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How to do tourism in Antioquia? Guide for travelers

Traveling to Antioquia is, according to the experiences of those who visit it, one of the best decisions you can make if you want a unique vacation, one of those that you can always count on at family dinners or meetings with a smile.

Although this Colombian paradise has endless tourist attractions and places where you will be close to nature, we have an ideal guide for travelers like you, who are looking for unmissable activities to fully enjoy this tourist destination par excellence. Let’s start!

Tourist sites to visit in Antioquia 

If you have already read our previous articles, you will know that Antioquia is a department that is located in the northwest of Colombia whose capital is Medellín, the second most populous city in the country.

It is especially known for the tourist places it has to offer, both to people born in Colombia and to foreigners. If you are wondering what you can visit here, we will tell you right now.

If you like to explore, the Condor Caverns you must visit 

This is one of the most charming places that Antioquia has. In the Condor Caverns you will be able to see different species, from bats to nocturnal birds such as macaws. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and you can go caving without problems.

We have some recommendations if you are going to venture into these caverns:

  • Wear sports shoes and clothing preferably made of a synthetic material such as polypropylene or polyester. 
  • Do not leave the tour and follow the instructions of your tour guide. 
  • Wear a hat, cap, or something on your head to protect yourself from debris from the cave. And always wear sunscreen. 

Are you passionate about extreme sports and nature? Río Claro awaits you to surprise you. 

Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions that the department of Antioquia offers. Here you can find the Cañón del Río Claro Nature Reserve, where the crystal clear water, its incredible marble beach, the vegetation and the great diversity of species will be the elements that capture your attention from the first moment.

Here you can do everything from extreme sports such as canopy and hiking, to family activities such as bird watching, ideal for children. No matter what you are looking for, it is a YES on your list of activities during your visit to Antioquia.

Get to know the Doradal Village, better known as ‘The Colombian Santorini’

If you haven’t heard of this amazing place yet, then you’re going to love reading about it here.

This magical village is known by that name because, when it was built, the inspiration was Santorini, an island located in Greece.

Its white houses, stone streets, hanging gardens, clay tiles and Mediterranean-style alleys make you feel like you are in a dream paradise. It is perfect for taking photos and enjoying a quiet walk, thanks to its warm climate. Here you can find several restaurants, an artificial river and even a beach.

What are our recommendations to visit this place? Read below!

  • Wear comfortable shoes to be able to explore the place without problems 
  • Wear light clothing, it is a place that usually has a temperature of 30 degrees or more. 
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • The camera for photographs is essential. 

Now, we will tell you about a place that is 1 kilometer away from this paradise. 

The Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park, perfect for the whole family 

The Hacienda Nápoles has become one of the most exotic parks in the world and is a tourist destination that many people want to visit. The story behind it is interesting, as it previously belonged to the infamous Pablo Escobar and continues to be a symbol of the extinct Medellín Cartel.

It is located in a municipality called Puerto Triunfo and is highly recognized in Colombia. Here you can see attractions such as a simulation of a Jurassic park, enjoy water slides and even see the most beloved hippo in the place: Vanessa.

On the other hand, you can tour the place and see a coliseum, a unique house, an airplane runway and an old car collection. Without a doubt, it is one of the most visited places by tourists.

These are our recommendations if you are going to visit the park:

  • Bring sunscreen, comfortable clothing, and insect repellent. 
  • Take care of the animals and treat them with a lot of love. 
  • Respect the rules of the park and the guides of the place 

Do you wonder if there are still more tourist sites? Of course! Keep reading. 

Let yourself be dazzled by the beauty of Balneario San Juan 

Taking a tour in this spa will make you feel closer to nature. It is a river that is divided into several parts and the most striking is the amazing 8-meter-high waterfall.

It is one of the places where your children will enjoy the most. You can bathe in the hot springs or in the different bodies of water in the area. In addition, it has a perfect space for making family sancochos or, as it is known in Colombia, the popular ‘paseo de olla’. 

Do you like to go hiking? Your best option is the Magdalena River. 

Known as the most important fluvial artery in the municipality, this is another of the places that you cannot miss if you are sightseeing in Antioquia.

From the river bank you will be able to appreciate the magnificent natural beauty that the place has to offer, it is excellent to hang out and watch the sunset. If, on the other hand, you want to navigate its waters, you can do it in a boat that bears the name of ‘La Porteña’, run by an old fisherman, who is well versed in the myths and legends about the river.

Recommendations for this place are as follows:

  • As always, comfortable clothing and shoes, preferably waterproof. 
  • Avoid carrying bags with a lot of weight. 
  • Bring water and a camera. 
  • Don’t forget to pack motion sickness pills, in case you need them. 

The experiences and the incredible tourist attractions do not end here, now we will leave you with a list of other places that you can visit in the Antioquia territory. 

  • If you want to fish or do nautical activities, Río La Miel is the place where you should go. 
  • Visit La Cuba Waterfall, which is shared between Doradal and the Municipality of San Luis.
  • Get to know Boca Caimán, a natural formation that originates in Río Claro, after traveling about 400 meters. 

These are some of the main tourist attractions that Antioquia has and for which it is recognized as a tourist sector par excellence.

Live the magical and unique experiences that this tourist destination offers you, believe us, you will not regret it.

What do not know where to stay? Hotel El Río is very close to these dream places! Take advantage today to make your reservation with us.

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