A brick and concrete staircase zig-zags up a crevice in La Piedra Peñol in Colombia.

Climb Colombia’s La Piedra Peñol

La Piedra Peñol is a giant rock monolith that soars 200 meters into the sky from Colombia’s scenic and meandering Embalse Peñol-Guatape. Neighboring towns have bickered for decades over who gets to claim this sight as their own, and travelers who make the hard climb to the top are rewarded by incredible views.

One of El Purutal's pigmented statues, near San Agustín, Colombia.

Sights of San Agustín, Colombia

The small colonial town of San Agustín is set in a place of enormous natural beauty and has wonderful spring-like weather, but is most visited because of its proximity to the largest pre-Columbian archaeological site south of Central America and north of Perú. Learn more about the sights around town and the dozens of archeological highlights.

View from the lookout tower at the Reserva Natural Palmari. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Nature Reserves on the Río Yavarí

The Río Yavarí is in an unspoiled, isolated part of the Amazon basin and is home to two excellent private natural reserves where you will be immersed in the jungle through all manner of activities. Spend at least three days or up to a week at one of the Yavarí nature reserves (they are both excellent) to gain a real appreciation for jungle life.

View of the coastal town of Puerto Williams nestled at the base of steep mountains.

Puerto Williams in Chilean Tierra del Fuego

Puerto Williams is the so-called “Capital of Antarctica” and gateway to the rugged Dientes de Navarino backcountry circuit, a five-day slog through soggy mountainous terrain. Here’s a little about the town, its sights, and how to get there.

A beach in Providencia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Best Beaches of Providencia and Santa Catalina

Secluded palm-lined beaches, gorgeous turquoise Caribbean waters, mellow locals, fresh seafood, and rum drinks make it easy to become smitten with the islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina. Learn the lay of the land, and most importantly, the best beaches to while away the hours.

The front and steeple of the church visible at the waterfront.

Discover Puerto Varas

Picturesque Puerto Varas appeals widely to conventional tourists, while for more adventurous visitors it’s a great base destination for nearby recreation.

Peaceful and cool Minca is a nice break from the beach. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Discover Minca, Colombia

If you’ve had your fill of beaches or the seductive Caribbean cities, maybe it’s time for an altitude adjustment. The blissful routine of life in Minca–mountain hikes, dips in invigorating swimming holes, and sunset ogling–may make you want to linger here.

Thriving coral in the waters of San Andrés, Colombia.

Discover San Andrés, Colombia

Surrounded by a large barrier reef, San Andrés is Colombia’s Caribbean playground. Days here are spent lazing on the beach, island hopping, snorkeling and diving, and enjoying fresh seafood.

The beach at Spratt Bight. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Sight-Seeing on San Andrés

Spratt Bight Pathway For many, their first stop in San Andrés after checking in to their hotel is the Spratt Bight Pathway (Centro). This pedestrian walkway is the liveliest stretch on the island, lined with restaurants, hotels, and souvenir shops on one side. On the ocean side of the pathway is the island’s most popular […]