Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth. It benefits from both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, three extensive mountain ranges, and a variety of landscapes from lush jungles to deserts. Not to mention The Amazon rainforest also covers about a third of Colombia’s surface. With the topic of sustainability now more important than ever, Colombia turns its focus to nature tourism.
Colombia’s Push towards Nature Tourism
With the recent increase of travellers, Colombia aims to make the rich biodiversity of the country a focal point for buyers. Consequently, promoting responsible tourism, sustainability, and respect for the environment and local communities. A push towards nature tourism hopes to bring forth development processes to help close gaps and reduce levels of inequality in the country.
To promote the country’s biodiversity, Colombia has created segmented programmes based on the different traveller profiles and destinations. The country has several regions that include the Colombian Andes, The Amazon, the Colombian Pacific, and the Colombian Caribbean. Each region counts on its own unique climate and landscape, as well as local activities.
In the Andes, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the local coffee culture through bicycle tours of coffee plantations and tastings. The region, also known for its physical and spiritual healing experiences, offers mindful nature walks and cocoa ceremonies.
The Amazon Rainforest offers adventure-driven activities such as visits to Caño Cristales, and hiking through the Guayabero River canyon. River cruises allow travellers to see some of the unique local species like pink dolphins and anacondas.
The Pacific region is home to Utria National Park and a vast marine life. Reptiles, amphibians, birds, and humpback whales can all be found in this untouched nature reserve. Whale-watching excursions and scuba diving are popular activities in this region of Colombia.
A very dry season and a few rainy days characterize Colombia’s Caribbean region. The white sand beaches, crystalline waters, and vibrant coral reefs are contrasted by the lush jungles of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. Eco Lodges and luxury lodging options have started to appear in the area over the past few years making it an attractive destination for conscious travellers.
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