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5 of Colombia’s most beautiful places

written by Jacqueline Donaldson April 17, 2014
Colourful laneways of Colombia

Travel to Colombia and you’re sure to come back talking of the country’s stupendous beauty.

It’s the only South American nation with access to both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, contains sectors of both the Amazon and Andes, and is said to pack in higher levels of biodiversity per square kilometre than any other country. Add into the mix its stately Spanish architecture, a temperate year-round climate and the infectious local exuberance for living life, and you have a country that despite its previous hardships is a place that’s unrivalled.

Though it’s hard to choose, here are five of Colombia’s most beautiful places:

5. Cartagena

Known as the ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’, Cartagena is almost too beautiful for words. Quiet cobblestone laneways weave between pastel-painted dwellings, bougainvillea flows across ornate balcony alcoves and the ocean sparkles just beyond the fortress walls. The whole thing feels rather like wandering through a romantic film-set, so exercise extreme caution on evening strolls with a partner – you may feel compelled to propose!

4. Caribbean beaches

Just north of Santa Marta and you’ll hit the cute-as-can-be fishing village of Taganga. Keep going, and you will come to Tayrona National Park: an outlandishly gorgeous tract of dense tropical rainforest, hidden coves, golden sands and turquoise waters. In fact, any of the beaches along Colombia’s northern coast are pretty damn special.

3. La Zona Cafeteria

Coffee production is also big business in Colombia and the verdant hill country in which the crop is produced is exceptionally scenic. Manizales, Salento and Armenia are the principal hubs. And aside from being picturesque towns in their own rights, the surrounding rolling hills and gullies, coated in lush greenery year-round, make for a very attractive backdrop.

2. Villa de Leyva

As cliché as it may sound, the colonial white-washed beauty of Villa de Leyva really does make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. With a lush green backdrop and not a modern building in sight, this small town is deserving as one of Colombia’s finest – and prettiest – small towns.

1. Popayan

A city to rival Cartagena with its colonial architecture and inherent beauty, Popayan has the added bonus of having a lively university, festive café culture and a delectable culinary scene.

Do you have any other favourite places you’d put on the must-see list in Colombia?

Feature image c/o Christian Wolters, Flickr


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Nathan February 25, 2016 - 3:22 pm

An exciting read! My girlfriend is Colombian and she speaks so passionately about her home country. We’re planning on going over at the end of this year and I’m so excited to see the country. I’ve met so many of her Colombian friends here in Australia and have already tasted some great Colombian food! The food and people are lovely so I can only imagine how great it would be to totally immerse myself in the country and to meet her friends and family. As a guy with 2 left feet….I’m really going to be needing to learn to salsa before I get there though!

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Carlos May 5, 2014 - 12:36 am

Dear Jacqueline

My name is Carlos Garcia I am from Bogota,Colombia but studying tourism management here in Melbourne, Australia at William Angliss. I just want to express my great gratitude for those incredible words you wrote about my country, you inspired me. Is amazing how foreigners can see my country and could express beautiful words like the ones you make, I wish I could inspire Colombians to love more Colombia. That brief description you wrote about those 5 places was incredible.
I would like to ask you a favor if it’s possible, could I get the chance to talk to you and hear how was your experience in Colombia? It would mean the world for me how you see my country.

Kind regards
Carlos Garcia

Taz Liffman May 5, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Hi Carlos,
Thanks for your kind feedback – we’re thrilled to hear a Colombian enjoyed it so much! The piece was a combined effort between Jac and myself. What’s your email address and I’ll get in touch to organise a time that we can meet up?

Anonymous May 6, 2014 - 9:35 am

Hello Taz my email is carlosf94_16@hotmail.com thank you very much for the opportunity 🙂
Carlos Garcia


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