Colombiaâ€™s natural wonders make it an excellent place for adventure travel and sports. Although its sport and recreation industry is still growing, Colombiaâ€™s Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Andean mountains, vast natural expanses and extensive rivers all cater to those keen on outdoor activities.
The incredible scenery and beautiful lakes at TÃºquerres and the waterfall at La Chorrera are popular with hikers, while visits to the marvelous tombs of Tierradentro are frequently combined with long day walks. For the more extreme walker Colombia also hosts a variety of inviting challenges. Various trekking routes, such as those in Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy, can be combined with rock or ice climbing. Suescaâ€™s diverse rock formations are a heaven for climbing fans of different levels of skill. Cavers can delve into incredible stalagmite and stalactite-filled caves near San Gil. When caving and going on long treks it is advisable to always go with a guide. In instances of day trips, at the very least speak to someone in the know about the safety of the area.
Mountain biking and paragliding are alternative ways of witnessing Colombiaâ€™s natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. Reserva Natural Laguna de Sonso is a great site for birdwatching as over 100 different species can be seen.
Its numerous rivers make Colombia an attractive place for rafting and kayaking, and its lakes are great for different water sports and fishing. Windsurfing and both off-shore and lake sailing are also becoming increasingly popular. As increasing numbers of competitions come to Colombiaâ€™s shores, surfing is riding the wave of national enthusiasm. Colombiaâ€™s coastline attracts surfers and scuba divers of all levels. The Pacific coast is considered best for surfing. Many diving enthusiasts are flocking to experience the wonders hidden within the Caribbean Sea.
As well as being a fantastic location to participate in sports, Colombia also is extremely enjoyable for the spectator. Although somewhat tarnished by the happenings of the 1994 World Cup, fÃºtbol (soccer) is exceptionally popular both to play and to watch. Going to a match of one of Colombiaâ€™s top teams is guaranteed to provide an electric atmosphere. Baseball, polo, basketball and bull fighting are found in many of Colombiaâ€™s major cities, also. Try and find somewhere to watch tejo, a national sport that is over 500 years old. Be sure to keep your distance however, as tejo involves throwing a weight towards a target filled with clay and gunpowder. Other traditional sports are chaza, played in the Pasto region, and bolo, common in Eastern Colombia.