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Colombia, Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena

What to do in Colombia

First time to Colombia.  I like good paleo food.  I enjoy night life.  I want to scuba dive in cartagena.  I love small social hostels. Let loose and tell me everything you like about this country.  Any recommendations will be wonderful.  Traveling there at the end of October.

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top answer by
Pablo from Ibague

Hi there!

I have a Top 10 Things to "See and Do" in your Travel to Colombia. It will give you a whole vision about the interesting activity in the country:

1.  BogotaThe capital of Colombia, Santafé de Bogotá has a rich colonial tradition with a number of landmarks from that period preserved as historical landmarks. Most of these are in the La Candelaria, the oldest district in the city. The Capitol Municipal Palace and several churches are worth a visit.


2.  CartagenaThe old walled city and fortress repelled invaders and pirates in its early days. Now it welcomes visitors to its colonial charm, energetic nightlife and nearby attractions.


3.  National Archeological Park of Tierradentro and  San Agustín Archaeological Park Parque Arqueológico de San Agustín is a huge park in the Magdalena River gorge in southern Colombia where centuries ago, before the time of the Incas, people interred their dead in tombs guarded by fierce stone figures, some with animal features, some mythical, all intriguing to archaeologists and visitors alike.


4.  Tayrona National Natural ParkSanta Marta is Colombia's first Spanish settlement. Located on the coast, it boasts great beaches and access to Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta national parks, plus the famed lost city of the Taironas.


5.  CaliCali is Colombia's third largest city and a center for sugar and coffee industry. It enjoys terrific nightlife in the salsotecas, and visitors enjoy the historic center as well as excursions into the surrounding areas for sugar baron haciendas and the prime archaeological sites of San Augustin and Tierradentro.


6.  PopayanThis charming town, nestled in a serene valley setting, is one of Colombia's most beautiful colonial towns with a rich religious and cultural heritage. Fully restored after an earthquake, it's a national monument and known for its spectacular Semana Santa celebrations.


7.  San AndresVisitors wanting superb diving in crystal clear water, warm, white sandy beaches, exciting nightlife, colorful culture, a choice of full-amenity accommodations, relaxation and duty-free shopping head to San Andrés, a Colombian archipelago in the Caribbean. Its location, closer to Nicaragua and Jamaica, offers a carefree attraction away from the potential dangers of mainland Colombia.


8.  Gorgona IslandThis former prison island in the Pacific Ocean is now a nature reserve open to visitors who wish to tour the prison ruins, see abundant wildlife, including monkeys, snakes, whales and sea turtles, or dive off the island.


9.  Villa De Leiva, also called Villa de Leyva, is colonial-era town situated a short distance from Bogotá, and a popular day or weekend excursion. Scenic attractions include colonial architecture, gorgeous scenery, typical places to stay and local cuisine in an historic setting.


10.  MedellinMedellin is the capital of Antioquia department in Colombia and enjoys a temperate climate that gives the city the names of The Land of Eternal Spring and Capital of The Flowers.

I hope you like it pal and go as many of them as you can. Greetings, and i hope we stay in touch!

Indeed It's a great list and i've visited almost all the places!

 - List source:  Top 10 Things to Do and See in Colombia From Bonnie Hamre, former Guide

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  3. San Agustín Archaeological Park (attraction)
  4. Tayrona National Natural Park (attraction)
  5. Cali (city)
  6. Popayan (city)
  7. San Andres (city)
  8. Gorgona Island (attraction)
  9. Villa De Leiva (attraction)
  10. Medellin (city)
  11. Cartagena (city)
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answered by
Andrés Felipe from Medellin

I suggest you to travel Medellin, in the interior of the country, the second most important city at Colombia after the capital ( Bogota), is called "the city of the eternal spring". Is amazing!

Bogotá is great for cultural plans, and is very cold, but the traffic is the worst thing of the world.

Medellín is amazing, you can find great architecture, fashion, design, beautiful women and men... Is a social city, I recommend you to visit " El Poblado" in Medellín, the highest zone of the city. You can find more in Google ;) *Sorry for the english redaction*

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answered by
Laura from Buenos Aires

In Bogota you have to go to Gaira Café Cumbia House, a cumbia place owned by the singer Carlos Vives, it's incredible! ( also to Andres Carne de Res

In Medellin you must visit one of the library parks, like the one called Parque Biblioteca España - Santo Domingo, which are beautiful cultural centers builded in poor neighborhoods (I'm sorry but I dont know how to say it properly in english which is not my birth language). There I stayed at the Geohostel and loved it.

Cartagena is simply wonderful, I stayed at the Media Luna Hostel. Very nice, it has a bar.

Biblioteca Parque España

Media Luna Hostel

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  1. Bogota (city)
  2. Gaira Café Cumbia House (restaurant)
  3. Andres Carne de Res (attraction)
  4. Medellin (city)
  5. Geohostel (hotel)
  6. Media Luna Hostel (hotel)
  7. Parque Biblioteca España - Santo Domingo (attraction)
  8. Cartagena (city)
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answered by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Places to be seen in Bogota are: catedral de sal, Cerro de Monserrate, Andres Carne de ResLa Candelaria, Plaza Bolivar, Usaquen. In Medellin, you must visit Piedra de Peñol and Museo de AntioquiaColombia is a beautiful country full of nice people, beautiful places and delicious food!

Here some pictures of Cerro Monserrate, Catedral de Sal & Piedra del Peñol. Amazing places!!

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  3. Andres Carne de Res (attraction)
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  6. Piedra de Peñol (attraction)
  7. Museo de Antioquia (attraction)
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answered by
Sarah from Global Gypsy

Bogota Graffiti tour.  Wrote about it on my blog here:

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answered by
Guadalupe from Buenos Aires

Don´t miss Isla de Barú, a paradisaical group of little islands with white sand and turquoise water. If you stay by the beach there ´s no electricity and you may sleep outside in a hammock listening to the sound of the waves. Cool!    

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answered by
Daphne from Paris

@Leticia in the Amazon is amazing too if you seek for nature & wildlife and eventually a survival trip in the middle of the jungle 

We found a great guide called Elvis if you want more détails let me know

answered by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Hola! El Museo de Antioquia se encuentra en Medellin; sin embargo, existe otro mas pequeno en Bogota que fue el que visite. Luego te envio la direccion. Saludos!

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