Having spent time in Colombia this year, here’s a summary of my top 10 things to see and do in this amazing country.
Visit a Coffee Plantation
Understanding how coffee grows and the hard work behind production is a real insight into that latte we all take for granted. In Colombia coffee production is a major industry and a visit to a plantation in the Armenia district a must when travelling here. I really enjoyed the hacienda near Salento, and you can read about my experience here.
Walk around La Candelaria in Bogota
A walking tour of La Candelaria is a must for visitors to Colombia’s capital. There are colourful houses, vibrant graffiti and intriguing cafes. Take strong shoes and spend an afternoon exploring.
Taste the Food
Colombian food is delicious and the portions huge. Head to the markets and try tropical fruits and check out the street food stalls for delicious snacks like La Chona. Do go with an empty stomach as you’ll discover so many tempting treats!
Walk in The Cocora Valley
One of the most striking sights in Colombia are the wax palms set against the landscape. These are Colombia’s national tree and found in the Cocora valley in particular. Walks here are really scenic and a good way to see the palms.
Visit Comuna 13 in Medellin
Take a tour given by locals in Comuna 13 to hear how Medellin is changing. Then take the escalators through the streets and try other forms of transport linking the city such as the cable cars.
Stay on a Hacienda
Getting out into rural Colombia is an opportunity to experience a different side to the country. Co riding, enjoy delicious home cooked food, and take a hike into the hills. Above all, relax in a peaceful environment.
You’ll need Spanish to get around Colombia so learn some phrases before you go. It’s a great way to break the ice and interact with local people.
Visit the Salt Cathedral
About 50 miles from Bogota is the beautiful Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira. Explore the caverns and see the remarkable salt carvings made by local miners and architects.
Walking those beautiful streets of Cartagena with the old colourful buildings and history is a must for anyone coming to Colombia. Relax with a drink or go shopping in the art galleries all over town.
Chill out in Santa Fe De Antioquia
If ever there was a chilled out place to relax and explore the area it is Santa Fe De Antioquia. The scenery getting here is spectacular and the town itself is a joy. Take a tuk tuk to the Western bridge or relax in the park.
So that’s Colombia. My final recommendation is to return as there is even more to see there. I’ll be back for sure.