This Colombian region of rugged contours and diverse climates enthralls with its fascinating indigenous customs and its hearty local cuisine.

Many visitors come to the Andean Region to see the buzzing urban cities, but find themselves drawn toward the smaller, history-steeped colonial towns. Explore the rolling hills and fertile valleys, which make for a stunning backdrop to the area’s towns and cities.

Get the heart racing with the numerous adventure sports available in the colonial town of San Gil. Raft or canoe along the Rio Fonce, which features several rapids and is surrounded by verdant valleys. Swim in the free private swimming holes of Pescaderito, favored by locals as a tranquil spot to relax. Hike through the breathtaking Chicamocha National Park, home not only to rolling mountain valleys, but also scenic cable cars and plenty of local wildlife.

Take a tour of the coffee farms of Pereira, then stay overnight at a finca (a privately-owned traditional estate). Wake up in the morning to the view of slopes covered in coffee trees and banana plants. Dine on home-cooked meals.

Wander the charming streets of colonial Honda, which sits on the banks of the Magdalena River. This city has 40 bridges, the most famous of them being the Navarro Bridge, which was considered the first of its kind constructed in South America. Marvel at the striking architecture of the Market Square Building, a green-and-white former convent that was originally constructed in the early 1900s. Dance to the traditional strains of salsa, which is played with gusto here and in the region’s other market towns.

Spend a few days in Colombia’s buzzing capital of Bogotá, known for its unique blend of colonial architecture and futuristic skyscrapers. Indulge in some shopping in the vibrant city of Medellín, where abundant shopping malls are complemented by wonderful libraries, parks and museums. While here, sample local delicacies such as ajiaco (a heavy, potato-based soup), corn-wrapped tamales and suckling pig.

Fly into the international airports of Medellín or Bogotá and then ride the extensive and reliable bus network to get around. The Andean Region boasts an exciting mix of traditional port towns, fertile plains and modern cities.

Where to stay in Andean Natural Region

El Poblado
El Castillo Museum which includes heritage architecture and a castle

El Poblado

Known for Cafes, Bars, Shopping

4.5/5(1,224 reviews)

El Poblado is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Lleras Park and Santa Fe Mall. See more of Medellin by jumping on the metro at Aguacatala Station or Poblado Station.

Zona Rosa
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Zona Rosa

Known for Cafes, Shopping, Dining

4.5/5(240 reviews)

Travelers come to Zona Rosa for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Andino Commercial Center and El Retiro Shopping Centre while you're in town.

Chapinero
Views from Chapinero Neighborhood in Bogotá: Also known as the Red Brick city. #LifeatExpedia
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Chapinero

Known for Shopping, Cafes, Museums

4/5(126 reviews)

Chapinero is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Av. Chile Shopping Center or Great Wall - Indoor Climbing Gym.

La Candelaria
Primada Cathedral which includes a church or cathedral, a city and a square or plaza

La Candelaria

Known for Museums, Monuments, Tours

4/5(85 reviews)

Travelers come to La Candelaria for its interesting museums, and you can see top attractions like Plaza de Bolivar and Gold Museum while you're in town.

Laureles
Medellin

Laureles

Known for Museums, Cafes, Shopping

4.5/5(138 reviews)

Laureles is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Unicentro Shopping Center, a top place to visit in the area.

Laureles - Estadio
Graffiti Tour through Comuna 13, formerly one of the most dangerous areas in Medellin. Now all painted by beautiful Graffitis and helped by some awesome guys who founded the #CasaKolacho, where the kids from the comuna learn Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti and more.
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Laureles - Estadio

4/5(17 reviews)

If you're spending time in Laureles - Estadio, check out sights like Atanasio Giradot Stadium or Plaza de Toros La Macarena and hop on the metro to see more the city at Estadio Station or Suramericana Station.

Top Hotels in Andean Natural Region

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Bogota
Grand Hyatt Bogota
5 out of 5
Calle 24 A, 57-60, Bogotá, Distrito Capital
$119
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7

Located in the heart of Bogotá, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Simon Bolivar Park, National University of Colombia, and Bogota Botanical Garden. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (191 reviews)

"El trato de sus empleados la pulcritud de sus habitaciones he instalaciones su cómoda muy deliciosa"…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

Grand Hyatt Bogota
Hotel Habitel Select
Hotel Habitel Select
4.5 out of 5
Avenida El Dorado, 100-89, Bogotá, Distrito Capital
$60
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in Calle 26, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gran Estacion Shopping Mall, Torre Colpatria, and Plaza de Bolivar. Monserrate is 8.4 mi (13.5 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,387 reviews)

"Shuttle bus; food; bed linens, large twin beds, good price"…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Hotel Habitel Select
Hilton Garden Inn Bogota Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Bogota Airport
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 82 No. 25G 84, Bogotá
$57
per night
Nov 22 - Nov 23

Located in Calle 26, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bogota Botanical Garden, Salitre Plaza Shopping Mall, and Maloka Science Museum. El Tiempo Newspaper ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (335 reviews)

"This hotel has a very new infrastructure. Staff is friendly. We had an issue with the room (bad smell), but were relocated easily to another room. The hotel is very close to the airport and the shuttle is free. Breakfast was okay."…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Bogota Airport

Popular things to do in Andean Natural Region

Monserrate
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Monserrate

4.5/5(565 reviews)

Ride a gondola up this mountain, or hike to the summit and marvel at the panoramic views of Bogotá’s city center and surroundings.

Plaza de Bolivar
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Plaza de Bolivar

4.5/5(377 reviews)

A visit to Bogotá’s main public square offers a glimpse into the city’s architectural history and the chance to take part in free cultural events.

Bogota Botanical Garden
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Bogota Botanical Garden

4.5/5(111 reviews)

Experience the diversity of Colombia’s flora, take a yoga class or enjoy a picnic in this peaceful and well-maintained botanical garden.

Botero Plaza
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Botero Plaza

4.5/5(408 reviews)

Walk among comically obese statues made by the illustrious artist Fernando Botero in this spacious plaza full of artisans and restaurants.

Torre Colpatria
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Torre Colpatria

4/5(50 reviews)

Enjoy panoramic views of Bogotá and spot major city landmarks from the observation deck of one of South America’s tallest buildings.

Rock of Guatape
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Rock of Guatape

5/5(344 reviews)

Marvel at one of the best views in the world, an enormous lake full of small islets, from atop this 70-million-year-old rock.

Top activities in Andean Natural Region

Bogota Food Feast and Coffee Workshop
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Bogota Food Feast and Coffee Workshop

$65

Calling all foodies. Come and join our small-group Bogota food tour and get to grips with the capital's cuisine. While on the surface Colombian cuisine seems like a mystery, those whose delve deep into its underbelly find some of the most complex and nuanced fare in South America.

Colombian Handicrafts Shopping tour
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Colombian Handicrafts Shopping tour

$38

The Colombian Handicrafts Shopping Tour focuses on taking you to handpicked places where you will find a wide variety of handicrafts and local products that are hard to find elsewhere. You will be introduced to merchants with integrity, those that work very closely with the producers.

Half-Day Pablo Escobar & Comuna 13 Tour
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Half-Day Pablo Escobar & Comuna 13 Tour

$33

Take a look back at the history of one of Colombia's most notorious cities with a tour through the streets of Medellin. From the days of Pablo Escobar and the drug cartels that dominated local life to the city's reinvention in the early 2000s, you learn about the tumultuous past behind the sights.

Zipaquirá and Guatavita Lagoon
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Zipaquirá and Guatavita Lagoon

$107

Get to know the First Wonder of Colombia: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and the birthplace of the legend of “El Dorado”, The Sacred Lagoon of Guatavita in this day tour from Bogotá.

Private Full-Day Tour to Villa de Leyva & Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
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Private Full-Day Tour to Villa de Leyva & Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira

$91

Spend a full day basking in Colombian wonders with visits to Villa de Leyva and the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. See the colonial-style buildings of Villa de Leyva resting on well-preserved cobblestone streets, then head to Zipaquira to see an amazing church built 656 feet (200 m) below the ground.

Colombian Beer & Tejo Tour
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Colombian Beer & Tejo Tour

$48

Although Colombia is not particularly well known for its beer, every local could tell you that there is a big culture around it. On this tour, you will get the chance to go through different venues that reveal what Colombia has to offer when it comes to beer.