31 Best Things To Do In Colombia

The Ultimate Trip To Colombia

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31 Best Things To Do In Colombia

{The Ultimate Trip To Colombia 2019}


Colombia is a place that deserves to be on every traveler’s bucket list.

As a country that often times doesn’t get the reputation that it deserves, Colombia is, in fact, an absolutely irresistible travel destination loaded with an assortment of tropical delights and hidden gems.

When planning a trip to Colombia, be sure to read and follow our ultimate guide to help you discover all the Best Things To Do In Colombia.

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Casa En El Agua

We’re getting straight to the point when it comes to finding the best things to do in Colombia.

A hostel located in the middle of the friggin ocean… trust me when I say this isn’t the first item on this list by accident.

Snuggled within the San Bernardo Islands about 2 hours away from Cartagena, Casa En El Agua is legitimately the coolest hostel in Colombia.

Which is why if you plan on staying here, you better book your reservation several weeks in advance or suffer the consequences.

Suggested Blog: Casa En El Agua Colombia {The Party Hostel In The Middle Of The Ocean}

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Providencia Island

A hostel located in the middle of the friggin ocean… trust me when I say this isn’t the first item on this list by accident.

Repeat after me… Providencia Island is one of the best things to do in Colombia. Do not miss it.

Snuggled within the San Bernardo Islands about 2 hours away from Cartagena, Casa En El Agua is legitimately the coolest hostel in Colombia.

Which is why if you plan on staying here, you better book your reservation several weeks in advance or suffer the consequences.

Suggested Blog: The 9 Best Things To Do In Providencia Island Colombia {Updated 2019)

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Old Town Cartagena

Nestled along Colombia’s Caribbean coast lies the ever so charming colonial town of Cartagena.

The maze of cobbled alleyways allows for endless discovery as travelers wander through the historic walled city.

Touted as one of the most popular travel destinations in Colombia, Cartagena is typically either the first or last stop on anyone’s backpacking trip.

However, no matter which order it is listed on your Colombia itinerary, Cartagena is guaranteed to one of the most unforgettable destinations.

Suggested Blog: 15 Best Things To Do In Cartagena Colombia 2019 {Must Read!!!}

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Eivissa Nightclub

If you’re looking for a wild night out in Cartagena, Eivissa Nightclub will be the first and only place you need to look!

Whether it’s a Saturday or a Tuesday night, Eivissa is always packed and never disappoints!

Suggested Blog: Cartagena Nightlife Guide {Where To Party In Cartagena Colombia}

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Comuna 13

Doing a tour of Comuna 13 is one of the best things to do in Colombia, hands down.

It’s an amazing opportunity to learn about the harsh history of what was once the most dangerous neighborhood in the world.

Tours are free, however, the tour guide asks for a little tip at the end of the tour and it is worth every penny you choose to spend.

Comuna 13 is just something you simply cannot miss, period.

Suggested Blog: The Certified Guide To Comuna 13 Medellin Colombia 2019 {Must Read!!!}

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La Piedra Del Peñol 

There’s no doubt that La Piedra Del Peñol is one of the best things to do in Guatape!

So, put on a pair of sneakers and prepare yourself to walk up roughly 650 steps to the top of this unique rock to find what we call the best view of Guatape Colombia!

Pro Tip

Plan your La Piedra Del Peñol adventure for the late afternoon so you can enjoy the sunset from the top of the rock!

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Cocora Valley

Located just outside the of Salento, Cocora Valley is home to the largest palm trees in the world!

Yes, you did indeed read that correctly!

Standing at a whopping 60 meters tall, these skyscraper palm trees have become an iconic attraction for any traveler visiting Colombia.

I don’t need to say much more for you to believe this is one of the top things to do in Colombia!

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Casa Elemento

Although Casa En El Agua may have stolen the crown as the coolest hostel in Colombia, the mile-high Casa Elemento hostel is not very far behind.

Perched high up in the clouds atop the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range lies the enchanting Casa Elemento backpacker hostel.

Famed for its massive cliffside hammocks (largest in the world in fact) showcasing an unbeatable mountainous panoramic view, Casa Elemento has skyrocketed atop the list of best places to visit in Colombia.

Suggested Blog: Casa Elemento Minca Colombia {The Most Breathtaking Hostel In Colombia?}

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Pablo Escobar Paintball Tour

If there’s one thing you do in Guatape Colombia, make sure it is the Pablo Escobar Paintball Tour!

It is one of the best Guatape tours from Medellin, and definitely one of the most unique things to do in all of Colombia so be sure to leave a day free during your time in Medellin for this!

This tour includes transport to and from Medellin and Guatape, a few paintball games on one of Pablo’s property, a tour of his mansion, a boat ride around the stunning lake, followed by some free time to explore Guatape town.

This is hands down one of the best things to do in Guatape, so don’t miss it!

Suggested Blog: 9 Absolutely Unmissable Things To Do In Guatape Colombia {Must Read!!}

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Eat Empanadas

I mean… if you haven’t tried the Empanadas here have you even been to Colombia?

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Crab Cay

Crab Cay is a place that is so flawless it almost looks manmade.

Located just off the coast of Providencia Island, Crab Cay is one of the biggest hidden gems just begging to be explored.

Boasting the most alluring hues of aquamarine even a quick glance out at the horizon will leave you absolutely mesmerized.

I clearly don’t need to convince you that this is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Colombia… do I?

As part of the Old Providence McBean Lagoon National Natural Park, which is one of the three different protected National Parks in Colombia, it almost makes sense how Crab Cay has managed to stay so beautiful.

As one of the best things to do in Providencia Island this is simply one you will not want to miss.

Suggested Blog: Crab Cay Providencia {Colombia’s Secret Paradise You Won’t To Miss!}

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Tayrona National Park

Featured on practically everyone’s list of best things to do in Colombia, Tayrona National Park is often considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Colombia.

Prepare to explore over 150 square kilometers of raw and unspoiled terrain loaded with exotic animals and breathtaking beaches.

A walk through this jungle could hold any number of surprises with possible sightings of Caiman, Poison Dart Frogs, Jaguars or even the Harry Potter fan favorite of a Baslisk.

Aside from wild animals, Tayrona National Park is home to a bunch of beautiful beaches with the most famous of them being Cabo San Juan.

Suggested Blog: Visiting Tayrona National Park Colombia {The Official Guide}

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Getsemani Street Art Tour

One of the best things to do in Cartagena Colombia is without a doubt, a tour of the Getsemani Street Art.

The creative illustrations painted all over the walls of Getsemani tell a thousand different stories and fill the entire city of Cartagena Colombia with color and vibrancy.

Related Blog: The Most Amazing Things To Do in Getsemani Cartagena 

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Media Luna Hostel Party

This wouldn’t even be a Wild & Away blog if we didn’t mention partying as one of the best things to do in Colombia!

Make sure you’re in Cartagena on a Wednesday night because that is the day of the week when Media Luna Hostel hosts their own party at their own two-level nightclub, and it is lit!!

With that being said, if you’re trying to get some quality sleep then definitely don’t book your accommodation at Media Luna on this day.

Suggested Blog: Cartagena Nightlife Guide 2019 {Where To Party In Cartagena Colombia}

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Explore Guatape Town

Like walking through a box of crayons exploring the vibrant town of Guatape Colombia is pure magic.

Known as the most colorful town in all of Colombia, travelers are left in awe as they walk down the kaleidoscopic alleyways of Guatape town.

In addition, Guatape Town is filled with a number of boutique shops and delicious little eateries easily making this one of our favorite places in Colombia.

Suggested Blog: 9 Absolutely Unmissable Things To Do In Guatape Colombia {Must Read!!}

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Convento De La Popa

Looking for the best panoramic views of Cartagena?

As the best viewpoint in the city, Convento De La Popa is something you will not want to miss.

Additionally, as you step inside the monastery, you will be pleased to find a beautiful garden perfect for photos and some much-needed relief from the intense Colombian sun.

Suggested Blog: 15 Best Things To Do In Cartagena Colombia 2019 {Must Read!!!}

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Bogota

Perched 2,640 meters above sea level in the Andes mountain range, Bogota is a city full of ups and downs.

Bogota is one of the best cities to visit in Colombia because of its diverse culture and unique landscape.

As one of the highest capital cities in the world, it typically takes travelers a few days to get adjusted to the altitude, but once they do, Bogota is city ripe for exploration.

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Medellin Nightlife

How can I quite possibly sum up one of the best places to party in Colombia in just a few short sentences?

Hmmmm… well here goes nothing.

Medellin is a city home to the guiltiest of pleasures with dusk till dawn nightlife that embodies every form of hedonism.

Topped off with an allegiance of backpackers from around the world firmly committed to living entirely in the moment and exploiting every wild opportunity.

Yeah that just about does it…

Suggested Blog: The Ultimate Medellin Nightlife Guide {Where To Party In Medellin}

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La Octava Bar

It’s no secret that Medellin nightlife is some of the best in all of Colombia!

However, get ready to unleash the child inside you, because this Medellin bar is fully equipped with its own ball pit!

It’s not much of a place for dancing, however, it is one of the most unique things to do in Colombia and is a heap of fun to go to for a little while and pregame before you move on to another bar where you can dance the rest of the night away!

Suggested Blog: The Ultimate Medellin Nightlife Guide {Where To Party In Medellin}

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Caño Cristales

Often referred to as the river of 5 colors, Caño Cristales is a popular draw for travelers in Colombia looking for a bizarre yet beautiful occurrence.

For a few weeks from September to November in between the wet and the dry seasons, this river transforms from an ordinary river into a psychedelic explosion of colors that will absolutely blow your mind.

Despite the fact that Caño Cristales is located in a very remote location, as one of the most unique things to do in Colombia, it still manages to lure in plenty of spectators during this brief time.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas

This is usually one of the first items on the list of things to see in Cartagena.

Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas offers the best 360-degree view of the illustrious city of Cartagena, and its something you should definitely not miss!

Suggested Blog: 15 Best Things To Do In Cartagena Colombia 2019 {Must Read!!!}

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Trek to the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

As the Colombian equivalent to Peru’s Machu Picchu, the Trek to the Lost City is arguably one of the most popular tours in all of Colombia.

In fact, the Lost City ruins are 650 years older than that of Machu Picchu!

How awesome is that!

Take the invigorating 4-day journey through the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, as you embark on the rigorous trail through miles of dense forest eventually ending up at one of Colombia’s most concealed gems.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Paragliding Guatape

If you’re someone who thinks Guatape Colombia is not worth visiting and lacks adventure, think again!

For something a little more exciting than climbing up a rock or exploring this colorful town, you might want to consider paragliding!

Paragliding here means you will see the only view of Guatape Colombia that is better than the view from La Piedra Del Peñol!

Needless to say, this is one of the best things to do in Guatape, especially if you are feeling particularly daring.

Suggested Blog: 9 Absolutely Unmissable Things To Do In Guatape Colombia {Must Read!!}

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San Andres Island

Fun fact: San Andres Colombia is actually geographically located closer to Nicaragua than it is to Colombia, however it is indeed a Caribbean island part of Colombia.

However, the distance means nothing as this is typically the best place to vacation in Colombia for many locals.

We loved our time in San Andres, however, the main reason for anyone to go to San Andres Island is to get to Providencia Island!

Aside from it being the one and the only gateway to our beloved Providencia, the beaches in San Andres Colombia all look like that ‘no filter needed’ level of perfect.

If you’re looking for some top things to do in Colombia, stop your search here because you’ve found it.

Suggested Blog: The Top 10 Most Unmissable Things To Do In San Andres Colombia

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Cali

Known as the Salsa capital of the country, come dance the night away in one of the biggest party destinations in the country.

This vibrant Colombian city is one of the best places to look for culture as you explore the 4th most popular city in the country.

While it is not as famous as Medellin or Cartagena, there is definitely something special about Cali that makes it one of the best cities to visit in Colombia.cai street salsa dancing


Chiva Party Bus

Remember how excited you got as a child when you heard the ice-cream truck coming down your street? This is the adult version.

The moment you can hear the Chiva Party Bus bass blaring through the streets is the moment you’ll see why it’s one of the best things to do in Cartagena.

This is the perfect way to get a taste of the Cartagena nightlife and meet people along the way!

It goes from 8.30pm-12am and only costs $17 USD per person.

The price includes Rum and Coke beverages as well as entry fee into the nightclub it drops you off at the end of the ride.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cabo San Juan

As one of the most iconic Instagram spots in Colombia, visiting Cabo San Juan is practically a rite of passage for all Colombian backpackers nowadays.

Maybe it has something to do with its beautiful palm tree fringed shoreline.

Or maybe it’s the uniquely stunning double-sided beach that just keeps luring tourists in.

Either way as the most popular beach in Colombia, this is one tropical gem that you will want to be sure, you get crossed off your bucket list.

Suggested Read: The Ultimate Guide To Finding Cabo San Juan Tayrona National Park 2019

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SNAG A PHOTO WITH THE PALENQUERAS

The Palenqueras have become a symbol of Cartagena that is practically featured on every Colombian postcard and souvenir.

On almost every other street corner in the Old Town, don’t worry about trying to find them because the Palenqueras are bound to find you.

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Tatacoa Desert

Tatacoa Desert gives us major Joshua Tree vibes!

It’s a hike to get to, however, it is one of the most unique and best things to do in Colombia.

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Rosario Islands

Anyone who has been to Cartagena knows how hot that Colombian sun can get, so finding a spot to cool of is an absolute necessity during your time there!

And while Cartagena itself doesn’t have the best beaches, it is the closest city to the tropical archipelago of the Rosario Islands.

Which makes the Rosario Islands one of the best things to do in Cartagena!

The Rosario Islands are one of the 46 Natural National Parks located within Colombia and only takes about a 1-hour boat ride to get to this stunning Caribbean paradise from Cartagena.

Suggested Blog: Playa Blanca Cartagena Colombia {The Ultimate Backpackers Guide}

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