A vacation to Colombia can be full of everything from the bustling city of Bogota to the serenity of the national parks. If you’re considering a visit, here are some places you shouldn’t miss.
Don’t Miss The Beaches Of Cartagena
Whether you’re looking to visit a bustling city full of action or relaxing on the beach is more your speed, a vacation to Colombia can be an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. If you’re planning on an upcoming trip to this South American country, or you’re just dreaming of visiting, here are some places that should be on your itinerary.
Cartagena, Colombia is located on the northern coast and here visitors can experience the Caribbean Sea. Some of the most popular beaches are just a few meters outside the Walled City. Others require a bus or even a boat ride to access. While many people come here to visit the beaches, that’s not the only thing there is to do in Cartagena. History buffs enjoy Palacio de la Inquisicion, a museum that’s dedicated to the Spanish Inquisition and the role that the people of Cartagena played. The museum isn’t for the faint of heart though — here you’ll find ancient torture devices. Be sure to plan ahead as the museum isn’t open on Mondays. The cost is $11.000 Colombian Pesos for adults and $8.000 for children (roughly $6 and $4.50 accordingly).
Visit Bogota, The Largest City In Colombia
Bogota is the capital city of Colombia and is formed by an extensive network of districts. Although the city received negative press in the 1980s and 1990s for being unsafe for tourists, the truth is that the city is safe and tourism has rebounded in the early 2000s. If you’re looking to experience some of the city’s finest food, take a visit to the G Zone, the T Zone and La Macarena. Here, you’ll find local cuisine, as well as restaurants that feature international foods. Locals are extremely helpful so don’t be afraid to ask around for some local favorites that you might not otherwise find.
Aside from the food, Bogota has a number of other things to do for travelers. Sports, especially soccer, are popular here and there are three professional teams that play within the city. It’s possible to buy a ticket right before the match, but realize that seating choices could be limited.
Explore National Parks
If you’re looking to experience the natural side of Columbia, consider a visit to one of its 58 national parks. If you’re visiting one of the parks, you may want to hire a guide or go with a group. While it’s safe for tourists, these areas are protected against encroaching development. Couple that with the vastness of the parks and you could find yourself lost within the park very easily.
Colombia is one of South America’s hidden treasures. If you’re interested in experiencing a once in a lifetime vacation, consider a trip to Colombia. With so many things to do and places to see, be sure it will be a vacation unlike any other.