Three mountain ranges, two seas, rain forests, deserts, and plains make Colombia the perfect destination for adventure. Below, we present three ideas to incorporate into your product portfolio and your clients do not miss to visit our wonderful Colombia.
Crossing from the Sabana de Bogotá to Villa de Leyva
This 7-day trip starts in the Sabana de Bogotá region renowned for being a producer of milk, green meadows, and preserve the rural culture of Cundinamarca.
The route is framed by the changes of the landscape passing through the Sabana and among horseshoe paths to climb the Andean moors, up to reaching the semi-desert area of Ráquira. Those who are fortunate to do this trip are housed in colonial-style houses and will enjoy activities in the countryside.
The geography of Colombian accommodates to practice many extreme sports, such as rafting, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking, and paragliding. Here, we present the regions where you can practice each of them.
When talking about extreme sports, the province of Santander is undoubtedly one of the main destinations. The wide variety of natural settings that combine rivers, valleys surrounded by impressive mountains, waterfalls, caverns, and a prolific history make every moment full of a new and exciting adventure.
Rafting is one of the main attractions. The Fonce River is ideal for beginners, because its rapids are not so plentiful, so they are qualified as level III. On the contrary, if what you are looking for is an experience to the limit, the Suárez River, classified as level V is the best option.
Caving - Close to San Gil, epicenter of all adventure activities, you can practice caving and visit Cueva de la Vaca. For 492 meters of travel, it is possible to enter the bowels of the earth following a stream of underground water and observing stalactites and stalagmites inside. However, want to feel the adrenaline can do rappel on any of the many waterfalls of the region.
Suesca is the paradise for rock climbing.
Only 2 hours from Bogota, Rocas de Suesca are a formidable cliff which heights oscillate between 20 and 170m. Shelter a varied fauna and flora, lucky tourists can, in addition enjoy a beautiful view of the Bogota river. To wrap it up, eating at one of the nearby restaurants is a perfect end of the day.
For those not you are not afraid of new challenges, love walking mountain scenery, discover hidden corners in nature, cross bridges, trails and rocks, and fill themselves with adrenaline requiring the body to the maximum, mountain-biking is the answer.
The best paragliding flight can be enjoyed near Medellín. Nothing is more stimulating than taking that jump from the top of a mountain to fly in the company of a flock of birds. For 25 minutes, you can fly over a large canyon surrounded by mountains and waterfalls feeling the dew in the air, as you cross the area.
The rafting near Medellín is a fascinating tour over a small portion of the vast Colombian rainforest. It is a journey beyond navigating whitewater with rapids of 4 different types. It is a unique opportunity to interact with gold miners who still preserve the traditions of this trade, swim in refreshing natural pools created by waterfalls, and discover a lot of endemic flora and fauna species in the region.
Touring the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta by bike is an exciting experience for all adventure lovers. Through landscapes of dry forests or rainforests, white-sand beaches, and crystalline waters on the shores of the Caribbean Sea or natural waterfalls, you can explore and appreciate the fauna and flora of one of the most beautiful areas of Colombia.
However, exciting experiences are not limited to mountain-biking. Tubing in Don Diego River is a combination of adventure, encounter with nature, physical challenges, and moments of total relaxation. This river with its refreshing waters, which come from the Sierra Nevada is the perfect setting for a descent, which will allow you to appreciate the abundant fauna and flora of the region, and a fabulous view of the imposing Sierra until reaching the estuary.
Off course, Colombia is a country for walking. Here, we list some of the most emblematic trekking sites of the country:
Hiking through the moors of Colombia is a unique opportunity to respectfully enjoy these environments, which are a water factory. Shelter of endemic species of flora and fauna, many of them in danger of extinction allow the visitor to enjoy majestic landscapes and magical routes through misty forests. If you are lucky enough, you may see a spectacled bear or a condor of the Andes. While it is true that in Colombia there are lots of moors, these are some of those that are easy to incorporate in the trip of your clients: the Chingaza Natural Park, just an hour and a half from Bogota or Parque de los Nevados, around two hours away from Manizales, where you can see extraordinary panoramic views of Nevado del Ruiz, Nevado de Santa Isabel, and Nevado del Tolima
Located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, it is one of the wonders of Colombia. This ancient indigenous village is one of the most important archaeological settlements in the country and was inhabited by the Tayrona native people. The trip to Teyuna is an adventure through the Colombian rainforest, where you can enjoy bird-watching and other species of fauna and flora, as well as the opportunity to interact with the communities in the region.
Roads of Santander: The roads of Santander are a journey through 700 years of the region history. Centuries ago, these roads were the scene of the passage of indigenous people, merchants, colonizers, and foreigners, who gradually populated the territory and transformed the economy. Today, they have been recovered, for the most part, by the peasants who inhabit the region. They have been putting old fashioned and manually brick by brick.
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THE EASTERN PLAINS AND SAN PABLO ESTATE
Eastern plains in Colombia are the scene of one of the best sunsets in the world. Vast plains, which are deployed far as the eye reaches, and a variety of fauna and flora only found in this region of the country are accompanied by the soundtrack of the harp, “cuatro,” and maracas.
This region of the country offers a unique experience in its kind: the safari of the prairies. By bicycle, horseback riding, or in a 4x4 truck, it is the perfect opportunity to observe the living nature in its natural environment. Colombia ranks fourth in the global inventory of mammals, and the prairies or plains are home to a great variety: tapirs, monkeys, capybaras, tapirs, jaguars, and others, as well as one great diversity of birds.
Nestled in the plains is a heavenly place: Hato San Pablo or San Pablo Estate. Here, a little piece of civilization coexists in perfect harmony with nature. Hato San Pablo is horses and tradition, nature, rivers, prairies, fauna, and flora. It is a haven of peace on the banks of Clavo Sur River that empties into the mighty Meta, few kilometers away. This is a place that will always be in your heart.
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