Colombia is the second most bio-diverse country on the planet, and number one most bio-diverse country by the square mile, even though it occupies a very small percentage of the Earth’s surface. Between the Andes mountains, Amazonian rain forests, balmy coastline and tropical islands, Colombia has a unique combination of ecosystems, making it home to a large number of indigenous animals that exist nowhere else. Here is a list of the Top 10 animals you must see on your trip to Colombia.
With Colombia becoming a more and more popular tourist destination, it’s getting harder to find those unique “escapes” – places that have a lot to offer, without the crowds of camera-wielding tourists. Sure, you’ve probably heard all about the ochre-colored colonial streets of Cartagena, lush rolling hills of the coffee region, and sprawling sky-high metropolis of Bogotá, but what about the northern-most point of South America, Colombia’s cowboy country, or its very own Alcatraz island? Most likely not. Although you probably won’t find first-class accommodation in any of these places, they are known as some of Colombia’s best kept secrets, and a visit to any one of those on the list is sure to provide you with the adventure of a lifetime. Let’s get started!
1. Punta Gallinas
Travelling to Colombia, but a bit lost on where to stay? Don’t worry, with Airbnb, there are hundreds of accommodations to suit your needs just a mouse click away. Here is a guide to the best of the bunch based on your budget, in the top 3 cities in Colombia: Cartagena de Indias, Bogotá and Medellín.
Situated on the Caribbean Coast, Cartagena is the perfect place for a beach holiday to soak up the tropical sun. It’s historical centre and enchanted architecture also make it great for avid sightseers. Let’s take a look at what Airbnb has to offer:
Enjoy the height of luxury in this sensational house located right in the centre of the Old Town, next to the San Pedro Cathedral. You and up to 7 friends can enjoy private bathrooms in each bedroom, a pool, top floor jacuzzi, and even your own butler service. All for an eye watering $680 USD a night.
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Columbus Day is a national holiday celebrated in North and South America every year in October. It marks the discovery of the American continent by Christopher Columbus, or Cristóbal Colón (born Cristoforo Colombo), as he is known in the Hispanic community. He was an Italian explorer who came across the land quite by chance as he was on a voyage to discover a new western route from Europe to Asia. Columbus and his crew landed on the shores of this “New World” on October 12, 1492, which went on to become a day of national celebration in countries across North and South America.
Guatapé is a town situated in the North West of Colombia, in the Antioquia region, only 90 minutes outside of Medellín. It is bordered by the Peñol – Guatapé reservoir, one of the largest dams in South America. The dam was built by the Colombian government in the 1970s for a hydro-electric dam. In order to create the reservoir, over 6000 hectares of land were flooded, completely submerging the town of Peñol. The edges of the lake are characterized by clusters of small islands, including the central “Fantasy Island” where you can book a stay in a quaint cabin and spend a few days relaxing on the lake. The reservoir is also very popular for water sports – many people visit for the awesome fishing, jet ski and sailing opportunities.