Pulsating with Latin beats and as alive and colorful as any place on earth, Colombia is emerging from its brittle shadows as a destination for wildlife watching, mountain exploration and cultural tours. The capital of Bogotá spins to life with exotic foods, colonial charms, top-flight museums and a sophisticated arts scene. Outside the capital, you’ll find untrammeled national parks in high-altitude Andean environments where bear, deer and condors roam free. There’s hikes along glaciers, climbs to rugged summits, and plenty of adventures that take you far from the beaten path and into the authentic heart of a nation only beginning to seize upon its tourism potential.
The patchwork landscape of farms, fields, wild areas and traditional villages is a central piece of rural life in Colombia, where a hard-won peace shows on the broad smiles of local villagers and life is returning to normal after years of conflict and strife. In places like Valle de Lagunilas and Los Frailes, you’ll find a proximity to Colombia’s nature and people, while journeys in the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy take you 15,000 feet to the top of the world.