Jun 4, 2015|
Where to Go in Colombia in 2021
Updated August 5th, 2020
Colombia is a country of contrasting landscapes, archaeological ruins, and the Caribbean coast. To discover Colombia fully, you’ll need to visit a couple of places that represent its various landscapes and local cultures. Some of the best places to visit in Colombia are Bogota, the verdant Coffee Region, and the Caribbean coast with the famous colonial city of Cartagena.
The best time to visit Colombia is at any time of the year! Due to the country’s favorable weather conditions, many travelers choose to visit Colombia. Any time of year will be great to explore Colombian highlights. One thing to keep in mind is that the weather changes with the altitude, therefore it is cooler and rainier in Bogota (8,660 feet above sea level). In contrast, it is hot and humid in Cartagena (only 7 feet above sea level). You might want to avoid traveling to Colombia during Christmas and New Years’ – due to the high demand, hotels, and flights can be fully booked out, and at high prices. Though, apart from those two holidays, you can travel to Colombia at any time comfortably.
Whether you are an adventure seeker, a nature admirer, passionate about history or architecture, Colombia is for you. We have plenty of Colombia tour options, featuring big cities, quaint colonial towns, and vast national parks. Below check out our expert recommended places to visit in Colombia in 2021.
1. Bogota, Colombia
Why Visit Bogota
Bogota is the proud capital of Colombia, and over 7 million people live in this cosmopolitan city. It’s a place where old meets new, giving you a chance to learn about the unique history of its first inhabitants and to observe how it developed over the long years into the bustling and modern city it is today. Enjoy a tour of all of Bogota’s top attractions. You can start exploring the colonial part of La Candelaria with the famous Monserrate Hill and Gold Museum. Then, end in the modern, sophisticated Zona Rosa located in the northern part of Bogota, where you can enjoy the best restaurants and boutique shops.
Best Time to Visit Bogota
Bogota is situated at a very high altitude, which influences the weather conditions. All year-round, you can expect the same average temperature of around 62’F and a mix of sun and rain every day. That is why no matter what time of year you decide to travel to Bogota, the weather differences won’t be significant.
How to Get to Bogota
Since Bogota is the capital with the largest international airport in the country, it receives many direct flights from the U.S. and Europe. Direct flights operate from Miami, Orlando, Washington D.C., New York, Houston, Los Angeles. If you fly from Europe, the best flights will be from Madrid or Frankfurt to get direct connections.
2. The Coffee Region, Colombia
Why Visit The Coffee Region
If you are a nature lover and want to see endless landscapes of mountains, volcanoes, coffee, and plantain plantations, you need to visit the Coffee Region. It’s a famous area of Colombia located in a triangle of three cities: Manizales, Armenia, and Pereira.
You can start your day in the Coffee Region with a cup of aromatic Colombian coffee enjoyed on a terrace of one of the fincas (hacienda type hotel). Later you can visit a coffee plantation or do some trekking or horseback riding in picturesque Cocora Valley.
Best Time to Visit the Coffee Region
The Coffee Region tends to be warmer and sunnier than Bogota; however, it is quite rainy, which makes the vegetation incredibly lush and green. If you want to avoid a lot of rain during your travels, choose July and August, which tend to be drier months.
How to Get to the Coffee Region
There are a couple of direct flights per day that connects Bogota with Pereira, Manizales, or Armenia in just over an hour. Whichever airport city you choose as your starting point, you will need to drive around 20-40 minutes to get to one of the typical country hotels that are located outside of the Colombian cities.
3. Medellin, Colombia
Why Visit Medellin
Nicknamed “The Land of Eternal Spring,” Medellin is one of the most visited places in Colombia by American tourists looking for exciting nightlife, modern architecture, and pleasant weather. Some years ago, Medellin was named the most innovative city in the world due to its interesting transformation period. The city that was once known for drug crimes and civil war became a beautiful place of impressive architecture, art galleries, and modern developments. If you choose to visit Medellin, you can opt for different day tours outside of the city to nearby colonial towns, coffee plantations or lakes, and mountains.
Best Time to Visit Medellin
With all-year-round spring-like temperatures, you cannot choose a bad time to visit Medellin. Rain might occur, but the sun will shine for you for sure as well! July or August hosts a Flower Festival if you want to see some local festivities full of colors, music, and dances.
How to Get to Medellin
There are direct flights from Bogota to Medellin almost every two hours during the day, and a plane ride takes just over an hour. If you land at an international airport, you will have to travel around 40 minutes to get to the city center. There are a couple of direct flights to Medellin from Dallas, Miami, JFK, Washington-Dulles, Houston. There is even a direct flight from Toronto, Canada.
Recommended Medellin Tours
The Colombia Botanical Tour
4. Cartagena, Colombia
Why Visit Cartagena
Who doesn’t dream about sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean? Cartagena has it all: sun, sea, sand, breeze, seafood, exotic fruit, and beautiful colors of colonial buildings. This UNESCO world heritage site is one of the most romantic places for honeymooners and the best spot to go if you enjoy diving or snorkeling. Of course, you cannot miss visiting the so-called Walled City – the historical part of town with colonial buildings. However, if you have more time, enjoy the nearby Rosario Islands or famous Baru Island. Clear and turquoise waters are what you are going to enjoy the most in that part of Colombia.
Best Time to Visit Cartagena
All year round except New Year’s time unless you want to welcome New Year on the coast and don’t mind full hotels and more tourists around.
How to Get to Cartagena
Various cities in Colombia offer direct flight connections to Cartagena. It can also be connected internationally with Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, JFK, or even Toronto in Canada.
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