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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.

What makes Colombia a great destination 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.

The best wellness experience in Colombia

There’s plenty to do on a wellness retreat in Colombia, so here are our favorite activities.

Retreat at the Paipa Hot Springs

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.  

Energize your body with music in Barranquilla

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.

Head to a mountain yoga retreat

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.

Hike through the wild Amazon rainforest

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.

Eat fresh and local across Colombia

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.

Tips for a planning wellness getaway in Colombia

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.

When to go in Colombia?

Being close to the Equator, the climate of Colombia is rather uniform. The dry season lasts from December to March and should be preferred to avoid visiting Colombia in the rain. The wet season lasts from April to November, with very heavy rainfall. You should adapt your trip to these variations, as well as to the differences between the different regions: a tropical, and therefore very wet, climate in Amazonia, a harsher climate in the mountains and semi-desert in the Guajira. You should also avoid the weeks between mid-December and mid-January throughout country: they are very crowded with Colombian holidaymakers.
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