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Colombia, a Must-See Destination in 2024


Colombia must-see destination
These global accolades underscore Colombia’s appeal as a must-see destination in 2024. Credit: Luis Ospino Colombia One

Throughout 2023, Colombia secured its position in various international travel rankings, gaining recognition for its attractions, towns, and cities. The country featured prominently in at least five global rankings compiled by firms and entities specializing in the tourism sector, making it a must-see destination by 2024.

The most beautiful towns

Acknowledging 54 towns worldwide for their cultural and natural values, the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) spotlighted two Colombian municipalities: Zapatoca in Santander and Filandia in Quindio.

Zapatoca earned acclaim for its hiking experiences, Pauche handicrafts, and other iconic Colombian handicrafts, as well as its natural spaces. Filandia, on the other hand, stood out for its architecture, handicrafts, specialty coffee shops, picturesque landscapes, warm inhabitants, and a rich array of cultural and natural attractions.

World’s coolest neighborhood

In mid-October 2023, ‘Time Out’ magazine unveiled its latest ranking of the world’s most fun, interesting, and trendy neighborhoods. Laureles, located in the west of Medellin, claimed the top spot.

Tourists in Laureles, Medellin, the coolest neighborhood in the world. Credit: A.P./Colombia One

The magazine highlighted Laureles as one of the few areas in the city resisting widespread gentrification, featuring attractions like the vibrant 70th street known for its nightlife and the Atanasio Girardot Stadium.

Best city for dining

TasteAtlas, recognizing culinary diversity worldwide, compiled a list of the best gastronomic cities globally. Bogota secured the 32nd position, boasting a rating of 4.54 out of 5 for traditional dishes like ajiaco, almojabana, and obleas. The capital was celebrated for offering nearly every type of Colombian cuisine.

Colombia must-see destination
Bogota, being the capital of the country, offers almost all types of Colombian cuisine.. Credit: Luis Ospino/Colombia One

One of the world’s top attractions

‘Time Out’ presented another list featuring Colombian attractions. Ranked fifth was “sailing on the Colombian river that inspired Love in the Time of Cholera.” Starting November 2024, AmaWaterways will embark on a seven-night journey along the Magdalena River, providing an opportunity to experience the wildlife and villages of the region.

The Magdalena River will be navigated again from 2024 – Credit: Luis Ospino/Colombia One

Sixth best tourist destination in the world

TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice positioned Bogota as the sixth-best tourist destination globally for 2024.

Colombia must-see destination

Recognized for its historical, cultural, gastronomic richness, and biodiversity, Bogota was praised for its vibrant energy fueled by numerous eclectic and authentic restaurants, fantastic wines, and frequent gastronomic festivals.

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