October  31 2022 - Sharon Contreras

In this blog we want to introduce you to a small part of the Andean region, located in the heart of Colombia and known as one of the most populated areas of the country. It has a wide range of thermal zones and most of the country's natural parks are located here. Due to its many thermal zones, a lot of different fruits and vegetables are produced. It is the home of the Andean condor, the emblematic bird of the Colombian shield. Its geography, water resources,great cultural and natural wealth, will leave you wanting to explore more.

Bogota, the capital of Colombia, is located in the heart of this area. During your visit you can stroll through the steep streets of the colonial center of La Candelaria, visit museums, enjoy a delicious ajiaco or another typical dish for lunch. Go on a bike tour to see the street art and discover the city through its bike lanes. You can also visit the Paloquemao market, where you can taste fruits from all over Colombia and eat some of the many typical local dishes. 

The Andean region has a great variety of diverse destinations to visit. If you love extreme sports, we have the perfect destination for you. In the north of the region, is San Gil located, known as Colombia's adventure capital of the department of Santander. You can practice activities such as rafting, paragliding over the Chicamocha Canyon -the second largest one in the world-, bungee jumping, mountain biking, kayaking or rappelling down waterfall. There is an endless list of possible adventures, without a doubt you have to visit Santander, you will enjoy it. 

On the other hand if you are a loyal coffee lover, you have to visit one of the biggest coffee producing areas of the country. The Coffee Ax consists of green mountains, colorful towns with traditional architecture like in the Disney movie Encanto, a mild and pleasant climate and many plantations where the best coffee in Colombia is produced. Come visit the Coffee Ax with us and learn from the coffee experts fromCaldas, Risaralda and Quindio, the three main departments of the Coffee Ax. 

If you like challenges we also have the best adventurous plan for you. Visit Los Nevados National Park, it is undoubtedly one of the most iconic areas of the Andes. The area of the park extends over four departments with their capitals Quindio, Manizales, Pereira and Ibagué. With snow-capped peaks so high that they literally take your breath away, volcanic plateaus that resemble lunar landscapes, moors with crater lakes and cloud forests.

Red-tile roofs on top of whitewashed houses dating back to the 16th century, cobblestone streets full of potholes and a wide square, with a background of the mountains: that is the town of Villa de Leyva. Without a doubt, one of the most emblematic colonial towns in Colombia that you will love to visit, it has a cold climate but it suits the bohemian style of the place. 

One of the cultural destinations of Colombia is without a doubt, San Agustín. It has statues and tombs that are believed to have been made by pre-Columbian people who inhabited this area, somewhere between 50 and 400 A.D. This area is a must-see for archeology lovers

Colombia's second city, Medellín, used to have a bad reputation as the city of drug trafficker Escobar. But from those dark pages in its history, the city has undergone a remarkable transformation, and now Medellín is one of the most progressive and entertaining metropolises in Latin America. ‘Comuna 13’ is one of the neighborhoods worth visiting because of its vibe and many cultural activities such as dance or graffiti workshops organized by the people of that community.  

This beautiful region is so extensive that certainly a blog is insufficient to continue showing you its diversity and beauty. If you want to know more, just write to us and we will let you fall in love with this region during your  trip to Colombia!

Take time to enjoy this wonderful part of Colombia. Come and visit the Andean region with us, you will love it!!

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