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Exploring Columbia

Sightseeing in the capital of the South American country of Colombia and the rest of the country.

By Rasma RaistersPublished 8 months ago 4 min read

Bogotá the capital of Columbia is a beautiful city surrounded by lush mountains.

You can start your tour in La Candelaria, the historic center of the city. It is a colorful area with buildings that date back to the 1800s. There are narrow streets and walkways.

Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo is a popular plaza. The famous, narrow street Calle Jon del Embudo goes downhill from the plaza. It has small shops, restaurants, and some of the most famous murals in the city.

For breathtaking views take a cable car ride to the top of Monserrate. If you prefer you can also walk to the top where you’ll find the Sanctuary of Monserrate, a Gothic church that dates from 1925. There are two restaurants to choose from Casa San Isidro for Italian food and a restaurant in the renovated Santa Clara House for Columbian food.

Plaza de Bolivar is a huge square where you can see many people and is filled with pigeons. Among the notable buildings on the square is the Palace of Justice with a giant statue of Simon Bolivar facing it. Other notable buildings include the Nacional Museo de Colombia and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Visitors enjoy the plaza because they can also get their photo taken with a llama.

Museo del Oro or Gold Museum has exhibits over three floors with more than 34,000 pieces from the pre-Hispanic era. There are interesting carvings depicting women and animals with descriptions in both English and Spanish. The museum displays pieces made of stone, ceramics, and bones.

The Botero Museum displays the artwork of Colombia’s most famous artist Fernando Botero. You can see his paintings and sculptures. The artist self-curated an assortment of artwork including 85 pieces of his own art and another 100 artworks by famous painters like Mone, Dali, and Picasso.

The Salt Cathedral is located in the small town of Zipaquira just a couple of hours from downtown Bogota. Visitors enter the mine shaft walking on an incline to more than 600 feet below ground. Along the way, there are 12 stations of the cross and multiple salt caves. The main attraction is the Salt Cathedral with its pews, a huge cross, and an amazing marble carving on the floor.

Zona Rosa is the area of the city to do some shopping and enjoy great dining and evening entertainment. This part has high-end boutiques and American and European chain stores.

The Museo Nacional de Colombia has the largest, oldest, and most complete collection of Columbian history in the world. Exhibits are spaced over 17 galleries which are divided into four different areas – archeology, ethnography, art, and history.

The Botanical Gardens of Bogota are beautiful with walkways leading past plants, trees, and ferns from all over Columbia. There are water features among them ponds and waterfalls. Amazing greenhouses have plants from many unique ecosystems in Colombia.

Sightseeing in Columbia

The coastal city of Cartagena is a lovely historic walled city. You can see colonial architecture and houses with bougainvillea-covered balconies. Beyond the Old City center you can enjoy Getsemani and along the oceanfront Bocagrande which is a newer part of town.

Medellin offers visitors cable cars and “eco-parks”. It has a lovely Old Quarter starting at Botero Plaza with 23 portly sculptures donated by Colombian artist Fernando Botero.

In the Comuna 13 neighborhood, you’ll find colorful homes and amazing street murals.

Colombia is the world’s third-largest producer of coffee beans. The region of Eje Cafetero is home to coffee plantations which offer tours and tastings.

Leticia is a small frontier town stretching along the banks of the Amazon River. It is a great base for eco-tourism, wildlife safaris, and hikes that take you into the Amazon.

Tayrona National Natural Park has beautiful palm-shaded coves and crystal-clear lagoons. The beaches have a background of the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Providencia Island is a Caribbean island with golden sands and waving palm trees. This isolated island is among the UNESCO-protected Seaflower Biosphere Reserve.

The small town of Nuqui is surrounded by a biodiverse area with humid coastal jungles, waterfalls, and the Pacific Ocean.

You can see humpback whales that breed on empty beaches. There is a lot of birdlife, particularly hummingbirds.

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About the Creator

Rasma Raisters

My passions are writing and creating poetry. I write for several sites online and have four themed blogs on Wordpress. Please follow me on Twitter.

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  • ABRAHAM OMONIYI8 months ago

    Yes this a great country .Awesome

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