Best Places for Backpackers in Colombia.

Enjoy backpacking around Colombia without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Colombia.

Top 50 hostels in Colombia.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Colombia.

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Guaque Hostel

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Guaque Hostel

Guaque Hostel is the perfect to meet new friends. Guaque Hostel is a friendly hostel ideally located in the city of Sogamoso, in a quiet area. There is a large backyard with hammocks and space to camp. The hostel’s aim is to facilitate exploration of the natural world, and so there you will find all...
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La Casablanca Tayrona House

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La Casablanca Tayrona House

This is our family project that was born with the idea of sharing small, comfortable and a beautiful place to stay, T we have made along the years with people from all over the world. Love for nature and comfort are our goals; that's why during your stay we'll give our best to make you feel like in...
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Hostal Finca Cardonales

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Hostal Finca Cardonales

Hostal Finca Cardonales offers cosy rooms with private bathroom, TV, free Wi-Fi and free parking, surrounded by a fascinating landscape full of fauna and flora, beautiful gardens and corridors where you can see the mountains and panoramic of Salento. In addition, it offers a terrace and a garden wit...
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Rerserva Biologica Caoba

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Rerserva Biologica Caoba

The Biological Reserve was founded 19 years ago and used to be a cattle and agriculture farm. This beautiful 30 hectares have been reforested and we focus now more on conservation and preservation. To our plant collection we have around 200 types of trees, 300 medicinal plants (we have a labyrinth o...
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Mangal Hostel

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Mangal Hostel

... Mangal hostel is the first hostel in Dibulla, a hidden gem in the Colombian Caribbean coast...we wish for guests to discover this precious part of Colombia... we have an outside open space where you can relax and chill ...we like to create a community atmosphere....join us for dinner where staff...
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Lucia Central

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Lucia Central

Lucia opens its doors to welcome travellers and locals in the City of Eternal Spring. A valley surrounded by green mountains with exotic flowers that perfume, a river that runs from head to tail and a bright sun, with its friendly people and the most beautiful women of Colombia. Here are the Paisas,...
Lucia Central is a hostel in Medellin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostal Madre Tierra

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Hostal Madre Tierra

Hostal Madre Tierra is only 250 meters is the main park, to 20 meters the chapel of the conceptualistic nuns to 100 meters the chapel of the providence and to 100 meters the local hospital. From here you can see beautiful mountains of Antioquia of the central and western mountain range of the Andean...
Hostal Madre Tierra is a hostel in Jardin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Choiba Ecolodge

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Choiba Ecolodge

Choiba is situated in the middle of the virgin jungle and the Pacific Ocean of Colombia, located an hour by boat from the Nuqui airport. Is the perfect place to disconnect and enjoy the exuberant nature, surf, guided walks through the forest, the snookering, rivers and waterfalls. Chocó in the W...
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The Pelican House

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The Pelican House

Our hostel is located on El Almejal beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Pacific Coast of Colombia in El Valle, Chocó, a small town near Bahia Solano (45 minutes in Tuk-tuk or car). We are a 25 minute walking from town which can be reached at any time and where you can buy all necessary a...
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Glamping Safari

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Glamping Safari

Glamping Safari a fully equipped property to ensure a great comfort to our guest and travellers. The hostel is equipped with kitchen is in a place for those who enjoy ecotourism and appreciate the natural beauties. There is a communal shower with hot water. We provide facilities for your comfort suc...
Glamping Safari is a campsite in Santa Marta. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Backpackers Tinva

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Backpackers Tinva

Come and enjoy all the attractions of Villa de Leyva. Tinva is just one block from the main square and with very comfortable beds offers kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Hammock and library in English, French, Spanish and German.Ask us for special transportation or for bike rental. We provide you with...
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TheLostLeprechaun EcoHostel

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TheLostLeprechaun EcoHostel

Wake to a view of the beautiful Cabrera woods outside your window, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Here you’re surrounded by clean air and beautiful views. Walk in the woods, relax and enjoy fresh produce from our orchards. TheLostLeprechaun EcoHostel has comfortable mixed dorms with beautiful views...
TheLostLeprechaun EcoHostel is a guesthouse in Pasto. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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El Encanto

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El Encanto

El Encanto has comfortable rooms, a bar and restaurant, in addition to two natural pools and a spectacular green area with wildlife and forest, inside the hostel you can see different species of birds that characterise the municipality of Jardin, in the Hostel we provide the guests with all the info...
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Kasamar Hostal

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Kasamar Hostal

Kasamar Hostal has parking and Laundry Facilities. The five rooms come with cable TV and private bathroom. Kasamar Hostal is located between two coastal cities, Cartagena and Santa Marta. This makes it a strategic place worth of a visit. Nearby you will find the main city plaza and the church...
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Hotel Florencia Plaza

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Hotel Florencia Plaza

We started operations 11 years ago, we have 18 private rooms in simple, double or triple accommodation and 2 shared rooms one with 6 beds and the other with 4 beds both mixed, we have a laptop on each floor of the Hotel & Hostel and access to Wi-Fi internet in all areas, You can also enjoy the wet a...
Hotel Florencia Plaza is a hostel in Medellin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Casa Brisa de Montaña

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Casa Brisa de Montaña

Our beautiful renovated house is 350 m2, with 4 private rooms and one shared room for guests, comfortable furniture in an open and relaxing living areas and it is situated in one of the best locations in Pereira. The house is located in the middle of Pereira close to the centre and airport. The A...
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Zion Beach House

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Zion Beach House

Our hostel is directly located at the beach. It is supposed to especially attract people who prefer to relax at a lonely beach or that are keen on kite surfing, as with Pure Kite surf we have one of the best Kite surf schools in Colombia. The evening programs are filled with barbecues, poker-tournam...
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Hostal Santa Cecilia

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Hostal Santa Cecilia

Santa Cecilia Hostel located in Riohacha, La Guajira, more than a hostel its an experience, very comfortable, with private and share rooms, air conditioner or fan, clean, private bathrooms, perfect place to meet new people, and also with an economic prize. Our work team will provide you personalised...
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Hostal La Cazihita

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Hostal La Cazihita

La Cazihita B&B Hostel is located right in the historic center of Sogamoso, better known as the Sun and Steel city; in the region of Boyaca and only three hours far from Bogota(230 Km) throughout a beautiful landscape; 2480mts above sea level and an average temperature of 15 c. Our Hostel is a colon...
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Casa Platypus

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Casa Platypus

Casa Platypus offers you a comfortable and relaxing stay in a colonial building located at the city heart, we are located within walking distance of most popular tourist sites and surrounded by the history of Bogotá. Located in La Candelaria district of Bogota, only 50 m from the Journalists Park...
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Chunnu Hostal & Glamping

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Chunnu Hostal & Glamping

We are a new, modern and beautiful hostel and Glamping. Each detail is built with love and thinking of the comfort and convenience of the guests. Perfect for couples in love, friends, loners, families with children and their pets, because it is wide and full of many activities; the place has unparal...
Chunnu Hostal & Glamping is a hostel in Minca. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Beyonda

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Hotel Beyonda

Hotel Beyonda featuring five gorgeously refitted executive rooms in an upscale rustic Colombian country home. Peaceful relaxation and rejuvenation at this exclusive property which features an over sized 20 meter pool complete with surrounding views of the mountains and city below. We offer full se...
Hotel Beyonda is a hotel in Santa Marta. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Maison Violette

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Maison Violette

La Maison Violette offer an variate of rooms very colourful and pleasant all preserve the colonial style that characterizes the neighborhood in addition to the personal seal and family atmosphere of our house. We have different types of rooms for each taste and according to the needs of our client....
Maison Violette is a hostel in Cali. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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CGH Candelaria Boutique

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CGH Candelaria Boutique

CGH Candelaria has 12 rooms distributed on three floors. The WiFi is free, high speed and is present throughout the property; Our reception is 24 hours. The lobby is warm and welcoming, thanks to a large fireplace. We have games like billiards pool, ping pong, hockey, darts. On the second floor, our...
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Rossa Palma

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Rossa Palma

WE OPEN THE 3rd OF ABRIL No matter the reason of your trip, whether you are there for the incredible treks of the area, learning salsa or simply visiting the city we will make sure you have an unforgettable time with us. Our space has a Bar-Restaurant, a swimming pool, 2 terraces, a discotheque....
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Experience B&B Stadium

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Experience B&B Stadium

Comfort and unbeatable location for your visits of tourism, work, sport or some special event of the city, in a beautiful house with wide spaces, terrace with a view to the city, fully equipped kitchen, clean and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and a impeccable personalised service.You can...
Experience B&B Stadium is a hostel in Medellin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Santuario Hostel Cartagena

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Santuario Hostel Cartagena

Our property has a privileged view to the castle of San Felipe de Barajas and is a few minutes walk from the main tourist points of the historical center, like the Museum of the Gold of Cartagena, the statue of the India Catalina, the square of the Most Holy Trinidad and Bolivar Park. Santuario H...
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Dos Aguas Lodge

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Dos Aguas Lodge

Dos Aguas is a sustainable lodge located at the best beach of Rincón del Mar, a charming fishing village surrounded by sea and mangroves, and inhabited by the most welcoming people of the Colombian coast. These rare resources need to be preserved, which is why we’ve built our lodge with sustainabili...
Dos Aguas Lodge is a hostel in Rincon del Mar. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Green Door Hostel

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Green Door Hostel

Green Door Hostel is a unique combination of colonial and urban style decorated with a beautiful garden & a pool overlooking the beautiful mountains of San Gil. Its vast size comprises common areas that are ideal for guests and travellers to share a great fun time and other common areas to relax. It...
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Hostel Trip Monkey

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Hostel Trip Monkey

Trip Monkey Hostel meets the needs of all types of travellers, finding everything you may need in your stay: a good bed, personal plugs, good quality WiFi, lockers, well equipped kitchen, laundry service, activities information to do during the stay as well as social areas and night activities. W...
Hostel Trip Monkey is a hostel in San Gil. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Three House Hostel Boutique

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Three House Hostel Boutique

Three House Hostel Boutique has spacious spaces with a contemporary style in which you can enjoy a great experience; we have terrace, kitchen (you can make use of it), games room and a beautiful view, mixed bedrooms and comfortable private rooms. We are located in the heart of Filandia half a blo...
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Casa Avelina

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Casa Avelina

Casa Avelina it’s an antique house that was restructured to become a home for tourist all over the world, who are interested in exploring our incredible city. Our principal concern is nature and its preservation; we are in favor of renewable energies, that's why we have a panel system on the top of...
Casa Avelina is a hostel in Santa Marta. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Golden Elephant Hostel

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Golden Elephant Hostel

We at Golden Elephant Hostel want to channel positive energy and good vibes while you relax and enjoy the nearby rivers and beautiful scenery. We have two main goals: Providing our guests with any tourist information they may need to continue their journey and educate and generate ecological cul...
Golden Elephant Hostel is a hostel in Alejandria. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Casa Ébano 967

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Casa Ébano 967

Tranquility simple atmosphere and especially Family, where you feel at home, the exterior is surrounded by a small garden where you can enjoy flowers in times of small birds like hummingbirds and hummingbird. centrally located Please Note: Cancellation policy: 72 h before arrival. In case of a...
Casa Ébano 967 is a hotel in Cartagena. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Mirador Las Palmas

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Hotel Mirador Las Palmas

We are not a typical farm hotel, we are a luxury hotel on the field. Its architecture, the design and the simplicity of its buildings contrast in a perfect way with the most beautiful view of the valley Maravelez that tinged with the green of its natural environment. Its colorful gardens, recr...
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Panorama Café Hostel

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Panorama Café Hostel

Panorama Café Hostel is for the generation of travelers looking for discovery and joy in an authentic way. Panorama Café Hostel is completely off the main path this place will bring coffee lovers around the world to learn about this culture and live with the locals. We are the first and only hostel...
Panorama Café Hostel is a hostel in Buenavista. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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2600 Hostel DC

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2600 Hostel DC

2600 Hostel DC has a familiar atmosphere prevails, offering a wonderful and privileged view of Bogota. 2600 Hostel DC is located in the Las Aguas neighborhood, close to the La Candelaria- , Centro Histórico sunrounded of interested, turist and historic places such as: La Plaza de la Concordi...
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Hostal Naty Luna

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Hostal Naty Luna

Hostal Naty Luna is a hostel where you can spend quite a comfortable time. It have places for different moods; there is a balcony with a beautiful view of the mountains, and there is place in back where you can sit with your friends for nice chat. The kitchen is shared with all guests, and it is equ...
Hostal Naty Luna is a guesthouse in Jardin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Casa Muy Chacho

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Casa Muy Chacho

Just 15 minutes by jeep from the village center, in the middle of the coffee fields, Casa Muy ChaCho is the place for you if you are looking for somewhere to relax and enjoy a peaceful environment. The hostel has a large garden with many fruit trees freely available to you. With a family atmosph...
Casa Muy Chacho is a hostel in Filandia. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Casa Beija Flor

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Casa Beija Flor

The guest in Beija Flor can feel at home, it has multiple common spaces that allow you to be in peace and at the same time share the experience with other travelers. It has a spacious kitchen, living room and dining room. The patio is endowed with aromatic herbs which can be freely consumed. Vil...
Casa Beija Flor is a hostel in Villa de Leyva. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Lost Inn San Gil

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Lost Inn San Gil

When setting up the Lost Inn we wanted to create something different from being in the city, a special place where you can get away from the busy town and relax. We think the best way to do this is to bring you to the mountain side so you can discover the natural beauty of this part of Colombia for...
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Hostel Casona Tulcán Popayán

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Hostel Casona Tulcán Popayán

Hostel Casona Popayan has a permanent exhibition of works of art made by local artists inspired by the culture of the region. You can enjoy the common areas offered by the hostel as the TV room, different reading rooms, an outdoor and an indoor garden, in addition to the smoking area. In addition to...
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Mirari Glamping

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Mirari Glamping

Mirari Glamping is a hostel located in Villa de Leyva just 3 blocks away from the main square, is a glamping type accommodation with tents equipped with comfortable beds, energy, internet access, with private bathroom and hot shower. Is shared acomodation in rooms (glamping) for max. 6 people. We pr...
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Hotel Pueblito Playa

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Hotel Pueblito Playa

We are a small and friendly hotel in Cartagena. We offer you a personal service, our reception is open 24 hours and we have Free WiFi to be connected at anytime! What make us different from the other properties is our famous and tasty breakfast! It is cooked by our chef (and owner) with love! Th...
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Hostal Encuentro

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Hostal Encuentro

Hostal Encuentro, a homelike place. (a homely place) The place was the typical family house in Cali. It is attended by its owner, one of the 15 sisters of a large family. It is for that reason that it gives a good vibe and achieves the mix of attention and warmth. In this hostel you not only stay,...
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Hostal Vista Hermosa Salento

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Hostal Vista Hermosa Salento

The Hostal Vista Hermosa is located in a very quiet area with a nice view to the mountains, is close to the main Park of the town (3 blocks and a half). The hostel consists of two cottages and an apartment. One of the cabins have two bedrooms with double beds and private bathrooms, and the other cab...
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La Samaria Hostel

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La Samaria Hostel

La Samaria Hostel esta pensando para ser el lugar donde te sientas en casa mientras disfrutas del Caribe Colombiano, queremos ayudarte a que disfrutes de la ciudad y sus alrededores, por eso, nuestro staff siempre estará dispuesto a darte los mejores consejos. En La Samaria, te sentirás en un ambi...
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Olas de Neguanje Hostal

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Olas de Neguanje Hostal

Olas de Neguanje Hostal operates on a farm, or in the countryside, redecorated Forest, in summer is dry forest and at other times of the year green forest, the hostal area is 10,000 M2, where you can see and share with animals like Cows, turkeys, chickens, dogs and cats, ducks and other birds, in ad...
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Bacoa Hostel

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Bacoa Hostel

Bacoa Hostel sits on the edge of a lake in the Antióquian mountains of Colombia. This beautiful traditional country house is the perfect place for an adventure off the beaten track. We have plenty of dorms and private cabins with spectacular views of the lake and the famous rock of Peñol. The hos...
Bacoa Hostel is a hostel in Guatape. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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The Lake Hotel

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The Lake Hotel

Our traditional Colombian fincasits on a 3-acre tropical oasis of fruits and vegetables directly adjacent to the reservoir (lake). Comfortable rooms, Modern Double Bed, Modern Single Bed, Free Wi-Fi, Satellite TV Service, Boat Transportation, Fully Equipped Kitchen, Meal Service, Laundry Service, Pr...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Colombia.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Colombia.

If you're already planning to visit Colombia - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

El Peñol, a beautiful stone that will open the doors to the imagination

For this reason I decided to take a trip to my native Colombia, South America. I left the city in which I live Bogota by land to the city of Medellin, (which incidentally is a beautiful place and I will speak to you  about this magical city later). Our first destination to talk about will be “El Peñol”.

Monica Riveros

The intriguing Pacific Coast of Colombia

Ever heard of Buenaventura? I sure didn’t. Nevertheless, I will write this article about my adventure to the intriguing Pacific Coast of Colombia. Why? Because it was fun. And because I can.

Carlijn Lenten

Bogotá: The mystic features of Usaquen

Usaquen, an old had been small town in the outskirts of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá D.C., has since long been swallowed by the furious growing of the city. The land used to belong to the Landlord Pepe Sierra, whose house is now the Comercial Center Hacienda Sta. Barbara, situated in the neighbourhood commonly known as Usaquen. The neighbourhood of Usaquen (different from the locality of Usaquen) has long since transformed into one of the most popular hang-out places in the city.

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Santafe Mall:

One of the largest shopping centers in the city. It’s located in Poblado. To get there you can take the train to Aguacatala station and from there walk about 10 minutes or just take a taxi from the station (it will not be expensive, it’s really close). Santa Fe has cinema (CineColombia) shopping area with various clothing stores, jewelry, perfumes, bags and so much more. There’s also inside the mall the supermarket Jumbo, a playground (divercity), restaurants and cafes area. In the center of Santa Fe built various activities for all ages as a giant pool balls or ice rink, it is always for everyone and constantly changing. Santa Fe is ideal to go for a walk, have lunch or dinner, shopping and more. For more information on routes, shops and restaurants, promotions and updates, go here.

Maleja Zapata

Cartagena: sunset and night life

Cartagena de Indias is without a doubt one of the most visited destinations when it comes to travel to Colombia. It is a perfect mix of history and the development of modern cities, this combined with the friendliness of its people gives, as a result, an unforgettable experience. This magical city is located on the north coast of this Caribbean country and is also known as “La Heroica” among its inhabitants due to a historical event.

Angelica Lara

Armenia: The gem of the coffee region

Hidden among the Andean mountains, you will find the beautiful city of Armenia, Colombia. Armenia is the capital of the department of Quindío and it is an important commercial and economic region for the country. Known as the coffee-growing region of Colombia, Armenia’s perfect weather makes it impossible to not want to stay, but this area of the country boasts of many small towns and beautiful cities

Sharon Salazar

Quindio, Colombia: Natural beauty and delicious coffee

Hidden among the Andean mountains, you will find the beautiful city of Armenia, Colombia. Armenia is the capital of the department of Quindío and it is an important commercial and economic region for the country. Known as the coffee-growing region of Colombia, Armenia’s perfect weather makes it impossible to not want to stay, but this area of the country boasts of many small towns and beautiful cities.

Sharon Salazar

Colombia

As a traveler, one of the most rewarding things you can do is travel somewhere that is unknown to you. We can all agree that Paris is romantic and Italy has good food, whether we have been there or not, but after a while the excitement of fulfilling expectations does not compare with the thrill of discovering an incredible place that you did not even know existed. When I moved to Colombia, I hardly knew a thing about it, even less about the specific region in which I live, but it continues to surprise and excite me with the beauty, drama, and adventure that exists here. If you’ll allow me to tell you a little about this undiscovered gem, the Eje Cafetero or “Coffee Triangle” of Colombia, I hope you’ll be enticed to come see what it is about or to go forth and uncover your own unknown paradise.

Mel Mazza

Colombia: Hiking Los Nevados

Colombia Hiking Los Nevados Summiting Santa Isabel

Alex Machetanz

If you want to experience the culture of Colombian coffe and the amazing landscapes of the famous region called“ coffee triangle “ you should go to Salento and the spectacular Cocora Valley

Cocora Valley Landscape If you want to experience the culture of Colombian coffe and the amazing landscapes of the famous region called“ coffee triangle “ you should go to Salento and the spectacular Cocora Valley Where is located? Salento is located in Colombia’s coffee triangle region, is one of the most touristic towns of Quindio ( province ), you can go to Salento by car from Cali, you will take around 3 to 4 hours and it will cost you max. 20USD (Colombia’s bus companies that go to Salento:  Bolivariano , Velotax and ExpresoPalmira ) .If you are in Bogotá D.C , you can take a 45 minutes flight to Pereira or Armenia and then take a 1 hour bus to Salento( recommended airlines : Avianca  , VivaColombia and LAN ).  Twenty mins from

Luisa Gallo

Colombia: The Lost City (La Cuidad Perdida)

Colombia: The Lost City (La Cuidad Perdida) Imagine spending four days deep inside a remote, tropical jungle, away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Add to the mix a diverse range of fauna and flora, rainfalls, fresh water rivers where you can swim to escape the heat all while being surrounded by majestic views of enormous mountains.

Jess Whiteman

Villa de Leyva: one of Colombia

This village, member of the network of villages patrimony of Colombia, will impress you with its colonial architecture: full of white houses with balconies and cobbled streets, that are perfectly combined with the different activities you can find over there. Let’s get started with falling in love with Villa de Leyva, a village that grabs you with its charm at first sight, adventurous activities and history.

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You’ve bought your ticket, now what?

My initial hopes to explore both the southern tip of Patagonia in Argentina as well as the sandy shores of Cartagena in Colombia were scaled back to create a more realistic itinerary. However, I didn’t cut back my trip entirely thanks to some clever purchasing of internal flights. This meant that I avoided several 24hr bus trips (and whole days wasted) and instead opted for a few 2-4hr flights.

Gretel Maltabarow

Medellin: A Thriving Metropolis

Medellin: I know what you’re thinking. The most dangerous city in the world? Right? Wrong. Twenty years ago, yes, Medellin was deemed the most murderous, violent and dangerous city in the world. When I first told my parents I was traveling to Colombia, they immediately said “hell no” and “don’t you dare”. I know it’s what all parents say and if they don’t say it, then their definately thinking it and probably know your not going to listen to them anyways. So why after decades does Colombia get such a bad rep? Because the stereotypes of cocaine, drug cartels and violence is all people think about when someone mentions Colombia and the only way to change the way people think, is to start with a great story!

Andrea Sawatzky

Cali, Colombia: The Next Big Tourist Destination

Santiago de Cali, more commonly referred to as Cali, is a vibrant city located in the southwest region of Colombia. Nestled in the Valle de Cauca with a population of roughly 3.5 million Cali is the third largest city in Colombia, behind Bogotá and Medellin respectively. When I learned about my year-long teaching placement in Cali I felt excited and nervous at the same time. My family embraced my new adventure with mixed reviews, “But isn’t Colombia really dangerous?” “You mean Columbia, South Carolina?” “You are going to stand out with your blonde hair down there!” Ultimately they came around and supported my new endeavor, however to my embarrassment when asked where Cali was located I realized I knew very little about my new city. Naturally, I first went to my long-time friend, Google. After a quick search of “Cali, Colombia” I found my browser full of images containing violence, drugs, and danger. I am sure if you browse the internet you will find similar results. I began to second-guess my future travel plans but was not about to tell my parents about these internet findings. While this was disheartening, I welcomed the New Year 2016 in the United States, hopped on a plane headed south and have not looked back. During my five months living in Cali I have discovered the dynamic Caleño culture, learned (some) Colombian slang, and realized the inaccuracy of the internet.

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General Bogota

Bogota is the capital of Colombia located at the heart of the country, in the Andes mountain range. Because of the high elevation of Bogota, that can reach 3,100 meters high, the climate is rather cold with an average range of 8º to about 18º. Just by wearing jeans and a jacket, you will be as comfortable as you need!

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Salento and the Coffee Region of Colombia

Colombia: A Varied Landscape Colombia is now the third largest producer of coffee in the world.  They take pride in this heritage as it defines their history and their cultural landscape today.  If you picture Colombia, you may first picture Cartagena and the lively Carribean port town with their vibrant nightlife and colorful architecture, but Colombia’s diverse landscapes can set the stage for very different communities with their own adventures.  As of writing this, we had been tourists in Colombia for over a month, hitting Carribean Cartagena, northern Parque Tayrona, and down south to the bustling salsa capital of Cali. For variety and to know Colombia better, we headed inland and up into the hills.

Nicole Shoaf

Cartagena de Indias: the beginning of a love history with Colombia.

As a Colombian was really hard to see my own country as a touristic place. I thought that for being a tourist or a backpacker I had to travel long distance and going to other continent to finally being a tourist but no, I realized that I’m not a tourist, not in Colombia or somewhere else, I am a traveler.

Andrea Monsalve Rivera

Some basics before traveling to Medellin, Colombia

Colombia, a country to visit If you are reading this post, it’s because you probably would like to visit Medellin, a city that has become very famous thanks to the (not so nice) series, that show the so horrible history we have passed through. Here I tell you about this awesome city as a citizen who has grown up in its surroundings, and you might like to go to non-very touristic places and see the real nature of the city.

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Picturesque Town of Guatapé, Colombia

Picturesque town of Guatapé, Colombia Have you been wondering where your next destination should be in Colombia? Have you been following Narcos or know of Pablo Escobar, the notorious king of Medellin cartel? Do you like being surrounded by beautiful landscape? Then I suggest you to consider taking a trip to the colorful town of Guatapé, which is located just outskirts of Medellin.

Nilly H

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