Feb 29

PHOTO ESSAY: 5 Natural Wonders in Colombia

Colombia is a land of incredible diversity, where mountains jut up in the centre of cities and jungles line the bottoms of snow-capped mountains.

There are few places in the world with such a dizzying mishmash of landscapes and wildlife, making travel to Colombia an unforgettable experience (even if it’s unlikely you’ll manage to see it all in one trip).

Here are 5 of our favorite natural wonders in Colombia:

1. Cocora Valley

Cocora Valley, Salento
Cocora Valley, Salento
Clouds cling to the valley of Cocora
Clouds cling to the valley of Cocora

Cocora Valley is like nothing you’ve ever seen in your life. Despite it being a photographer’s best friend, it’s also fair to say that photographs can’t really do it full justice. A must-visit when you come to Colombia since it’s the country’s most unique landscape, and an easy day-trip if you travel to Colombia’s Coffee Region.

2. Sierra Nevada El Cocuy

The snowy peaks of El Cocuy, photo courtesy of luis perez, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pe5pe/3725726918/sizes/z/in/photostream/
The snowy peaks of El Cocuy, photo courtesy of luis perez, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pe5pe/3725726918/sizes/z/in/photostream/
Night falls on El Cocuy
Night falls on El Cocuy, photo courtesy of YoTuT, http://www.flickr.com/photos/yotut/6421221657/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Few people come to Colombia expecting to see snow-capped mountains, but at Sierra Nevada El Cocuy, that’s exactly what you’ll find. Experienced hikers can go right to the top, but for those of us without much practice, you can also explore the peaks of the lower surrounding mountains and enjoy incredible views.

3. La Guajira

Colour contrasts in La Guajira
Colour contrasts in La Guajira
Feels like the end of the world
Feels like the end of the world

Though merely the most northern point of South America, La Guajira feels much like the end of the world. Beautiful landscapes abound, where red sands cascade into bright blue oceans. Unforgettable.

4. Caño Cristales

The river of seven colors, photo courtesy of CultivArte & COLABORATIONation, http://www.flickr.com/photos/cultivarte/4701130515/
The river of seven colors, photo courtesy of CultivArte & COLABORATIONation, http://www.flickr.com/photos/cultivarte/4701130515/
Caño Cristales, photo courtesy of Chris Allen
Caño Cristales, photo courtesy of Chris Allan

Known as the River of Seven Colours (no prizes for guessing why), Caño Cristales is another of Colombia’s most unique areas. Though difficult to get to, you’re rewarded with one of nature’s many amazing spectacles, and a great opportunity for some slow-captue photos.

5. The wildlife

Flamingos in Colombia
Flamingos in Colombia
A turtle in La Guajira
A turtle in La Guajira

We couldn’t well do a post about natural wonders in Colombia without mentioning the wildlife. Colombia boasts more distinct species of birds and flora per square km than anywhere else in the world, which is not to mention the whales, monkeys, turtles, flamingos, pink dolphins, insects, fish and many more species that roam the wilds of Colombia.

So these are our top 5, what else would you feature on the list? Undoubtedly there’s much more in Colombia that an avid nature traveler would enjoy discovering.

Tomorrow we at the Colombia Travel Blog will be reporting from the Colombia Travel Mart in Corferias, Bogota, so stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook feeds for all the developments.

Paul

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