Top Hiking Tours in Colombia

Lost City Colombia | © Andrew Hyde/Flickr
Lost City Colombia | © Andrew Hyde/Flickr
Photo of Joel Rabinowitz
22 September 2021

From tropical rainforests to snow-capped mountains and ruins of ancient civilizations, Colombia’s varied landscapes make it a dream destination for hikers. There are over 50 national parks containing an array of hiking trails for all levels of fitness and experience. Here, we select the top hiking tours in Colombia.

Paradise Found: a Taste of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

As part of Culture Trip’s specially curated eight-day adventure along Colombia’s Caribbean coast, from Cartagena to Palomino, you can enjoy a guided hike through Tayrona National Park. There aren’t many places where you can hike through tropical rainforest and along palm-fringed beaches against the backdrop of snowy mountains, but that’s exactly what you’ll find here. The park is teeming with biodiversity – look out for howler monkeys and iguanas in particular. If you’re really lucky, you might even spot a jaguar.

Experience both rainforest and beach landscapes in Tayrona National Park, Colombia | © robertharding / Alamy

From Bogotá to Medellín: Traverse the Colombian Andes

On Culture Trip’s exclusive small-group Colombian Andes tour, you’ll spend a couple of nights in the Zona Cafetera (coffee region) and embark on a hike through the Cocora Valley – renowned for its giant Quindío wax palms, which can grow up to 60m (197ft) in height. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a coffee plantation and try your hand at tejo. This traditional Colombian sport involves hurling steel discs at a loaded gunpowder target, and is typically played with a beer in hand.

Hike through the Cocora Valley on a trip to the Colombian Andes | © Toniflap / Alamy
These recommendations were updated on September 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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