Colombia is the most popular country in South America for us backpackers. Long covered in cloud of mystery since its days as a no-go zone for tourists due to civil and drug wars, Colombia is now wide open and prime for exploration and adventure. Whether you opt for the concrete jungles of Bogota and Medellin, the natural beauty of Minca or the hardcore hike to The Lost City Colombia will leave you coming back for more.
Santa Marta is the holder of the title of Colombia’s oldest city. Set near the northern tip of the continent Santa Marta enjoys all-year-round good weather to a backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and Sierra Nevada mountain range. It may be a little rough around the edges but it’s easy to see why so many travellers are drawn to Santa Marta.
Minca is one of Colombia’s worst kept secrets. Set in the idyllic hills of the Sierra Nevada, this tranquil little village is a haven for backpackers looking to lose themselves in its beauty. Minca is full of incredible bio-diversity, rivers, waterfalls, hikes and coffee and cacao farms. Here is a list of our favourite activities in this green haven.
Nestled in the luscious rolling foothills of the Colombia countryside, Salento is a popular tourist spot for both travellers and locals alike. This adorable little town is the perfect place for a break from the bustling Colombian cities. If you’re a lover of nature, coffee and photogenic Andean towns, then this is the perfect place for you.
For all you intrepid, challenge-seeking trek lovers out there, we have another name for your list – The Lost City. Ciudad Perdida can only be reached during a gruelling 4 day hike through in the sweltering heat of the Colombian jungle. You’ll want to prepare yourselves for this one, it’s seriously sweaty business.
Medellin has come a long way since being known as one of the deadliest places on the planet during the drug cartel’s reign of terror in the 1990’s. Now, Medellin is the beating heart of Colombia. With so much charm and charisma, it’s easy to see why Medellin’s backpacker scene is thriving. Here is why we think Medellin is so awesome.
Bogota, Colombia. Lots of people, big buildings and busy roads. It’s just another capital city, right? Wrong! Bogota is welcoming, engaging and draped in charm. There’s a vibrancy and energy in the air that just can’t be explained. For such a big city with so many people, Bogota somehow makes you feel so connected to it all. Here is how to get the best out of Bogota.