Some tourist alternatives to visit without having to take the plane

Easter is for many executives an ideal season to enjoy a short vacation, without having to wait until the middle of the year. And there are options to explore by car from the main cities, for those who have “taken off the night” to plan a longer trip – or who are simply exhausted from the daily flight routine.

LR presents five options to enjoy and take advantage of these days, available on land routes if you are in Bogotá, Cali, Medellín or Barranquilla.

According to the Ministry of Transport, it is expected that from Friday April 8 until next Monday April 17, approximately 8,326,792 vehicles will be mobilized through the main road corridors of the national territory; approximately 2,658,493 passengers via land terminals and at least 1,437,000 travelers via the country’s airports. These results show that there are still more people choosing to travel within Colombia, in the comfort of their car. Although some do it in search of destinations where religious traditions are the attraction, others are more interested in learning more about the culture, the gastronomy and the peculiarity that characterizes certain places in the country. In both cases, exploring the Colombian territory, in addition to being a plan to get out of the routine, is also an opportunity to contribute to the revitalization of the national economy.

The number of consecutive vacations makes it quite common for this time to be used to disconnect, rest and sightsee, even from your own vehicle. It is an ideal option for those who like to visit the country, for those who appreciate convenience and proximity, and for those who prefer to decide spontaneously the places they are going to visit and the time they are going to stay there, without obligation. adapt to a route.

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, María Ximena Lombana Villalba, indicated that “in March 2022, the hotel occupancy rate at the national level would be around 52.2%, or almost 5 percentage points (pp) more than in the same period of 2019. And considering that Easter is part of the second quarter of 2022, and is perhaps the most representative event for the sector during this period, we expect that the GDP of accommodation and food services reaches $11.7 billion, which implies a growth of 46.3% compared to the same period in 2021”.

Despite the fact that seaside locations continue to be the most sought after according to Cotelco, other destinations on their own or near major cities are already beginning to have high demand from tourists due to their ease of access by car.


Just 40 kilometers from Bogotá, tourists will have the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Health at their disposal.

2. Zipaquira
It has its particular cathedral 180 meters underground which houses a temple entirely carved in salt.

3. Monserrat
This path receives thousands of visitors who usually climb to the shrine during holy days.

4. Guatavita
It is a colonial city famous for its incredible lagoon which gave birth to the legend of El Dorado, just like the airport.

5. Choachi
It is known for its Choachí hot springs and its relaxing and healing properties, just an hour from Bogotá.


1. Guatape
There is the famous Piedra del Peñol, considered the best viewpoint in Colombia with 220 meters high.

2. Jericho
It stands out for its religious tourism, since the first and only Colombian saint, Laura Montoya, was born here.

3. Marina
It is the only place in Colombia with a parish in honor of Saint John Paul II. There rests a relic of the first degree.

4. Girardota
It has the Shrine of the Fallen Lord, where parishioners go to “pay” their pledges by entering the altar on their knees.

5. St. Peter’s Cemetery
It represents a fascinating experience to understand the cultural and architectural heritage of Medellin.


1. Christ the King
The most representative statue of 26 meters high of the “Branch of Heaven” located in Cerro los Cristales.

2. bug
The “Lady City” is known for its Basilica of the Lord of Miracles and its delicious Valluna gastronomy.

3. Popayan
Here, Easter is synonymous with tradition. Their processions have been listed as intangible heritage.

4. Ipiales
It preserves one of the most important churches in Colombia: the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Las Lajas.

5. Coffee axis
Its cold landscape is ideal for lovers of rural tourism, which offers an experience of coffee culture


1. Carnival Museum
It is a cultural scene, located in the heart of the city, which was founded to preserve the history of Carnival.

2. River Walk
It is a compulsory plan in Barranquilla to enjoy the time outdoors, with the breeze and a refreshing drink.

3. Salgar Castle
It is a flagship construction of the capital of the Atlantic, intended for family and cultural leisure.

4. Puerto Colombia Pier
It is a tourist icon, complete with the renovated main square and the Malecón del Mar.

5. Mary Queen Cathedral
It is one of the most beloved Catholic temples by the inhabitants of Barranquilla, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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