Today’s BSA Blog post is really special and caliente! We took a trip to Colombia, visited the most amazing landscapes and brought you a wonderful traveling guide of the best spots in the country.
Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets, and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.
Most visitors enter the Old Town via the iconic Torre del Reloj (clock tower). Sites within the town walls include the Palace of the Inquisition, now a museum displaying historical artifacts, and Las Bóvedas, 18th-century dungeon housing shops in its former cells. Beyond the walled town, the massive 16th-century Castle of San Felipe de Barajas offers sweeping views, as does the 17th-century La Popa Convent, built on a prominent hill. Bayside Calle del Arsenal in the Getsemani neighborhood offers vibrant nightlife, with clubs fueled by salsa dancing and aguardiente, the anise-flavored national spirit.
Medellín is the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. Modern metro cables link the city to surrounding barrios and offer views of the Aburrá Valley below. Sculptures by Fernando Botero decorate downtown's Botero Plaza, while the Museo de Antioquia displays more of the Colombian artist’s work.
Also in the city center, Bolívar Park is home to the massive Romanesque Cathedral Basilica Metropolitana. Nearby lies the ornate cultural center Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe and the neoclassical Iglesia la Candelaria. Parque Lleras, in the neighborhood of El Poblado, is lined with restaurants and bars. To the north, Parque Arví offers many hiking trails and zip-line canopy tours. In the barrio of Santo Domingo Savio stands the Biblioteca España, a strikingly contemporary library and symbol of the city’s urban renewal efforts.
Bogotá is Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It's also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero's art, and the Museo del Oro, displaying pre-Columbian gold pieces.
The Zona Rosa neighborhood is known for its upmarket shopping and trendy nightlife. The neighborhoods of Parque de la 93 and La Zona G are lined with more nightclubs, plus gourmet restaurants and high-end hotels. Other notable neighborhoods are La Macarena, with many art galleries, and Usaquén, featuring modern cafes and shops tucked inside colonial relics. One of many green spaces in Bogotá, Simón Bolívar Park offers lakes and walking paths. Reachable via a funicular, the roughly 3,200m-high Cerro de Monserrate provides panoramic views. It's topped by Santuario de Monserrate, a church famed for its 17th-century shrine.
Barranquilla, the capital of Colombia’s Atlántico Department, is a bustling seaport flanked by the Magdalena River. The city is known for its enormous Carnival, which brings together flamboyantly costumed performers, elaborate floats and cumbia music. In the chic neighborhood of El Prado, the Museo Romántico showcases artifacts from past festivals and exhibits on famous Colombians, like writer Gabriel García Márquez.
The 17th-century, twin-towered church of Iglesia de San Nicolás de Tolentino faces the gathering place Plaza de San Nicolás in the city's historic center. Set in a neoclassical building nearby, the Museo del Atlántico displays Colombian artifacts and artwork. The Parque Cultural del Caribe is home to the Museo del Caribe, with exhibits celebrating regional culture. Bordering the park is the Antiguo Edificio de la Aduana, an old customs house turned cultural complex. To the west lies the Catedral Metropolitana María Reina, a landmark of Modernist design.
That's all for today guys! We hope you liked our traveling guide and if you have visited Colombia or other places that you want to be featured on our blog, send us an email or a direct message via Instagram.
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