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Welcome to Colombia, a fascinating country full of expansive historical and cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes and great culinary offerings.
 
Just two hours away from Miami and five from New York and Washington, DC, Colombia is located on the northwestern corner of South America. In addition to modern cities, colonial charm and a diverse and vibrant culture, the nation boasts spectacular natural beauty – the Andes mountains, the Amazon rain forest, beautiful coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and the La Guajira Desert. 
 
From its beautiful beaches to its bustling cities, Colombia has been “rediscovered” and is one of the Americas' hot new tourist destinations, with more than 4 million people visiting the country in 2014. In the last decade, the number of foreign tourists traveling to Colombia has increased at a rate four times higher than the world average. 
 
Currently , more than 200 direct flights connect Colombia and the rest of the world, a number likely to rise amid growing demand for travel to the country. Read more about traveling to Colombia here.
 

Top Attractions & Places to Visit 

Thanks to its privileged location on the continent and its geography, Colombia offers visitors incredible biodiversity in its 53 natural parks and protected areas, and various cultural and regional identities that make visitors want to return to discover all that the country has to offer. The top attractions include

Bogotá

Colombia’s capital city is also the country’s top tourist destination. Known for its modern conveniences, vibrant culture, great nightlife and shopping – the city has also a historic center with popular attractions including the Gold Museum and the historic Candelaria district.

Cartagena

On the Caribbean coast, offers visitors the chance to explore some of the region’s most historical structures. The “Walled City” – a UNESCO World Heritage site – includes countless examples of Spanish colonial architecture from the colorful, pastel-painted homes to incredible cathedrals and luxurious hotels.

Medellin

Colombia’s second-largest city and its industrial capital. A sought-after location for regional, national and international events, meetings, fairs and seminars, the “city of eternal spring” has also gained recognition for its innovative urban design and unique metropolitan feel.  

 

San Andres y Providencia

An archipelago located off Colombia’s northwest coast, the islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina – a UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve – are home to about 40 dive sites, white sand beaches and a variety of marine life. 

 

Eco-Tourism

Colombia’s climate and ecosystems are diverse – from its steamy tropical rainforests to the perpetual snowfalls on its mountaintops. Colombia has 19 national natural parks, and its marine territory is twice the size of Spain and is divided into 18 ecological regions – nine in the Pacific and nine in the Caribbean.

Beaches

Colombia’s coast on the Caribbean Sea is more than 990 miles long and the Pacific Coast is more than 800 miles long. The country is home to more than 300 beaches – enough to suit any preference. Some of Colombia’s beaches are tourism hubs and others are natural pristine paradises away from the crowds.

Coffee Region

Colombia’s coffee region, comprised of three departments (states) – Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda – has become the first rural tourist destination in Latin America. Located on the central mountain range of the Colombian Andes, the coffee region produces the best mild coffee in the world year round.  

To learn more about the top destinations in Colombia, visit: http://www.colombia.travel/en/

 

What They Are Saying:

The New York Times put Medellín, Colombia on its list of “52 Places to Go in 2015,” citing the city’s innovative architecture and design. 

 
Colombia was also featured on the Forbes list of “The 10 Coolest Places to Visit in 2015,” which highlighted the ease of travel between Colombia and the United States. 
 
Anthony Bourdain, as part of the CNN television series, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” featured Colombia as a top tourist destination. While traveling in Colombia, Bourdain explored Colombian culture, cuisine and top destinations. 
 
USA Today, reporting on Univision Networks “El Gordo y la Flaca” host Raul De Molina’s 10 best spots in Latin America, highlighted Cartagena as "one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”
 
Conde Nast Traveler recently featured Bogotá as a tourist destination, highlighting several “can’t miss” activities in Bogotá, including a ride up Monserrate mountain. Colombia, specifically Cartagena, was also featured as one of the editors’ picks for the “Top Places to Travel In 2015.” 
 

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, Cartagena has all of the charm of Spanish colonial architecture and the attraction of an intense nightlife, several cultural festivals, exotic scenery, superb beaches, wonderful food and a wide variety of hotels for tourists.

Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is located in the center of the country on a vast plain at 8,530 feet above sea level. Bogotá has a population of eight million people from all corners of Colombia, making the city as diverse as the entire country. The city is home to more than 60 museums and art galleries, the most famous Rock Music Festival in the region and the most important theatre festival in the world - the Iberoamerican Theatre Festival.
 

Colombia has coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. In total, there are over 300 beaches to suit any preference. Some have all possible tourist services; others are natural paradises away from the crowds.