Top 5 Colombia Attractions
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Top 5 Colombia AttractionsPosted on June 2. 2015
A mountainous and green South American country stretching from the Amazon to the Caribbean Sea, Colombia is home to some of the prettiest scenic beaches, mountains, and islands that you will ever see. As a result, Colombia is rising to the forefront of Caribbean travel. Pleasantly surprising nearly everyone who visits, Colombia is perfect for your next visit to the Caribbean, and to help make your day trip research a little easier, here is a collection of the best tourist attractions in Colombia.
Tayrona National Park
An oasis on Colombia’s far north coast, Tayrona National Park is home to lush flora & fauna and beaches all wrapped in a laid-back and natural environment. Since the region is protected as a national park, Tayrona is left to those who want to be at one with nature and frolic among the crescent beaches and sea rocks. Cabo San Juan is a highlight as the beach is limited to a small number of tourists per day.
If you think palm trees have to be by the beach to be beautiful, one trip to the Cocora Valley will change your mind forever. This valley of stoically stunning palms and low hanging mist intertwined with hiking paths is like something out of a lost world – a lush and lovely lost world. These specific palms on display here are called wax palms and they are regarded as the national tree of Colombia.
Las Lajas Sanctuary
Nestled upon the canyon walls surrounding the Guáitara River, the Las Lajas Sanctuary has one of the most breathtaking settings of any church on the planet. Built in a Gothic Revival style with stunning whitewashed walls, the sanctuary is the latest in a generation of shrines on the site that mark the spot where a miracle occurred in the 17th century. This church and its surrounding natural environment full of waterfalls and rivers is easily one of the best tourist attractions in Colombia.
The Lost City
Often compared to the more famous Machu Picchu, The Lost City isn’t as “lost” as it used to be, but when you visit, you will still get the feeling of discovering one of the most awe-inspiring tourist attractions in Colombia. The Lost City was only just stumbled upon in 1972, and in the 40 plus years since has gone through many rounds of restorations. Like Machu Picchu, you can hike to the Lost City over the course of a few days and at the end of your hike the views make the effort more than worthwhile.
The Walled City Cartagena
The city of Cartagena is like nowhere else in Colombia as it sits on the coast and is rich with Spanish colonial and Caribbean flavors. A walled city sits at its core, and inside the walled city, history and liveliness line every alleyway and plaza. Protected by the Castillo San Felips de Barajas fortress, a UNESCO world heritage site, Cartagena is an absolute must for any trip to Colombia.
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