Jul 13

25 Photos every visitor to Colombia should take

Photos of Colombia

 

Colombia might not have a Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat or Statue of Liberty (we’ve written about why Colombia needs an icon before), but there are so many Colombian travel sights that are fast becoming must-do’s for the discerning Colombia traveler. We here at the Colombia Travel Blog love to take good travel photos: they remind us where we’ve been, give something for our families to enjoy looking at, and, of course, give us something to show off to you! So here are the most iconic (some obvious, some less so) travel photos that everyone should take in Colombia (there are so many more, but these are a good start and represent a good balance of Colombia’s remarkable diversity):

 

1. View from Monserrate

 

The view that awaits fitness fanatics who hike up Monserrate (photo: Tijs Zwinkels)
The view that awaits fitness fanatics who hike up Monserrate (photo: Tijs Zwinkels)

 

The first classic photo many people take when they arrive in Colombia…

 

2. Cocora Valley Wax Palms

 

Cocora Valley Colombia
Cocora Valley

 

The world’s tallest palm trees…a photographer’s dream!

 

3. The Lost City

 

The Lost City Colombia
The Lost City

 

Colombia’s iconic ancient ruins: takes some effort to get there for the photo too…

 

4. Botero statue pose

 

Botero Cartagena
With Botero’s statue in Cartagena

 

Cheesy, but hard to resist in Medellin or Cartagena…

 

5. Photo with a Palenquera in Cartagena

 

Palenquera Cartagena
A Palenquera in Cartagena

 

Yeah, it’s touristy, but it’s also pretty darn iconic…

 

6. Hot Chocolate and Cheese! (yep, you heard!)

 

hot chocolate cheese bogota
Hot Chocolate and Cheese in la Puerta Falsa

 

Just for the shock value when you show it to friends at home…

 

7. The “I just caught a Piranha” Shot

 

Piranha Fishing Amazon
Lookin’ good (and the piranha’s not bad either)

 

Some extra badass street-cred for when you get home from the Colombian Amazon!

 

8. Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

 

Inside the Salt Cathedral, Zipaquira
¿Que más podría estar en una mina de sal?

 

One of Colombia’s most strange and iconic sights…

 

9. Cabo San Juan in Tayrona National Park

 

Tayrona National Park Colombia
Tayrona National Park

 

Some classic Caribbean beauty…

 

10. Guinea Pig Racing (again, you heard!)

 

Guinea Pig Racing
Guinea Pig Racing!

 

Seriously!? Yep!

 

11. The Coffee Bean Photo

 

Colombian coffee
Colombian coffee

 

Colombia’s most delicious export…

 

12. The (related) cup of coffee shot

 

Colombian Coffee
Colombian Coffee

 

And what comes from it…

 

13. Pico Colon & Bolivar

 

Pico Colon Bolivar Colombia
Colombia’s two highest mountains, seen from the higher reaches of the Sierra Nevada

 

The world’s highest coastal mountains, and the highest in Colombia

 

14. Humpback Whales in the Pacific

 

whale watching choco colombia
Humpback Whale in the Choco

 

Perhaps Colombia’s most majestic natural wonder…

 

15. A La Guajira Sunset

 

Cabo de la Vela Colombia
Cabo de la Vela sunset

 

Where the sun dips into the sea at the beginning of a continent: how could you resist!

 

16. Any Caribbean Beach!

 

Providencia Beach
A Providencia Beach

 

That one’ll do!

 

17. The San Cipriano ‘Brujita’ Selfie

 

Brujitas San Cipriano
Riding the brujitas…

 

It’s too weird and random not to! (Read all about San Cipriano’s brujitas here)

 

18. Cobbled Streets in Barichara

 

Barichara Colombia
Cobbled streets in Barichara

 

Almost too beautiful…

 

19. Santa Barbara Church in Mompos

 

santa barbara church mompox
Santa Barbara Church

 

The most iconic church of perhaps Colombia’s prettiest town…

 

20. The Medellin Metrocable

 

Medellin's  MetroCable
Medellin’s MetroCable

 

The former most dangerous city in the world has reinvented itself…

 

21. Paragliding over Chicamocha Canyon

 

Paragliding Chicamocha
Just…wow!

 

For the adrenaline junkies (PS…it doesn’t count if you don’t fly first!)

 

22. El Penol Rock

 

El Penol
La piedra del Peñol cerca de Guatapé, son demasiados escalones.

 

It just so implausible!

 

23. View from El Penol Rock (cheating a bit there!)

 

El Penol View
Pero valen la pena por la vista

 

And the view’s not bad either…

 

24. Pan de Azucar in El Cocuy

 

Pan de Azucar El Cocuy
Posing optional…

 

High up in one of Colombia’s most beautiful and hidden national parks…

 

25. Yourself in a Colombia football shirt!

 

Colombian football fan
Too much…?

 

Not necessarily also featuring a replica World Cup, Colombia football, Falcao sunglasses etc…

 

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