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Add these Top 10 Destinations to your Colombia Bucket List 2023

Colombia is a country with an abundance of natural beauty, rich history, and diverse culture. Three destinations that embody these characteristics are Villa de Leyva, Providencia Island, and Mompox. These destinations offer unique experiences for travellers exploring Colombia’s natural wonders, colonial architecture, and island culture.

guatape town in colombia, south america


Colombia tourism is an exciting and enriching experience that offers something for everyone. For those interested in outdoor activities, Colombia has plenty to offer. Relax on the turquoise water beaches, experience the colonial charm, immerse yourself in the exuberance or head for a trek; there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this fantastic country!!!

Everything you need to know about Colombia:

Colombia is beautiful and diverse, with many exciting and unique tourist destinations. Here are some highlights:

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Medellin always captures the hearts of visitors worldwide!

Medellin-“City of Eternal Spring”-is a vibrant and bustling city in the heart of the Andes Mountains. The city boasts cable cars, a modern metro system, a greenbelt of lush “eco-parks,” community centres, and striking libraries. The city is known for its best street art.

You can start with a visit to the Old Quarter at Botero Plaza. Adjacent to it, you will find out the must-visit Museum of Antioquia. You cannot miss the magnificent structure with a dome cap- the striking Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture and the Comuna 13 neighbourhood- a vibrant and colourful neighbourhood filled with street art, music, and local cuisine. To enjoy some fresh air and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, visit Parque Arvi. 

You will enjoy visiting fruit markets, sipping freshly squeezed juices and savouring the empanadas and arepas. Take a lazy stroll through Laureles, a delightful inner-city suburb filled with cafes, parks, and bars-it offers a lively nightlife!


Cartagena is famous as the “Crown Jewel of Colombia’s Caribbean coast”. Take a stroll through! Visitors can’t help but fall for this Charming place for its bougainvillaea-covered balconies, labyrinthine streets, luxury hotels, restaurants, and soaring Catholic churches. 

Getsemani, San Sebastian and Santa Catalina- the three division of the city offers different amenities like oceanfront view of the city, upscale condos and hotels and adventurous water sports!

Another one of the must-visit places in Cartagena is the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas-a massive fortress built by the Spanish. Visitors can take a tour of the fort! Another popular attraction in Cartagena is the Plaza de la Trinidad. It is a lively square in the heart of the old town and is a great place to people-watch and soak up the local culture. Enjoy watching street performers and musicians in the Square.

Experience the unique feel of Cartagena and enjoy the beach life!

colorful house of bogota in colombia


Bogota is fast becoming one of the best cities to visit in Colombia. Bogota is the nation’s capital and largest city in Colombia, an inevitable destination in a Colombia itinerary. 

It is a modern and cosmopolitan city with some of the country’s best museums, art galleries, and cultural attractions. One of the must-visit places in Bogota is the Gold Museum – the most extensive collection of gold artefacts in the world offers you a chance to learn about the history and culture of Colombia’s indigenous peoples.

Another popular attraction in Bogota is Monserrate Hill. It is a mountain that offers stunning views of the city and is home to a church, an important pilgrimage site for many Colombians. Visitors can take a cable car or funicular to the top of the hill and enjoy the views and the fresh mountain air!


Consistently ranked as one of the most impressive colonial cities in the USA, Popayan is located in the southwestern part of the nation. It is also sometimes called the White City because of its chalk-white coloured buildings. It is known for its beautiful architecture, delicious food, and lively culture.

One of the must-visit places in Popayan is the Parque Caldas. It is a lovely park in the city’s heart and is a great place to relax and enjoy the local culture. The city’s historic centre is filled with well-preserved buildings like the Iglesia de San Francisco, a 16th-century church designated a National Monument, the Casa Museo Mosquera, the Caldas Park, and the Guillermo Leon Valencia House Museum.

 Popayan is known for its Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations, attracting thousands of visitors annually. During this time, the city’s streets are filled with processions, music, and traditional food and drink. If you visit here during the easter month, the Maundy Thursday Procession is something you will remember your whole life!

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Caño Cristales

The Cano Cristales is one of Colombia’s most incredible natural wonders. The river is knowns as The “River of Five Colors”- for its unique colours, which are caused by algae, mosses, and other aquatic plants. It is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. You can explore the river and its surroundings on foot, on horseback, or boat. Several hiking trails offer stunning views of the river and the surrounding landscape.

In the river, you will find deep pits made of chunks of hard rock. Take bathe in these natural swimming holes known as ‘giant’s kettles’! Remember to explore the rest of this wild interior landscape. Watch the place where the Amazon meets the mountains!

Please note: Swimming is only allowed in designated areas. Access to the park is restricted during the rainy season, and some trails may be closed due to flooding.


Flying into Leticia is the one & only way to launch your rainforest adventures! Leticia is a city in the Colombian Amazon on the banks of the Amazon River. Leticia offers visitors an unforgettable experience with their rich culture, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people.

One of the main tourist attractions in Leticia is the Amazon River. Enjoy a boat tour on the river, and explore the surrounding rainforest. You can also go fishing. Experience the beauty of the Amazon rainforest!!! Another popular tourist destination in Leticia is the Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu- the national park. You will get a guided tour of the park. The park also has hiking trails to explore the rainforest and its many wonders.

Remember to explore the local markets, where they can find handmade crafts, traditional clothing, and local foods.

Enjoy boat tours, jungle hiking, fishing, and kayaking!!!

house in the amazon, leticia, colombia
view on aerial view of villagejerico antioquia, colombia


Jerico is an excellent destination for visitors who want to experience the charm of a small town. Most people know Jerico as a religious site for its mini Christ the Redeemer statue. It is located at the Peak of the Corcovado mountain and offers excellent views over the city. It’s a breathtaking view to watch the statue!

Another main tourist attraction in Jerico is the Basilica de la Immaculada Concepcion, a church and a museum- the Casa Museo OtraparteIn addition to its cultural attractions, Jerico has a beautiful natural landscape. Visitors can explore the surrounding hills and mountains and enjoy the stunning countryside views. The area has several hiking trails. Visit the museums, a charming botanical garden, and historical libraries are among the top things to do in town.

So if you plan a trip to Colombia, add Jerico to your itinerary. You won’t be disappointed!

Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva is a small town in Colombia that is now popular as a huge gathering place for celebrations and festivals. The well-preserved colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and beautiful natural surroundings- make it a popular destination for locals and international tourists. 

One of the most iconic landmarks in Villa de Leyva is the Plaza Mayor, considered the largest cobblestone plaza in South America. The town is also home to several museums. It is surrounded by mountains and natural reserves.  

Another popular attraction is the Iguaque National Park. There you can go trekking, including one that leads to the summit of Iguaque Mountain. Glance at the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The park is also home to several waterfalls and natural pools, making it an ideal destination for swimming and picnicking.

Savour the local cuisine. Enjoy the tranquillity of a small town!!!

Providencia Island

Providencia Island is a small island in the Caribbean Sea; it is best known for its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and relaxed atmosphere. Providencia Island is a popular destination for travellers seeking to experience Caribbean culture and enjoy a tropical paradise.

On this sunlit and blissful island, you can find isolated beaches, untouched coral reefs and an enticing flavour of wanderlust.  Located close to Nicaragua in the Caribbean, which shines seven shades of blue, guests can have a gala time diving and snorkelling within its inviting waves. The island owns one of the most extensive barrier reefs in the Caribbean and is a paradise!

Go, dive!!! You can find several diving centres on the island that offer diving and snorkelling tours.

You can go swimming, sunbathing, and enjoy local cuisine!


Mompox is a small colonial town located in the Bolivar department of Colombia. The city is on the banks of the Magdalena River and is surrounded by lush vegetation, making it a unique and picturesque destination for tourists. 

The town is near several nature reserves, including the El Corchal Wetland and the La Guayacana Natural Reserve. Mompox is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular destination for those who seek to explore Colombia’s colonial past. One of the most iconic landmarks in Mompox is the Santa Barbara Church.  The city is also home to several museums, including the Museum of Religious Art. 

All these things make it an unforgettable destination for anyone who wants to experience the true essence of Colombia!

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Columbia is a beautiful and diverse country in South America that has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists in recent years. Its vibrant culture, stunning natural landscapes, and rich history have made it a must-see destination for travellers worldwide. The bustling metropolis, white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, water sports, stunning landscapes, and wildlife spotting- You will find everything in Colombia for an unforgettable experience!!!