Colombian tourism is still a fairly new concept, and as a result, it has so far escaped some of the worst aspects of mass tourism, like all-inclusive resorts on the coasts and a pricing war.
While Colombia is huge, tourists are generally confined to few select places, causing overcrowding in these locations. Since this can lead to problems for both the local community and the environment, ensuring that tourism in Colombia expands gently and respectfully has become critical.
Colombia is a future world-class sustainable tourism destination since it is the world’s most biodiverse country per square kilometer and has an extraordinary cultural legacy. Colombians are starting to realize that natural riches, when handled responsibly and respectfully, can help the country to grow quickly.
Today, Colombia is home to several destinations ideal for sustainable tourism and communities that are committed to protecting the environment while showcasing the country’s biodiversity to the rest of the world.
If you want to play your part in preserving Colombia’s diversity, the following are the top responsible destinations in Colombia that you need to add to your Colombia itinerary.
Trek to Ciudad Perdida
Colombia’s Inca Trail could be defined as a trek to the hilltop Ciudad Perdida — the Lost City. The heat, muck, and humidity give physical obstacles to trekkers on this five-day adventure that traverses a river through the dense jungle near the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
The Kogi people who live along the way to the Ciudad Perdida descended from the Tairona people who erected this ancient city.
Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda
Another responsible tourist destination to add to your Colombia itinerary is Santa Rosa de Cabal in Risaralda. This lovely village, part of the Colombian Coffee Triangle, is 15 kilometers from Pereira, the capital of Risaralda. While coffee is the economic backbone of the economy, tourism has grown in recent years.
The village’s primary attractions are hot springs resorts, a therapeutic mud lake, classic 20th-century buildings with floral balconies, the central square with its church and park, and, of course, the village’s hallmark, chorizos santarrosanos. Nearby, at Finca Cortaderal, there is a great birding spot where the Fuertes’ parrot can be seen easily.
La Tatacoa Desert, Huila
Villavieja, the area where La Tatacoa Desert is located, is a 40-minute drive north of Neiva. Cuzco, a reddish region of 256 hectares and one of the three zones of this remarkable dry area, is a designated sustainable tourism attraction. The place is appealing due to its eroded soil, which is embellished with mazes of cactuses, gullies, and little fauna.
Besides these sustainable tourism spots, there are many other responsible destinations in Colombia you can add to your travel itinerary.
At Onygotours, we can help you choose sustainable destinations to add to your Colombia itinerary. Onygotours encourages visitors to engage with local communities by hiring local guides, learning about traditional customs, and purchasing food and goods at small businesses during their travels. Using productos and services that have minimal impact on the environment can also be beneficial. We believe this is the key to lowering your travel impact, making connections with the locals, and contributing to a sustainable world for future generations everywhere.