15 Best Places to Visit in Colombia

Set to the lively rhythms of salsa and merengue, spiked with three great chains of Andean peaks, scented with mountain coffees and dressed in everything from misty rainforests to rolling pampas, there’s a reason that Colombia reigns as one of South America’s real bucket-list destinations.

Check out this selection of the the best places to visit in Colombia:

1. Bogota

Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota, Colombia

Another of South America’s soaring capital cities, the sprawling, seething metropolis of Bogota makes its home on the ridges of the Colombian Eastern Cordillera.

Just shy of nine million Colombians live, work and play here, making it an electric place to visit.

The best known district – La Candelaria – is a lesson in all things colonial.

Trodden by Simon Bolivar and awash with low-rise pueblo cottages, cobblestone streets and the gorgeous La Catedral, it’s simply not to be missed.

Elsewhere, Bogota offers up the dramatic funicular ride to the tips of Cerro de Monserrate, while football crowds roar in El Campin and the various museums house everything from mysterious Incan gold works to Spanish portraiture.

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