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 ‘took the night’ to plan a longer trip – or who are simply exhausted from the daily routine of flights.
LR presents five options to take advantage of and enjoy these days, available on land routes if you are located in Bogotá, Cali, Medellín or Barranquilla.
According to the Ministry of Transportation, it is expected that from Friday, April 8, and until next Monday, April 17, about 8,326,792 vehicles will be mobilized through the main road corridors of the national territory; about 2,658,493 passengers through land terminals and at least 1,437,000 travelers through the country’s airports. These results show that there are still more people who choose to travel to the interior of Colombia, from the comfort of their car. Although some do it in search of destinations in which religious traditions are the attraction, others are more interested in learning about the culture, gastronomy and the particularity that characterizes certain places in the country. In both cases, touring the Colombian territory, in addition to being a plan to get out of the routine, is also emerging as an opportunity to contribute to boosting the national economy.
The number of consecutive holidays means that it is quite common for this time to be used to disconnect, rest and go sightseeing, even from your own vehicle. It is an ideal option for those who like to tour the country, for those who value convenience and proximity, and for those who prefer to spontaneously decide the places they are going to visit and the time they are going to stay there, without the obligation to adjust. to an itinerary.
The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, María Ximena Lombana Villalba, indicated that “as of March 2022, the hotel occupancy rate at the national level would be around 52.2%, that is, 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 in this period, we expect the GDP of accommodation and food services to reach $11.7 billion , which implies a growth of 46.3% compared to the same period in 2021”.
Despite the fact that beach sites continue to be the most desired according to Cotelco, other destinations of their own or close to the main cities are already beginning to have a high demand from tourists due to their easy access by car.
Only 40 kilometers from Bogotá, tourists will have at their disposal the sanctuary of Our Lady of Health.
It has its particular cathedral 180 meters below ground that houses a temple carved entirely out of salt.
This path receives thousands of visitors who usually ascend to the sanctuary during holy days.
It is a colonial town famous for its incredible lagoon that gave rise to the legend of El Dorado, like the airport.
It is recognized for its Choachí hot springs and its relaxing and healing properties, just one hour from Bogotá.
There is located the famous Piedra del Peñol, considered the best viewpoint in Colombia with 220 meters high.
It stands out for its religious tourism, since the first and only Colombian saint, Laura Montoya, was born here.
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.
It has the Sanctuary of the Fallen Lord, where parishioners go to “pay” their promises by entering the altar on their knees.
5. Saint Peter Cemetery
It represents a fascinating experience to understand the cultural and architectural heritage of Medellin.
1. Christ the King
The most representative 26-meter-high statue of the ‘Branch of Heaven’ located in Cerro los Cristales.
The ‘Lady City’ is recognized for its Basilica of the Lord of Miracles and its delicious Valluna gastronomy.
Here Easter is synonymous with tradition. Their processions were included as intangible heritage.
It preserves one of the most important churches in Colombia: the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Las Lajas.
5. Coffee region
Its cold landscape is ideal for lovers of rural tourism, which provides an experience of the coffee culture
1. Carnival Museum
It is a cultural stage, located in the heart of the city, which was founded to preserve the history of Carnival.
2. River Boardwalk
It is an obligatory plan in Barranquilla to enjoy some 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 recreation.
4. Puerto Colombia Pier
It is an icon for tourism, which is complemented by the renovated main square and the Malecón del Mar.
5. Mary Queen Cathedral
It is one of the most beloved Catholic temples by the people of Barranquilla, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.