Despite the reputation this beautiful country may have held over the years, it has much to offer travelers, and while many might choose to avoid Colombia, I feel like now is the perfect time to explore the country. From lush coffee plantations to palm tree covered beaches to colonial towns and cities, I am really looking forward to exploring it on my own.
With a little bit of help from a few friends, here’s a little bit about what I learned about the country of Colombia, along with what I’m yearning to see and experience.
The Street Art of Bogotá
I love art, but why limit it to what’s in a museum? Instead, I like to see the art in my surroundings. After seeing many pictures of the artwork on the streets of Bogotá, it is something I cannot wait to see in person.
The Views from Monserrate
I would do just about anything for a good view, and from the top of Monserrate, the view of Bogotá is pretty spectacular. Luckily, for this view, all one has to do is hop the cable car, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.
A popular historical city set on the Caribbean Sea, it’s also the one my Colombian students always tell me I must visit. Here, I picture myself at the beach or spending the day wandering down cobble stone streets and relaxing at a café. I can’t think of a better place to relax in Colombia.
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
I may not be the most religious person, but I do enjoy visiting holy places while I travel, especially if they are unique. This cathedral, built within the tunnels of a salt mine underneath the city, is right up my alley.
Tayrona National Park
The chance to hike through a jungle and camp on a beach under the stars? This national park is a must-see for me, even with the monkeys, jaguars, and crocodiles around.
The Spanish colonial architecture in this neighborhood of Bogotá is enough to draw my attention to the area. There are several bike and ghost tours that make their way through the streets, but I can see myself just getting lost among these beautiful buildings.
This area produces more than half of Colombia’s coffee, and with a beautiful, rich green landscape, it’s definitely a place I want to head. This photo is of Salento, which is right in the middle of it all. Not only is the town there charming, but there are coffee plantations nearby, and plenty of opportunities for hiking.
There’s a lot to see and do in Colombia, and I want to experience it all. In fact, it’s pretty high up there on my radar. If you have any other suggestions or advice to offer as far as Colombia is concerned, I would love if you left me a comment below.