22 January 2010

Top 5 Hidden Destinations in Colombia

From the caribbean to the Andes, Colombia is an unseen treasure. Cartagena, San Andres, Bogota, Medellin  are all more or less well known Colombia destinations, they are unique and you should definitely put them in your Colombia "places to visit" list, but this time I want to use my Colombia Travel Blog to share a few words about what I consider to be the top 5 hidden destinations in Colombia, fantastic and almost unseen places perfect for those that have a little more time and are willing to explore beyond regular travel agencies' Colombia Tours.

1. Cano Cristales.
To the south west of the country, in the National Natural Park of Serrania de la Macarena you will find the "7 Colour River". One of the most spectacular and untouched rivers in South America. Its coulors, endemic species together with the joyfulness and kindness of the locals, makes this place an unreal experience.

2. The Lost City of the Tayronas.
Walking to the Lost City is like going back in time. This remote and exotic archaeological site is located on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta which, by the way,  is the world's highest coastal range.  The Lost city of the Tayronas is actually bigger than the Amazing Machu Picchu (and far far less crowded ;) )

3. Guajira.
 This area  has a rich mixture of coulors, sand, salt, sea and a vibrant comunity, the Wayuus. This enormous department is located to the north east of Colombia, boarder with Venezuela.

4. San Agustin Archaeological Park y Tierradentro.
Another fantastic archaeological site with more than 300 statues  that was declared a  World Heritage site by  Unesco in 1995.


5. Tayrona National Park.Voted second amongst the top 10 beaches of the world  by the Guardian news paper in 2007. This romantic and hidden spot is located on the Caribbean,  only a couple of hours drive from Cartagena. 

There you are! Those are my Top 5 Colombia hidden spots, I'll write detailed posts about each of them in my future entries. If you want to know more about any of them, as always you know you just  have to leave a comment.


Marcela - Colombia Travel Blog

**All pictures on this post have been taken from various sources. Credits to Carolina Ahumada Cala  y Sandra Tobon.


  1. Excelente Marcel La promocion que haces de mi amado pais.
    Te felicito y te exhorto a seguir adelante.
    Alberto Hdez

  2. Hola Alberto

    Muchas gracias por tus palabras y tu apoyo. Yo tambien te invito a que me ayudes en esta linda tarea y le contemos a todo el mundo lo que tenemos en casa. Comparte este blog con todos tus contactos!

    Un abrazo


  3. Fantastico marce sigue perseverando y mostrando los tesoros escondidos de nuestro pais

  4. Thanks for point out hidden nice looking places, which may also attract other people as well. But at the same time question is raised that are these places have valid accommodation

  5. Hola Hank and thank you very much for your comment. The answer to your question is yes, there is accommodation in all of them. There are hotels, hostels and you may also stay in local houses which are clean and confortable. If you want more detailed info I'll be more than happy to give you some contacts.

    Un abrazo


  6. Hi Marcela,

    I for myself living in Bogota since June and seeing those destination really want to make see more parts of Colombia ^^ Nice presentation and thanks for sharing.
    Btw. I posted your blog on our Facebook site maybe you wanna check it out. Keep it up

    Ernesto from Mantaraya Travel

  7. Hola Ernesto, Thank you for your comment and for helping me promote my Colombia Travel Blog. I will certainly check your facebook page!

    Un Abrazo,