Perhaps the highlight of any visit to Colombia will be the time spent in the colorful Caribbean town of Cartagena in the far north of the country. While a few days on Tayrona’s boulder-lined and jungle-lined beaches are the perfect finale to a memorable first visit. The best time to visit Colombia’s southern Pacific coast in July and August.
Colombia’s mixed heritage, which includes European, Afro-Colombian and indigenous influences, means that you could easily visit cities in three different countries. In addition to dancing, however, there are several parks, museums, and churches that you can visit.
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
There are more than 30 golden sandy beaches in the park that are dramatically set against a vertical jungle wall. It is Colombia’s second most popular park and is perfect for those who relax in beach huts or swing in hammocks.
The park’s beautiful white beaches are set against a backdrop of jungle slopes that lead to the world’s highest coastal mountains, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The park stretches along the coast from the Baha de Taganga near Santa Marta to the mouth of the Rio Piedras.
Catedral De Sal
The Zipaquiré Salt Cathedral is declared the first wonder of Colombia and is considered one of the most remarkable architectural and artistic achievements of Colombian architecture. The Salt Cathedral was created by the miners to give them a place to pray during breaks. Most of the tours in the Salt Cathedral take about 1.5 to 2 hours.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Colombia, and although this is a functioning church that can receive up to 3,000 visitors on Sunday. Head to the Salt Cathedral to see chapels and altars carved directly into solid rock, learn about the history of the mine, and see intricate statues in chapels that represent the stations of the cross.
Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas
One of the most popular activities in Colombia is Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, which is a fortress built by the Spaniards in 1536 to defend the entire city of Cartagena. The fort was built along the hill and protected the city of Cartagena from numerous invasions.
The Castillo is considered by many to be the most massive fortress ever built, and there are always many things to do in Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Some of the activities in Castillo San Felipe de Barajas are a tour of this incredible fortress, which has some fantastic tunnels and designs.
Parque del Café
Some of the main attractions of this park are orchid animatronics, global coffee garden, a roller coaster, coffee-based food stalls, Colombian folk architecture and much more. The park also has a museum where you can learn a lot about the history and process of making coffee. There are many amusement shows and rides for children.
To get to know Colombian culture, you need to understand that it is coffee culture. Dedicated to the culture and history of coffee, this amusement park offers a range of fun and informative attractions.
The Gold Museum
It is located in the historic city center of Bogota and is part of the museum network that belongs to the Banco de la Republica. The Gold Museum shows an incredible collection of impressive gold pieces from pre-Hispanic groups in Colombia, as well as a varied collection of other artifacts and metal building collections.
With over 6,500 gold and ceramic pieces, it’s a dramatic stroll through Colombia’s rich and fascinating history of gold production. The exhibits are fantastic with descriptions in Spanish and English, the collection is breathtaking, and the guides are passionate and knowledgeable.