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Welcome to Colombia

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

Top 10 attractions in Colombia

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Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

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

Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo)

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

Old Town Cartagena

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

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

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

Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

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

Plaza de Bolivar

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

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

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

La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

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

Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

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The Lost City, or Ciudad Perdida, is the archaeological site of an ancient indigenous city in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Thought to have been a commercial center for trade around 700 A.D., its population probably ranged between 1,400 and 3,000 inhabitants. Hidden in the jungle for over a thousand years, the Lost City was found in 1972 when treasure hunters followed a series of stone steps leading up to an abandoned city.The Lost City is open to visitors, but the trip is not for the faint of heart. The nearly 30 mile trek takes visitors through farmland and jungle on an unforgettable six-day journey. Part of the adventure includes trekking over mountains filled with exotic plants and animals, climbing stone paths through dense jungle, bathing in waterfalls and sleeping in indigenous villages.Upon arriving at Lost City, climb more than 1,000 stone steps to the top of the site for incredible views of the surrounding mountains and jungle. Take time to explore the more than 250 stone terraces that were carved out of the mountainside, each of which was a space for living and working. The different areas of the city were joined to the fields by a network of cobbled paths and stairs, and an irrigation system channels rainwater downhill to avoid damage and erosion.Members of local tribes, including the Arhuacos, Koguis, and others, continue to maintain many of their ancestral beliefs and customs. They visited the site regularly before it was widely discovered, and gave it the name Teyuna. This trek takes you through some of their villages where life has remained unchanged for centuries.More
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Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar)

Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar)

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

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Top activities in Colombia

Guatape Tour, Piedra del Peñol Including a Boat Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Colombia

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An experience like no other
MICHAEL_S, Apr 2021
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
A very nice ride into the Colombian interior to see the rich culture outside the city.
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Amazing
Winifred_A, Jun 2021
Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá
His English was very good also made sure no one on the trip was left out.
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Great day trip outside Medellin
Veng_L, Jun 2021
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
We had a wonderful time with Sandy (English guide) and Sandra (Spanish guide).
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Best All-In-One Tour of Bogota!
Kimberly_C, Apr 2021
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
Luis was everything a guide should be: he comminuicate with me before the tour to assure the correct pickup location and that the driver would be on time, he spoke excellent English and provided a wealth of information about each site we visited as well as personal and cultural background information.
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Great tour
Gregory_G, Jul 2020
The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour
Really got to see the sites regarding this unique time in Colombian history.
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Such a unique experience
Taylor_B, Feb 2020
Full-Day Mud Volcano and Indigena's Town (Galerazamba) from Cartagena
Great way to see some of colombia outside the city.
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Good service
Ashley_S, Jan 2020
Cartagena Airport Pick-Up Transfer
My driver brought his son with him who was able to tell me about the city and Colombian life in English.
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Great combined tour
Luiz B, Dec 2019
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)
If you plan to visit Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, one of the top attractions in Colombia, this is great combined trip, which also includes the Lake Guatavita.
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Daniel was the BEST Tour Guide for Private Comuna 13 Tour
Kris_C, Dec 2019
Private Comuna 13 tour (cable car & escalators)
He is very fluent in Spanish AND English.
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Worth it!
Damalie_K, Jun 2019
Bogota City Tour with Gold Museum and Optional Monserrate
Got to see so many historical aspects of Bogota.
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This is a great tour for anyone...
Haleh_T, Mar 2018
La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota
This is a great tour for anyone wanting to visit some of the must see sights in Bogota.
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This tour was an incredible way to...
Haleh_T, Mar 2018
Waterfall La Chorrera de Choachí Hike Tour + Optional Lunch
This tour was an incredible way to see Colombia's natural beauty.
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This tour was awesome, our guide...
Melanie L, Aug 2017
Zipaquirá Tour Including The Salt Cathedral, Independence Square and The Main Squares
This tour was awesome, our guide Kelly was a young lady full of knowledge with perfect English!
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This trip was truly amazing and a...
Sarah S, Apr 2017
Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena
This trip was truly amazing and a great way to see the REAL Cartagena .
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Our English tour guide Neutalya was...
Christopher K, Sep 2016
Private Tour of Lake Guatavitá from Bogotá
Our English tour guide Neutalya was very knowledgeable about Colombia and the Guatavita area.
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Alex is a top notch English/Spanish...
Donna_P, Feb 2017
Jardín Coffee Lovers Private Tour with Waterfall Option from Medellín
the drive to it is spectacular and u really get to see Medellin countryside..
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If you want to see and taste the...
frabusin, Jan 2016
Medellín Local Market Places
If you want to see and taste the fresh produce in Medellin, take this tour!
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Hit all the spots with a knowledgeable guide
Angela_P, Jan 2021
Private City Tour of Cartagena
My husband and I did the afternoon tour with Nico who brought us to see the entrance to el reloj, walk through the graffiti streets of Getsemani, and the major attractions like the convent of la Popa and el castillo de san felipe.
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Hitting the Cultural & Historical Highlights of Cartegena
Angela_P, Jan 2021
Private City Tour of Cartagena
Nico did a fine job of explaining each spot (in english) so we understood the importance of each landmark.
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A unique, authentic Colombian experience!
DevinC, Dec 2020
Lodotherapy in the Totumo Volcano with Visit to Galerazamba
It was a great and affordable way to get out of Cartagena for a while to see more of the country!
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