Colombia represents diversity in every sense of the word. It is one of the world’s few megadiverse countries and has more biodiversity per square mile than any other. It is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries. Add the early arrival of Europeans in 1499 to the mix, and it is easy to understand why this country has such a rich cultural heritage and history. Colombian cities are an eclectic juxtaposition of architecture styles moving frantically to the rhythm of salsa music.
In spite of Colombia’s assets, the country has long been undermined because of a guerilla conflict that extended for over 40 years. However, those violent times are gone and Colombia is rapidly claiming its well-deserved place as a world-class tourist destination. A country that includes Amazonian rainforests, rocky deserts, paradisiac beaches, stunning colonial architecture, some of the world’s best coffee, vibrant nightlife, and some of the most charming and kind people should -and will- be one of the world’s top travel destinations.
Second most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world (after Mexico and before Spain).
Colombia’s location brings its dialect close to both the Andean and the Caribbean varieties.
One of the widest arrays of climates in the world, making Colombia an ideal destination any time of the year.
Since the Peace Accords that ended a 40-year-long civil unrest, tourism is growing at a whopping 38% per year. So, go before everyone else catches on!
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• walking along the ramparts of the stunningly beautiful colonial walled city of Cartagena.
• living the ultimate urban tourism experience in Bogota’s endless architectural contrasts, never-ending nightlife, famed music scene, and world-class shopping.
• sunbathing in the coastal tropical wonderland of Tairona National Park.
• sipping some of the best coffee in the world in centuries-old haciendas perched at the top of Colombia’s fabulous central valleys.
• partying at the week-long Barranquilla’s Carnival, the second largest in the world.
• seeing with your own eyes Medellin’s dramatic transformation from Pablo Escobar’s haven to cultural and design hub in only 20 years.
• swimming in San Andres and Providencia’s pristine, turquoise waters surrounding the world’s second largest barrier reef.
• dancing like never before in the country where salsa was born, as well as international music stars like Shakira and Juanes.
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Bogotá, vast and multicultural, is a massive metropolis that thrives with cultural events, an underground music scene, street art, and world-class shopping mixed with both colonial and modern architecture, fabulous museums, and sweeping vistas of the city from atop the mountains that surround it. A true feast for the senses and the brain!
Cartagena, sometimes described as the reason why South America doesn’t speak English, counts with massive defensive walls and castles that have defended it for hundreds of years. Today, Cartagena offers some of the best colonial architecture found in the Americas while surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches of
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