Colombia, a country located in northwestern South America save interesting tourist attraction to visit for your vacation. Known for its culture and is also the largest manufacturing center in South America. Colombia is also a country of diverse ethnic in Southern Cross, which is the result of large-scale migration in the 20th century. And since then, the country is getting the addition of a drastic population. Because of large area, multicultural citizen, heterogeneous cultures, and exotic tourist attraction that a little different with other countries in South American region, making Colombia well worth a visit.
Here are top tourist attractions in Colombia:
Cartagena is a city of the former Spanish colony. The beauty of the colonial architecture make the city was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is a center of economic activity in the Caribbean. The lure of Cartagena, Colombia is no doubt its Old World charm. The walled city, known as the Ciudad Amarullada, with its tiled roofs, sprawling Spanish balconies, and garden courtyards are enough to send visitors into a stroll along the narrow streets. There is no other city in all of Colombia that can match the beautiful colonial atmosphere that Cartagena proudly still carries.
Bogota is the capital of Colombia. Santafé de Bogotá is a city of contrasts. It’s a city of highrise buildings standing next to colonial churches; a city of universities, theaters and shantytowns. It is a mixture of influences, Spanish and English and Indian; a city of great wealth and material well being and abject poverty. It is a city of wild traffic and calm oases reflecting a bygone day. Bogota has so much to offer, there are so many other places to visit and things to see in Bogota, including the city’s excellently preserved museums, grand and graceful churches, cultural festivities.
3. Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park is popular for its wild pristine beauty and almost not affected by human impact natural coastline. It is located on the Caribbean coast, about 34 km away from Santa Marta. Many people consider that the reserve hosts one of the most beautiful coastlines in Latin America. The park covers an area of 300 square km in the Caribbean Sea and 1,200 square kilometres of the coast, which is situated about 970 meters above the sea level. At all the beautiful beaches you can rent hammocks, which can also be used to spend the night there. Clear seawater with plenty of gorgeous coral reefs is a challenge for experienced surfers and lovers of scuba diving.
4. Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquirá, in Cundinamarca, Colombia. The place has great architectural details coupled with numbers of ancient religious symbolizations that make it much more special and sacred.
Medellin is one of the most captivating cities in Latin America, enthralling tourists from every part of the world. Medellin called as ´The city of eternal spring´ and it´s a great city to spend a few days. Favourite Popular activities include a controversial Pablo Escobar tour, a cable car ride to the top of the surrounding mountain and a night out with who are often regarded the most beautiful women in the world. Every year during August Medellin fills with the sweet scent of polen as the colorful Medellin Flower Fair begins, with the biggest outdoor flower parade in the world.
6. San Andres Island
San Andres Island is located in the Caribbean Sea. It forms an archipelago together with its neighbors, small islands that line the coast. These islands are famous for their crystal clear water, postcard perfect beaches and laid back, Caribbean rhythm. There are plenty of things to do when in San Andres Island, For sightseeing, a walk up El Cliff allows for a pleasant stroll for a great view of the coral reefs and the whole town. There are natural wonders to discover, including the El Hoyo Soplador (a sea water geyser that can only be seen under certain conditions), Islote Sucre (a white-sand beach that has tropical vegetation), and the La Cueva de Morgan (a constantly enlarging sea cave). Of course, a trip to the island won’t be complete without water activities.
7. Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva is a great place to get out of the hustle bustle of the city. Villa de Leyva is considered one of the finest colonial villages of Colombia, and was declared a National Monument on December 17, 1954 to preserve its architecture. It is located in a high altitude valley at 2,144 m altitude where fossils from the Mesozoic and the Cretaceous abound. Among the main areas of interests are the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) where besides the Church, many restaurants and stores selling some handcrafted art pieces. The main square and most of the streets around the downtown are made of stones, a recreation of the colonial times.
8. The Amazon
Amazon rainforest is the densest tropical forest, which stretches over an area of about one billion acres and encompasses areas in Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Bolivia, French Guiana and Suriname. A trip to Colombia´s Amazon rainforest is certainly one of the must for nature lover. Amazon rainforest represents more than half of the rainforests on the planet and is the richest area in species diversity in the world. The concentration of wild nature is very high and the discovery of new species or subspecies of the existing ones continues. The majestic beauty and sense of timelessness in these awe-inspiring rainforests are indescribable in words.
9. Colombian National Coffee Park
Colombia is the most famous coffee producer in the world. The National Coffee Park is a theme park located in the department of Quindío, Colombia, 4 km south-west of the town of Montenegro and 11 km west of the departmental capital city Armenia. The park can be reached from a cable car, offers attractions orchid animatronics colorful, global coffee garden, a roller coaster, food stalls based on coffee, Colombian folk architecture, and other attractions.
10. San Gil
San Gil is paradise for adventure sports. The area offers several outdoor activity opportunities, such as rafting, paragliding, caving, canyoning, abseiling, bungee jumping, kayaking and a whole lot more. San Gil is located at breathtaking, dry and mountainous landscape, set on a hill with several rivers running close-by. The houses are white and the rooftops red.