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Sightseeing in Colombia

Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Colombia is known for its beautiful nature but you can also find many cultural sights in the country. Almost all large cities in Colombia have a variety of museums and other interesting attractions. In Bogotá, for example, you can visit the historic neighborhood ‘La Candelaria‘ where you can find lots of historic sightssuch as the Square of Bolivar and Monserrate from where you can enjoy great views to the city. Nearby Bogotá are many more attractions such as the Cathedral of Zipaquirá, a cathedral built inside a salt mine 200 meters under the ground.

Plaza de Botero in Medellin, Colombia

Also the cities of Medellin or Cali offer lots of attractions and events. Cali, for example, is the World’s Salsa Capital where you can enjoy the music and dances throughout the whole week. Medellin is becoming a modern city and center for international events and business fairs. While the city is becoming a more international place and famous for fashion design, the city still has a lot of historic attractions. You can, for example visit the Botero Square and Museum with lots of artworks including Botero‘s paintings and ‘Fat People‘ scupltures.

Gold Museumin Bogotá, Colombia

Some of the most interesting attractions in Colombia are from the Pre-Hispanic Times when the country belonged indigenous peoples. During that time, the inhabitants used to create some of the world’s most beautiful handicrafts, especially those made of gold. Some of the known tribes who created the beautiful golden artifacts are the Calima, Tayrona, Quimbaya and Sinu tribes. Nowadays it is still possible to see these beautiful artworks. The best place is the Gold Museum in Bogotá where you can find the largest collection of golden crafts.

Another attraction which is related to the pre-Columbian gold is the Guatavita Lake nearby Bogotá. The legend of ‘El Dorado‘ said that the leader of the Muisca Indians was covered in gold dust during his celebrations and washed it off in the lake. Because of this legend, it is believed that there is a lot of gold inside the Guatavita Lake and as a result, people reduced the water level of the lake in the 16th Century. However, only a small amount of gold was found. In the 20th century a British company tried to recover gold by draining the lake but it was impossible to find any gold in the mud. The lake is about 2 hours away from Bogotá by car.

For those who enjoy hiking and appreciate the history of Colombia, one of the attractions Colombia has to offer is the Lost City, also known as ‘Ciudad Perdida‘. The Lost City is situated in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta and offers you the possibility to walk through the beautiful scenery till you reach the indigenous village in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Once you arrive you can meet the Indian tribe which still lives in the village. There are many guided tours that offer trips to the Ciudad Perdida making your trip an unforgettable experience.

Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Colombian Vine in Villa de Leyva, Colombia

In Boyacá you can find one of Colombia’s most beautiful villages from the 16th Century. The village is called ‘Villa de Leyva‘ and a great place to enjoy beautiful colonial buildings, eat great food, celebrate and visit some really interesting sights. It is not only the beautiful village itself that attracts many visitors every year. The region is a desert-like place and the only place in Colombia where grapes can grow well enough to produce wine.

Villa de Leyva is also known for its fossils that can be found nearby the village. Many fossils of dinosaurs have been found in the area of which some of them can be seen in the Fossil Museum. Villa de Leyva is s great place with many attractions and live entertainment.

Historic Center of Cartagena, Colombia

Another hotspot for sightseeing in Colombia is the city of Cartagena. One of the most interesting attractions is the Historic Town of Cartagena (Casco Antiguo) which is a colorful colonial walled town and a UNESCO Word Heritage Sight. Here you can find churches, cathedrals, a museum, restaurants, bars and beautiful squares. Just next to the Historic Town is the harbor of Cartagena from where you can take a boat to the Caribbean Islands of Rosario. There you can relax on some of Colombia’s most beautiful beaches and get to know the local cuisine of the Caribbean Coast.

Colombia is a great place for sightseeing and no matter which parts of Colombia you want to visit, you can always find interesting attractions and of course get to know the local culture including the food and festivals.

 

Interesting Attractions


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Monserrate is a hill with cable car in Bogotá. There is a church (Iglesia de Monserrate), a restaurant, handicraft shops and the hill offers amazing views to the ci...
Monserrate
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La Candelaria is Bogotá's cultural center with lots of museums, churches, cafés, shops and beautiful buildings. This colorful colonial neighborhood is perfect for ...
La Candelaria
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Casa de la Moneda or 'House of the Coins' is a museum in the heart of Bogota's old town centre 'La Candelaria'. The ...
Casa de la Moneda
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Ráquira is part of the Region Boyaca and is popular for Colombian handicrafts. The village is situated about 3.5 hours from Bogotá.
Ráquira
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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground church built inside a salt mine about 200 meters under the ground.It is one of the main attractions nearby Bogotá...
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá
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The National Museum houses a collection of arts and shows the Colombian history. As one of the oldest Colombian Museums, there are more than 20,000 pieces from different times. Some artefacts even dat...
Museo Nacional
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The Bolivar Square is situated in the center of Bogotá, in the part 'La Candelaria'. In the North of the Square is the Supreme Court, to the South the National Capitol with the Colombian Congress and...
Plaza de Bolívar
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One of the most mass transit systems with great views from the hill to the city of Medellin. Ideal option to get to the Arvi Parque which is a great place for a day out with the whole family.
Medellin Metrocable
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One of the highlights of the Antioquia Museum is the large collection of Botero's paintings. The Museum is situated next to the Plaza de Botero and has its own restaurant, cafe and a gift shop.
Museo de Antioquia
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Plaza Botero (also known as Plaza de las Esculturas) is one of the main attractions in Medellin. Here you can find some of Botero's 'fat-people' statues and the An...
Plaza Botero
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El Pueblito Paisa (also known as Little City) is a colonial village with panoramic views to almost the whole city of Medellin. The village gives you an idea of the life in the region Antioquia and how...
Pueblito Paisa
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A very old and well preserved church in one of the oldest parts of Cali with many small shops and restaurants nearby. This church is a must-see when you visit Cali.
Iglesia de San Antonio
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This sugar museum shows how to extract sugar out of sugar canes. In the past slaves used to extract the sugar in the region and in the Museo de la Cana de Azucar you can learn about all the details. T...
Museo de la Cana de Azucar
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Cristo Rey is a statue on a hill with amazing views to the city of Cali. The statue can be seen from many points in Cali.
Cristo Rey
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The Sea Aquarium and Museum of El Rodadero is a great place where you can see a large variety of sea species, most of them from the region. From dolphins to turtles you can lots of sea animals.
Acuario y Museo del Mar
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Taganga is a small fishing village nearby Santa Marta and a popular destination for scuba diving. The main diving spot is at Aguja Island. You can choose between many diving centers. Besides scuba div...
Taganga
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The Cathedral of Santa Marta was built around 1600. Simon Bolivar was buried here for about 6 years and later moved to Caracas in Venezuela. The Cathedral is Col...
Catedral de Santa Marta
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In this museum you will learn everything about Colombia's Atlantic Coast. With video and audio material, the museum covers all the historical, cultural topics of Colombia's Caribbean Region. One highl...
Museo del Caribe
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The Casco Antiguo is also known as 'The Walled City' and is one of the most beautiful colonial towns in South America. The walled city has many historic buildings such as the Cathedral of MORE INFO
Casco Antiguo de Cartagena
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Castillo de San Felipe was built in colonial times in the 17th century. Some tunnels connect the different parts of the castle. From the castle you can enjoy some good views.
Castillo de San Felipe
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The Mud Volcano of Cartagena is 15 meters and and invites for a mud bath. Going inside the mud is a lot of fun and an unforgettable experience.
Volcán del Totumo
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The Museum of Modern Arts in Bucaramanga was found in 1989 and has a collection of more than 200 pieces of arts.
Museo de Arte Moderno
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Hacinda Venecia is a traditional Colombian Coffee Farm with a beautiful Farm House in the Coffee Zone. Here you can experience how to produce coffee and what living in this beautiful region is like. B...
Hacienda Venecia
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Zoológico Matecaña is a zoo with a large number of different animals from all over the world.
Zoológico Matecaña
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Silvia is a traditional town nearby Popayan where you can experience a special event every Tuesday: The Morning Market. Here you can see the Guambiano indigenous selling their local products. The Gua...
Silvia
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The region is famous for it's fossils and the Fossil Museum in Villa de Leyva displays some of the most interesting ones. In the middle of the small museum is the large main fossil which has been well...
Museo el Fosil
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Casa Terracota is a very unique looking house only a few minutes from 'Villa de Leyva'. Everyone who appreciates arts and architecture should visit this amazing house. Inside the house you can find so...
Casa Terracota
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This Park is the right place for you if you are interested in the history of cars.
Parque 1900
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Built in the 1930s, the Church of Cristo Rey is a beautiful gothic-style building in Pasto.
Iglesia de Cristo Rey