Welcome to Colombia: the gateway to South America, the most biodiverse country on earth per square foot, and a cultural mecca of modern cities, first-century ruins, and spirited traditions alike. Perched between the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, this tropical paradise is so much more than the nightly news suggests. From spotless beaches and dense, green jungle to dramatic mountain peaks, our Colombia vacation homes bring you right to the heart of this gorgeous Latin American country.
Where is Colombia?
The fourth-largest country in South America, Colombia lies at the northern tip of the continent, linked to Central America by the Isthmus of Panama. It consists of five geographical areas: the sunny Caribbean and Pacific coasts to the north and west, the snow-capped Andes in the center, the wind-swept plains of the Orionquía to the east, and the lush Amazon Jungle to the south.
With such an amazing array of geography, it's no surprise that Colombia is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. There are 55 national parks—and a whopping 314 different ecosystems—within its borders, home to almost 2,000 species of birds, 3,000 species of butterflies, and wildlife ranging from jaguars to dolphins to giant anteaters. Whether you're a hiker, sun-seeker, or ecotourist, you'll quickly find there's no end to Colombia's natural treasures.
Colombia's breathtaking landscapes are matched only by its vibrant and multifaceted culture. Drawing on a mix of Indigenous, African, and European influences, Colombia's traditions are famous the world over for their vivacity, color, and joy.
Cities like the port town of Cartagena and the capital, Bogotá, hum with colonial charm, their cobblestone plazas and Spanish architecture draped in romance and bursting with carnivals and festivals. Foodies are sure to delight in these cities' flavorful stews and empanadas, while history buffs will swoon at the chance to explore many museums and winding alleyways. Meanwhile, the bustling cosmopolitan city of Medellín is renowned for its parks, shopping, and innovative public works.
There's unparalleled opportunity for adventure at our Colombia vacation rentals, too. Paraglide through the Andes, scuba dive in the Pacific Ocean, or ride on horseback through the steppes of the Orinoquía. Hike up to the ruins of Ciudad Perdida—an ancient city hidden deep among the misty mountains and thundering waterfalls of the Caribbean jungle—or marvel at the towering religious sculptures and statues at the San Agustín Archaeological Park in the Amazon. Of course, no trip to Colombia is complete without a tour of its famous coffee farms, where you can taste the magic of a freshly picked and roasted cup of coffee.
No matter where your journey takes you, our Colombia vacation rentals provide a safe and comfortable way to experience this spectacular country. Book today!
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