One of the advantages of traveling by bus through the natural parks of Colombia and Chile is that you can appreciate the natural paradises of these countries. We show you beautiful places with a variety of climates. Ranging from sunny beaches to snowy peaks.
Natural Parks of Colombia
If your tour takes you to Colombia, you can enjoy some of the 59 natural parks that this country offers. We highlight three of them.
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park
The Sierra Nevada is one of the most beautiful natural parks in Colombia. It is located in Santa Marta, only 75 km from the city. It is known as the “Ancestral Territory” of several native peoples. This natural sanctuary with pyramidal shape is isolated from the Andes Mountains. It is the highest mountain on a coastline, reaching 5775 meters from the Caribbean coast. Inside is the Teyuna Archaeological Park, known as the “Lost City”, dating back to 700 AD. The city was discovered in 1973 and today is one of the great attractions of the country. To get to the Lost City it is necessary to take a tour with an authorized agency. It will be a 4 or 5 day tour in the mountains. Although it is quite an intense hike, we assure you that it will be worth it.
Tayrona National Natural Park
If you prefer the beach, visit the Tayrona Park. Only 32 Km from Santa Marta, it is easy to get there by bus or if you prefer you can take a tour with an agency. Some of the most visited beaches are Cabo San Juan del Guía, Playa Cristal and Bahía Concha. There you will find crystal clear waters in front of the mountains and jungle landscape. In the park you can enjoy different activities such as snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking, etc.
El Cocuy National Natural Park
Another park with a snow-capped mountain range is El Cocuy. It is located between the departments of Arauca and Boyacá, 8 hours from Bogotá. It is a paradise for climbing and mountaineering. This park has the largest glacier in the country, and 22 peaks that are covered with snow all year round.
Natural parks in Chile
Natural monuments are a must on your tour of Chile. The country has more than 100 sanctuaries, each with its own particular beauty; here are three of them.
Vicente Perez Rosales National Park
This park receives the category of Biosphere Reserve because its forests preserve their original appearance. It is located about 11 hours from Santiago in the province of Llanquihue, which is located in the Los Lagos region.
A place where you can have a close contact with nature and the environment, we recommend you to include it in your itinerary.
Surire Salt Flat
In the Salar you will be able to observe an interesting fauna that you will not find in other places in Chile, such as puna partridges, vicuñas and several types of flamingos. It is located in the north of the country in the Region of Arica and Paniracota. During your visit you can enjoy the hot springs. From the Salar Lagoon you can see the Cerro Oquealla which has an altitude of 4322 meters above sea level.
Torres del Paine National Park
The National Geographic magazine recognizes Torres del Paine as the fifth most beautiful place in the world. It is located between the Andes Mountains and the Patagonian steppe. If you travel by bus through Chile you can get there in 4 hours from Punta Arenas. It has beautiful landscapes that include the mountain range, valleys and the river with the same name of the park. In addition, you can find in it the Grey, Pingo and Tyndall Glaciers that are part of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
Enjoy your bus trips to the natural parks of Colombia and Chile, each with its own personality and endless possibilities for enjoyment and exploration.