Colombia with Kids: 3 destinations for visiting Colombia with Kids.

Colombia is a fabulous destination that offers a large array of beautiful areas perfect for all kind of travellers. Furthermore, this beautiful country is suitable for all audiences and is a very good alternative for families with kids. Despite, most parents believe that travel with kids is complicated, sometimes even dangerous; the truth is that is just a matter of time and organisation.

A family trip is a perfect opportunity to assure you and your kids and unforgettable experience, as you can enjoy fun activities altogether. So, on this post, we have selected 3 beautiful destinations perfect for you and your family. Check them out.

Colombia with Kids: 3 destinations for families.

Bogota

Colombia with Kids

Like all the biggest capitals, Bogota is a city numerous leisure activities perfect for all the family members. The western part of the city has the main attractions for families with kids. This area is home to the extensive Simón Bolívar Park’s, the Amusement Park Salitre Mágico, the Botanical Garden, the Children’s Museum and the Maloka Interactive Museum.

On the other hand, the northern area of the city offers urban and country activities. This part of the city has a large number of parks, such as the Viceroy, the Country or the Chicó, as well as several shopping centres with cinemas and children’s games. At the Santa Fe Shopping Center, you will find DiverCity, a city where children are the only inhabitants, interact as adults. DiverCity is perfect to teach kids how to manage some everyday situations.

Also, you can visit Jaime Duque Park on the outskirts of Bogota. This park offers a large number of leisure activities, a fabulous train and a Zoo Park.  Furthermore, you can visit Panaca Theme Park. At this park, children have the opportunity to interact with animals while learning about ecological practices and environmental respect. As you can see, Colombia with kids is the perfect plan for unforgettable holidays.

Medellin

Medellín is one of the most attractive destinations in Colombia thanks to its large cultural and leisure offer. Firstly, we suggest you visiting Pies Descalzos Park. At this park, both children and adults can enjoy fabulous activities and play in the park barefoot. Furthermore, Barefoot Park is home to the Interactive Museum EPM, with more than 200 experiments that seek to explain the physical principles.

In addition to Barefoot Park, Medellin features other fabulous locations, like Park of Wishes and the Planetarium. Next to these is the Explora Park, where science and nature are the protagonists and the Botanical Garden with beautiful green areas perfect for unwinding. Finally, another area perfect for the family is Guarne Lagoon. On the Lagoon, you will find camping areas and typical food restaurants. Certainly, the perfect plan to spend a quiet day, away from the urban environment, but a few minutes from the city.

Villa Leyva

Villa de Leyva is one of the most popular destinations in Boyacá and the favourite destination for locals. Its central square is famous for being the largest in Colombia, its restaurants serving delicious and varied dishes, and its surroundings for offering fascinating natural attractions such as the Blue Pozos, the Iguaqué Flora and Fauna Sanctuary or the Gondava theme park.

If you want to explore Colombia with kids on August, Villa de Leyva host the National Wind Festival and Las Cometas (Kites). During a weekend the sky of this colonial town is filled with colours, silhouettes of animals and abstract figures, which for hours compete to stay in the air.

As you can see Colombia offers a large array of outdoor activities perfect for everyone. If you want to visit Colombia with kids, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy any of these activities. Have you ever been to Colombia? Have you ever visit any of these locations? Comment!

The Colombian Coffee Axis: Tourism and what to visit

Colombian Coffee Axis is one of the most visited tourist areas of Colombia and certainly a must if you are visiting Colombia, the coffee country par excellence. Colombia is the second largest producer of coffee in the world after Brazil. Thanks to an aggressive marketing strategy of the Colombian National Coffee Growers Federation has succeeded in positioning the Colombian coffee as the best coffee in the world.

The Coffee Industry it’s a very important activity in the development of the Colombian economy and in the well-being of its inhabitants, almost 600,000 families live on this crop in Colombia. The centennial coffee tradition has become one of the symbols of the country.

The Colombian Coffee is so important that in 2011 UNESCO declared the Cultural Landscape Cafetero Patrimony of Humanity. Are you planning to visit Colombia? Do you want to discover the secrets of the best coffee in the world? If so, don’t miss this post and discover the Colombian Coffee Axis.

The Colombian Coffee Axis

Where to find the Colombian Coffee Axis or Coffee Triangle?

Practical information: How to get there and how to get around the Colombian Coffee Axis

Boasting a fabulous location, in the central western region of the Colombian Andes, the Coffee Eje, also known as Coffee Triangle because, it occupies part of the departments of Valle del Cauca, Antioquía and Tolima. It’s made up mainly of three departments: Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío, whose capitals are respectively Manizales, Pereira and Armenia.

These three cities are the major centres of the coffee axis; they represent the gateways to the main tourist attractions in the area, thanks to its airports and large transport terminals. If you want to reach the coffee axis, you will have to pass through at least one of them.

Practical information: How to get there and how to get around the Colombian Coffee Axis

The access points to the Colombian coffee triangle are the cities of Armenia, Pereira and Manizales with their airports and transportation terminals. From the latter, the Colombian buses will take you to almost any place. It’s the good thing about transportation in Colombia: there is always a bus that is “about to leave”.

Tourism in the Colombian Coffee Axis: Activities, Landscapes, Routes, Plans and Experiences

In the coffee area, you can find coffee plantations, museums, natural parks and amusement parks or places to practice adventure sports (climbing, rafting, canopy, and kayak). The latter, as well as horseback riding, can be performed in many parts of the area. It’s not necessary to hire an all-inclusive trip, neither a package nor a tour, it is possible to move on your own knowing the different tourist plans and routes that the area offers. In short, travelling the Colombian Coffee Axis is easy if you know what to do.

How to organise a route to the places to visit in the Colombian Coffee Axis

If you want to organise your own route or tour through the Colombian Coffee Axis by yourself, you need to have to know how many days you can spend in the area, what your interests are and which will be your entry point. We have selected 3 routes; you choose which one suits better your travel needs.

Quindío

Quindío is probably the most touristic region of the coffee-growing area, where you will find the greatest number of attractions and coffee plantations.

Hacienda Combia: A few kilometres from the centre of Calarcá, near Armenia, is located the Hacienda Combia, a coffee hacienda with more than 125 years of history. Founded in 1887 by a pioneer of the colonisation of Quindío, Don Manuel Sabogal, it is still a family coffee company owned by its descendants. Today it’s possible to spend a night in this place full of history and surrounded by coffee plantations.

The Combia Inspiration experience, for us probably the best experience in the Colombian coffee zone. It’s not a simple tour of the coffee plantations and a coffee tasting, but a true journey through the senses to understand what is behind a delicious cup of Colombian coffee.

Pereira

Hacienda San Jose: One of the oldest in the area (dating back to 1888) and probably the best in the Colombian Coffee Axis. It’s not a coffee plantation itself (it does not have coffee plantations) but it has an agreement with another Hacienda (San Alberto) to carry out if you will, a tour of the interactive coffee process.

Armenia

Finca Hotel El Bosque del Samán: Milking a cow, sliding on a zip line over coffee plantations, taking a tour of the plantations and learning more about the coffee process. On Finca Hotel El Bosque you can enjoy fabulous activities during your trip.

Discover Colombia: 10 places you must visit in Colombia

Colombia is not a big country as what dimensions may refer, but it’s huge in attractions and outdoor activities. Sadly, Visit Colombia is not as easy as visit any other European destination. Mostly, because the country it’s not well connected by public transportation and rent a car might not be a good idea. Nevertheless, don’t let that put you off, in Colombia is a fabulous country, you will be able to explore and find a stunning place to make your holidays unforgettable.

Colombia is a country with dodgy reputation; however, the government has made a huge effort to make that change. Nowadays, Colombia is a country with beautiful cities and top attractions that certainly deserves to be explored. On this post, we have selected 10 beautiful places you must visit in Colombia. Join us on this journey and take a look at these lovely locations of South America.

Places you must visit in Colombia

Cartagena

10 places you must visit in Colombia

Undoubtedly, Cartagena is the Colombian tourist icon. The famous walled city also has stunning beaches, nearby islands and incredible sunsets. To rest, we recommend the neighbourhood of Getsemaní, which is also the best place to party. Please note, Cartagena is the most expensive city in Colombia, however, it is also the most beautiful area of the country.

Bogota

Like any other capital, Bogotá is chaotic. But far from that, the capital has beautiful places like Cerro de Montserrat and its stunning panoramic views. Furthermore, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the neighbourhood of La Candelaria and visit The Plaza de Bolivar to feed the pigeons.

Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva is located in the department of Boyacá. This small town with cobbled streets and white facades will transport you to ancient times. The city offers affordable accommodation options and features interesting museums.

Salto de Tequendama

It’s hard to believe that this natural wonder is located only 16 miles away from the chaotic capital of Colombia. On this area, you will find a fabulous hotel sitting on the edge of a cliff. The hotel offers stunning views of a waterfall that falls 127 meters making an imposing sound. According to a local legend, this was the favourite place for many suicidal, which is why after many paranormal acts inside the hotel, its owners decided to close it. Eventually, this hotel became a museum and a fabulous attraction that you must visit in Colombia.

Guatape

Guatapé is very famous for its “Peñol” (Rock); there are many myths about its existence. Some people believe that it is a meteorite that fell, some other people say that it was a mountain that locals dug until arriving at the famous stone. No one knows wich story of real, but the truth is that it is a stunning rock. Don’t miss the chance to reach the top and admire the whole dam. But Guatapé is not only the Piedra del Peñol, the town is magical and it’s full of history.

In addition, If you like strong emotions, you cannot miss the opportunity to practice paintball at “La Manuela” an ex-hacienda of Pablo Escobar. Unfortunately, nowadays this hacienda is destroyed, however, this area provides a fabulous location perfect for paintball.

Calí

In Cali, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the river and admire the local churches while eating a delicious “cholado” (An icy beverage prepared with sweetened condensed milk and fruits). For touring? Definitely, you must visit Cristo Rey which is only 4 meters smaller than Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Cali is perfect for those looking for fun.

Valley de Cocora

Cocora Valley is famous worldwide thanks to its beautiful landscaped dotted with wax palms that reach over 60 meters (The highest palms in the world). As a matter of fact, this palm has been declared the national tree of the country. Furthermore, this beautiful valley is the birthplace of Quindo River and constitutes one of the numerous entries of Parque Natural de Los Nevados. Entering the valley is free and you can walk for hours under these fabulous palm trees.

Medellin

The capital of the Colombian department of Antioquia is one of the most beautiful cities of Colombia. Medellin has a modern transportation system, efficient infrastructure and a pleasant climate through the whole year. Furthermore, the city boasts an idyllic location surrounded by stunning mountains, the reason why is a city full of parks. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the best arepas in the country.

El santuario de las Lajas

The Sanctuary of the Lajas is a powerful structure built on a canyon with waterfalls and a mighty river at its feet. The Lajas Sanctuary located in Ipiales near the border with Ecuador is undoubtedly a must-visit place in Colombia for everyone.

Cabo de la Vela

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Away from everything, very close to Venezuela, in the desert of La Guajira, you will find Cabo de la Vela. The area is very hot, as it is in the desert but the beach is right there, so you can enjoy a bath in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Certainly, Cabo de la Vela combine to perfection arid landscapes and stunning beaches.

Here our selection with the top places to visit in Colombia! Have you ever been to any of these? Would you like to add something else? Comment!

What to see and do in the Colombian Amazon

If you are planning to visit the Colombian Amazon and you don’t know what to see and where to go, you should know that Leticia, Puerto Nariño, and its surroundings offer a large array of attractions and numerous services.

What to do in Leticia and its surroundings?

Leticia is the gateway to the Colombian Amazon, located only 2 or 3 kilometers from the International Airport Alfredo Vásquez Cobo. This city on the banks of the largest river in the world, also known as the meeting point between three borders: Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Leticia offers you a large array of outdoor activities, such as kayaking, canopy, ecological walks, flora and fauna observation. Are you ready to discover the Colombian Amazon? Take a look at the following areas.

Reserva Natural Tanimboca

This reserve offers a large array of outdoor activities such as kayaking, climbing as well as of course a walk through the jungle. Furthermore, the Reserva Natural Tanimboca is famous for the tree houses. The Treehouses in Tanimboca are well-adapted cabins, at 6, 7 and 12 meters in height, with all the services necessary for a great rest.

Please note that this is the Amazon rainforest, you must follow the security rules and don’t forget to keep it clean. Once you start a thrilling hike across the rainforest, you will discover some of its secrets as well as admire the local animals like frogs and birds.

Later, you can climb the trees and slip by cables to 35 meters in height while admiring the breathtaking views of the imposing Colombian jungle. In this exciting “aerial tour” you will also be invited to cross a suspension bridge and perform a rappel descent. Later on, you can test your skills with the oars and embark in a kayak, towards the Maloca where you can enjoy a delicious lunch, with typical food of the area.

Amazon World Ecological Park

A couple of kilometers before arriving at Tanimboca from Leticia, you will find Mundo Amazónico Ecological Park, another ideal place to explore the Colombian Amazon. Mundo Amazónico invites you to immerse yourself in the jungle through its 29 hectares of Nature Reserve, made-up of a jungle path, a botanical garden, a cultural village, an aquarium area and a restaurant.

Among its attractions highlights a cultural route where you can visit three “Malokas”, the indigenous word for house, representing some of the ethnic groups of the region: Ticuna, Bora, and Kodama. These Malokas recreate the way of life and traditions of the natives who inhabited them. Furthermore, the tour also offers the possibility of becoming a real Amazonian by using the natives hunting tools like darts and blowgun or bow and arrow.

In addition, you can learn more about the native medicinal plants. Take the medicinal path and learn about the ancestral wisdom that has transcended several generations. During the hike across the Mundo Amazónico Ecological Park, you must taste an exquisite tea that combines some of the aromatic herbs you have seen along the way, among them the stevia. Don’t forget to visit the aquarium, in it, you will see closely other species of the Amazon such as piranha, eel, and candiru.

Santander Park

Santander park is located in the very heart of Leticia. At dusk, from 5:30 p.m. hundreds of parrots arrive at this area and delight visitors with their singing. Also, you have the opportunity to climb the bell tower to be able to see from a privileged point the spectacle. Also, in Santander Park, you can admire the lake, home to numerous fishes and with the characteristic plant of the region: the Victoria Regia, the largest water plant at the Amazon.

Tabatinga

Tabatinga is famous for being a city bordering Leticia, but that is part of Brazil. Generally, travelers go there to travel from Colombia to Brazil. Although the border as such does not exist, the only thing that identifies the change of country is a clock. Once you are in Tabatinga, the signs are immediately visible in Portuguese and along the street, you can see shops where you can get the traditional “Garoto chocolates”, Cachaça and sandals.

5 reasons to visit Caño Cristales: Enjoy a Journey in Sierra de la Macarena

Undoubtedly, the Amazon is home to stunning natural areas that surpass the imagination of many. One of those beautiful areas is the Rio de Los Cinco Colores. Rio de Los Cinco Colores boasts a fabulous location only 30 minutes flight from Villavicencio, in the renowned Sierra de la Macarena. Undoubtedly, Caño Cristales is the main attraction of the area and on this post, we will show you why.

Reasons to visit Caño Cristales

For its unique colours

And by “unique” we aren’t only saying a nice word. What makes Caño Cristales a unique wonder in the world is that the endemic algae that bloom in its waters. These endemic and special algae give different colours to the river. Its colours range from red, yellow, green, blue and black. This show of bright colours can be seen between in June and December; since the first half of the year, the plants are in the breeding season.

Its wells, pools and waterfalls

Caño Cristales tours include visits to many areas of the river where geological formations generate interesting attractions for nature lovers. The Waterfall the Quartz or the stairs are it most famous stops, where waterfalls refresh the fatigued walkers. In addition, this area has a large number of natural swimming pools and wells. All these areas are perfect for exploring the bottom of the river with simple snorkel equipment. Do you want to learn more about the algae that colour the river? If so, don’t forget your fins and goggles and discover the river bottom. Of course, do not expect to see fish in these waters.  In this river, the water has been taken by plants and minerals that coexist harmoniously. If you are a water lover, don’t miss the chance to visit Caño Cristales.

The biodiversity of its surroundings

The Amazon is inhabited by hundreds of impressive animals that prowl along the banks of the river and the Serrania de la Macarena. What makes this ecosystem unique in the world, is that the Andean, Amazonian and Orinoquía regions meet, giving rise to a habitat where you can find anteaters, various types of felines (such as Jaguar and pumas), more than 500 Species of birds and thousands of insects and reptiles. So if you have the patience and passion of bird watching, you can devote a whole day to this activity.

Adventure tourism options

Besides being a destination for nature lovers, Caño Cristales also presents itself as a challenge for tourists who enjoy sport and adventure. Visiting Rio de Los Cinco Colores involves doing a great physical and mental effort, as you have to walk for few hours through hot and humid trails to reach its main attractions. On the other hand, those who organise a multi-day visit to Sierra de la Macarena can do rafting or kayaking on the Guayabero River, where the waters of Caño Cristales flow.

Its mysteries

Like all areas of difficult access, but which has housed ancestral villages for hundreds of years, the Sierra de la Macarena and Caño Cristales keep their mysteries that, on this occasion, are related to the Guayaberos. This small indigenous community still lives in these lands and its oldest members have left traces of their existence through petroglyphs and cave paintings on large rocks of the river. In addition, there is the legend of the attractive “Three Mirrors”, which relates that on full moon nights, the tribes took their offerings and delivered them to the River right in front of three rectangular and almost smooth rocks. Then the taita touched the water and the reflection of the moon projected on the stones showing the future of the members of the tribe. Certainly, this area is really special, once you there you will understand why.

How to get to Caño Cristales?

If you want to visit Caño Cristales, check out this information. Firstly, you must reach Villavicencio, the capital of Meta, and from there take a small plane to La Macarena. You can either do it by booking a tourist package or on your own. However, once you get there, it’s mandatory to hire a guide once you are at the Natural Park. Once in the village, you will find a large array of accommodation, restaurants and pubs.

Here are our reasons why everyone should visit Caño Cristales. Are you planning to spend your holidays in Colombia? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful area of Colombia.

The Beach of Belen: An unknown jewel in North of Santander

A small town that attracts a large number of visitors thanks to the Natural Park Los Estoraques.

It’s difficult to find an isolated village in Colombia with charming areas. However, there is one, at least in the North of Santander. Unfortunately, this town sooner or later will become one of the main tourist destination in Colombia.

This town is Playa de Belén, barely 150 years old, but with a three-hundred-year-old atmosphere, which until now has remained isolated from massive tourism. Climb this infinite corkscrew, which seems to seek the sky during an important part of its more than 200 kilometres, is a unique Andean experience because in front of the abyss that borders all the time there is a semitropical forest intact and possessed of all possible greens. The final descent to the town of Abrego and from there to the Beach of Belen itself is so suggestive that you will wonder why you hadn’t read anything about this area before.

This small and charming town of very few streets is unique and one of a kind in its genre for many reasons. The main reason is that it doesn’t have the pretensions of a museum, but simply of being what it is, a beautiful and authentic town. Its cobbled streets, the spontaneous uniformity of its white houses with red doors, balconies and flowers everywhere, make it a unique village in Colombia.

Certainly, the most remarkable characteristic of  Beach of Belen, are its inhabitants, unlike other beautiful towns of Colombia in which the visitors are seen as a mobile ATM. In this town, everyone is alike, and the don’t have the crazy idea to name “Charming Hotels” or “boutique hotels” and Gourmet Bistro all the Restaurants to change regular prices to European rates.

The Beach of Belen: The Estoraques

The Beach of Belen: An unknown jewel in North of Santander

But the jewel in the crown are the Estoraques. The Estoraques are geological formations carved by water and the wind for millennia, whose result is a labyrinth of columns, caves and pedestals. It’s worthy to climb to the top of the hills by marked paths and enjoy the silence of a unique landscape in the country, both beautiful and strange to the eyes, which seems like coming out of a Stars Wars movie.

Some travellers combine the visit to the park with Pinar, which is a small plateau reforested with huge pines, at a height suitable for relaxing panoramas and meetings of friends, families and lovers, located half an hour walk from the Estoraques Natural Park. The average temperature of the area, which is 21 degrees Celsius, makes neither the cold nor the heat are an obstacle to enjoying the hiking route.

Staying in La Playa de Belén several days is worth to take the pulse of the village without any effort. Finally, we all agree that  Beach of Belen is an unknown jewel that will soon be discovered as many other beautiful Colombian destinations until now unknown due to the bad reputation of the country. If you want to visit a beautiful area of Colombia, we suggest you enjoy a trip to  Beach of Belen, before turning it into another tourist area invaded by visitors and menus that serve English Breakfast for 8£.