Thousands of fans turned out in Bogota to welcome home Colombia's footballers after their best performance at a World Cup finals.
Coach Jose Pekerman guided his side to their first quarter-final appearance before they lost 2-1 to hosts Brazil.
James Rodriguez scored six goals at the finals, and remains the tournament's top scorer ahead of the semi-finals.
The Monaco midfielder's total included a spectacular volley in a 2-0 last-16 victory over Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro.
Rodriguez scored in all five of Colombia's matches in Brazil.
He struck in each of their Group C victories over Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan, added two more in the win over Uruguay and then converted a penalty as his side were eliminated by the hosts.
Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos sent a message thanking the team "for so much joy and for teaching us how to dream".