Top things to do

Top Choice Mediterranean in Santa Marta

Ouzo

Ouzo offers a stripped-back, classic Greek and Italian menu that includes superb pizza from a wood-fired oven and a good wine list. The octopus is slow-cooked for two hours in a garlicky broth, then slammed on the c…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Santa Marta

Ikaro

A traveler's dream after a Ciudad Perdida trek: this friendly, breezy place offers excellent coffee, delicious salads, sandwiches (made on homemade bread), smoothies, breakfasts and burgers – all meat and fish free.…
Top Choice Pizza in Barranquilla

Pizzeria The Meeting Point

Known as hands-down Barranquilla's best pizza restaurant, this friendly and informal place also just happens to be run by the same team who do the city's best hostel, with which it shares its premises. The pizza her…
Top Choice French in Taganga

Pachamama

With Tiki stylings and a laid-back vibe, Pachamama may look like an indoor beach bar, but casual as it may be, this is easily the culinary highlight of Taganga. The French chef has produced one of the most creative …
Top Choice Museum in Santa Marta

Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

This hacienda is where Simón Bolívar spent his last days in 1830 before succumbing to either tuberculosis or arsenic poisoning, depending on who you believe. The hacienda was owned by a Spanish supporter of Colombia…
Top Choice Museum in Aracataca

Casa Museo Gabriel García Márquez

This excellent museum is housed in a reconstruction of the house where García Márquez was born in 1927. The original house was sold by the family and knocked down decades ago, and even though the current structure i…
Top Choice Beach in Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Cabo San Juan del Guía

Cabo San Juan del Guía is a beautiful cape with an absolutely knockout beach. It's also by far the most crowded area of the park. There is a restaurant and campsitehere, including hammocks in a curious structure on …
Top Choice Colombian in Palomino

Suá

Now enjoying a gorgeous new location with a lovely garden, Suá is is a collectively run project with impeccable environmental and sustainability credentials, including a great vegetarian selection. The fare is inven…
Top Choice Spanish in Minca

Casa d'Antonio

Antonio has recently moved from his hilltop perch to the center of town, and this makes the native Málagan, delicious Spanish-style seafood even more accessible. Do try paella de mariscos or pulpo a la gallega (Gali…
Mardi Gras in Barranquilla

Carnaval de Barranquilla

This is one of the continent's biggest street parties. It's held in February on the four days before Ash Wednesday, so the date changes each year. Much like the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, there are street bands, ma…