday place for Medellin – Detailed guide / Possibility to observe Leatherback turtles
4 – Isla Fuerte, An Ex-Drug Trafficker Island Who Became Paradise – Detailed guide / Great diving spot (Bushnell) –
5 – Isla Mucura and Casa en El Agua, A Paradise In San Bernardo – Detailed guide / How to get to Casa En El Agua and what to do around Isla Mucura
6 – Cartagena, Why 48 hours are enough to enjoy the city – Detailed guide / 48 hours itinerary to discover Cartagena, safety tips and a guide to go to Playa Blanca (beautiful beach)
7 – Minca, Casa Loma, and Casa Elemento, A green jewel in the Sierra Nevada – Detailed guide / Where are the different hostels in Minca and how to get there, Bird watching
8 –Tayrona Colombia National park: Amazing beaches and nature – Detailed guide / Amazing beaches and easy trails
9 – Palomino in Colombia, a chill out town on the Caribbean coast – Detailed guide / Tubing activity
10 – Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas, two fantastic destinations in La Guajira desert in Colombia / Cabo de la Vela, kitesurf, northernmost point of South America and lovely beaches
11 – Mompox, a city surrounded by water – Detailed guide missing / Beautiful colonial towns with many churches
12 – Providencia, an amazing island lost in the Atlantique Ocean – Detailed guide missing / San Andres, perfect for diving and beautiful beaches
13 – Taganga, One of the cheapest place to dive in the world – Detailed guide missing
14 – The lost city trek, a 5-days adventure in the jungle – Detailed guide missing
Places to visit in Colombia on the Pacific Coast
On the Pacific coast, all the taxi are speedboats. It’s a new zone to discover for the travelers. There many parks and black sand beaches.
1 – Bahia Solano, a secret and quiet paradise on the Pacific coast – Detailed guide missing / Whales and birds Watching, Waterfalls, beautiful beaches and National park (Utria)
2 – Nuqui, the “capital” on the Pacific Coast – Detailed guide missing / Whales and birds Watching, Waterfalls, beautiful beaches (playa Guachalito) and National park (Utria)
3 – San Cipriano, an uncommon destination – Detailed guide missing / Tubing on the river
4 – Juanchaco, the easiest access to the Pacific Coast – Detailed guide missing / Nice beaches, whales watching and National park (Uramba)
Places to visit in Colombia around Medellin
Medellin is -in my opinion – the best city to leave in Colombia. Inhabitants are friendly, accessible public transports and great parties. And the department of Antioquia is fantastic! There are many colonial towns and places to visit in this part of Colombia
1 – Medellin, the best city to live in Colombia – Detailed guide missing / Paragliding, parties, museum, A perfect place for the digital nomads
2 – Guatape, A colonial town with a giant Monolith – Detailed guide missing / Piedra El Peñol
3 – Jerico, a lovely religious town – Detailed guide missing / Parque de Los Nubes and Basilica
4 – Jardin, the most beautiful village of Colombia – Detailed guide missing / Coffee tours and waterfalls (Cueva del Esplandor)
Places around the Coffee Region
The coffee region is defined by three cities: Armenia, Pereira, and Manizales. Enjoy a stay in a Finca -Coffee farm – and hike the surprising Los Nevados
1 – Salento, A colonial town which became the Coffee’s Mecca – Detailed guide missing / Coffee tours
2 – Valle de Cocora, the highest Wax Palm Trees in the world – Detailed guide missing / National Park
3 – Los Nevados, an amazing National Park with many trails – Detailed guide missing / National Park, Volcano Tolima, Paramo, Bird watching, hot springs
4 – Santa Rosa de Cabal, the best thermal baths of Colombia – Detailed guide missing
5 – Filandia, the new Salento – Detailed guide missing / Coffee tours
Places to visit in the South of Colombia
Ready to dance salsa? The South of Colombia is also well-known for its archeological sites and waterfalls. I’m sure you will find some places to visit in Colombia there.
1 – Cali, The World’s Salsa Capital – Detailed guide missing
2 – San Agustin, the biggest archeological site of Colombia – Detailed guide missing / Waterfall (Salto El Mortiño and Bordones), horse riding.
3 – Tierradentro, an old underground cemetery – Detailed guide missing
4 – Ipiales, an amazing church on a bridge – Detailed guide missing / Crossing the border with Ecuador
5 – Popayan, a delicious white town – Detailed guide missing / Food specialties and National Park (Purace)
6– Tatacoa desert, a perfect place to dream about the stars – Detailed guide missing / Desert and Astronomical Observatory
Places lost in the middle of Colombia
I agree it’s not easy to get there. But it’s where the best secret of Colombia are preserved. If you are a curious traveler, you should think about the two destinations below.
1 – Canyon Cristales, an unreal eight colors river – Detailed guide missing / Colorful rivers and Waterfall
2 – San Jose de Guaviare, the first off-the-beaten-track spot in Colombia – Detailed guide missing / Colorful river, old rock painting, treks and bird watching
Places to visit in Colombia in the Amazonas
Would you like to live a unique experience in the Amazon? I’m sure you will find your happiness around Leticia!
1 – Leticia, another world apart in the Amazonas – Detailed guide missing / Indigenous culture, treks in the jungle, bird watching
2 – Puerto Nariño, the green lungs of Colombia – Detailed guide missing / Lagunas, Amazonas, no cars or scooters.
Places to visit around Bogota in Colombia
It takes time to appreciate the Capital. It’s noisy, cold and big. But if you’re living there, you will learn to discover little by little its many secrets. And the city is surrounded by huge mountains! There are many paramos and places you can visit in Colombia around Bogota.
1 – Bogota, A cold capital full of surprises – Detailed guide missing / National Park (Sumapaz and Guatavita), waterfall (Tequendama and La Chorera), many tours.
2 – Suesca, the paradise for the outdoor climbers – Detailed guide missing
3 – Villa de Leyva, one of the favorite colonial towns in Colombia – Detailed guide missing
4 – Sagamozo, a sad city surrounded by treasures – Detailed guide missing / Colonial town (Mongui), National Park (Paramo Ocetta), lake (Tota)
Places to visit around San Gil
Need to do some sport and avoid the tourists? These places in Colombia are waiting for you!
1 – San Gil, the extreme sports city of Colombia – Detailed guide missing
2 – Barichara, a perfect Colonial town – Detailed guide missing
3 – Guadalupe, a town surrounded by an incredible river – Detailed guide missing / River Quebrada Las Gachas
4 – Cocuy, Unforgettable landscapes in a National Park off-the-beaten-track – Detailed guide missing