National Parks

Colombia has carved out 12% of its national territory for its Natural National Park (Parques Nacionales Naturales; PNN) system, which includes nearly 60 protected areas covering cool Caribbean waters, soaring Andean peaks, tropical grasslands and expansive Amazon jungle.

PNN Tayrona Palm-packed white-sand beaches at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.

PNN El Cocuy Commanding peaks, mountain lakes, icy glaciers and views to Venezuela highlight Colombia's best high-altitude day hikes.

PNN Sierra de la Macarena Home to the unique Caño Cristales, a red-hued kaleidoscopic water-world unlike no other.

PNN El Tuparro Sandy river beaches, green grasslands and some 320 species of birds, plus jaguars, tapirs and otters.