It is known that Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world. Colombia is a sovereign state and largely situated in the northwest of South America. Since 12,000 BCE, it has been inhabited by various indigenous peoples. It has over 1,900 species of birds and an array of microclimates ranging from cool mountain to dry desert to humid jungle.
Colombia had a dark past and shedding its dark past, now it attracts visitors. At the moment, people are migrating to Columbia to live part time and full time in this beautiful country. There are a bunch of places to visit in Colombia. All those places offer a lot to visitors.
You may follow the below-given things to ensure you enjoy your visit.
Visit El Castillo Museum
It is a very rare sight that there is a Gothic-style castle in the heart of Medellin’s El Poblado neighborhood. This castle was built in 1930 as a private home surrounded by acres of beautiful fountains, flowers, and gardens. It is a museum that attracts tourists and lovers of culture, history, and art.
In addition, El Castillo Museum hosts public events, such as concerts, food fairs, as well as offering music and art workshops for both children and adults. Particularly during Christmas, you will love the exhibition of the collection of mangers scenes.
Fly With The Birds
If you ever want to fly like a Superman then in many parts of Colombia you can do just that. Generally, Paragliding is jumping off the side of a mountain. You will be safely strapped into a harness with a parachute attached to your back. If this sounds a little bit scary then don’t worry you don’t need to go solo. You can soar like an eagle, and have a peaceful bird’s eye view of the cities and towns below you with a trained instructor. You can have this exhilarating experience in one of the most popular places called San Felix, it is just 40 minutes outside of Medellin.
Visit Cauca Viejo
You can enjoy the ambiance of an early 20th-century Colombian village, but with all the modern amenities and it is in Cauca Viejo. This was built to replicate the style of old Colombia and it is a two-hour drive from Medellin along the La Pintada-Bolombolo road. It is a very peaceful spot alongside the Cauca river. You can enjoy the duck ponds, can stroll through the cobblestone streets, mountain views, and historic architecture of the village. This place has a hotel and it has rooms inspired by Colombian romantic poets. You can spend plenty of time with family and friends and it also has a private swimming pool. There is a town hall, a church, and cafes to sip coffee.
The Liquid Rainbow
Cano Cristales is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The water is crystal-clear and it comes alive with the fantastic fushia, green, yellow, and even blue colors of the plants living under the surface. But you can only visit this beautiful natural wonder from July through to November. The reason behind this is, the river is inside an eco-park and the use of bug spray and use of sunscreen is prohibited, so cover up. After getting there, you can enjoy deep swimming holes, cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation, and bird watching.
Try Colombian Food
Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to get to know a country is to eat food. Because food captures the soul and spirit of the people and the region. If you are in Medellin then you must try bandeja paisa- ground beef, rice, frijoles, fried egg, chicharron, avocado, morcilla, salad, and fruit juice to wash it all down. All these foods will test the limits of even the hungriest person.
There is a favorite food in Bogota area and that is ajiaco, seasoned with cilantro. This food has the consistency of thick soup or thin stew and is filled with onions, corn, chicken, and potatoes. Usually, they serve it with a heaping bowl of rice and a side plate of avocado.
In addition, the coastal cities are well known for their fresh seafood, and ceviche in Santa Marta is one of the best in the whole country. Consisting of a traditional combination of oysters, shrimp, skate, conch, and octopus in a red sauce with just the right amount of cilantro and lime juice along with some saltine crackers. This food makes a great snack or lunch.
Climb An Ancient Rock
It’s a 70-million-year-old-monolith that nature presents to you. It is called El Penol and is located 90 minutes east of Medellin. They ask for a small entrance fee of $6 and you can climb 740 winding, wooden stairs up to 7,000 feet above sea level, along with the side of “the rock”. If you have a good set of walking shoes and strong legs then you can do this trek.
After making the climb, as a prize, you will see some of the most spectacular 360-degree views of Lake Guatape, and the surrounding Andes mountains. At the top, you can pose for selfies using the gorgeous scenery as your backdrop.
Take A Coffee Farm Tour
As you sip your morning cup of joy, have you ever thought about where it was actually grown? Colombia is world famous for its delicious coffee. Eje Cafetaro has the perfect climate to produce smooth, rich coffee beans. The coffee triangle made of cities of Armenia, Manizales, and Pereira.
This region has many coffee fincas where you can take narrated tours. You can see the production process and after seeing it sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee right smack in the middle of where it was grown.
Carnival In Barranquilla
It is the second most famous carnival after Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Caribbean coastal city of Barranquilla throws one heck of a party. You can watch beautiful parades with men and women dressed in brightly-colored costumes with their faces covered in glitter and paint as they sing through the streets, and dance salsa. Everyone from babies to grandparents participates in the five-day event, leading up to Ash Wednesday. Generally, vendors roam the streets selling big cans of foam and boxes of maizena that Colombians will inevitably use to cover them from toe to head. Don’t feel shy about joining the fun. Starting in the afternoon and lasting until the wee hours of the morning street parties take place all over the city.
See Medellin’s Hip Neighborhood
You might hear about the Medellin in Netflix’s Narcos Tv series. The old Medellin is long gone. A Dark shadow has been lifted over the past two decades. Now it’s a thriving, vibrant, and welcoming city. It was even named the “most innovative city in the world” by CitiBank in 2013. You can take one of the city’s graffiti tours to get an up-close look at some of the changes. In Medellin, you will see walls and buildings covered in local street art.
Commune With The National Tree
The Wax Palm is known as the National tree of Colombia. This tree grows to reach a height of 150 feet, and some even make it to 200 feet tall. Valle de Cocora is one of the best places to see them dotting the green Andes mountains. It is situated in the coffee triangle and it is 15 miles northeast of the city of Armenia. By hiking, you can get a closer look of the trees.
There are lots of fun things to do and fascinating sights to see in Colombia. Just take your time to visit all the beautiful places in Colombia. You should always respect the locals. You can learn some of their basic words so that you can understand their language a bit. You will surely love the unique culture and the atmosphere of Colombia. You won’t be disappointed after visiting and doing the above-mentioned things.