10 Things To Do In Melgar, Colombia - Updated 2024

Things to do in Melgar
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Melgar, Colombia, is not only a popular weekend getaway for Bogota residents, but it also attracts visitors from all over the world. The warm climate and the nickname “City of Swimming Pools” make it an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts. If you are planning a trip to Melgar, you might want to consider staying at an Airbnb vacation rental to make the most of your experience.

Visitors, be they young or old, will certainly take a liking to this place since there are many activities catered to families, ranging from paragliding to sightseeing at countless zoos and farms. Coffee fanatics will also be pleased to know that there is a coffee farm for you to savor some Colombian coffee. Read on to check out our list of things to do in Melgar, Colombia, to learn about the cool stuff you can do alone or with your friends and family.

1. Have fun at Piscilago El Megaparque De Colombia

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Ranked 14th amongst the top 20 most popular water parks in the world, Piscilago is a place you should not miss. The water slides are a hit amongst the young and old because they come in various difficulty levels. Feel like taking a break? You can continue your day at Piscilago by going on a train tour to observe the wild birds and exotic animals in their habitat. Given the number of activities, you can spend the entire day at Piscilago.

Piscilago El Megaparque de Colombia

Address: Km 105 via Bogotá - Girardot, 252408 Giradot, Cundinamarca

Website: Piscilago El Megaparque de Colombia

Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm (daily)

Price: 19 USD (Inclusive of lunch, snack and transportation)

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2. Explore Parque Ecological Ciudad Reptilia

Parque Ecológico Ciudad Reptilia
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If you are a fan of reptiles, this is a place you should consider going to. It may not be the most convenient place to travel to but the joyful experiences there will be worthwhile. Reptiles there are mostly on the verge of extinction and visitors can interact with them through their photo-taking and feeding sessions. Visitors should set aside at least four hours for this attraction as there will be a tour related to the restoration of ecosystems.

Parque Ecological Ciudad Reptilia

Address: Av. Cafam N 18 – 33, Melgar, Tolima, Colombia

Website: Parque Ecological Ciudad Reptilia

Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)

Price: 9 USD

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3. Learn about coffee production at Hacienda Coloma

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Coffee lovers will find the Hacienda Coloma Coffee Farm to be a highlight of their trip to Melgar, Colombia. This is a serene and breathtaking place that will bring you many wonderful experiences. While savoring the aromatic coffee, you will learn and participate in the making of coffee. The guides will bring you on a journey to harvest coffee beans and teach you how to make, possibly, the best coffee in your lifetime.

Hacienda Coloma

Address: Av. las Palmas Vía Tibacuy, Fusagasugá, Cundinamarca, Colombia

Website: Hacienda Coloma

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

Price: 88 USD (Inclusive of transport, coffee tour and lunch per person)

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4. Get your heart pumping at Parque Adrelina Extrema

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As the name suggests, this place will get your heart pumping and adrenaline levels soaring. Parque Adrelina Extrema offers a countless number of activities, ranging from paintball, rock-climbing, water-rafting to ecological walks. This is a hotspot for both tourists and locals because it is highly accessible and can cater to individuals who want to spend time alone or people in large groups. Looking to strengthen yourself? Opt for the high-impact activities that have been designed by past military experts. Nature lovers can join their walking tours where you can hike at your own pace and observe the natural wonders around you. Adventure-seeking individuals will also get their taste of thrill here as you can go riding with both ostriches and horses at amazing speeds. The activities have various degrees of difficulty so there will be something for you.

Parque Adrelina Extrema

Address: Cl. 7 # 15-92, Melgar, Tolima, Colombia

Price: 15 USD

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5. Get a taste of the Colombian culture at General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Park

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Named after the 19th President of Colombia, Parque General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla is widely patronized by both locals and tourists. There are vendors and pop-up stores selling traditional Colombian foods and desserts such as Cholados-shaved ice drizzled with condensed milk with toppings of your choice. Vendors at the park will also hawk Colombian souvenirs and crafts around. Prices may be slightly steep but some haggling will do the trick. At Parque General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, there is a lot of music and dancing around so do join them for some fun when you are there. If time is on your side, go down during Christmas as the trees and lighting there are gorgeous. There will be many festive games lined up for both adults and children so everyone is guaranteed to have a whopping good time.

General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Park

Address: Cra. 26 #6-90, Melgar, Tolima, Colombia

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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6. Discover wildlife at Zoologico Cafam Melgar

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Posted by Zoologico CAFAM on Friday, 28 March 2014

Zoologico Cafam Melgar is a place to which you want to dedicate the whole day. Arriving at the zoo, you will be greeted by a huge variety of animals, in particular, birds and monkeys. They have such a huge species there, you are bound to be impressed. During your trip, you can choose to have a tour guide walk alongside you, to explain to you how each animal was rescued from the wild. Head to the Butterfly Park within the zoo after you are done observing the various animals. You will be able to see and touch the butterflies in their natural habitat. Melgar is famous for its pools and waterparks and this has been incorporated into the zoo as well.

Zoologico Cafam Melgar

Address: Cl. 6 #23-13, Melgar, Tolima, Colombia

Website: Zoologico Cafam Melgar

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 8am - 6pm; Fri - Sun: 24 hours

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7. Have fun in the water at Lagosol Compensar

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Posted by Lagosol on Monday, 16 August 2010

Slides for the young? Check. Slides for the thrill-seekers? Check. Rides for the young and old? Check. Are there days where you just don’t want to leave the comforts of the hotel? If this resonates with you, then, Lagosol Compensar is the place you want to stay. At Lagosol Compensar, none of your family members will experience boredom. Children will pounce on the water slides with excitement while the parents lie in the shade and watch them have fun. If your children are far too young for water slides, you can rent a cartoon-looking boat and ride with them. Water rides aren’t your thing? Rest assured, there is a boat ride waiting for you. There are water bikes for rent at the lake within the hotel. It has shade and you can pedal it to move around the quaint and serene lake.

Lagosol Compensar

Address: Km.107 vía Melgar – Girardot costado izquierdo, Array Melgar

Website: Lagosol Compensar

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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8. Party at Tonika Beach Melgar

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Posted by Tonika Beach Melgar on Monday, 9 March 2020

If you’re a night-lover, Tonika Beach Melgar is the place for you. It is widely frequented by locals and groups of friends often patronize Tonika Beach to relax and unwind. It has great music and there will be lots of dancing and singing. Often, there will be a DJ creating the latest mixtape for you and your friends. What’s even better is that there is a pool within Tonika Beach where you can soak in while having the time of your life.

Tonika Beach Melgar

Address: Cl. 8 #86, Melgar, Tolima, Colombia

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 24 hours (closed from Mon - Thu)

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9. Be pampered at Terra Viva Spa

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A comforting and relaxing experience awaits you at Terra Viva. After all that sightseeing, your body will be yearning for a break. Upon arriving, you will be greeted by an aromatic scent and an elegant interior. There are a ton of treatments for you to choose from. Looking for a deep pore cleanse? Looking for a slimming session after all that feasting? Terra Viva has it all. They give you the chance to customize your own facial so that all your needs can be addressed. Therapists at Terra Viva are well-trained and their service is top-notch. They work to resolve your concerns and worries so that your experience at Terra Viva will be a fulfilling one.

Terra Viva Spa

Address: Calle 1 #no 11-34, Melgar, Tolima, Colombia

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 8pm; Sun: 10am - 6pm

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10. Dine at Alta Beach

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Nestled within the beach, Alta Beach serves up mouthwatering Colombian cuisines and unique cocktails. It is a place to celebrate special occasions such as wedding anniversaries or one’s birthday. While eating, you and your loved one can hear the sound of waves lapping the shore while feeling the calm breeze. Alta Beach is huge and diners are placed a distance apart so you can be assured that your conversations will be kept private. If you have plans for date night, make your way down to Alta Beach before the sun sets, and remember, make a reservation for one of the tables on the second floor. You will have a spectacular view of the sunset while having your meal. Staff at Alta Beach are friendly and accommodating, so if you are having a celebration, let them know in advance so that they can decorate the venue.

Alta Beach

Address: Carrera 53 Barrio Resacas, Melgar

Opening hours: 6pm - 3am (daily)

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Lots to do in Melgar, Colombia

Parque Cafam de Melgar. Melgar, Colombia. 20080504
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If you are thinking of traveling to somewhere exotic with your family, Melgar is a place you should highly consider. There is nothing one can’t do at Melgar since there are activities suited to meet the needs of people of all ages and interests. If you aren’t sure what to do, have a look at the listings. There will be something for you.

Why not extend your trip beyond Melgar and explore some of the neighboring cities? There are plenty of vacation rentals in Anapoima for you to stay in and spend some extra time exploring the surrounding areas.

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Isabelle is an educator and a self-professed foodie. When she is not teaching away in school, she is either out looking for interesting foods, at the gym or reading at home.

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