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13 Best Places to Visit in Colombia in 2024 for Passport Bros

A look of all of colombia from a hill

Listen up, gentlemen. If you haven't heard, Colombia is the place to be, and it's not just because of the coffee.

This country is exploding in popularity, and for a damn good reason. Think about it: where else can you find a place that's a melting pot of cultures, boasts terrains that'll make your jaw drop, and offers climates that cater to whatever mood you're in?

Beaches, mountains, jungles – Colombia's got it all.

Now, for my passport bros out there, let me break it down for you. You're a man of adventure, culture, and you sure as hell deserve some relaxation. Colombia? It's the trifecta.

Whether you're looking to flex those muscles on a mountain trek, immerse yourself in a culture that's as rich as its coffee, or just kick back on a sandy beach with a drink in hand, Colombia's calling your name.

And trust me, it's a call you want to answer.

Why Colombia is a Must-Visit in 2023

Alright, let's cut the fluff and get straight to it. Why should Colombia be at the top of your 2023 bucket list? Simple.

It's not just another tourist trap. Colombia is raw, real, and packed with experiences you won't find anywhere else on this planet.

We're talking about diving into a culture so rich, it'll make your head spin.

We're talking about landscapes so diverse, every day feels like a new adventure. And the best part? It's not very far away!

No 20-hour flights, no jet lag that'll knock you out for days. Just hop on a plane, and in a few hours, you're there.

For the passport bros out there who've been everywhere and seen everything – think again. Colombia is the real deal.

It's the kind of place that challenges you, excites you, and leaves you wanting more.

So, if you're looking for the next big thing in travel, this is it. Don't miss out. Get in before the rest of the world catches on. Because trust me, they will.

And when they do, you'll want to be the guy saying, "Been there, done that."


Alright, listen up. Everyone thinks Bogota's just a pit stop before hitting up the real Colombian gems.

But let me tell you, Bogota's not just some warm-up act—it's the main event. You'd be a fool to breeze through without soaking in its magic.

bogota. colombia

Perched high in the Andean Mountains, Bogota's sitting at a whopping 2,600 meters. Yeah, it's massive, with over 11 million people calling it home.

Sure, it can get chilly and rain might crash the party, but when the sun's out? This city shines like nowhere else.

Zona T and Chapinero? Elite spots. Whether you're after authentic local grub, some hipster brew, or a brunch that screams class, they've got you covered.

And don't even get me started on Plaza de Bolivar. It's history and style rolled into one—with architecture that'll drop your jaw and museums that'll blow your mind.

The city's vast, but it's got bike lanes for days. Rent one and own the streets. For a champ like me, Bogota's the place to be in Colombia.

Don't just pass through—dominate it for a few days.

  • Location? Dead center. The ultimate launchpad for your Colombian saga.

  • Getting Here? Fly in like a boss. If not, there's always the road trip from Cartagena or Medellin. Just make sure you roll in style.

  • To-Do List? Get on that cable car to Montserrat. Views for days. Hit up Old Town, feel the pulse of Plaza de Bolivar, and get lost in the Zona T vibes.

  • Crash Pad? North Chapinero. And check out this slick apartment right between Chapinero and Zona T. Trust me, it's where the winners stay.


Life in El Poblado. This place isn't just some city—it's a powerhouse of experiences waiting for you to conquer.

Medellin, Colombia

Now, I know what you're thinking. Medellin? Wasn't that the 'Murder City'? Yeah, back in the 90s, this place was wild, thanks to those infamous cartels.

But guess what? Medellin's pulled off the ultimate comeback. It's a testament to the power of transformation, and you can feel the energy in every corner.

You wanna know the real Medellin? Dive deep into its neighborhoods. My top pick? The Moravia tour. This community rose from a literal garbage dump, and their story is nothing short of legendary. Don't miss it.

  • Location? Medellin's the crown jewel of the mountainous Antioquia province, up in the northwest.

  • Getting Here? Fly in like a boss from Bogota or Cartagena. Or hit the road and roll in by bus.

  • Bucket List? Check out Comuna 13, the former bad boy of neighborhoods. Get a caffeine kick with a top-tier coffee tour. And if you're feeling fearless, soar over the Colombian Andes with some paragliding.

  • Basecamp? El Poblado. Safe, stylish, and stacked with killer spots to eat, drink, and shop. For the ultimate stay, check out Sui Posada Boutique. Close to the action, but with enough distance for some R&R. Trust me, it's where the winners rest.


Alright, let's break it down. Cartagena? Absolute goldmine. Nestled on the Caribbean coast, this place is a sun-soaked paradise.

Cartagena, Colombia

And if you're not hitting up Cartagena when you're in Colombia, you're missing out big time.

The old town? Pure magic. We're talking ancient walls, cobblestone streets, and architecture that'll make you feel like you've stepped into another era.

But if you want to mix it up with the cool crowd, head to Getsemani. Street art, buzzing bars, and a vibe that's off the charts.

Want to level up? Bocogrande's where it's at. Modern pads, killer pools, and views that'll make your Instagram explode.

And while Cartagena's beaches might not be the top of the charts, its gateway to Colombia's epic islands more than makes up for it.

  • Location? Cartagena's rocking the northern coast, right on the Caribbean Sea.

  • Getting Here? Easy. Fly straight into Cartagena's airport, especially if you're coming from Bogota.

  • Top Picks? Dive into a walking tour. Hit up the Convento de la Popa for views that'll blow your mind, and get lost in the charm of Old Town's boutique shops.

  • Crash Pad? Want to live like a king? Hotel Casona del Porvenir in Old Town is where the champions stay. Book it, and thank me later..

Santa Marta

Alright, champs, let's talk Santa Marta. If you're looking to dominate Tayrona National Park and still want that sea breeze, this is your spot.

One of the OG cities in the Americas, founded way back in 1525 by the Spanish.

Cartagena, Colombia

The city vibe? Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but the history, beachside location, and killer food scene make it a must-visit in Colombia.

Hungry? Dive into the Santa Marta Public Market. Get your hands on some 'Arroz de coco' (that's coconut rice for the uninitiated) and feast on some top-tier fried fish.

And when the sun's setting, hit up Paseo El Camellon for views that'll make your heart race. Oh, and if you're chasing the ultimate beach vibe, Playa Blanca's where it's at.

  • Location? Santa Marta's flexing on the Caribbean Sea, up north. Getting Here? Piece of cake. Grab a budget-friendly flight from the big players like Medellin, Bogota, or Cali. If you're coming from Cartagena, it's a 5-hour bus ride.

  • Bucket List? Conquer Tayrona National Park, trek to The Lost City like a true adventurer, and get your caffeine fix with a coffee and cocoa tour in Minca.

  • Basecamp? Check out the historic center. There's this killer hotel that's not just a stone's throw from the beach but also boasts a pool for that ultimate chill. Book it, live it, love it.

San Andrés Islands

Alright, listen up, champs. If you're not putting San Andres on your Colombian hit list, you're playing the game wrong.

San Andres islands, colombia

This place is a gem, even though it's chilling 450 miles off the mainland, closer to Nicaragua than Colombia. But trust me, it's pure Colombian magic.

Nestled right in the heart of the Caribbean, San Andres is a National Park paradise. Picture this: insane marine life, beaches that look straight out of a postcard, and that iconic Caribbean blue water.

And the best part? You get that Caribbean luxury without burning a hole in your wallet. Sure, it's a tad pricier than the mainland, but it's a steal compared to other Caribbean hotspots.

  • Diving? San Andres is the Mecca. World-class coral, marine life that'll blow your mind, and prices that won't break the bank. Whether you're looking to get certified or just dive into the deep blue, this is the spot.

  • Location? San Andres is Colombia's distant cousin, chilling 700 kilometers away, and just a hop away from Nicaragua. But it's worth every mile.

  • Getting Here? Only one way in—by plane. Fly into Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport from the big Colombian cities. Prices? Pretty sweet.

  • Bucket List? Dive, dive, and dive some more. Especially if you're a newbie, there's this epic diving experience waiting for you. Hit up the beaches, island-hop, and make sure you check out Johnny Cay—it's a game-changer.

  • Basecamp? St Andrew’s Bay's where the action is. Hotel Boutique Casa Hendaus? Adults-only, super chic, and a mere 400 meters from the beach. Book it and live the dream.

  • Heads up: There's a $30 entry fee when you're flying out from the mainland. Small price to pay for paradise, right?


Alright, listen up, dance enthusiasts! If salsa's your jam, or even if it's not (yet), Cali's where you need to be. Trust me, after a few days in this rhythmic paradise, you'll be moving to the beat like a pro.

Cali, Colombia

Cali's bursting with colors, vibes, and salsa schools that'll welcome you with open arms—even if you've got two left feet.

And when the sun goes down, hit the town. Want to see the real deal? Zaperoco's the spot. Dance your heart out or just kick back and soak in that electric atmosphere.

But Cali's not just about the dance. It's a mosaic of churches, museums, squares, and a buzzing cafe scene. It's a Colombian gem waiting to be explored.

  • Location? Cali's down south, about 500 kilometers from Bogota.

  • Getting Here? Hop on a bus from Bogota (around 9-11 hours) or Medellin (about 8 hours). Or fly straight into Cali's airport.

  • Bucket List? Dive into a walking tour by day, and by night, immerse yourself in the salsa scene with a tour. And remember, Zaperoco's where the magic happens.

  • Basecamp? Check out El Peñon—it's classy, safe, and the Hotel Peñon is top-tier. Book it, dance it, live it.

San Gil

Alright, adrenaline junkies, buckle up! If you're chasing that thrill, San Gil's where you need to be.

Picture this: a quaint town with those classic red roofs, but don't let its charm fool you. This place is Colombia's adrenaline HQ.

San Gil, Colombia

Small town? Sure. Big adventures? Absolutely. San Gil's nature game is next level, and it's got the activities to match.

We're talking white water rafting, paragliding, waterfall rappelling, mountain biking, rock climbing, and the list goes on.

But if you're looking to dial it back a notch, San Gil's got you covered. Parque el Gallineral's sprawling with over 10 acres of walking trails.

And if you're up for some epic views, the nearby Chicamocha National Park boasts one of the world's longest cable cars—3.6 miles of pure scenic beauty.

  • Location? San Gil's nestled 300 kilometers north of Bogota in the heart of Santander.

  • Getting Here? Jump on a bus from Bogota (8 hours), Medellin (11 hours), or Cartagena (17 hours). If you're flying, Bucaramanga's Palonegro airport is just a 2-hour drive away.

  • Bucket List? Dive into paragliding at Chicamocha National Park and get your heart racing with canyoneering. Or, if you're in the mood for some chill vibes, wander through Parque el Gallineral's serene trails.

  • Basecamp? Check into Traveler Hostel. Prime location, a pool to cool off, a rooftop terrace, and an unbeatable atmosphere.

  • Heads up: Chicamocha National Park's got a $5 entry fee. Want to hop on that epic cable car? That's an extra $10. But trust me, it's worth every penny.


Alright, coffee lovers, this one's for you. Colombia's got that world-renowned coffee game, and if you're not hitting up its coffee heartland, you're missing out.

Right in the epicenter? The drop-dead gorgeous town of Jardin.

Jardin, Colombia

Imagine the most Instagram-worthy colonial town you've ever seen—that's Jardin. Vibrant houses, flowers everywhere, and nature's beauty just a stone's throw away. Wildlife, waterfalls, you name it, Jardin's got it.

And inside the town? Boutique shops galore and coffee joints that'll blow your mind. From authentic local brews to ultra-hip cafes roasting their own beans, it's a coffee lover's dream.

And while you're there for the coffee, Jardin's charm might just make you want to stay forever.

  • Location? Jardin's nestled in north-west Colombia, right in the coffee belt.

  • Getting Here? If you're coming from Medellin, it's a smooth 3-hour drive.

  • Bucket List? Dive deep into the coffee culture with a private tour. Trust me, it's a game-changer. Hike up to La Escalera waterfall and reward yourself with a cuppa from one of Jardin's trendy cafes.

  • Basecamp? Check into Casa Passiflora Hotel Boutique. Right in the heart of Jardin, it's a serene oasis that's perfect for couples. Book it, sip it, love it.


Alright, champs, let's talk Providencia. Can't have a legit Colombian travel guide without it. Like San Andres, it's chilling closer to Nicaragua, but don't get it twisted—it's pure Colombian Caribbean magic.

Picture this: beaches straight out of a travel magazine, and an underwater kingdom that's just waiting to be explored.

Divers, this is your paradise. Dive into those pristine waters and get up close with reef sharks, stingrays, and turtles.

providencia, colombia

Compared to San Andres, Providencia's got a more chill, intimate island vibe. It's a visual treat, but don't expect the same level of facilities as its bigger sibling.

  • Getting Here? First, fly into San Andres from Bogota or Cartagena. From there, you've got two choices: a quick 20-minute flight or a 3.5-hour ferry ride (brace yourself, it can get a bit wild). Need ferry tickets? Book 'em right here.

  • Bucket List? Dive deep, explore the barrier reef, and make a pit stop at Santa Catalina Island.

  • Basecamp? Head to Freshwater Bay. It's got a handful of hotels, eateries, and dive shops. For the ultimate stay, check out this beachfront cabana. Pure bliss.

  • Heads up: There's a $30 entry fee when you're flying out from the mainland. Small price to pay for paradise, right?


Alright, let's talk Jerico. If you're hunting for Colombia's hidden gems, this town's a jackpot. It's one of the most picturesque spots in the country, and even with its growing fame, it's still got that untouched charm.

Jerico's got deep roots in tradition and faith—just count the 17 churches scattered around. It's like stepping into the heart of authentic Colombia.

Jerico, Colombia

For the artsy souls, Jerico's a playground. Bursting with color, creativity, and endless opportunities to dive into something new.

And guess what? They often host art and pottery workshops, and most of the time, they're on the house.

Hungry? Make a beeline for Isabel Art and Steakhouse. Word on the street is they serve the best meat in Colombia. And trust me, it's every bit as delicious as they say.

  • Location? Jerico's nestled in the Antioquia region, about 100 kilometers southwest of Medellin.

  • Getting Here? If you're in Medellin, hop on a bus from Terminal del Sur. Look for the Trans Jerico service. It's a 3-hour ride and will set you back around $10.

  • Basecamp? Jerico's cozy, and this chic apartment's just a short stroll from the heart of the town. Dive into that outdoor pool and soak in the breathtaking views. Book it, live it, love it.


Alright, adventurers, let's dive into Guatape. If you're hunting for Colombia's most photogenic spots, this town's your gold mine.

Famous for its kaleidoscope of colors, Guatape's buildings are a visual treat. Trust me, your camera roll won't know what hit it.

Guatape, Colombia

I jetted off to Guatape for a buddy's birthday bash from Medellin. Best. Decision. Ever. The serene waters, the laid-back vibes—it's the ultimate escape from the city hustle.

Top moments? Paddling through the lake and conquering El Penol (aka the Rock of Guatape). The view from the top? Mind-blowing. But brace yourself, that climb's a beast.

  • Location? Guatape's chilling in northwest Colombia, just a 2-hour drive from Medellin.

  • Getting Here? From Medellin, you've got options. Splurge on a $50 taxi ride or save some bucks with a $5 bus ride from Terminal del Norte.

  • Bucket List? Challenge yourself with the 745 steps of The Rock of Guatape, wander through the vibrant streets, and cruise the lake. Want a killer experience? This day trip from Medellin to Guatape is a must.

  • Basecamp? I crashed at the Serendipity Boutique Hotel, just outside Guatape. If you're looking to soak in those lake vibes, this is the spot. Gorgeous grounds, free kayaks, and pure relaxation. Book it and thank me later.

Rosario Islands

Alright, beach lovers, let's talk Rosario Islands. Just off Cartagena's coast, this cluster of 30 islands is Colombia's slice of paradise. Think untouched beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a national park that's pure magic.

Rosario, Islands

The big shot here? Isla Grande. Resorts, hotels, and that dreamy island life vibe. Dive into waters that redefine the word "blue", and get up close with vibrant coral reefs and a rainbow of fish. Dive enthusiasts, this is your playground.

Rosario Islands? Easily one of Colombia's crown jewels. Whether you're planning a day trip from Cartagena or dreaming of a few nights in paradise, it's a must-visit.

  • Getting Here? Hop on a boat or snag a spot on a tour from Cartagena. This full-day tour? Absolute game-changer.

  • Bucket List? Dive into the underwater world with a snorkel, and bask in the sun at Bendita Beach.

  • Heads Up: There's a $4.25 park entry fee, and it's usually on top of any ferry or tour costs. Worth every penny.

La Ciudad Perdida

Alright, adventurers, let's dive into one of Colombia's best-kept secrets: La Ciudad Perdida, aka the Lost City.

Think of it as Colombia's answer to Machu Picchu, but with fewer tourists and more raw, untouched beauty. Built around 800AD by the Tayrona, this place is ancient history at its finest.

La ciudad Perdida, Colombia

Nestled near Santa Marta in the north, this archaeological marvel boasts 169 terraces etched into the mountains, plazas, and a maze of roads. Fun fact? Treasure hunters stumbled upon it in 1972.

Thanks to the brainy archaeologists and the nod from local tribes, a slice of this gem is now open for us to explore. But here's the catch: it's a 4-day trek on foot. So, if you're up for a real adventure, this is your jam.

  • Location? Deep in northern Colombia, with Santa Marta as your starting point.

  • Getting In? Lace up those hiking boots. This 4-day trek, in collaboration with the indigenous folks, is your ticket in.

  • What's Hot? Expect lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, serene rivers, and refreshing natural pools.

  • Crash Pad? Tours got you covered with stays in the heart of indigenous communities.

  • Fees? Zip. But you'll need permits and a legit guide to roll with you. Dive into our full guide on the Lost City for the 411.

Activities Tailored for North American Men

Listen up, bros! You're not in Colombia to just sit around and sip on piña coladas (though, let's be real, they're damn good here).

You're here for the action, the thrill, the stories you'll brag about to your buddies back home.

So, let's cut the fluff and dive straight into the heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping activities Colombia has lined up just for you.

  • Trekking Routes and Challenges: You think you're fit? Prove it. Colombia's diverse terrain is a playground for those looking to test their limits. From the towering peaks of the Andes to the dense jungles of the Amazon, there's a trail for every level of badassery. And trust me, the views? Worth every drop of sweat.

  • Beach Spots: Alright, after all that trekking, you've earned a break. And by break, I mean lounging on some of the world's most pristine beaches. Whether you're looking to catch some waves, dive into crystal-clear waters, or just kick back with a cold one, Colombia's coastline has got you covered.

  • Cultural Experiences: Now, I'm not saying you're here for a history lesson, but trust me, Colombia's festivals and music scenes are next level. Dive into the heart of the carnival in Barranquilla, or get lost in the rhythm of salsa in Cali. This isn't your grandma's cultural tour; it's an experience that'll get your blood pumping and your feet moving.

  • Wildlife Adventures: You think you've seen it all? Think again. Colombia's Amazon and other reserves are teeming with wildlife that'll blow your mind. Jaguars, anacondas, pink dolphins – this isn't a zoo, it's the real deal. So gear up, venture into the wild, and come face to face with nature in its rawest form.

In short, if you're looking for a cookie-cutter vacation, you're in the wrong place. But if you're after an adventure that'll challenge you, thrill you, and leave you begging for more, then welcome to Colombia, champ. Let's get this party started.

Travel Tips for Passport Bros

You're not some clueless tourist; you're a man on a mission. But even the best of us can use some insider knowledge.

So, let's cut the crap and get straight to the point. Here's the lowdown on making the most of your Colombian adventure.

  • Safety First: Yeah, I know you're tough, but let's not play hero. Stick to the well-trodden paths, especially at night. Some areas are no-go zones. Do your research, stay alert, and trust your gut. And for God's sake, don't flash your Rolex in dodgy areas.

  • Timing is Everything: When to visit? Depends on your game. For beaches and festivals, December to March is prime time. But if you're looking to escape the crowds, consider the shoulder months. Either way, Colombia's got something for you year-round.

  • Money Matters: Don't get played. Exchange rates can be a killer if you're not careful. Use reputable exchange spots, and always keep some local cash on hand. And remember, haggling isn't just accepted; it's expected. Flex those negotiation muscles.

  • Speak the Language: No, you don't need to be fluent in Spanish, but a few phrases can go a long way. Trust me, the ladies love it when you make an effort. Start with the basics: "Hola" (Hello), "Gracias" (Thank you), and "Una cerveza, por favor" (One beer, please). And if you're really looking to impress, "Eres hermosa" (You're beautiful) is a winner every time.

In short, Colombia isn't for the faint-hearted or the unprepared. But you're neither of those things, are you?

So gear up, arm yourself with these tips, and dive headfirst into the experience of a lifetime. And remember, play it smart, play it cool, and Colombia will treat you like the king you are.


Let's recap, shall we? We're talking about a country that's bursting with culture, landscapes that'll blow your mind, and experiences tailor-made for legends like you.

From the electric vibes of Bogotá to the sultry salsa beats of Cali, Colombia's got it all. And let's not forget those pristine beaches, ancient wonders, and adrenaline-pumping adventures waiting just for you.

But here's the real kicker: Colombia isn't just about the places. It's about the vibe, the energy, the spirit. It's about immersing yourself in a world that's both exotic and familiar, challenging and rewarding.

It's about living life on your terms, pushing boundaries, and making memories that'll last a lifetime.

So, to all the passport bros out there looking for the next big thing: Stop searching. Colombia's got you covered. Dive in, embrace the chaos, and let Colombia show you what it means to truly live.

And remember, legends aren't born; they're made. Make your mark in Colombia, 2023. Let's go!

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