Packed with rainforests, Andes mountains and several coffee plantations, Colombia is a mesmerizing nation, situated at the northern tip of South America. This incredible country is rich in emeralds, coffee and oil. Colombia is also known for its tropical flora and wildlife for there are innumerable species of birds in Colombia than anywhere else in the planet.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to the capital - Bogota. Situated in the Andes, this dynamic city is a delicious blend of swish, urban neighbourhoods and windy streets overlooked by a mountainous vantage point. Some of the attractions comprise of the Capitolio Nacional and the cathedral on the main square, Plaza Bolivar. It would be a shame to miss out on its primary attraction - the incredible Gold Museum and its collection of pre-Colombian treasures is perhaps the best in South America.
A trip to Colombia is not complete without exploring the Amazon basin. It encompasses almost one-third of Colombia's territory. Boat trips leave from Leticia, in the Amazonas region to closeby Amacayu National Park. Tours comprise of visits to indigenous tribes, sleeping in hammocks slung in straw-roofed malocas. Don't forget to wander about the jungle and beaches of Tayrona National Park. With its gorgeous Caribbean location, the Tayrona National Park, is one of the nation's most famous parks. It features coral reefs, sheltered bays, gorgeous beaches, mangroves and wildlife-rich jungle.
Be sure to drop by at the Salt Cathedral, situated in the colonial city of Zipaquira. It is one of Colombia's most famous sight-seeing points. Launched in 1954, the underground church was constructed out of the mountain, deep within a salt mine near the city. Stalactites and specks of salt mix with croses and chapels to craft a glowing spiritual vibe. Stroll around the 500 mysterious pre-Columbian stone statues and tombs in one of South America's most interesting archaeological sites, San Agustin, in the southern Cordilera Central. Dating as far back as some 3,000 years, this is the biggest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures on the continent, associating with one of the earliest Andean settlements.
When it comes to shopping, be on the lookout for items such as gold jewellery, art, antiques, leather products, first-grade precious stones and the emeralds. As for cuisine, be sure to indulge in Ajiaco - a rich soup prepared with chicken, potato and corn, with cream and capers added at the table, Arepas - Corn pancakes, eaten at every meal, with savoury toppings and Bandeja paisa - Meat with avocado, rice, fried plantain and red beans, typical to Medellin.
The stay options in Colombia are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Colombia experiences warm and tropical climate. The best time to visit would be during the dry season from December to February and June to August.