I love getting out and exploring the world as much as possible. There are some incredible experiences to be had in places you might not have realised. Take Colombia for example. It might not get the best reputation in the news, but the country has some of the best attractions in the world. If you’re contemplating a trip here, these are the things you absolutely cannot miss out on.
1. Go volcanic mud bathing
There isn’t another experience quite like bathing in Totumo Mud Volcano. Who needs to shell out for a spa day when you can soak in Colombia’s mud reserves for little more than a tenner? You’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to enjoy the rest of your holiday after plunging into this natural attraction. Just be prepared to get very familiar with the people you share the experience with.
2. Visit the Lost City of Teyuna
Thanks to its rich variety of ecosystems, Colombia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. The mountains alone are home to an assortment of natural wonders, including the recently discovered Lost City of Teyuna. Reaching it requires a lengthy, multi-day hike that will take you high up into the hills, but the views are incomparable. The Lost City isn’t yet well known enough to be swarmed by tourists, so it’s great for a bit of peace and quiet.
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3. Explore the streets of Guatape
Colombia was made for photography. The natural wonders make for some great shots, but so too do the eye-catching streets of Guatape. You won’t find architecture like this back at home, and certainly not in these vibrant colours. The town is designed with tourists in mind, so you’ll be well-catered for on a visit here. If you’re feeling active enough, you can also climb up to La Piedra. The viewpoint is some 650 stairs high, but you’ll be glad you brought your camera.
4. Discover the origins of coffee
Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee in the world, behind Vietnam and Brazil, and the art of producing it is something worth discovering. Luckily, you can learn about it during a visit to the country. A trip to one of the plantations in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle will show you how the plant goes from berries to beans, and you can even offer a helping hand. Seeing the process at work might leave you a little thirsty, and there are plenty of homely cafes around where you can enjoy a brew after a hard day’s work.
5. See the colourful Caño Cristales
There are some incredible natural wonders in the world, and Colombia is home to so many of them. The Caño Cristales that flows through Serranía de la Macarena affords one of the most unexpected sights, provided you visit at the right time of the year. Following the country’s rainy season, the river boasts five different colours created by plants and other substances in the water. It’s not a simple walk to reach the river, but its isolated location makes it an ideal spot for a bit of relaxation. You won’t see something like this anywhere else.
Colombia offers you more than you might have realised. If you’ve heard bad things about the country’s level of crime, don’t let that put you off visiting, just keep in mind the best ways to stay safe when travelling abroad and you’ll be able to enjoy your holiday. And, as usual, make sure you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover any eventuality.
Also, if you’ve seen something spectacular in Colombia that I’ve missed off this list, let me know in the comments.