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Places to visit in Colombia

Colombia is a fine concoction of varied topography and a rich cultural heritage. Tourism went into a steep decline around the 1990s due to a regional conflict. However, it is slowly gaining ground and tourists are once again flocking to the region. The country has a lot to offer to tourists, owing to its natural attractions and a distinctively pleasant climate. A major part of the country is covered by the Andes within which one can find the major cities of the country while the southeastern area of the country is covered by the Amazon rainforest. Colombia is also the only country in South America that has direct access to the Pacific Ocean as well as the Caribbean Sea.

Colombia has a tropical climate with a steady weather all through the year. This has added to its popularity as a tourist destination, especially amongst those who want to visit the surreal beaches.

Natural Parks

Colombia is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna with a number of natural parks across the country. Colombia is one of the biodiversity hotspots with the highest number of endemic animals in the world. 10% of all animals on Earth live in Colombia. There are over 1,900 species of birds, and 2,000 species of fish that can be found in the country. All this has made Colombia a Mecca for eco-tourists and nature lovers alike.

Museums

The museums in Colombia are also one of the most popular tourist destinations. They not only reflectthe history and heritage of Colombia, but also manifest a culture of preserving the past. The museums in Colombia offer tourists an insight into the history, geography, land, vegetation, wildlife, soil, culture, people and society of Colombia.

Beaches

The beaches in Colombia are the ideal retreats for those looking to spend quality time with family and friends. These beaches are away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities and towns. Colombia is known for its golden beaches. Most of the beaches in Colombia are counted amongst the favorite tourist destinations in the Latin America. The beaches of Colombia have undergone major development and quality restaurants, hotels, and cafes have come up in their vicinity. Most of the beaches have arrangements for water sports. Some of them are run by the government while some belong to private agencies. These agencies offer guides and trainers.

Religious and Historical Attractions

There are several monuments and fine specimen of architecture in Colombia and each of them is quite popular amongst tourists. Almost every major city in the country has something to boast about. Some of the most popular monuments in Colombia are the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena, the Vargas Swamp Lancers in Boyacá and the Cathedral of Manizales in Manizales and many more.