We are sure you have heard about the most popular destinations in Colombia. We have told you about several of them ourselves. However, today we want to tell you about five places off the stereotypical tourist radar that we consider worthy of a visit.
Located in the Colombian department of Chocó on the Colombian Pacific Coast, the municipality of Bahía Solano is home to some of the best beaches in Colombia for surfing and scuba diving. In addition to offering some incredibly unique scuba diving and surfing experiences, Bahía Solano offers you the chance to get up close and personal with whales that migrate along the coast between the months of June and October as well as the opportunity to watch the incredible journey of baby sea turtles as they hatch along the coast and make their way into the sea. If you are a real nature enthusiast, you can also check out Utria National Park, located at the western tip of Bahía Solano where you can trek through tropical rainforest and check out some breath-taking waterfalls.
San Augustín Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Colombian department of Huila. What makes this site unique is the collection of around 500 pre-Columbian sculptures that compose the park. As you walk through the park, you can learn about the history of the indigenous groups that inhabited the area as well as their significance in Colombian history and culture as you marvel at the size and potency of the sculptures around you.
Popayán is a beautiful city located in the eastern Colombian department of Cauca. The city has come to be called the “white city” as its most defining characteristic is streets lined with striking white colonial buildings and houses. Recently, Popayán was named the first City of Gastronomy in the world by UNESCO due to its variety of traditional foods and traditional cooking methods as well as its strong influence on Colombian cuisine and culture.
Macuira National Park
Macuira National Park is located at the extreme northern tip of Colombia in the department of La Guajira within the municipality of Uribia. Even though it is located in the middle of a desert landscape, Macuira National Park is home to a cloud forest as well as a host of dwarf trees that are able to thrive in the area due to the unique moisture brought by trade winds that blow through. Because of this unique environment, you can observe a host of flora and fauna found only within the confines of the park. Bear in mind that when travelling through the park, it is best to hire a guide who knows the area, normally someone belonging to the Wayuu indigenous group that inhabits the area.
Located in the Colombian department of Meta, Caño Cristales is still considered a recently discovered natural wonder. A normal river for most of the year, between June and November Caño Cristales transforms into “the river of paradise,” “the river of five colours,” due to the presence and blooming of several different species of algae.
The Uncover Colombia Team