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The 7 wonders of Colombia are at the top of the list of places to visit in Colombia. However, not all of them are easy to reach. Why does Colombia have its own 7 wonders, if there are already the 7 wonders of the world? The whole thing started with a survey by the daily newspaper “El Tiempo”. They wanted to choose the most impressive buildings in the country, so all readers were asked. Then there was a 3-step process and voilà; the 7 wonders of Colombia were born. The whole thing happened in 2007, when international tourism was still an unknown word in Colombia.
The Zipaquira Salt Cathedral is the first wonder of Colombia. It is not surprising that in a Catholic country like Colombia, a cathedral takes first place. However, I have to admit, the construction is really impressive and definitely worth a visit. In addition, the Salt Cathedral is just a stone’s throw from Bogota and can be reached either by bus, train, helicopter or private car service.
I usually combine a visit to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira with the Laguna de Guatavita, which results in a perfect day tour.
Las Lajas is certainly one of the most impressive buildings in Colombia, and combined with its location in a gorge, simply breathtaking. I have visited the cathedral in the south several times, but I am always impressed. You can find more details on this in my separate text on the most spectacular basilica in Colombia.
The archaeological park of San Agustin is really impressive. Basically, it is not just 1 park, but there are several, spread over different locations. For Colombian standards, the infrastructure is excellent and everything is very well organized. The main park is in close proximity to San Agustin, where you can also find some good hotels. Even so, many travelers to Colombia do not make the detour via San Agustin. However, you can combine this detour with a trip to Popayán.
Note that you should plan your visit well in advance, as the park is not always open.
What else can you say about Cartagena? This city is a Caribbean dream come true and is almost a must for every trip to Colombia. The massive fortifications that can be found already tell a clear story. The attackers at that time were keen to enrich themselves with the treasures of the Caribbean pearl. Among them was the infamous pirate Drake.
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With the lost city, one can say that the journey is the destination. From the coast at Santa Marta you climb the highest coastal mountains in the world and can visit the lost city in a 4, 5 or 6-day trek. Due to the physical exertion, the moisture and the heat, a natural selection takes place in advance. Travelers on a budget who do not have the time, motivation or physical condition can alternatively book an overflight with a helicopter.
However, if you are interested in a visit, you should definitely read my review of the lost city, where you can find all the necessary details.
The only miracle that I have never been able to visit. I planned it several times and always failed. For interested travelers, however, the information is that Tierradentro is around 4 hours’ drive from San Agustin or Popayán. Unfortunately, I can’t write any more about that at the moment.
Interestingly, the Teatro Colon is only on the list for a few travelers. However, the pretty theater is in the old town of Bogota and offers organized tours in Spanish. If you are not proficient in Spanish, you can also book a tour in another language with a little advance notice.
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