From fresh and healthy local cuisine and healing ceremonies to mountain hiking and natural hot springs, Colombia is a unique destination with incredible activities to help visitors rest, relax, and reinvigorate. This South American country is a brilliant place for a wellness trip.
Colombia has a unique ecosystem, offering a beautiful location for a wellness vacation. With the Pacific Ocean to one side and the Caribbean Sea lapping the other, it’s the perfect place to unwind at a beach spa, or head inland for rainforest adventures and natural hot springs. Yoga retreats are scattered throughout the country, and intriguing local ceremonies offer a different kind of wellness in Colombia.
There’s plenty to do on a wellness retreat in Colombia, so here are our favorite activities.
Located a few hours outside of Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, Paipa Hot Springs is one of the country's most famous spa towns. The facility offers numerous thermal baths and pools to enjoy. There are plenty of health benefits in the waters, such as anti-ageing properties and help with sleep disorders. This is an ideal activity if you suffer from jet-lag.
The diverse culture found in Colombia has huge influence over its eclectic music scene. You’ll be drawn to dance in the bars and clubs of Barranquilla year-round, but it’s especially thrilling during the Barranquilla Carnival in February. Not only is dancing a fantastic way to exercise, it is also said to ease pain and reduce stress while improving your overall mood.
Colombia isn’t short of yoga retreats, and some offer more than just a few moments of quiet. Head to a retreat in the mountains and you’ll get glorious views of the surrounding valleys as you practice your downward dogs and tree pose. Expert teachers will help improve your technique, and lead guided meditation classes overlooking the wilderness.
The Amazon rainforest is a vast ecosystem that stretches across South America, and in Colombia you can take to its trails for a wonderful addition to your wellness break. Meet unique wildlife while unplugging from the world as you explore this pristine, wild place. Hiking here will also lower your stress levels, increase mindfulness and help appreciate your surroundings away from the city and technology.
The joy of visiting South American nations like Colombia is that processed food is often hard to come by. This means the Colombian cuisine is a healthy staple on any trip, with its plentiful fresh, exotic fruit such as maracuya, pitaya, and curuba. Visit a local market or head to a restaurant to enjoy nutrient-rich local food in relaxing settings.
For the best wellness trip, visit from December to March, when the weather is sunny and dry. Colombia faces a second, smaller dry season during the months of July to September. If you’re heading to the rainforest, pack high DEET insect-repellent to avoid getting bitten.