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Who doesn’t want to follow the in Simon Bolivar’s footsteps along the Ruta Libertador, kayak in the Magdalena River, ride the brujita to San Cipriano, stargaze in the Tatacoa desert or watch Falcao scoring goals in the Campin in Bogota? I put this to you? There’s too much on offer in Colombia.
As my tenure in Colombia reaches its seventh year I can stake a pretty bold claim to have seen a great deal of the country, more than most and certainly more than I have seen of the country of my birth. But, as I sit in my office overlooking the Cerros Orientales in Bogota or at my desk in Mompós with hummingbirds flitting in the garden below, I know there are swathes of this country that I still wish to visit and of course other places which I hope to revisit!
So close yet so far. I have been to Cano Cristales and La Macarena but I feel that I need spend more time in the departments of Meta, Arauca and Casanare to see the cowboy culture and nature of the lowlands. Let’s not forget the Tuparro National Park in Vaupes either!
Bordering Ecuador is the gateway to the Amazon in the form of Putumayo. Aside from visiting Mocoa and the natural wonders located within reach of the city, I have a hankering to write an article about the Orito Ingi Ande medicinal plants sanctuary.
If I can find the time I will do my utmost to get out to the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy and lace up my hiking boots and do the full circuit. High altitudes are testing but the idea of getting out there, scaling peaks, camping and enjoying this awesome mountain range is too much to dismiss.
Just 5km from the semi deserts of the Guajira is this anomaly of the Serrania de la Macuira where the humidity brought to this area by the trade winds has created cloud forests and pygmy forests replete with flora and fauna.
I have been so close to getting here to the wind-carved rock structures of the Estoraques Unique Natural Area. Spread over a small area I have been told that this is a fantastic area for bird watching and that the nearby town of Playa de Belen (just 200m away) is a tranquil place to spend a few nights.
Ever since learning about Simon Bolivar, the creation of the Gran Colombia and then having visited the British Cemetery in Bogota, I am curious about seeing and learning more about the fabled city of Pamplona. For history enthusiasts supposedly Pamplona is not to be missed.
Neither my bank account nor my wife will allow me to get out to Malpelo to go scuba diving with sharks and so a much more realistic prospect is to get to the former penal colony of Isla Gorgona. I’ll remember to pack my boots as they say there are plenty of snakes on the island.
So, there you have it, seven destinations that are on my list for 2013, I wonder how many I’ll actually get to. Is there anyone out there willing to lend a hand?