Paramos, coral reefs, indigenous protected lands, and mountain ranges characterize the diverse national parks of Colombia. With many endangered species in the 51 national parks here, wildlife lovers will find a nature tour of Colombia hugely rewarding.
The astounding diversity of the natural and cultural landscapes make Colombia a brilliant destination for nature tours. The Amazon's fast-flowing rivers glide through the dense rainforests, which are home to some exciting flora and fauna. The Andes' snow-capped peaks, on the other hand, offer spectacular views, while the mangroves along the Pacific Coast create beautiful lagoons for exploring by boat.
There is something for everyone in Colombia’s diverse national parks. From native animal species to beautiful flora and scenic views, the parks are ideal for a once-in-a-lifetime nature vacation. Here are some of the best destinations for if you’re planning a Colombia nature tour.
Tayrona National Park has activities for all kinds of traveler. If you’re seeking sunshine and seaside, recline at the mangrove beaches of Cinto, Concha, Chengue, and Neguanje, which are lapped by warm, clear waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. For an unforgettable experience, set up camp amid the forest or book one of the comfortable cabins offered as accommodation.
Table-top mountains and sandstone plateaus create dramatic scenery at Chiribiquete National Park. An excellent conservation site, Chiribiquete is home to many animal species, including puma, howler monkey and jaguar.
The Cordillera Oriental's highest point offers some of the most spectacular landscapes. With crystal-clear blue lakes and raging waterfalls, this park can easily pass as paradise. Experienced hikers enjoy adventurous treks on the steep mountainsides. The pretty villages of El Cocuy and Guican, on the other hand, are a more relaxing way to enjoy mountain life.
Located off the coast of Colombia's Providencia Island, this protected marine area is also known as the "sea of seven colors," thanks to its multicolored labyrinth of corals and blue waters. Boating, swimming, and kayaking are the most popular activities ehre, while snorkeling in the warm, clear waters provides an opportunity to spot colorful fish.
In the Guaviare region, Damas Del Nare is home to the unique pink river dolphin, and if you hop in the waters here, you can swim alongside them. In the surrounding forests, you'll catch a glimpse of rare birds, including parrots and toucans, and all manner of monkeys. Canoes are the best way to get around this beautiful destination.
While you can plan nature tours year-round in Colombia, December to March are the driest months, offering the best climate for outdoor pursuits. During this period, the San Andreas UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere creates a great spectacle, too. If you want to beat the crowds, schedule your trip between January and April.