Situated in the northwestern portion of South America, Colombia is an incredibly diverse country full of numerous different landscapes and cultures. The type of outdoor activity you want to do will largely dictate where in the country you will end up going.
For mountaineering enthusiasts, the Andean region, which stretches throughout the center of the country, is a prime target. Boasting three separate subranges – the Cordillera Occidental, Central and Oriental – there are a plethora of excellent climbing options. Among the most popular is Nevado del Tolima (5,230 meters) and Santa Isabel (4,950).
Closer to cities such as Medellin, Bogota and Cali – the highlands – rock climbing is another popular pursuit. Suesca, near Bogota, and Guatapé, near Medellin, are two particularly popular options. Both offer some great views as well as a range of different climbing options, from trad to bouldering and sport.
Finally, trekking is one of the most popular outdoor adventure activities around in Colombia. Juntas-Salento Trek through Los Nevados National Park and the Camino Real in Chicamocha Canyon are among the most popular, but there are also plenty of others.
The weather in Colombia varies based on location. The annual average temperature in the highlands is around 15ºC and decreases steadily as elevation increases. In the hotter lowlands, the annual average temperature is about 31ºC. Rain is less frequent during the dry season.
Any trip to Colombia is likely to begin with a flight into Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport (BOG). From here, your guide will meet you and provide transport to the start of the trip or you will be able to transfer to another airport and head to the start of the trip.
November to April (dry season)
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