Think you know Colombia? Discover a dangerously addictive country that defies the stereotypes
The secret is out - travellers all over the world are waking up and smelling the sweet Colombian coffee and the bad-boy image has been replaced by that of an exotic, enchanting and welcoming country. Nowhere is this better embodied than in the colourful backstreets of Cartagena, where infectious salsa music escapes colonial era buildings and blends into the warm Caribbean breeze. Forget the demonised Colombia you knew, and think instead of pristine national parks, idyllic coastline, tropical jungle and a high altitude capital as rich and lively as the coffee beans grown nearby.
The Andes Mountains dominate Colombia's landscape, running the length of the country and dividing it into three major regions; the highland core, the coastal lowlands, and the eastern plains.Learn More
The Andes Mountains dominate Colombia's landscape, running the length of the country and dividing it into three major regions; the highland core, the coastal lowlands, and the eastern plains.
Colombians farm around 150,000 coffee plantations, mostly on the mountain slopes between 2,900 and 5,800 feet above sea level. One of the best places to experience the growing process of this national symbol is from Pereira, from where you can explore the lush landscapes of the Colombian Coffee Triangle.
Cocora Valley is a surreal cloud forest, where towering wax palm trees dot the landscape. Visitors can explore the stunning scenery, looking out for hummingbirds along the way.
On the Caribbean coast, the Tayrona National Park combines beautiful golden beaches, fringed with palm-trees and verdant jungle which provides a home to a huge variety of colourful birds and howler and tamarin monkeys.
Colombia is rich in natural resources and beauty - in addition to being the leading producer of emeralds, it is also home to the world's largest platinum deposits.
Santa Fe - Discover the best of Colombia as you visit its two main cities as well as the coffee region and Cocora Valley, with a possible extension to relax and explore in Tayrona
Colombia is a country of many large cities, amongst these, the two most important and interesting could not be any more different.Learn More
Colombia is a country of many large cities, amongst these, the two most important and interesting could not be any more different.
Bogotá is a modern metropolis that is dramatically located at high altitude in the centre of the country, on a high plateau surrounded by the Andes Mountains. It is a fast-moving, cosmopolitan and vibrant capital city, with something to interest just about everyone. The main attractions here are the world-class Museum of Gold, the colonial district of La Candelaria and the cable cars which soar over the city up to the top of Cerro Monserrate. Nearby is the unusual underground salt cathedral in Zipaquirá and the city also enjoys a burgeoning culinary and cafe scene, as well as its famed nightlife.
In total contrast, Cartagena enjoys an altogether slower pace of life. Situated on the Caribbean coast in the north of Colombia, gentle warm breezes, exotic fruits of all varities and languid palm trees define one of South America's most beautiful cities. Within the well-preserved city walls are streets full of colourful colonial architecture, often with lush courtyards and wooden balconies enveloped by tropical foliage.
Santa Fe - Compare these two great cities for yourself on this fantastic journey through the heart of Colombia
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View of Cocora Valley (Colombia) with Ceroxylon quindiuense palms. by Diegotorquemada - licensed under CC
The surreal cloud forest of Corca Valley is home to the towering wax palm, Colombia's national tree and the tallest varie…Learn More
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