Colombia Tourism, Tourist Attractions
Colombia is a special country with Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea on either sides, close proximity to Panama and the United states. Though known to the world for its famous coffee, Colombia tourism is a unique and worthwhile experience. From the beautiful cities of Bogota and Cartagena to wildlife in the Amazon and Amacayacu tourism in Colombia has many attractions and places to see such as the famous Coffee Triangle.
Colombia Tourism – Top 10
Below are the major tourist attractions and reasons why people visit the country.
Cartagena is a port city and capital of the Bolivar Department, is situated on the northern coast of Colombia region. Often referred to as the Paris of South America, Cartagena has many historic buildings converted to hotels, high-end restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and many heritage sites set along the Caribbean coast.Tourism is an important part of the economic activities. Cartagena, the fifth largest city in Colombia, features a tropical wet and dry climate. The climate tends to be hot/warm and windy in this must see of Columbia tourism.
Bogota, the capital and the largest city of Colombia has beautiful setting of skyscrapers situated in the backdrop of Andes Mountains. The city features a mix of influences and cultures including Indian, English and Spanish – a modern city with innovative architecture, bookstores, restaurants and street vendors. Bogota is located 2620 meters above sea-level with great weather all year round.
Medellin features a tropical rain forest climate. Seven Foster hills around the city have turned it into an attractive place for recreation, ecotourism, culture, sports and education. Medellín was awarded the title “Innovative City of the Year 2013″ and one of the top Columbia tourism destinations.
4. Ciudad Perdida
Ciudad Perdida, also called the Lost City of Columbia, is an archaeological loation in the old city of Sierra Nevada. The Lost City is also known as Buritaca, Green Hell, Wide Set and Teyuna. Ciudad Perdida features many historic sites, which attract tourists from all over the world.
5. San Andres Island
San Andres Island, one of the most attractive coral islands in the Caribbean Sea. Located 50 km south of Providencia, it is an exotic holiday destination and a quiet getaway tourism spot in Columbia. There are many picturesque beaches, bays, coves, coral reefs and geysers around the island. San Andres features a dry and wet tropical weather. Get ready for a lot of sun!
6. Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva, a municipality and colonial town in the Boyaca region of Colombia, is a resort centre. Situated about 40 km west of Tunja the main areas of interests is the many resorts and in particular Plaza Mayor, which includes lots of restaurants offering all types of local cuisine and stores selling various handcrafted artifacts.
7. San Gil
San Gil, a town municipality located in the northeastern of Colombia, was awarded the title “The Touristic Capital of the Region” in 2004. The town offers great outdoor activities such as rafting, kayaking, caving, hiking and all round vacation activities. Local companies offer rafting packages through various rivers depending on your skill level. The Statue of Antonia Santos located in the park a sign of the Colombian Independence Struggle and a key symbol in the town’s history.
Amacayacu is a National Natural Park that was established in 1975 by Columbia tourism board. Located on the banks of Amazon River in the south of Colombia the park covers 4220 square kilometers of forest full of a wildlife and a wide variety of zoological specimens which brings many scientists and tourists.
9. Santa Cruz de Mompox
Santa Cruz de Mompox, a municipality town in northern Colombia, is well known for the preservation of its historical colonial architectural structures. A famous museum of colonial art carrying religious gold colonial masterpieces situated here is the tourism highlight. Fishing and tourism are the two main economic activities of this town.
10. Coffee Triangle
Coffee Triangle, also known as the Coffee – Growers Axis, is a place located in Paisa region. It is well known for the majority of high-end Colombian coffee; and often referred to as the best coffee in the world. Given the appeal of this in Colombia tourism the region has developed major theme parks and one of the best is the Colombian National Coffee Park.