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Five Ideal Destinations for Christmas in Colombia


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Colombia’s destinations offer scenarios and plans of all kinds to enjoy at Christmas. Credit: Jairo Paez/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Christmas season in Colombia presents a range of fascinating destinations that invite you to immerse yourself in the country’s festive magic. From vibrant cities to charming colonial towns, every corner offers a unique experience to celebrate this time of year.

Medellin: The Radiance of the City of Eternal Spring

Medellin, known for its spring-like climate all year round, transforms into a spectacle of lights and colors during Christmas. The Aburrá Valley dazzles with Christmas light displays, this year featuring Disney magic, capturing the imagination of locals and visitors alike.

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Christmas public lighting in Medellin. Credit Luis Ospino Colombian

The temperate climate invites strolls through parks, botanical gardens, and museums, offering a cozy experience for the whole family during the festivities.

Villa de Leyva, Boyacá: Colonial Charm in the Mountains

For those seeking the serenity of a colonial town in the mountains, Villa de Leyva is an unmissable destination. Its cobblestone streets and white houses create a picturesque and tranquil setting for the Christmas season.

Participating in local festivities, strolling through the Plaza Mayor, and exploring the surrounding mountains and blue wells make this Andean gem a perfect place to experience Christmas with family.

Cali: Rhythm and Flavor in the Salsa Capital

Christmas in Cali is synonymous with flavor and rhythm. This city, known as the ‘Salsa Capital,’ offers a celebration full of energy and passion.

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Cali presented part of its 2023 Christmas lighting. credit: Mayor’s Office of Cali

Colorful parades, exquisite local gastronomy, and the contagious rhythm of salsa define the Christmas tradition in Cali, merging joy and vitality in this vibrant Colombian city.

Cartagena de Indias: History, Culture, and the Beach

The mystical Cartagena de Indias combines history and Caribbean charm. Its cobbled streets in the old town are illuminated with festive lights, creating a magical atmosphere that invites immersion in its rich culture.

Enjoying the white sandy beaches, exploring the impressive Castillo de San Felipe, and immersing in the warmth of its people are just some of the attractions of this Caribbean jewel during Christmas. Christmas markets and festivities at Plaza de la Aduana add a special touch to the experience.

San Andres Islands: Christmas Tropical Paradise

If the idea of celebrating Christmas under the sun and by crystal-clear beaches entices you, San Andres is the ideal destination for the family. Its white sands and transparent waters offer a truely tropical paradise.

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San Andres, Colombia. Credits: Mario Carvajal/CC BY 4.0

Exploring coral reefs, enjoying water sports, and participating in local Christmas events complement an experience that blends adventure and relaxation for an unforgettable vacation.

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