14 Best Things to Do in #Kathmandu, #Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is also currently the only city with an international airport in the country. And so, if you plan on flying into the country, you will pass through the city on your way to whatever destinations you have in mind. But that's not to say that Kathmandu isn't a great city to spend some time in!

Start your Nepal exploration from the capital town, Kathmandu. The city is full of mystical charm and holds so many wonderful locations. From beautiful temples to quaint shopping areas, this city is chock full of appeal to travelers of all backgrounds. In this article, we have compiled a list of some of the best things to do in Kathmandu. We have arranged them by category for the ease of the reader, enjoy.

Kathmandu is beautiful, and you’ll realize it just when you get to explore it! Kathmandu was hit by the earthquake, but it still manages to hold its charm. You can board a direct flight to Nepal from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata. The city of Kathmandu itself has a lot to offer as well.

Kathmandu is a beautiful historic city with lots of great sights to visit like the Garden Of Dreams and the Hanuman Dhoka, a beautiful royal palace. Boudhanath and Kopan Monastery are also famous monasteries. Arouse your spiritual side and seek divine blessings at the Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa.

These two temples are the famous shrines in Nepal, and a must-visit because they both are unaffected by the earthquake. How amazing is it sounding?

In Nepal there are girls revered as a living goddess or Kumari
In Nepal there are girls revered as a living goddess or Kumari.

Here are the best things to do in Kathmandu:

Check out some of the Temples and Heritage Sites

This may come as the most obvious suggestion, but it's true! The city of Kathmandu is full of gorgeous temples. There are some extravagant ones that attract countless tourists annually. There are some smaller, less known ones that you can merely stumble upon as you walk around. But all of them are definitely worth stopping to check out.

1. Swayambhu

Nepal is home to many beautifully constructed and unique Buddhist monasteries and temples of Hinduism all over the world. Swayambhunath Temple is the most famous in all over Nepal. If you are in Kathmandu and wish to spend some quiet time while enjoying a panoramic view of the city, then Swayambhunath is the perfect spot for you!

Situated atop a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is the oldest stupa of its kind in Nepal. According to legend, Swayambhu evolved spontaneously when the Kathmandu Valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. You can reach the stupa by climbing 365 steep stone steps, or you can take the road that goes almost to the top.

There are numerous chaityas, statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities on the stupa premises. Reconnect with your spiritual self while circumambulating the stupa in a clockwise direction and enjoy a magnificent view of Kathmandu city.

Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple, and for good reason. You will see monkeys everywhere! Just stay alert and hold your belongings tightly as the monkeys will probably try to snatch them from your hands. Also, do not stare at them directly!

Famously known as 'Monkey Temple', this Buddhist temple receives countless tourists at all times of the year. The temple gets the name from the fact that there are monkeys living in the northwest part of the temple. It lies at the top of the Swayambhunath hill in the Kathmandu valley. There is a variety of trees on the site of the temple, the Tibetan name for the site means 'sublime trees'.

Between Thamel and the Durbar Square there are many stupas that are similar to each other. One of them is the Kathesimbhu Stupa, surrounded by a large number of small altars. It is a replica on a smaller scale of the Swayambhunath Stupa.

2. Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important temples for Hindus all over the world. It’s on the go-to list of almost every Hindu devotees. Located on the bank of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is a sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, an incarnation of Shiva. The temple of Pashupatinath (Lord of Animals) is believed to be two thousand years old and is one of the oldest temples in the world.

The temple premises comprises 559 Shiva shrines and idols. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath. However, only Hindus are allowed inside the main temple.

Lying on the Bagmati River, the Shree Pashupinath Temple is the largest temple complex in Nepal. It's also one of the four most important temples in all of Asia for Shiva devotees. Further, it is one of the 7 UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley. Unlike most other UNESCO heritage sites, the Pashupinath Temple is open daily. The daily schedule is as follows.

  • 4:00 am: West gate opens for visitors.
  • 8:30 am: After arrival of Pujaris, the idols of the Lord are bathed and cleaned, clothes and jewelry are changed for the day.
  • 9:30 am: Baal Bhog or breakfast is offered to the Lord.
  • 10:00 am: Then people who want to do Puja are welcomed to do so. It is also called Farmayishi Puja, whereby people tell the Pujari to carry out a special Puja for specific reasons. The Puja continues till 1:45 pm in the afternoon.
  • 1:50 pm: Lunch is offered to the Lord in the main Pashupati Temple.
  • 2:00 pm: Morning prayers end.
  • 5:15 pm: The evening Aarati at the main Pashupati Temple begins.
  • 6:00 pm onward: In recent times the Bagmati Ganga Aarati that is done by the banks of the Bagmati has been gaining popularity. There are larger crowds attending on Saturdays, Mondays and on special occasions. Ganga Aarati along with Shiva’s Tandava Bhajan, written by Ravana, is carried out during the evening Ganga Aarati.
  • 7:00 pm: Doors close.

3. Shaktipeeth Shri Guhyeshwori Temple

A kilometre east of the main Pashupatinath temple lies a religiously significant destination for both the Hindus and Buddhists, the Guhyeshwari Temple. Considered as a symbol of power, it is believed to be part of Sati Devi's body which fell at the exact spot where the temple stands.

The pagoda-style temple was built during the 17th century and displays a unique figure of the Goddess laying parallel to the ground. Different pujas including tantric rituals are performed at the temple during festivals, especially by the Newar community. It is believed that worshipping the Mother Goddess blesses the person with great strength.

4. Boudha Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa is considered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the stupa lies 8km east of downtown Kathmandu. It's the largest stupa in all of Kathmandu valley at 36 meters high. The landmark is great to take a stroll around and 'soak in the spiritual energy' as some say.

5. Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery is one of the most popular Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Nepal. It is perched on top of a hill north of Bauddha and is a popular destination for Buddhist studies and meditation. Kopan Monastery used to be open to visitors all week but the entry has now been restricted because of the overwhelming numbers of visitors.

An enjoyable walk from Bauddha leads to the monastery but one can also reach the monastery through two other main routes from Chabahil.

6. Budhanilkantha Temple

Visit the Budhanilkantha Temple, one of the most famous temples of Vishnu in the Kathmandu Valley. Situated at the foot of the Shivapuri Hills just 9 km from the main city, this shrine has a 5-meter long stone statue of Lord Vishnu reclining on a bed of Nagas or serpents in the middle of a small pond. If you wish to spend some time in nature too, you can go on a hike to the Shivapuri National Park just above Budhanilkantha.

7. Dakshinkali Temple

Situated about 19 km south of Kathmandu, Pharping is a thriving Newar town which boasts a number of ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites and monasteries. A circuit of its religious sites makes for a fascinating day out from Kathmandu. Pharping lies on the road to Dakshinkali and it's easy to visit both villages in a day by taxi, bus or motorbike (and maybe even bicycle if you don't mind the traffic and dust).

Pharping is one of the many sacred grounds in the Kathmandu Valley. The larger than life legends that surround the village are a testament to the belief that great things have happened here. Pharping is a must-see for all going through Kathmandu so one can immerse themselves in centuries-old traditions and customs.

Pharping not only holds importance in Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners' life but is equally important for Hindus as well. Dakshinkali, one of the major pilgrimage sites for Hindus, is constructed at the lower half of Asura Cave which is about a kilometer outside the village of Pharping. Dakshinkali is one of the main temples in Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali.

Dakshinkali Temple, one of the most popular temples in Nepal dedicated to goddess Kali, is 45 minutes' drive to the south of Kathmandu. It is believed that the temple was built after goddess Kali appeared to King Pratap Malla in his dreams and instructed him to build a temple dedicated to her.

There is a belief that if an animal sacrifice is offered to goddess Kali at the temple, then one's wishes will be fulfilled. This is the reason why, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and particularly during the festival of Dashain, devotees in large numbers come to the temple to offer worship and sacrifices to the goddess.

Also make sure to visit the Sheshnarayan Temple, Gorakhnath Temple, Bajra Yogini Temple and Guru Padmasambhava meditation cave for a day-out worth remembering!

8. Durbar Square

Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Durbar Square is one of the best places in Nepal to explore if you love historical sites. Durbar Square is another UNESCO heritage site in Kathmandu. It's one of three squares in the valley of Kathmandu. The square is full of temples, courtyards, fountains and statues.

It is also situated in a lovely area of Kathmandu with other sites such as Taleju Temple and Bhandarkhal within walking distance. But that's not to say that there isn't already so much to see in Durbar Square itself. Because, there is. It is the best place in Nepal to unlock the knowledge about the history of Nepal. Durbar Square displays the Nepalese art and design in its very best. Durbar Square is wonderful in terms of cultural offer.

Kathmandu Durbar Square, or Basantapur Darbar Kshetra in Nepali, was home to the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings, the former rulers of the city. The Durbar Square in Kathmandu city is one of the three main Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu valley. Today, the square is still surrounded by courtyards and temples which tell tales of the history of the city.

Some of the popular structures around the area include the Taleju Temple, the Kalbhairav at Indra Chowk, Hanuman Statue and Basantapur Tower. This Durbar Square holds much significance, as it was the site of many important ceremonies including the coronation of the many kings. The square is still home to some of the most celebrated festivals and ceremonies, such as the Indra Jatra celebration.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square preserves the culture, tradition, architecture, and history of Kathmandu and is a must-visit destination if you're visiting the city.

9. Kumari Ghar

The most important buildings are Hanuman Dhoka (former Royal Palace); Kasthamandap, building that gives its name to the city and the Kumari Palace, where the girl who is chosen as Goddess of the city lives until she reaches puberty with her first period and is again a mortal like everyone else. Kumari, a young pre-pubescent girl chosen as a god and the sign of excellent female strength or Devi in Hindu religion stays in the Kumari house in Durbar Square.

The sacred dwelling place of Kathmandu's living Goddess dates back to 1757. The Kumari Ghar is believed to have been built by King Jaya Prakash Malla as an act of atonement to Goddess Durga. After the renovation of the three-story brick building in 1966, the doors to the courtyard were opened for visitors to admire the beautiful architecture and craftsmanship of Nepal's finest woodcarvers.

The Living Goddess seldom makes an appearance from one of the first-floor windows, but when she does, it is much to the excitement of the visitors. However, taking photographs of the Kumari is strictly forbidden. Visit the Kumari Ghar across Durbar Square, at Basantapur to experience an important facet of the mythical history of Kathmandu.

10. National Museum of Nepal

The National Museum of Nepal is the largest museum of Nepal. The museum proudly displays a collection of historical artwork and weapons used in wars during the 18th and 19th centuries in Nepal. Other relics such as statues, paintings, and currencies are displayed in a separate gallery at the museum.

The museum can be divided into three buildings - Juddha Jatiya Kalashala, Buddhist Art Gallery and the main building which houses the natural, historical, cultural and philatelic sections of history. It used to be a palace and holds nationwide archaeological and developmental significance as a monument to relive the wartorn history of Nepal.

The museum, known as Chhauni Silkhana or arsenal gallery in the past, was originally used to display weapons and firearms used during the war history of Nepal.

11. Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Have you ever wondered how it would be like to live like royalty? Kathmandu is a city full of ancient architecture and history, but none holds as much nobility as the former residence of the then reigning Monarch, Narayanhiti Palace. Today, the palace has opened its doors to visitors as a museum offering them the opportunity to see the regal lifestyle one could only dream about.

12. Garden of Dreams

The Garden of Dreams, aka. Garden of Six Seasons, is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu. The site was characterized by six pavilions; one for each of the 'six seasons' of Nepal: early summer, summer monsoon season, early autumn, late autumn, winter and spring. Now, there are only three pavilions to see on the grounds.

Visit the Garden of Dreams if you are looking for some quality time amidst peaceful surroundings in Kathmandu. Located right at the entrance to the tourist hub of Thamel, this neoclassical historical garden is a quiet oasis in the middle of the city. Tour the museum, read a book while sipping coffee, and relax.

Spread over an area of 6,895 sq m within the Kaiser Mahal Complex, the Garden of Dreams was originally built as a private garden. It was later renovated and opened to the public. The garden also houses pavilions, an amphitheater, central ponds, pergolas, and urns. This garden is designed in the European style and has variety of flowers imported from different countries.

13. Shivapuri Hill

Relish your time in nature with fresh air at one of the few areas of woodland left in the capital, Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park. Take a day off from your boring day-to-day lifestyle, and compensate your body and soul with a grasp of fresh air and an obligatory hike to the second highest hill near the valley.

14. Taudaha

As the only natural lake left in the Kathmandu Valley, Taudaha offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is located near Chobhar on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Today, the lake is popular as one of the best bird-watching destinations in Nepal with hundreds of migratory birds spotted around the lake, especially during the winter.

So, if you’re looking for a quiet place to watch birds or feed some fish or enjoy a peaceful day with someone special, then visit Taudaha for a relaxing experience. Manjushree is 1 km to the southeast of Chobar. It has one of the longest caves in Southeast Asia.

Walk Through the Streets of Thamel

Go to the Thamel neighborhood, where there is a large number of pensions and restaurants. It is the most touristic place in Kathmandu, but above all the most lively. The neighborhood of Thamel in Kathmandu is a big hub for tourists. And for good reason! There are countless markets lined up and down the streets selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs.

You can find anything from pashmina to trekking gear to hand crafted jewelry to simple souvenirs. Thamel is the city's main zone for nightlife. Each night, the bars open their doors and have local groups play great music. Let the sound of the music and the sight of the happy hour signs draw you in for a lovely night on the town.

In addition, it is the ideal center from which you can go to visit all parts of the valley.

Side note: there are many agencies and online resources to find walking tours through Thamel if you want to make sure that you see it all during your time in the neighborhood.

Take a Hike Up One of the Mountains Surrounding the Valley

If you are in Kathmandu, the hike from Bhimdhunga to Naubise lets you do that without having to go too far from the city. This short, downhill hike is a feast for the eyes with glorious views of flowers in full bloom, vineyards and vegetable gardens. And nothing says Spring better than that.

I stayed up on one of the mountains surrounding Kathmandu my first time in the city. Let me tell ya, the view is amazing! But to go even further, my friends and I took a day trip to hike up to the top to get one of the best views of the city. I don't believe that there are any businesses that you can book a hike through, but there may be. My group and I merely set off on our own accord.

We spoke to the son of the housekeeper at our Airbnb and he told us to follow the road up then take the 'jungle path'. The jungle path is in actuality just finding your way through the wild of the trees on the mountain. Certainly not for everyone, but if you can figure it out it's a wonderful way to spend the day.

Book a trek!

Kathmandu isn't just about the mountain climbing either, there are loads of other great adventure activities that you can get involved with. There are some great biking trails in the area and you can also go white water rafting. The thrill of a bike trip has its own adventurous charm and the ride to Sisneri in the outskirts of Kathmandu valley is no different.

Come alive on the dirt and rocky roads on the way to some of the most beautiful natural swimming pools in Nepal. A dip in the pool is perfect for cooling off on hot summer days with your friends. If you're seeking a quick adventure near the valley then this trip is exactly what you may be looking for. En route, you’ll pass the Taudaha Lake.

Beyond the best things to do in Kathmandu, one of the best things to do in all of Nepal is to go on a trek. And throughout the city of Kathmandu, there are many many travel agencies looking for new clients. And they're not hard to find!

Trekking is the main reason that a lot of people go to Nepal and its certainly a part of the experience that you don't want to miss. Most of the agencies that you find will be able to work with you and help you create the experience of your dreams. Just picture it now, you on the top of a mountain somewhere living your best life.

How does fresh air, greenery and time with nature sound? Tempting, right? Offer yourself a day off from your restless schedule, and plan a visit to Sundarijal. Sundarijal, located about 17 km northeast of Kathmandu, is a small Tamang village which is famous among the local traveler for picnics, hikes, cycling, trekking, off-road ride, and greenery, evidently!

Sundarijal is also the gateway to Langtang Gosainkunda Trek trail from Kathmandu. On top of that, Sundarijal serves as the starting point of several Kathmandu valley based treks/hikes. Surrounded by mystic waterfalls, lush forests and green rice terraces, Sundarijal Hydropower Station is another attraction in Sundarijal.

Try the Nepali Cuisine

Go out to eat at a real Nepali cuisine restaurant. Try the dal baht and eat all of the different curries and dal that come with the meal. Nepali food is so very good. And, if you have a kitchen where you're staying (and you're feeling bold) try to cook your own Nepali food! When I was last in Kathmandu, my friends and I got a recipe and made our own Nepali curry. It took the whole afternoon, but it was soooo good!

The name Pancha Kwa originates from the ethnic Newari dishes, more popular in Kathmandu Valley. It is a soup made from a fermented bamboo shoot, potatoes, black-eyed peas, vegetables and jimbu. Newari food is popular for its exquisite preparations and taste. Chataamari is a fine example of this exquisite Newari culinary community.

This snack is specially made during different occasions and festivals, usually as appetizers. The Chataamari is a type of rice pancake topped with items such as meat, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and even cheese. The snack is often referred to as a Nepali pizza because of its similarities to the pizza. However, the taste speaks differently as it takes on a shape of its own with vibrant Newari flavors added to the mix.

Nepal is also home to the living goddess Kumari
Nepal is also home to the living goddess Kumari.

In Conclusion

Kathmandu is a lovely city full of mystical charm and beauty. And to not go out and experience it while you're staying there (even if you're passing through) would be missed opportunity. These are only just some of the best things to do in Kathmandu. There's a whole world of things to see and experience in the city.

Weekend Guide: What To Do in Ibiza in 48 Hours

Ibiza has a reputation as one of the party capitals of the world, home to world-famous clubs and a rich electronic music scene. However, Ibiza is much more than that. A beautiful island paradise set in the Mediterranean, Ibiza is full of hidden gems to explore. In fact, Ibiza is on the UNESCO World Heritage list due to its biologically diverse nature.

Many tourists have trouble deciding if they should go to Mallorca or Ibiza, but why not just go for both: Especially since they are not that far apart! Home to as many clubs as beaches, Ibiza is a one-stop-shop if you're looking for a touristy, along with a party place. The clubs here are known to host the best DJs from around the world, making it a party heaven.

You can also party at the beach, countless pubs, dance bars, literally anywhere in Ibiza. After all, Ibiza is rightly known as the clubbing capital of the world! Ibiza is famous for its hot party scene, but the island offers so much more. Here you will find a hippie, yoga, bohemian vibe and pristine beaches.

Ibiza is the adult playground - a perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, great restaurants and hip factor. Meet really cool people at your hostel there and go on a cruise to another island near Ibiza named Formentera. Ibiza is well known and cherished for its seaview area and spectacular aura of beach life.

It is a home for around 57 beaches and the water is crystal clear due to Neptune grass, a type of seaweed which makes the aquatic view transparent like a mirror. You won’t be away from the beach for more than an hour, no matter where you check in. This location is perfect for party animals and people chasing for a drooling nightlife.

The city is alive at any hour of the day and night. You can pick a glass of red and white wine at every corner which are specially brewed in the city. Food is just excellent, ranging from 8-15 euros under budget. For a great experience you can also choose extravagant villas for a memorable staycation. This city will give you the joy of life you have been searching for and is one of the must visit locations in Spain.

Es Vedranell islands at sunset with beautiful sky from Cala Llentrisca
Es Vedranell islands at sunset with beautiful sky from Cala Llentrisca.

It can be overwhelming deciding what to do and where to go, so here are the best options on the island to help you spend a perfect 48 hours in Ibiza.

Day 1

1. Ibiza Town

Start your adventure in Ibiza Town. Founded by the Phoenicians, the centuries-old town remains as historically gorgeous as ever. Dalt Vila, the fortified old town, still has high defensive walls and gates put in place during the Renaissance, looking and feeling like a walk back in time. While in Ibiza Town, you can get some shopping done, learn about the history, and try some authentic tapas for lunch.

2. Ses Salines

Next, head to the nearby coastal area Ses Salines for gorgeous, rocky beaches and salt flats. Spend some time here, exploring, swimming and sunbathing on the white-sand beaches.

3. Formentera

After a while, head to the nearby Port of Ibiza and catch the ferry to Formentera. It is here you’ll really be transported to another world. You can spend the rest of the afternoon and evening on this tiny little island, exploring lighthouses, craft markets and the complex system of old watchtowers set around the island that were once used to protect the island from pirates.

Catch a sunset dinner at La Fragata, a beloved Mediterranean restaurant with excellent seafood and some of the best views in Formentera.

4. Punta Arabi

Discover the beaches, coves, sleepy villages and hippie market Punta Arabi. Once a haven for bohemians and hippies, even today, you can live the heedless life on - especially on the north side of the island.

Finally, it’s time to head back to Ibiza Town to explore some of Ibiza’s famous nightlife — if you’re up for it. For one of the best parties on the Island, head to world-famous nightclub Space, where you can dance the night away until the morning.

If you’re feeling a more laidback vibe instead, head to BCB TANGO, where you can end your day listening to live music in a trendy setting with stunning views of Ibiza Town.

Day 2

5. Cala Gracioneta

Today, head to the opposite side of the island, to Sant Antoni de Portmany. You can start your day at the nearby beach, Cala Gracioneta, a beautiful unspoiled cove tucked into the rocks and surrounded by trees. Arrive before noon to experience the beach at its most pure, with barely any crowd.

6. Sant Antoni de Portmany

Once the sun reaches its peak, and the beach begins to crowd, it’s time to head into town. San Antonio is a lovely little area, so spend some time exploring and wandering the pretty streets.

A visit to Ibiza without experiencing one of its famous beach clubs would be wasted — so, next up, head to one of the best — Kumharas. The vibes at this bohemian beach club are some of the best in Ibiza, and you can fill up on fresh seafood and creative tapas while listening to music, making friends, and relaxing by the water.

Because San Antonio is one the side of the island where the sun sets, once evening hits, you can catch a sunset cruise out of the port—there are plenty of options, ranging in price, length, and amenities included. A sunset cruise is the perfect way to spend the evening listening to live music while sipping your drink of choice, dancing, and enjoying the stunning sunset with all your new friends.

Once you return, it’ll be prime time to experience San Antonio sunset strip. This is a row of bars and restaurants right on the water, all of which have various food and different types of music. Here is where you can end your journey, enjoying the view of the sea at night spotted with sailboats and knowing you’ve experienced a little bit of everything Ibiza has to offer.

Author: Pandora Domeyko is a Barcelona-based travel writer and blogger, and the creator of travel blog Pandora Explores. On her blog, she covers solo travel and expat living in Barcelona and beyond. You can find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Medium and Facebook.

10 Best Things to Do in Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi is a prehistoric town in Karnataka in South India. Hampi is a small town north of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra river, and it is one of those places where you feel at ease as soon as you arrive. Hampi is located about 300 km from Bangalore. Hampi is often called the city of ruins, and some of them are listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The region is famous due to the temples, ruins, beauty and several spectacular viewpoints it possesses although but there’s so much more to it. The ancient place, positioned amidst the past’s stunning ruins, has been getting a lot of tourists from different world places for long now. It was said to be so prosperous and beautiful that it attracted numerous merchants and travelers from other parts of the world.

On the banks of the Tungabhadra River, along almost 26 square kilometers, we find today more than 1,600 remains of what was one of the most important cities of India until the sultans of the Deccan occupied and destroyed it.

If you are visiting Hampi or planning to do so, stay here for a considerable amount of time, like a week. People need at least one week to explore entire Hampi. There are various remarkable things to do when visiting different parts of Hampi. However, most individuals visit the place for a short period, mainly the temples and then move to their next tour point.

It's hard not to fall in love in Hampi. With its emblematic monuments (Badavai Linga, Achutaraya Temple, Hazara Rama temple), Islamic-style architecture, Hampi is practically built for lovers who are a bit inclined towards history. Because of its temples and large structures, some of which are in ruins, Hampi is even recognized as a world heritage site.

A quaint town in the state of Karnataka, Hampi is recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site for its archaeological splendour and natural beauty. The ancient ruins of Vijaynagar expose countless narratives that are best explored in tranquility. Some of the notable places to visit in Hampi include Nandi Statue, Queen's Bath and Hemakuta Hill.

Hampi is mixture of so many kinds of places like an empire ruins, a beautiful riverbank, nightlife, wildlife places and many more. Hampi has thousands of large rock formations, polished stones that seem to lie with their perfect forms, all distributed between kilometers and kilometers of palm trees and rice terraces. Hampi has more than 300 temple ruins in total excluding Queen Palace, Fort Ruins, horse markets and jewelry market ruins.

Shrine of Hanuman (the monkey god) atop Hemakuta Hill, Hampi
Shrine of Hanuman (the monkey god) atop Hemakuta Hill, Hampi.

Here are the best things to do in Hampi:

1. Exploring the Sacred Virupaksha Temple

Capital of the erstwhile Vijayanagara kingdom, Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Here, couples can visit many places of interest such as Badavai Linga, Achyutaraya Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Krishna Temple, Vittala Temple, Chandramauleshwara Temple, Mosque of Sunni Muslims, Lotus Mahal, Stepped Tank and Watch Tower.

The UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site is known for its architectural splendour epitomised in Queen’s Bath, Lakshmi Narasimha Statue, Virupaksha Temple and many more. Hampi is UNESCO World Heritage site as there are Vijayanagara Empire ruins from 7th Sanctuary.

Ruins of palaces, temples with carvings depicting the powerful story of the erstwhile kingdom, a huge stone chariot will take you back to the time of kings and queens. Situated amidst three hills, Hampi is the ideal place for tourists as it gives you scope for adventures, trekking and also a place to unload the pressures of the material world.

Temples and ageless forms of architecture make up Hampi. You will be amazed visiting the religious sites found in Hampi. They look striking to the naked eye. The city has temples or monuments mushroomed everywhere with each having an interesting story to inform. Before heading to other places, you can start your day by paying a visit to the famous Virupaksha Temple and get blessed by the temple elephant, called Lakshmi.

Hampi is located literally among the ruins of Vijayanagara, the ancient capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Still today it is an important religious center, and the Virupaksha temple is a clear exponent, since important Hindu ceremonies are held continuously. The numerous Dravidian temples of the Vijayanagara Empire made it one of the largest medieval cities of the time after Beijing. Touring the place should take you approximately an hour.

Located on the south bank of the Tungabhadra River and in a spectacular enclave, stands the oldest (and main) temple of Hampi is the Sri Virupaksha adorned with sculptures that represent gods and other divine and celestial beings, in addition to a lot of erotic figures, related to fertility rites.

2. Visit the Vijaya Vitthala Temple

Vittala Temple is the symbol of Hampi. When you get to this area you have to walk about 2 km to reach the temples. If you do not want to walk there are some carts. One of the most striking elements within the Vijaya Vittala Temple complex is a sanctuary in the shape of a stone car (one of the three most famous in India) pulled by elephants and dedicated to Garuda.

Inside the temple, which stands out for its elegance and grandiosity are some curious musical pillars. They say that each of them emits a different rhythmic sound when hit with a sandalwood stick.

3. Watch the sunset from Matanga Hill

Sunsets here are a bliss. In the center of Hampi is Matanga Hill, the best place to watch the sunset. Achyutaraya Temple is one of the most imposing and striking. Visible from Matanga Hill and at the end of the street of the courtiers, the idol to which the temple is dedicated is Tiruvengalanatha.

Mahanavami Dibba is a ceremonial enclosure built by King Krishnadevaraya to commemorate the victory over Udaigiri.

4. Visit the Royal Enclosure

A visit and trail of the Royal Enclosure makes the ultimate Hampi tour complete. It is a region filled with military and court-related structures. Royal Center was Vijayanagara capital’s fortress. Presently, various zigzagging dirt pathways link up several enclosures and other structures in the location.

5. Have a New Experience in the Lotus Mahal

One of the most different palaces in the entire Hampi complex is the Lotus Mahal. This building is located inside the Zenana Enclosure, used by women of royalty for recreational activities. Enjoy cool moments under the tree shades within the Lotus Mahal lawns and you can boost your imagination by paying a visit to the Queen's Bath.

6. Cycle around on a Bicycle to Hemakuta Hill

All of Hampi's visitable ruins are scattered about 36 square kilometers, so it is essential to have some kind of vehicle to visit it completely. Discovering Hampi should be about more fun as you visit and explore the place especially without local tour guides. You can hire a bicycle or a moped and use it to explore Hampi because hiring a vehicle is a bad idea as you can experience overcharging depending on how you bargain.

Also, using a vehicle to explore limits the adventure. Again, Hampi is a small city where you can easily finish exploring it within a span of time. Consider hiring a bicycle from the local cyclists or vendors. You will find many of them requiring you to pay between 50-90 rupees daily. You can also use a hired moped that requires you to pay approximately 150 rupees each day. Explore the city!

To the north of Sri Virupaksha is a hill with steps called Hemakuta Hill, an excellent place to glimpse all the ruins that are in this area and, if you can, see the sunrise or sunset. The largest temples, Sasivekalu Ganesha and Kadalekalu, are found on the side of the hill.

7. Relax in Pampa Sarovar

Apart from the serenity and remarkable attractions, Hampi is also home to amicable and hospitable people who would readily help you in every possible way. Being a solo backpacker, the cheap accommodations of the town will also excite you. Considered one of the five sacred lakes of India, Lake Pampa Sarovar is located south of the Tungabhadra River.

8. Go shopping at Hampi Bazaar

In front of the Virupaksha temple is a street with old pavilions on both sides of it. It is Hampi Bazaar. You can shop items for personal use at the Hampi bazaar that is next to the bus stand. The commodities being sold is like the Anjuna Flea Market in Goa as here also you can get fabrics and ornaments at the bazaar. You can also find some gold jewelers there.

If you wish to buy gold jewelry you can shop from there or even if you prefer diamond jewelry. In general, Hampi, until not long ago, was famous for the hippie stuff. However, lately, not too much shopping happens there. Still, you can consider visiting the place just for fun and have an experience.

It is not worth it to travel in a place and fail to consider knowing the type of foods that the local people offer to their visitors as they interact with them. Through the interactions and food consumption, as a visitor, you get to understand about their lifestyles, food habits and other ways of living. For instance, you can find time to converse with the roadside fruit juice sellers you would find across.

9. Watch Sunset from the Anjaneya Hill

If you have more time (and desire) you can make an excursion to the other side of the river, where there are several temples, although they are not as beautiful like the Hanuman Temple. You will have to climb 572 steps to get to the top but you will enjoy incredible views of Hampi.

Monkey temple is Hanuman’s birthplace and it is located on top of Anjaneyadri Hill. As a visitor in Hampi, you can watch the sun as it sets in the West from nearly everywhere whether you are climbing a top place or crossing the river to the either side of the town.

Watch the sunset from the Monkey temple’s view, which is located on Hampi’s other side. You have to pass the Tungabhadra River on a boat to shift to the other side. The place is ideal as you enjoy the tranquil instance while observing the sun going down past the horizon.

10. Meditate by the lakeside of Sanapur Lake

Very close to Hampi is Lake Sanapur, with large stones of boulders scattered here and there and fields of rice fields in the valley. Hampi is built near the river of Tungabhadra and it has a beautiful man made lake Sanapur where people can enjoy Coracle Rides. There is no place that matches Hampi in unique rustic beauty which is very different from other places.

Hippy island camping, Tungabadra river, Sanapur lake where one can go on a Coracle ride, monuments, temples, cafes filled with lots of hippies coming from different countries, amazing sunsets, all add up to a great experience. And all those who are yet to find love, then are guaranteed to meet beautiful people. On a romantic holiday to Hampi, a boat ride on Tungabhadra River is a test.

The outstanding lake with a breathtaking view is found approximately five kilometers away from Hippie Island. It is enclosed by giant boulders and rocks, apart from being less visited. While in Hampi, do not forget to visit the lakeside to relax and enjoy the cooling breeze. Also, you can take part in jumping over the cliffs as you enjoy the natural view.

As well, you can ride on a coracle and the boatmen can only charge you approximately 100 rupees per a trip. What you have to do is just carry around an appropriate gear for the coracle ride.

Do not forget to explore Boulders. Bouldering in Hampi is an amazing activity which attract people from the world. Hampi is mind-blowing with the boulders and ruins of temples, chariots.

The grand old lost city of Hampi, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a backpackers paradise and Hippie haven. It attracts travelers not just from India, but from other countries as well like Israel. Accommodation options are available at Hospet, which is barely 12 kilometers from Hampi. The best way to reach Hampi is either by road or rail.

Do you know the best way to go Hampi is a train. You can catch the train to Hampi for the weekend!

5 Best Places to Visit in Kuwait

Kuwait is an extraordinary country. Visiting it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So, if you have an opportunity to visit Kuwait, you should take advantage to the fullest. There are so many places that you should see in Kuwait, so you might be confused about where to start. What you should choose to experience depends on your taste for adventure.

Once an oasis in the desert, Kuwait has exerted for centuries as a magnet, attracting Bedouins from the interior. The Towers of Kuwait, the most famous icon of the country, deserve a visit for the panoramas offered of the sea and the city.

Still, as a tourist, you will have limited time to spend in Kuwait. Thus, you might want to make some sort of plan or an itinerary. That way you will not miss out on all the sites you are just dying to see. To help you out on this journey, we are sharing the best places to visit in Kuwait.

There are many places to visit in Kuwait, so make sure you don't miss out on any of them.

There are no better places to visit when in Kuwait. When on this one-of-a-kind trip, every second counts. Therefore, make sure that no time spent there goes down the drain. Memories that you make on this trip will last a lifetime. There is no time to waste.

Kuwait City during the night time with fireworks popping off in the dark sky
Enjoy a traditional meal in the main Kuwait tower and let your taste buds experience the Middle East.

Start your adventure with our Kuwait favorites.

1. Wine and dine in the Kuwait Tower

The name of this special place is a bit deceiving. The Kuwait Tower is actually made up of three different towers. They are a unique site built one year after Kuwait gained independence from England. This architectural wonder represents a great mixture of modern and traditional architecture.

To get the full experience of this establishment, grab a meal in the main tower. You will have a beautiful view as you taste the delicious traditional Middle Eastern dishes. There is also a rotating Viewing Sphere. These buildings are a true wonder. Make this your first stop after a long and exhausting flight in Economy class. The coffee and the meal that you will have in Kuwait Tower will surely beat your jetlag.

2. Enjoy the sunrays on a Kuwait beach

When in Kuwait, you must enjoy the beach. There aren’t that many places to visit that will have such beautiful scenery. Don’t miss out on the crystal clear azure waters and white sandy beaches. Get that SPF out of your bag and enjoy that Middle Eastern sun. It is finally time to relax and soak in the vitamin D.

Al Kout is one of the most popular beaches. It is very beautiful, though it can get quite crowded. The locals also like to enjoy everything that this beach has to offer. But, before you pack your beach bag, you should know one important detail. Bikinis are forbidden on most Kuwait beaches. If you were banking on getting a full tan, you came to the wrong place.

If diving with the sharks is on your bucket list, this is a great place to make it happen.

3. Visit the Scientific Center

While on the waterfront, don’t skip the Scientific Center. For those with a special sense of adventure, this will be one of the best places to visit. The center is made up of three different parts: the Imax Cinema, Discovery Place, and the Aquarium.

The Aquarium is a great place to start, especially if you’re visiting with kids. It is one of the biggest aquariums in the Middle East and it is home to a variety of marine life. For those that want to take this adventure vacation to the next level, they will have a chance to dive with the sharks. So, if you like to live on the edge, your appetite for it will be well satisfied during this visit.

Mosques have a beautiful interior that represents the Kuwait culture and great taste.

4. Go to the heart of Kuwait and see the Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque is also known as Al-Masjid Al-Kabir among locals. It is on our best places to visit in Kuwait list because it is a true representative of the country’s culture. Besides, it is one of the largest religious establishments in the Middle East.

What makes this place even more special and traditional is the fact that it was built based on conservative Islamic architecture. You might be mesmerized by this place when you see it on the outside. But once you enter it, the real magic starts. The combination of gold and blue is something that you have never seen before. Also, the size of this place is massive. It can accommodate up to 10 thousand people. Its size alone is something to be impressed by.

When visiting this cultural and religious monument, dress appropriately. Make sure you wear loose attire and dress conservatively. Wearing a headscarf is a must. However, if you don’t have it once you arrive there, it is not a problem. They are available on location.

5. Moving to Kuwait City

In the past decade, Kuwait became a very attractive destination for expats. The economy is growing by the minute, which increases the need for international professionals. There are many fields that are lacking professional support.

Nevertheless, the economy is not the only reason why this country is attracting people from all over the world. The weather is always nice and warm. The beaches and the sea are gorgeous. Hence, there is a lot to like in Kuwait. In addition to that, the culture is unique and enriching. All of this makes it easy to understand why you would want to stay here permanently after your visit.

Enjoy Kuwait and make priceless memories. All of the best places to visit in Kuwait will leave you speechless in their own unique way. Still, be aware that there are many more great spots that you can enjoy during your visit. The museums are countless and of course, you should visit the islands. All that matters is that you plan your time wisely and enjoy every single minute of this visit. It will surely be a trip to remember.

6 Best Places to Visit in Colombia

Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in the world. It has it all: mountains, sea, forests, jungle, natural parks, rivers, snow peaks and even volcanoes. In the last years, it has increased in popularity as an amazing tourist destination to enjoy some of the most unique, exotic and beautiful natural landscapes and places you’ll ever experience!

Best places to visit in Colombia

Here are some of the best places to visit in Colombia. In no particular order, we have chosen options because of their importance, uniqueness and amazing views!

1. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

One of the most breathtaking natural landscapes you can ever witness. Located in the north of Colombia, close to the city of Santa Marta, Tayrona is an amazing place to visit and explore because of its exuberant nature and wildlife, amazing beaches and sea, and cool paths to trek. It’s also home to one of the highest coastal mountain ranges in the world, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta with 5770 meters above sea level.

Even if you just fancy a relaxing afternoon laying down on the beach, Tayrona is great for that as well, but do keep in mind that there’s only one place (called La Piscina) where you can actually swim as the sea there has a very strong rip tide that can get quite dangerous. Besides that, Tayrona is definitely a no-miss in your trip to Colombia!

2. Chicamocha Canyon

As the second largest canyon in the world, Chicamocha is the “Grand Canyon” Colombian style. This majestic natural landform is located at the northeast of the country, close to the city of Bucaramanga, and filled with endless mountains that compose a breathtaking landscape.

It’s also a natural park (also known as Panachi) where you can enjoy a wide range of sports and cultural activities for all tastes such as paragliding, zipline, rafting, and a beautiful farm for the little ones among many other things; there’s also a cable car that you can ride to have a spectacular view of the whole canyon and plenty of trails to experience. So, make sure that Chichamocha is on your list when coming to Colombia!

3. Leticia

If you are a true lover of nature and wildlife, your trip to Colombia would not be complete without a visit to the Amazon Jungle. Called the lung of the planet, it’s absolutely one of the most fascinating, mesmerizing and biodiverse places on earth. Located in the southern part of the country, the Amazon is as good as it gets for any nature lover but it’s not by any means a comfortable or luxurious trip.

Going to this jungle is a rewarding but very challenging experience that can also test your stamina and resistance; be prepared to feel the endless humidity and rain and make sure you are bathed in a super strong and effective bug spray or you’ll be eaten alive. Otherwise, the Amazon will steal your heart if you give it a chance!

4. Chiribiquete

Recently discovered, Chiribiquete is a magical paradise out of this world that seems to have been taken out of a movie, but it’s of course as real as it can be. It has thousands of acres of virgin jungle that probably no man has ever walked on and it’s said to be the home of Indigenous people yet unknown to the outside world.

It was declared a protected area and a world heritage site because of its rupestrian art and its tepuis (table-top mountains). However, it’s quite expensive to go as it cannot be reached by land, but you can arrange tours to fly over it and have a chance to see the spectacular landscape. Chiribiquete is yet not as popular but it’s perhaps the most amazing place of this list. We promise you won’t regret it if you pay a visit!

5. Cocora Valley

Home to the tallest wax palm trees in the world (above 60m tall) Cocora is a popular destination for visitors that enjoy unique and exotic landscapes. Located in the area known as the “coffee region” in the center of Colombia, it also hosts beautiful hiking routes that are totally worth a try as you’ll be able to experience the view, some cute small bodies of water and exuberant vegetation.

The weather is very nice too as it can get quite sunny with clear blue skies or chilly with relaxing mists. Cocora is one of those very photogenic places that you see on postcards (although all of the ones mentioned in this article are) and is definitely one of the highlights of Colombia, so we strongly recommend you to visit it!

6. Tatacoa Desert

Yeap, Colombia has deserts too! Tatacoa is the second largest desert in the country as well as one of the most beautiful arid zones with around 330 square kilometers of unique red and grey earth tones. Located near the city of Neiva, at the center of the country, Tatacoa is truly an amazing natural landscape where you can trek and wander numerous valleys and caverns, sightsee the wide variety of cactuses, and enjoy an incredible stargazing.

It’s also an important site if you are into geology or paleontology as it has a fascinating pre-history involving a lot of fossils. Tatacoa is a perfect place to escape and relax from the hustle for a couple of days so it surely has to be in your bucket list!

If you can’t wait to visit these amazing natural landscapes, learning some Spanish will definitely be helpful for your trip as locals don’t speak English that much. An excellent recommendation is Whee Institute; they have the best online Spanish course which is tons of fun, tailored to your needs and interests, and taught by amazing native teachers.

Whee teaches Colombian Spanish, so you’ll also be able to learn about the culture, customs and traditions, expressions, etc, and that’s a major plus for sure!

We’ll never get tired of recommending Colombia as an important and popular destination for all nature lovers and tourists in general. It’s full of wonders and majestically places that don’t seem real, but they are all ready to welcome you with open arms and show you its uniqueness! Make sure you cross off your list some of these places to visit in Colombia (or all) to have a long lasting, once in a lifetime experience!

8 Best Cities to Visit in Colombia

Colombia is one of the best places to visit in South America! It’s widely diverse and it has tons of really interesting things to do and places to visit. With its 1.14 million square meters, Colombia is home to some big cities where millions of people live, and, while it’s natural landscapes and wonders are a must to visit, many of these urban lands are worth checking as well.

best cities to visit in Colombia

Here are some of the best cities to visit in Colombia. In no particular order, we have chosen a few options because of their importance, but keep in mind that the country has approximately 118 cities distributed along 32 departments.

1. Bogotá

No trip in Colombia can be 100% completed without a visit to its capital, Bogotá. It’s a city located in the mountains, 2600 meters closer to the stars, with a wide range of places to visit and things to do. Bogotá is a wonderful opportunity to discover museums, nightlife, historical monuments, mountains, good gastronomy and more.

It’s normally thought that you only need a few days in Bogotá when visiting Colombia, but the truth is, you can actually stay for months and never run out of options or be bored!

2. Medellín

Medellin city in Colombia with a violent past has transformed lately and is looking forward to a brighter future. Enjoy a stroll in the centre of Medellin to admire the statues of world-famous Botero, visit Comuna 13, Comuna 1 and Arvi Park.

Commonly known as the city of eternal spring, Medellín is one of the most touristic and innovative cities in Colombia and we dare say, in Latin America. It’s popularity among expats and tourists has increased over the years and it’s diversity of people and things to do as well. In Medellín you can party, you can eat, you can be surrounded by nature and much more.

It has really good average weather (not cold, not warm) and it’s the only city in Colombia with a subway, so it’s actually easy to move around. Medellín is definitely a “no miss” in your trip!

3. Cali

Cali may not be the first city that comes to mind before planning a trip to Colombia. Because no, it does not have the undisputed charm of Cartagena, or that no-one-what Medellin has, or the beaches of the Caribbean, or anything of all that goes in compact in any tourist brochure. Cali does not impact at first sight, and maybe that is its own attraction. To love it you have to discover it.

Cali is the third most important city in Colombia and it is a paradise for lovers of good rumba, where the Salsa runs through your veins and invites you to the endless party in Menga. You can always cool off with a lula while touring the city. Here you cannot miss the Monument to Christ the King, the Pance River, the Acuaparque de la Caña and the Church of the Hermitage.

The worldwide capital of salsa! If you like dancing and partying, this is the place to go. Cali is an amazing city with a vibrant culture and wonderful cuisine, especially sweets, as it’s close to a lot of big sugar cane crops. Located in the west of Colombia, it’s also the only major city that's close to the wonderful Pacific Coast.

Cali is also known for its fair (Feria de Cali), which happens each late December with a lot of salsa, dance, concerts and fun. It’s truly a magnificent destination that shouldn’t be missed!

4. Cartagena

One of the most known coastal cities in the country. Cartagena has a charming city centre (or old town) enclosed by colonial walls and full of wonderful places to visit, stay, enjoy, party, and eat. Cartagena is super popular as a tourist destination as well as the small islands around it like Barú and Islas del Rosario.

It’s nightlife is also hugely enjoyable with well known bars and discos. It could be quite expensive though, but it’s a must if you are touring Colombia. From Cartagena, you can travel to other Caribbean cities like Barranquilla or Santa Marta.

Cartagena definitely has the older architecture. Cartagena’s old walled city exists almost entirely for tourism. Cartagena is never cold, and it’s usually sunny. But the heat will make you not want to leave your hotel. Cartagena is in a flat coastal plain. And while yes, it is on the Caribbean, Cartagena’s beaches are nothing special. Gabriel García Márquez lived in Cartagena and had a house in the walled city, but you can’t tour it.

Also, if you want to capture the best images of the city, you should definitely go to the Mirador de Belalcázar. In Colombia, the Amazon is part of one of the natural regions comprising of Amazonas, Caquetá, Putumayo, Guainía, Putumayo and Vaupés.

5. Popayán

One of the most underrated cities in the country but also one of the most interesting ones historically speaking. It’s considered the religious capital of Colombia because of its colonial architecture and popular processions during Holy Week; but, even if you are not religious, we promise you’ll enjoy Popayán and its narrow cobblestone streets.

The city is also well known for its gastronomic offer that has its roots on Spanish, african and indigenous cultures, and for being close to a natural park (Puracé) where you can actually climb a volcano!

6. Leticia

Located on the banks of the Amazon River, Leticia offers Colombian restaurants of typical and international food and modern hotels that have the necessary amenities for a pleasant stay.

Very close to Leticia are lakes of great beauty such as those of the Yahuarcacas region, and in the vicinity of Puerto Nariño, are the lakes of Tarapoto, in the channel of the canyon of the same name. You can also visit the lakes of Zaraiva, Terezinha, Laguiño and Laguna Grande, in Brazilian territory, and the Moroyoa lake in Peru.

In the calm waters of the lakes the serene Victoria Regia blooms, the largest lotus flower in the world that supports the weight of a baby and is characteristic of the Amazon. One of the characteristics that makes this world reserve so attractive is precisely its indigenous population, which coexists with nature and is made up of groups belonging to the primitive linguistic families Arawak, Tucano and Huitoto.

But more admirable still is to see the technique of the three stones for roasting and boiling food. Casabe is a kind of large arepa made with flour of yucca brava. You cannot miss wheat bread and exotic fruits such as arazá, copoazú and amazonian anón. Something more conventional, are the pyrarucú balls, and continuing the exotic journey, the caimarón or llanera grape is offered in clusters.

Also the bittersweet champagne, which looks like the breva or cacay, similar to cocoa, is consumed after drying and roasting in the sun. Three hours from Leticia is the Amacayacu National Park, a reserve made of trees such as mahogany, rubber, balsa and red and white cedars.

7. Villavicencio

Caño Cristales river in Colombia is famous for the many species of aquatic plants which colour its waters red, pink, yellow, green and blue, giving it the nickname the Liquid Rainbow. These riverweeds bloom from the start of August through November, the most notable species being Macarenia clavigera, which is only found in the river.

8. Manizales

This one is probably the least known out of the six cities on this list, but that just makes it even more interesting and special! Manizales is located in the geographical heart of Colombia, right in the middle of the coffee region, so, you can expect to have an amazing cup of this magic drink if you happen to be there. It’s also close to one of the most popular trekking

and climbing parks in the country (Los Nevados National Nature Park) where most of the best mountain climbers of our nation usually train for months. Don’t cross out Manizales during your stay here!

On the other hand, a very important thing to take into account is that in Colombia we speak Spanish and most of the people don’t know English that well. So, learning some Spanish will definitely help you in your trip. An excellent place to start is Whee Institute; their online Spanish classes are innovative and fun, tailored to your needs and interests, and taught by amazing teachers. Whee uses Colombian Spanish to teach, so that’s a major plus!

We hope you are more eager to come to Colombia soon and get to know the wonderful and diverse country that it’s! These cities are definitely some of the best places to visit in Colombia, and recommend taking your time to discover each of them because you’ll end up with a super complete experience and understanding of the Colombian culture. Enjoy the land of magical realism and safe travels!