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Colombia is the place to be right now. It’s on nearly every travellers radar these days, and for good reason. Forget Narcos and the era of Pablo Escobar. The Colombia of today is a playground for backpackers, luxury tourists and digital nomads alike.

The Caribbean Coast

Head up to the pristine Caribbean coastline of the north. Spend a few days in relaxing on palm fringed, white sand beaches and nearly deserted islands. Wander the streets of Cartagena, where colourful and stunning colonial architecture meet a modern glass skyline.

Take the bus north to the city of Santa Marta. Find secluded coves in the famous Tayrona national park, or unleash your inner hippy in the mountain village of Minca. For the truly adventurous, Santa Marta is the hop-off point for the legendary Lost City Trek.

Coffee Country

If Colombia is known for one (legal) export, it’s their outstanding coffee. And the incredible landscape and vibes of the coffee-growing region are equally as impressive as what they produce. No visit to Colombia is complete without spending at least a few days in one of these laid-back towns.

Get yourself to Filandia and find the ‘hidden’ waterfalls or eat at one of the best restaurants in the region. Hop in the back of a jeep to nearby Salento to see the world renowned towering wax palms of the Cocora valley. Then sample some outstanding Colombian cuisine at Salento’s best restaurants.

For a real local vibe, a little further north, deeper into the Andes, is the tiny village of Jardin. Not only is this our favourite of the smaller towns in coffee country, but one of our favourite destinations if all of Colombia.
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The Cities of Colombia

Colombia also has some of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the region. When you’re done in coffee country, grab the night bus from Salento to Bogota and begin your urban adventures. Although one could easily set up for the long-haul in Bogota, many people don’t spend a lot of time. If you’re in that camp, be sure to at least take in the highlights.

And then there’s Medellin. We spent a month in Medellin and completely fell in love with it. There are so many great activities that even in the time we spent, we barely scratched the surface. Even if you’re on a budget, there are some fantastic free and cheap options. While in Medellin, you must visit Comuna 13. Once the most dangerous part of the country, it’s undergone some incredible changes in recent years. And finally, only two hours away, is the stunning town of Guatape, one of the most colourful cities in the world!

Street Art & More

For street art and graffiti fanatics out there, Colombia is the perfect spot. Here’s our gallery featuring our favourite street art from around the country.

For more information to help you plan your visit, we’ve put together a complete guide to backpacking Colombia.