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Colombia is a photographer’s dream: there’s so much natural and cultural diversity that it can be hard to know which way to even point your camera. Luckily, there are some amazing photographers already capturing incredible images of the beauty of the country and sharing them on Instagram. Here are 11 must-follow Colombian Instagram accounts.
The official Instagram account for Colombia Travel and Tourism curates an excellent gallery of the very best Instagram images from across Colombia. It’s the perfect account to follow if you’re looking for travel inspiration before a visit to the country.
Over 115,000 people can’t be wrong, right? Colombian travel blogger Christian Byfield decided to quit his job in order to fulfil his dream of travelling the world, and with 64 countries already visited, he’s well on his way to achieving that goal. He has images from his worldwide travels on his account, but his Colombian photos are really special, especially the incredible shots he took as part of a campaign to promote Colombia’s National Parks.
Speaking of National Parks, the official Instagram account of the Colombian National Parks system is a fantastic account to follow in order to discover the incredible biodiversity of Colombia. The country is the most biodiverse one on earth by area, and this account celebrates Colombian nature in all its varied glory.
Toya Viudes is a Spanish journalist who blogs under the name Colombia De Una, and she has lived in Colombia for years. Her passion is taking photographs and telling stories, and her account is full of stunning images from all over Colombia. She travels beyond the normal tourist spots to shine a light on the day-to-day reality of Colombians everywhere. Her passion for the country shines brightest through her images of people, and the stories she tells in the captions, such as this wonderful image of an old Wayuu lady in La Guajira.
The official government tourism Instagram account can occasionally be heavy in promotional material, but there’s some stunning photography to be found there as well. As with the Colombia Travel account, Marca Colombia shares the very best Instagram images from the country, such as the excellent photo below of some street art in Cali.
Ale Arenas is a Colombian travel blogger – blogging under the name Viajes a la Colombiana – who can already count on more than 20,000 dedicated followers. She blogs exclusively about her travels in Colombia, with a goal of shining a light on the lesser-known gems of her beloved country.
Rafael Angulo is a wonderful photographer who, in a different era, would surely be exhibiting in galleries and publishing photography books. Luckily for us, Instagram exists, and we can enjoy his arresting images every day. With a wonderful eye for detail and a remarkable ability to tell stories through his pictures, Rafael documents the real Colombia on his Instagram feed.
Colombia has become pretty famous for street art in the past few years, and ColombiArte shares the best graffiti and street art from across Colombia on their colourful and engaging Instagram feed. With murals engaging with Colombia’s culture, politics, nature, Indigenous peoples, and much more, this is the account to follow for art lovers planning a visit to Colombia.
Milton Ramírez – who also runs another excellent Colombia Instagram page called Loves Colombia – is a visual anthropologist for the Colombian Ministry of Culture, which certainly shows through his wonderful images of Colombian Indigenous peoples, as well as other significant cultural events such as the recent visit of the Pope to Colombia. His powerful images shine a light on the side of Colombian culture and history that many people don’t see.
Truman David is a biologist, hotelier, and one of Colombia’s top mountaineers to boot. His Instagram account may only just be taking off, but it’s worth following for his incredible images from his treks in the Colombian mountains, as well as the photos he shares of his passion: the country’s birds. Just look at the picture below of the night sky high in the Colombian Andes.
Fede Freydell is a Colombian photographer with over 6,000 Instagram followers and some of the most wonderful images you are likely to find of Colombian people and places. She shares lots of photographs of Colombian birds and flowers, as well as Indigenous cultures from throughout the country. Her series of images from the off-the-beaten-track department of Guainia – as you can see below – are some of her most arresting images.