Colombia Vacation Ideas for those not so fond of beaches
If you visit Colombia and ask for touristic plans when in town, the usual answer is “go to the Caribbean!”. Not so famous, but equally beautiful and often recommended are the Pacific beaches. However, some people just don’t like beaches. Maybe it’s the sun, the salty water, the heat or the crowds, but for that kind of people, the beach is not the plan they dream of when they think about their vacations. Join Colombiabybus in this journey away from the sea but near the best vacations in the wonderful Colombia!
Travel through Bogota
Colombia’s capital city, Bogota, is far away from the ocean. Nevertheless, the plans when you visit the city are almost endless, and we guarantee you’ll have a great experience. For those who like history, the historic city center has many things to offer. Here, you can visit the presidential house (Casa de Nariño), the Capitol, many museums and the main square, Bolivar Square. You can also climb Monserrate, the tallest mountain near Bogota, visit its church and eat something on some of the finest restaurants. Among the best cultural places, you can find the Botero Museum, the Gold Museum and the planetarium. Bogota also has many ecotouristic plans. You may visit the Simon Bolivar park, the El Virrey park and Los Nevados park, where you can see the snowy mountains near the capital. Bogota is a cosmopolitan, historic and modern city. Come to Bogota and live some amazing urban experiences!
National Park of El Chicamocha
Located in Santander, the National Park of El Chicamocha is a touristic recreational park for those who like adventures. It was built in the Chicamocha canyon, located near Bucaramanga. Its landscape is breath-taking, as it is one of the biggest canyons in South America. Taking advantage of its difficult geography, the park administration has stimulate the practice of some extreme sports and family attractions within the park. Here, you can practice some rappel, skydiving and bungee jumping, use the zipline, karts and kayak. Because of the great variety of options, children and adults alike can enjoy the park. Also, there are many restaurants and places where you can enjoy Santander’s typical food. If you like natural environments, extreme adventures or family vacations for everyone, come to the National Park of El Chicamocha!
The biggest natural reserve in Latin America, the National Natural Park Serrania de Chiribiquete, is one of the best ecotouristic destinations. Those who have seen it say it’s the “maximum natural wonder in Colombia”. Its massive rainforest is really amazing. The place was once inhabited by some ancient tribes, who drew in its tallest walls up to 70.000 petroglyphs. That’s why it has also been called the “Sixtine Chapel of the Amazon”. If you like ecotourism and adventure you certainly should give Chiribiquete a chance. The massive rock formation known as El Estadio (the stadium) is one of the most beautiful sights in the Amazon rainforest. That’s why UNESCO has declare Chiribiquete a mixed World Heritage Site. Come to Chiribiquete on your next vacation and live the ancient culture and astonishing nature in Colombia!
Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, has many things to offer to locals and tourists alike. If you want to spend your time in nature while in town, we have some recommendations for you. In Medellin you can find some amazing places like the Botero square, where there are many sculptures from the artist. Also, the Nutibara hill has many interesting landmarks, such as the sculptures forest, the outdoor theatre and the ‘Pueblito Paisa’. Medellin is a very interesting city with many public spaces designed for visitors. Among the most popular you can find the Pies Descalzos (barefoot) park, where you have to strip from your shoes to get in, the Explora Park and the España library. Come to the “eternal spring” city during vacations and experience what Colombia and Medellin have to offer!
National Coffee Park
Colombia is internationally recognized for many things. One of them, however outshines the others: the coffee. Grown in the Eje Cafetero region, in many departments and towns, Colombian coffee is regarded as the best in the world. For those on vacation who like coffee and are not so fond of beaches, the National Coffee Park is the place to go. It is located in the town of Montenegro, Quindio, and was originally intended to exalt the coffee culture. However, as the park grew, many attractions were added. Today, you can find, besides the cultural places such as the Coffee Museum and the traditional country house, some roller coasters, free fall rides, boats and go carts. Also, you can taste the coffee in many forms: cookies, jam, candy and milkshakes. Visit the National Coffee Park on vacation and experience the Colombian coffee obsession!
Caño Cristales is a short river located in the Macarena mountains. It’s not very deep, but that circumstance has made it ideal for small algae to grow. Thanks to its privileged geological, hydric and biological patrimony, Caño Cristales is a very popular destination. The algae that grow in its water give the river a breath-taking landscape. That’s the reason why Caño Cristales has been called the “seven colours river”, “the most beautiful river in the world”, “the river of the gods”, “the river that left paradise” and “the melted rainbow”. The colours in the river are very intense, and that’s why they grab the attention of the public. Its vivid purple, yellow, red, green, blue and black tones delight and amaze everyone. If you want to visit one of the most beautiful places in Colombia, come to Caño Cristales!
Villa de Leyva
Located in the heart of Boyaca, nearly three hours apart from Bogota, Villa de Leyva is simply amazing. Actually, it may be the most wonderful little town in Colombia. Its streets are all cobblestone roads, while its houses keep that Spanish colonial feeling. All of the houses have white calcareous walls and original ceramic roof tiles. None of the building has more than two stories and the original mouldings have been restored or replaced by replicas.
The main square is the biggest in the country, with a small fountain at its center and a beautiful landscape. Right in front of it lies the first church, also a well preserved colonial temple. Anyone who comes to Villa de Leyva for the first time definitively finds a Spanish mid XVIII century town. And to do so it’s very charming and appealing. Come to Villa de Leyva and travel in time to Colombian times of yore!
As you see, there are many places to visit and plans to do in Colombia besides its beaches. For your next vacation, make sure you travel to one of the many iconic places in the country. Come to Colombia and let it amaze you with its wonderful touristic plans!
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