15 Best Destinations in Colombia

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Seasoned South American travelers say Colombia is the continent’s best kept secret – beautiful, affordable and relatively undiscovered by tourism.  Though large, Colombia is easy to travel with plenty of low cost internal flights, comfortable cross-country buses and taxis everywhere.
Travelers can easily visit more than 2-3 destinations in a week with an ample selection of destinations to visit over extended periods.

This is my selection – the  15 best destinations to visit in Colombia. These are places I gladly return to time and time again.  The list is divided by topological identities: beaches, colonial towns, archaeology and cities.  For more information on each destination read  the full articles on colombiatravelreporter.com Continue reading “15 Best Destinations in Colombia”

Santa Marta and the Beaches

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Santa Marta is a 5 hour bus ride from Cartagena past Barranquilla driving up the Atlantic coast. Santa Marta is at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains clearly visible from a city sitting in the foothills. Continue reading “Santa Marta and the Beaches”

The Best Caribbean Beaches in Colombia are near Santa Marta

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The best Caribbean beaches on the mainland of Colombia are in the north, around the port city of Santa Marta. SM is a small, easy and accommodating city one can easily get the hang of in an afternoon stroll. It’s an easy city to feel at home in and a good city to use as a base for visiting numerous beaches nearby. And the climate is cooler and much less humid than other cities on the coast. Continue reading “The Best Caribbean Beaches in Colombia are near Santa Marta”

Colombia’s Southern Caribbean Beaches: Arboletes to Tolu

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Colombia’s southern Caribbean coast, south of Cartagena, is rarely visited by foreigners. Small, uncomplicated, budding resort towns with names like  Arboletes, Monitos, Puerto Escondido, San Antero, Covenas, Isla Fuerte, San Bernardo and Tolu are beautiful seaside villages and will eventually become touristic jewels. But for now, travelers seem to prefer the beaches on Colombia’s north Caribbean coast – Parque Tayrona, Palomino – places that have become a bit too popular and are already suffering from over-tourism. Continue reading “Colombia’s Southern Caribbean Beaches: Arboletes to Tolu”

Travel to the beaches of Tolu’

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Looking for beaches off the beaten path I came upon the town of Tolu. It’s a sleepy little tourist town 3 hours south of Cartagena on the Caribbean Gulf of Morrosquillo. It’s a $50 plane ride from Medellin, or an 8 hour bus ride from Medellin and/or Bogota. The town caters to middle class Colombian tourists during holidays and the weekends and it seems  they want to keep this place to themselves. Continue reading “Travel to the beaches of Tolu’”

Capurgana and Zapzurro: Caribbean villages and the Darien Pass

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Village of Capurgana

is a small village on the Caribbean on the Colombian – Panamanian border.  There are no roads to get here; either one flies in  ($100 from Medellin to a small airstrip outside of the town) or comes in by boat – $20 from the city of Turbo on the mainland.

The difficulty getting here makes this place one of the best kept secrets in Colombia. Continue reading “Capurgana and Zapzurro: Caribbean villages and the Darien Pass”

Journey to La Guajira Peninsula in Northern Colombia

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One of the strangest and most spectacular spots I’ve ever seen in South American is located at the northern most point of South American in the Guajira peninsula which is a reserve for the Wayuu – a Colombian indigenous tribe, which politically rules the entire peninsula. It’s one of most visually stunning places on earth where bare, desert landscape meets the blue turquoise of the Atlantic. Continue reading “Journey to La Guajira Peninsula in Northern Colombia”

Bahia Solano and El Valle – Colombia’s Pacific Coast

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Travelers who want to go see the Pacific in Colombia have their work cut out for them. This area is one of the most bio-diverse places in the world, yet  one of the least developed,  beautiful, forgotten places in Colombia; where long swaths of pristine beaches backed by rain forest jungle spill out onto black volcanic sands, while 4-6 foot waves pound the beach and 12 foot whale spouts are spotted just offshore. Continue reading “Bahia Solano and El Valle – Colombia’s Pacific Coast”

The Pacific Beaches around Buenaventura

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Colombia is the only country in South America with access to both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. While Colombia’s Atlantic coast is taunted for all its beauty, history and culture – the Pacific coastline remains a guarded secret – like a family embarrassment they don’t want you to bring up and definitely don’t want you to visit.

There are only three access points to Colombia’s 865-mile-long Pacific coastline. Last June I visited Bahia Solano and Nuqui west of Medellin in the Choco region. A coastline only reached by boat or plane, and was impressed by its wild and remote natural beauty and pristine beaches. Continue reading “The Pacific Beaches around Buenaventura”