10 Top Places to Visit in Colombia in 2024

Top Destinations, Things to Do & Attractions in Colombia

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Visiting South America? Don’t miss to visit Colombia. Here are some of the best places to visit in Colombia.

Colombia is popular for its controversial and very interesting history. The Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, belonged to the country.

The country has a very dark history featured with violence, narcotics, bloodshed and the quest for power. However, the conditions are much better now.

The bright side is that the country has a lot of natural and historically important sites that you can visit and make the most out of your trip.

Here are some of the places that you must visit in Colombia:

Things To Do & Best Places to Visit in Colombia

1. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

It is a coastline and a beautiful park located in Magdalena. The coastline features palm trees, a beautiful beach for a perfect sunny day, coastal lagoons and a good number of species living there.

It is the only place left on the world where the endangered cotton-top tamarin still exists.

2. Gold Museum

Located in Bogota, it is the limelight of tourism in the country as it is one of the most visited sites by tourists in the country.

The museum displays several things made up of gold, other metals, fabric, wood and so on. There is a collection of pre-Colombian gold objects on display in the museum.

3. Plaza Bolívar

Plaza Bolívar (Bolivar Square in English) is a square in the Colombian city Bogota. The square has several historic buildings amongst which one is the statue of Simon Bolivar. The site is extremely picturesque and is totally worth being the wallpaper of your desktop.

The historic buildings there include Palace of Justice, Liévano Palace, National Capitol and the Primary Cathedral of Bogota. These four buildings are present on the four ends of the square: North, West, South and East.

4. Antioquia Museum

Located in the famous city of Medellin, the museum houses a great collection of artistic works by popular artists of Colombia.

Amongst those artists are the greats Pedro Nel Gómez and Fernando Botero. The museum is easily accessible to the tourists and the locals just by purchasing a ticket.

5. El Totumo

Located in Northern Colombia, it is one of the very few mud volcanoes. It is one of the most visited tourist sites in Colombia and one of the most interesting ones too. Interesting because it is believed to have a possible healing mud bath.

There is also a lagoon nearby that can be used to wash off the mud by taking a bath with water after bathing in the mud.

6. Bogotá Botanical Garden

It is the biggest botanical garden in Colombia and has a wide range of plants in it. The garden features various plants from the entire Colombia no matter what place or climate.

Apart from being a recreational park for the visitors, it is also a research center for the scientists there.

7. Tematico Hacienda Napoles Park

So, when you hear about Colombia, you will surely remember the luxurious, yet controversial life spent there by the drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Hacienda Nápoles was one of the many estates owned by Pablo. The drug kingpin built this estate with great interest and it had several recreational activities, a zoo, private airport, bullring, racing tracks and parks.

The zoo had a huge variety of animals. After Pablo was killed, this estate was turned into a theme park open for public. You can visit the place and experience yourself the intensity of Pablo’s era by the luxuries he built for himself.

8. Lake Tota

Why not spend some time camping by the largest lake in Colombia, Lake Tota? The area around the lake also has several endangered bird species including Bogota rail, Colombian ruddy duck and least bittern.

9. Parque Pies Descalzos

The park, located in Medellin, is a sheer work of beauty. It features gardens, sand area and fountains. One can go here with his/her friends or family and have a great time there.

10. Bocagrande Square Mall

You will surely need to shop too on your trip to Colombia and what better place to do so other than Bocagrande Square Mall. The mall has a great number of shops with very reasonable prices and a great shopping experience.

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