Colombia is no longer one of the best-kept secrets in the world. Travelers of all ages, nature lovers, business people and families are visiting this South American country. The question is, what to do in Colombia if touring with children?
Traveling from north to south, from the Caribbean beaches to the Amazon jungle, you will find unique places. Here are some great options.
Vacationing in Colombia with small children has never been a problem. As a mother of two, keeping basic routines is the key. So, cities that offer different family plans, with good hotel infrastructure, can be the best choice. Cartagena is a perfect destination, with Caribbean flavor, beautiful beaches and an easy-going attitude.
Founded in the 1500s and labeled as the colonial jewel of South America, Cartagena is only surpassed by size and cultural heritage by Havana (Cuba). The Old City is rich in Spanish colonial history and architecture, with colorful walls and oversized wooden doors. The street cafes and open sky restaurants, museums, cobblestone streets and eight miles of thick stone wall are perfect for:
Remember that “Old Town is perhaps the most popular, albeit most expensive, place to stay in Cartagena with kids” (Parenthood and Passports). But there are several international hotels just a few miles from the Old City.
If you are a nature lover, and want to share a family adventure, Colombia offers many options.
One of the most amazing places you can visit is Caño Cristales, located in the Macarena National Park. Also known as the “river of five colors” or the “liquid rainbow”, it is considered a unique natural wonder.
Before booking, keep in mind:
Colombia has some of the best coffee in the world. Only as good and special as the region where the famous beans are grown. The Coffee Zone (Eje Cafetero, in Spanish) covers almost 350.000 hectares of exuberant Andean rainforest. With temperatures ranging from 62 to 75 F. and altitudes within 5000 ft, this land lives in a never-ending spring.
Such paradise also produces great people, which makes the region an ideal place to visit with children and teenagers.
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