Top 10 Tourist Travel Destinations in Colombia

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Following are some of the top 10 tourist destinations in Columbia These could be individual towns or monuments, or an entire department that we consider to have been overlooked by travelers and deserves more recognition. That’s why, without saying more, here are our top 10 Colombian destinations to travel in 2017.

1.San Jose del Guaviare, Guaviare

This list is not in any particular order, but if it were, this would be equally number 1 – the small capital city of Guaviare department at first glance does not have much to offer but is right in the middle of some of the places Most incredible and diverse of Colombia. Within a couple of hours from the city you can visit stone paintings of 10,000 years old, perfectly reflective jungle lakes (see the cover photo), a red river that is the twin of Caño Cristales, surrealistic rock formations, hollow To swim, all that while surrounded by incredible natural diversity. I have visited San Jose del Guaviare 3 times so far and have seen toucans, parrots, four different species of monkeys and much more. It has quickly become my most recommended destination in the country. If I had to choose a place to recommend to travelers in 2017, it would be the Guaviare.

2.The Valle del Cartama, Antioquia

This probably is a name that does not sound much, but the Cartama Valley, which consists of a tour of the villages of Jericho, Thames, Valparaiso and La Pintada, is one of the best-kept secrets for travelers in Antioquia. About 4 hours south of Medellín, located very practically next to the road between Manizales and the City of Eternal Spring, there is easily enough to do to stay a whole week. Jericho is a heritage town of Colombia, the Thames is placed to do some of the best adventure sports in Colombia ( not to mention one of the best views I’ve seen after one of the most beautiful walks – look at the photo below), And in Valparaíso can visit and stay in the coffee farm La Elisa or spend some time in the indigenous reserve of the Embera Chamí. Then there is La Pintada, which is not only a destination of swimming pools and beers as they often present it, but offers much more, such as discovering the tradition of artisanal gold mining and walking around the curious mountain Farallón de la Pintada. There are also some of the most beautiful and varied lodgings in Colombia: the beautiful cabins of El Rincón Paisa in Jericho, the charming inn and coffee farm La Nohelia, Finca La Oculta near the Thames, which was the scene of the novel of the same name Héctor Abbot. Easily my most recommended rural getaway of 2017. Then there is La Pintada, which is not only a destination of swimming pools and beers as they often present it, but offers much more, such as discovering the tradition of artisanal gold mining and walking around the curious mountain Farallón de la Pintada.

There are also some of the most beautiful and varied lodgings in Colombia: the beautiful cabins of El Rincón Paisa in Jericho, the charming inn and coffee farm La Nohelia, Finca La Oculta near the Thames, which was the scene of the novel of the same name Héctor Abbot. Easily my most recommended rural getaway of 2017. Then there is La Pintada, which is not only a destination of swimming pools and beers as they often present it, but offers much more, such as discovering the tradition of artisanal gold mining and walking around the curious mountain Farallón de la Pintada. There are also some of the most beautiful and varied lodgings in Colombia: the beautiful cabins of El Rincón Paisa in Jericho, the charming inn and coffee farm La Nohelia, Finca La Oculta near the Thames, which was the scene of the novel of the same name Héctor Abbot.

Easily my most recommended rural getaway of 2017. Such as discovering the tradition of artisanal gold mining and walking around the curious mountain Farallón de la Pintada. There are also some of the most beautiful and varied lodgings in Colombia: the beautiful cabins of El Rincón Paisa in Jericho, the charming inn and coffee farm La Nohelia, Finca La Oculta near the Thames, which was the scene of the novel of the same name Héctor Abbot. Easily my most recommended rural getaway of 2017. Such as discovering the tradition of artisanal gold mining and walking around the curious mountain Farallón de la Pintada. There are also some of the most beautiful and varied lodgings in Colombia: the beautiful cabins of El Rincón Paisa in Jericho, the charming inn and coffee farm La Nohelia, Finca La Oculta near the Thames, which was the scene of the novel of the same name Héctor Abbot. Easily my most recommended rural getaway of 2017.

3. Buenavista, Quindio

Salento is still one of the most popular places to visit in Colombia, and for a good reason: the Valle de Cócora is beautiful, and Salento is a charming town. However, there is much more in the department of Quindío than just its most famous destination. In the list of the last years we mention the ‘Alternate Coffee Route’ as a recommended destination, but this time we will be even more specific: take the time to visit this charming village, a destination on the coffee axis really off the beaten path hackneyed. We wrote a post about our visit there stating the Tour of the Coffee Experience to the nearby Pijao as “the best coffee tour in Colombia, ” and we still stick to this somewhat cheeky opinion.

4. Rafting in the Samaná River, Antioquia

One of the best trips I did last year was an incredible rafting experience on the Samaná River in the department of Antioquia. This impressive river is threatened by a mega-project of a dam, which is a real tragedy for nature and Colombian tourism because it is a really beautiful and naturally diverse place. Also, rafting is one of the best in Colombia: level 4 and five monsters that pass through the narrow canyon in the jungle while the river opens its way through the Antioquia countryside. It was undoubtedly the best rafting I have experienced in Colombia, and the excellent guiding by Expedition Colombia made the experience even more unique. What makes this trip even better is the duration of it – we are not talking about a few hours in the river here: rafting on the Samaná involves three days of action and a wonderful night camping on the beach under the stars. Make rafting on the Samaná River your ultimate experience of 2017 … and help preserve this natural wonder of destruction at the same time!

You can check the entire itinerary of the Samaná River and ask questions about the trip here.

Rafting on the Samaná River (do not worry, you do not have to go down that waterfall!) Photo: Expedition Colombia

5. Towns of Boyacá

No, it is not Villa de Leyva! Another excellent trip we did this year was to explore some of the lesser-known Boyacá departments and their villages, and we were impressed! This rural department north of Bogota has much more to offer beyond the famous Villa de Leyva: Tibasosa, Tenza, Sutatenza, Mongui, Paipa, Macanal, Iza (easily one of the most beautiful cities I have visited in Colombia) … Could continue with the list! The best part: all these cities are very close, and you can easily visit several in a few days. But trust us, once you meet the people of Boyacá, you’ll want to stay longer, a strong contender for the kinder department, Boyacá is a hidden treasure of colonial towns and friendly people. Also, you can visit the home of the parents of a sports legend …

6.Department of Casanare

It is remarkable that the department of Casanare exists without being crowded with tourists and travelers. The central department of the eastern plains of Colombia could not be more different than the Andean regions bordering it. A department of jeans, giant rivers and plains, incredible nature and unique culture, in other countries Casanare would be a great tourist attraction and is willing to become a tourist destination in the coming years. A visit to a giant nature reserve estate in Casanare can offer incredible bird and mammal watching, both as alligators and anacondas – it is the closest equivalent to a safari in Colombia, and probably only after the Brazilian Pantanal region for sighting Of wildlife in South America. Further, You can visit the largest and most exceptional crocodiles in Colombia (and the stars of Colombia: Magia Salvaje) in Wisirare Park.

And it’s not only about nature: Casanare offers a lot of the unique culture of the llaneros cowboys (explained excellently in the llanero museum near San Luis de Palenque), one of the best sunsets that can see, and wonderful trips by rivers to Along the arteries of the regions of the Amazon and the plains. Hagan 2017 he Colombians who become cowboys! Casanare offers much of the unique culture of the Llanero cowboys (explained excellently in the llanero museum near San Luis de Palenque), one of the best sunsets that can see, and wonderful trips by rivers along the arteries of the Regions of the Amazon and the plains. Hagan 2017 he Colombians who become cowboys! Casanare offers much of the unique culture of the Llanero cowboys (explained excellently in the llanero museum near San Luis de Palenque), one of the best sunsets that can see, and wonderful trips by rivers along the arteries of the Regions of the Amazon and the plains. Hagan 2017 he Colombians who become cowboys!

7. San Basilio de Palenque

We have had this UNESCO World Heritage site on the radar for a while (it is # 1 of our post ” 5 day escapes from Cartagena “) but now is the time to visit and explore the unique nature of the first village Colombian freed slaves, just an hour from Cartagena. As the popular port city of the Caribbean becomes more and more popular with tourists and travelers, people are increasingly looking for ways to experience authentic Colombian culture outside the Jewel of the Indies, and San Basilio is the place to do it! Visit and learn about the unique culture and language of the village, with its challenging roots in West Africa, the music produced there challenges the genre, and the gastronomy, Which is unlike anything you’ll find in other parts of the country. A visit to San Basilio de Palenque is a direct trip to the heart of Afro-Colombian culture. Most of the people pose for a tourist photo with the palenques dressed in colors in Cartagena … make 2017 the year in which they live their culture.

8. San Cipriano, Valle del Cauca

A village in the jungle on the shores of a magnificent clear river, San Cipriano is only a couple of hours from Cali, so it is an easy trip to do in a day or two. But why visit? For delicious village food, Afro-Colombian culture, extraordinary natural diversity (it is undoubtedly the best place in Colombia to enjoy the sighting of toucans), and tubing along the clear rivers of the jungle that wind through the Jungle that surrounds them. Ah yes, and then there are the witches – the inhabitants of the city have created a unique solution for their isolation: Have joined bikes and wooden boards and to get to the city simply sit on a bench while the motorbikes pull them along the old train tracks through the jungle as on a ride in a theme park ! It is a perfectly Colombian experience: exciting, unique, with only a touch of danger and uncertainty! Visit Cali, but be sure to go out for a few days and explore San Cipriano!

9. Rio Claro, Antioquia

Another gem little appreciated near Medellin, and arguably the best ecotourism hotel in the country, Rio Claro is located just off the main road between Medellin and Bogota, so there is no excuse to stop there for a night or two. What’s so special about Rio Claro? Basically it is the opportunity to sleep during the night in the genuine jungle, surrounded by monkeys, toucans, snakes and frogs, just a few hours from an important Colombian city ; Not to mention ziplining, caving, rafting, tubing, and climbing, all surrounded by the imposing granite walls and a clear river that gives the name to Rio Claro. You can stay in bedrooms in the main building if your budget is a bit lower, Or sleep in the spectacular jungle huts: wake up in the morning to the jungle chorus and the wild monkeys that feed on the trees, all visible from your bed! Just go!

10. Department of Caqueta

And finally: this year’s Putumayo (another jewel in the Amazon basin we recommend for years) – the department of Caquetá is another region of wild rivers, diverse nature and experiences of jungle truly out of the ordinary. Visit spectacular canyons in the jungle, hidden waterfalls and swimming pools, farms full of wild birds and monkeys, villages that have hardly seen tourism , and learn about local indigenous cultures, the Caquetá has a lot to keep busy and happy even to Most adventurous travelers for at least a week. It also has easy access to some of the country’s largest rivers, Caquetá and Putumayo, so you can experience the contrast between the highest altitude and low altitude jungle on a trip …

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