Top 5 Must See Cities in Colombia

Written By: Di Michelle

Beaches, jungles, big cities? Colombia has it all! Plan your trip today, and make sure you hit these must-see cities in Colombia while you’re there!

Forget what you’ve heard – Colombia is the go-to country for South American travel now and tourism is booming. It’s only a short flight away, the cost of living is cheap, and the food, nightlife, and nature is absolutely amazing.

Cities in Colombia

Whether you explore Columbia on a tour or solo, you must make sure to add these Columbian cities to your travel itinerary.

Medellin

Medellin is one of the more popular cities in Colombia
Medellin is one of the more popular cities in Colombia

Medellin has a bad rap as the home of Pablo Escobar, but the city has totally transformed itself in the past 15 years.

The vibrant city of 2 million boasts some of the best nightlife in the country in the Poblado neighborhood, as well as a large and easy to access National Park on the surrounding mountainsides.

A day trip to the colorful lakeside town of Guatape is also a must. All in all, Medellin is amazing and the history and comeback story of this city can’t be missed!

Medellin essentials

Stay: Poblado
Drink: Happy Buddha Bar, Craft Beer Bar, Chupa Shots,
Eat: Querido Food & Love, Bonhomia
See: Cable Car, Parque Arvi, Guatape, City Tour

Bogota

cities in Colombia - Bogota
Add Bogota to your list of cities in Colombia to visit

Bogota, a city of 9 million, has something for everyone.

Explore the old cobbled streets of the colorful Candelaria district and take a refresher history course at the imposing senate and presidential buildings.

Breweries, clubs, and good eats dominate the hip Zona Rosa zone and guarantee an amazing (and maybe somewhat hazy) night out any day of the week. Just make sure you pack a jacket – at 8,600 feet, the altitude keeps the city cool all year around.

Bogota essentials

Stay: Chapinero
Drink: Zona Rosa
Eat: La Puerta Falsa, Quatro Mesas, Andres Carne de Res
See: Monserrate, Candelaria, Simon Bolivar Square

Cartagena

Cartegena is a colonial city in Colombia located on the beach
Cartegena is a colonial city in Colombia located on the beach

Cartagena is another Colombian city you must visit.

It’s steeped in beauty, mystery, and tropical heat. The beachside city was built with a colonial flair, and the brightly covered houses of the old town are draped in flowers and greenery.

Spend your days soaking up the sun wandering the cobbled streets, shopping the street vendors, and drinking mojitos.

Just make sure you don’t miss a day trip to Playa Blanca, the gorgeous white sand beach stretching across Cartagena’s Caribbean islands. Paradise!

Cartagena essentials

Stay: Getsemani or Old town
Drink: El Arsenal, Cafe Havana, Trinidad Square
Eat: La Cevicheria, Porton de San Sebastion
See: Playa Blanca, Coral National Park, Old Town

San Andres Island

San Andres Island is a gorgeous place to visit in Colombia
San Andres Island is a gorgeous place to visit in Colombia

This little known Caribbean island is nestled near Nicaragua and about a 3 hour flight from Colombia’s mainland.

If you love seafood, beaches, and lounging in the sun – the pace of this laid back island is definitely for you.

Visit to dive the clear blue waters or just enjoy the year-round perfect weather and get away from it all.

San Andres Island essentials

Stay: Rocky Cay or El Centro
Drink: Grab a bottle of liquor or wine and enjoy it laying on the beach
Eat: Rosa del Mar
See: Rocky Cay Island, San Luis Beach, West View

Jardin

Jardin is a charming city in Colombia
Jardin is a charming city in Colombia

Jardin really is a town that time forgot. Step back in time in this little farming town untouched by modern time. Wander the wholesome market streets of the main square, visit the Basilica, and enjoy the many cafe’s spreading their tables out into the sun. Spend your days hiking the nearby mountainsides and waterfalls, and your nights sipping coffee with the locals. I promise, you’ll never see Colombia the same after this.

Jardin essentials

Stay: Main Square
Drink: Coffee in the many cafe’s surrounding the square
Eat: Cafe Europa
See: Hike to nearby waterfalls, horseback ride to la Cueva del Esplendor

If this country is not already on your bucket list, make sure you add it today! And when you do visit, don’t miss these top 5 must see cities in Colombia!

top 5 cities in Colombia
Top 5 cities in Colombia

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About Di Michelle

Di is a Digital marketer and world traveler who spent two years teaching in the Middle East before starting her own business working remotely and travel indefinitely. She started her blog to celebrate the nomad lifestyle, and to show the good (and the bad) of living out of a suitcase living by the motto "But, what else?" What else is there to see and do? What else is there to try, explore, and discover? Well, come along with me and find out!" Follow the journey at SlightNorth / Facebook /

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8 thoughts on “Top 5 Must See Cities in Colombia”

  1. I have visited Colombia several times and the landscapes are beautiful just like Brazil. I recommend visiting the north coast, you will fall in love.

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  2. This is great, thanks! We are headed to Colombia in the next couple of months so will be sure to add these to the list of places to check out. Thanks for the recommendations!!

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  3. Great stuff! Colombia is a stunning country with so much variety – from jungle to snow-topped mountains to desert to white sanded Caribbean beaches to rival those of the Bahamas – it really seems to have it all.

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  4. One of the best things about Colombia is that you can do many different activities. You can find any type of landscapes, either the amazing beaches, big cities, incredible nature and etc. Great list! Thanks.

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