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Cartagena´s colonial charm, colorful culture and picturesque coastal setting has made it Colombia´s number 1 travel destination for decades. Whether you´re there to wander through the narrow streets of the World Heritage Listed old city, party or chill out on the beaches of the beautiful neighboring islands, Cartagena certainly has something for everyone.
Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, has everything that a cosmopolitan city could have, juxtaposed with a 500 year old history and an undeniably Colombian vibe. In Bogotá you can check out the famous gold museum containing pre-Columbian art, as well as the biggest collection of Botero artwork in world. On top of this you can dine at some world class restaurants, wander through La Candelaria and check out the pumping nightlife in the Zona Rosa.
Colombia is the most famous coffee producer in the world and in the Colombian Coffee Triangle coffee is not just a hot drink but a culture and livelihood. A tour through this region takes you through spectacular green countryside, where you have the chance to go on a coffee farm tour, horse ride and hike though the Cocora Valley, full of the tallest palm trees in the world.
Chances are that if you´ve heard anything about Colombia you´ve heard something about Tayrona National Park and the Lost City. Tumbling down from the tallest coastal mountain range on the planet, this 15,000 hectare park is bursting with tropical wildlife and archaeological treasures. Apart from scuba diving, wildlife observation and relaxing on the beach, Tayrona National Park is the leaving point for Colombia´s most famous hike, a 5 day jungle trek to the Lost City, dubbed ´the new Machu Pichu´.
A trip to Colombia´s Amazon rainforest is certainly one of the must do excursions for any nature lover. This jungle literally palpitates with life, and here you can do some of the best wildlife observation tours on the planet, to see everything from pink dolphins, anacondas, jaguars and over 1500 different bird species.
If it´s paradise islands, coral reefs and piña coladas that you´re after, there´s no better place than San Andres and Providencia Islands. Isolated in the Caribbean Sea 700km off the coast of Colombia, these islands are famous for their crystal clear water, postcard perfect beaches and laid back, Caribbean rhythm.
Medellin´s delightful year-round climate has awarded it the name ´The city of eternal spring´ and it´s a great city to spend a few days. Popular activities include a controversial Pablo Escobar tour, a cable car ride to the top of the surrounding mountain and a night out with who are often regarded the most beautiful women in the world. Every year during August Medellin fills with the sweet scent of polen as the colorful Medellin Flower Fair begins, with the biggest outdoor flower parade in the world.
San Gil is the adventure sport capital of Colombia and one of the best places in the world to get your adrenaline pumping. In this breathtaking, dry and mountainous landscape you can go white water rafting, paragliding, caving, canyoning, abseiling, bungee jumping, kayaking and a whole lot more! Combine this with the beautiful nearby colonial towns and the countless spectacular day hikes and San Gil is a hard place to leave!
Villa de Leyva´s immaculately preserved whitewashed colonial charm makes it Colombia´s most beloved town. It has one of the biggest town plaza´s in all of South America, which fills up every year with people during the towns several fantastic festivals. Just 4 hours from Bogotá, Villa de Leyva is a great place to get out of the hustle bustle of the city, and it has great attractions such as a well-stocked fossil museum, archaeological sites, an ostrich farm and great landscape for hiking.
Rising out of Colombia´s remote pacific waters like a Noah´s Ark of the tropics, Gorgona Island is known for its abundant wildlife. Once the Alcatraz of South America, what´s left of the maximum security prison has long been overrun by capuchin monkeys, venomous snakes and fluorescent blue lizards. In the waters surrounding this eco-paradise are endangered sea turtles, manta rays, hammerhead sharks and humpback whales.