The Best Backpacking in Colombia

Looking for the best backpacking in Colombia? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Colombia. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Colombia

  • Santa Marta, Colombia

    Trek to La Ciudad Perdida (Lost City of Teyuna)

    4.0
    29.2 mi
    La Ciudad Perdida is a stunning and challenging 47km hike deep in the Colombian jungle to a remote ancient city perched on a steep mountainside and surrounded by dense tropical rainforest. The hike is typically a 5 Day journey which can only be taken with registered guide companies.  There are 4 ...
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  • Salento, Colombia

    Explore the Coffee Valley

    2 mi / 984.3 ft gain
    At the first glance it looks like one big jungle, but the more you walk through it, the more you see the system, different parcels for different coffee plants and a number of different plants, fruits and vegetables. The coffee Valley between Salento and Armenia features so many different activiti...
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  • Salento, Colombia

    Bike to the Valle de Cocora

    12.4 mi / 3280.8 ft gain
    Yes, you are right. There are jeeps leaving the city center of Salento to bring you to Valle de Cocora, but it is a very beautiful ride if you decide to take it slow and bike there instead. You will have beautiful views of The Valley with their unique palm trees and will be able to stop at places...
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  • Santa Marta, Colombia

    Camp at Cabo San Juan in Tayrona National Park

    5 mi / 200 ft gain
    If you're in Northern Colombia, you've probably heard of Tayrona National Park because of it's lush greenery, stunning turquioise water and relative ease to get to for tourists. From Santa Marta just tell anyone working at your hostel you want to go to Tayrona and they will direct you to the merc...
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  • Calima, Colombia

    Camp at Lago di Calima

    Lago di Calima is a great spot for a quick get away. It is very windy and bring grea conditions for wind and kite surfers. If water isn't your element, take the bike for a tour around the lake or just chill and enjoy the scenery. There are several camping spots around the lake. I stayed at campin...
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  • Santa Marta, Colombia

    Hike to Cerro Kennedy

    13.9 mi / 5813.6 ft gain
    The hike begins at approximately 632m and climbs up to 2,400m in the Sierra Nevadas de Santa Marta. As with most hikes in Colombia, the trail is a rough and rocky road. It's a steady uphill through many different types of environments. Along the way you'll come across dense rainforest, waterfalls...
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  • Santa Marta, Colombia

    Camp at the Beach in Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

    6 mi
    There are two main entrances to Tayrona National Park; one on the western side and one on the eastern. The eastern entrance outside the town of Zaino leads to the path to Cabo. At the entrance, there are several small shops selling snacks, water, sunscreen, and other essentials. Just 100 yards in...
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