Colombia is one of those South American country which really has it all and it truly does cater to all types of traveler. I have spent a great amount of time in Colombia over the last 12 months, enjoying all of the sights that it has to offer and I wanted to share some of them with you today. I have to be honest, before I arrived in Colombia, the only things that I knew about were the city of Medellin and the history of a certain Pablo Escobar. I was therefore, pleasantly surprised when I saw just how much the country had to offer tourists and if you have Colombia on your list of places to visit, here are y top 5 sites which you can’t afford to miss during your stay.
This bustling city is one of my favorites in the country and in all honesty, I think that it is the most beautiful. The city is really historic and you can see this in the architecture and the beautiful blend of both Spanish and Caribbean influence which the city has seen. The old town is super colonial and very colorful and just away from this area you will find the Bocagrande, a long stretch of hotels and restaurants which sit looking out across the beautiful ocean.
Tayrona National Park
I am genuinely surprised that more people don’t talk about Tayrona, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The park is in the north of the country which means that it is on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. Throughout the park you’ll find tiny chunks of paradise from little evokes, coconut palms and beautiful beaches not to mention archaeological sites. Make sure that this national park is on your list of places to visit.
Villa de Leyva
This small town is a four hour drive away from the capital Bogota and offers one of the biggest town squares in the whole of South America. This town has a great deal of history attached to it as well, once being the place of executions and now it is a gathering place for festivals and carnivals. The influence of the town is Moorish and Spanish and there is a real ring of Andalucia to the town. If you want history, this is the place to find it.
Colombia is one of the biggest coffee producers in South America and this region is where more than half of the country’s produce comes from. This region occupies the southern area of the country, on the slopes of the Andes mountains and it gives you a fascinating insight into the largest of all Colombian exports, the legal ones at least.
This colonial town in the northeast of Colombia is the perfect place to step back in time and enjoy some of Colombia’s most rural scenery. There is plenty going on here as well and if you are up for some activities, here you can kayak, mountain bike, raft and hike through the stunning wilderness.