Over the past decade, Colombia has all but become the new Thailand as far as budget-friendly, culture-shocking backpacker destinations go. Previously notorious and dangerous cities such as Medellín have become massive metropolitans with world-renowned nightlife scenes that won’t break the bank, while small colonial towns like Salento offer a weekend getaway to the enchanting Cocora Valley, where some of the worlds best coffee is produced.
However, it’s not all about the partying and café! Colombia is an incredibly vast country with astounding diversity in climate and landscape, making it a gold mine for outdoor-enthusiasts. You can hit the bars anywhere–but don’t miss out on these incredible experiences on your Colombia trip!
Colombia, or Mars? In the nation’s second largest arid region, you’ll find the stunning rigid mountains of the Tatacoa Desert (technically a semi-arid dry tropical forest… details, details). The unique and mesmerizing panoramic of this hidden gem will leave you in awe as you hike, bike, or take a guided tour through the landscape.
This is an epic spot for admiring the sky, whether it be stargazing (in its famous observatory, or with the naked eye), or watching some of the most magical sunsets in the world. Tatacoa is located smack in-between Bogota and Cali, so it’s the perfect stop to make to break up a road trip with something extraordinary.