Colombia

Colombia is still one of the world’s hidden treasures. From the depths of the jungle to the stunning colonial cities, a holiday here is full of beauty and wonder. Colombia is mostly known for two things: coffee and gold. The first can be found in abundance here, from the quaint corner cafés where the locals sit out in the sun with a cup of fresh roast, to the plantations where the world’s favourite drink is made, and even the family-friendly Coffee Theme Park.While gold isn’t quite as readily available for tourists, there’s still plenty of it to be found in the museums of Colombia. The world famous Museum of Bogotá boasts over 35,000 pieces of gold treasure which you can get up close and personal with, though unfortunately you won’t find similar in the gift shop!

The dramatic scenery of Colombia is second to none and ranges from white sandy beaches kissed by the Caribbean to the snow-topped peaks of the Andes. There’s sprawling colonial cities and ancient archaeological sites deep in the lush trees of the Colombian rainforest.The ancient city of Cartagena sits on the gorgeous Caribbean coast and is one of Colombia’s most popular landmarks. This ancient walled city is a maze of fascinating architecture and opulent buildings. You’ll want to spend a day here just strolling through the pretty streets and learning about the country’s history of treasure and pirates, coffee and colonialism.

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Hike through the lush rainforests of Tayrona National Park, where you might as well be the only people in the entire world. There’s parrots and monkeys, tropical flowers and waterfalls to be found, as well as some of the world’s most mysterious archaeological sites. If you’re up for a mountain trek, get your hiking shoes on and head up Monserrate in the city centre of Bogotá. At the top of this peak there’s a 17th century church which pilgrims have climbed to reach for hundreds of years. There’s also tourist facilities like a café and gift shop, in case you’d prefer a touch of civilisation!

After all that you’re bound to be feeling tired, so put down your towel on one of Columbia’s white sandy beaches. Capurganá y Sapzurro, close to the border of Panama is straight out of a postcard, but Playa Blanca on Isla de Barú, or the rugged Palomino are both gorgeous choices. Explore the untouched beauty of Colombia on an adventure packed with stunning views, history, culture and class – you won’t be disappointed.

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10 facts about Colombia

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Cartagena was founded in 1533 and named after a Spanish city, but this area was inhabited by various indigenous people as far back as 4000 BC.

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San Agustín Archaeological Park is home to South America’s biggest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures.

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The Tayrona National Natural Park is Colombia’s second most visited national park after the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park.

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The Gold Museum in Bogotá is one of Colombia’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming in over 500,000 tourists every year.

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The mountain of Monserrate in Bogotá is 3,152 metres above the sea level and houses a 17th century church on its peak, a popular pilgrim destination.

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Colombia is the only country in South America bordering both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea – that explains the stunning beaches then!

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Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá is not only the second biggest city in all of South America, but also one of the highest capitals in the world.

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The Islas del Rosario is an archipelago just off Colombia’s coast. It is a National Park and provides great opportunities for swimming and snorkelling.

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The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range is the world’s highest coastal mountain range at a dizzying 5,700 m altitude.

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Zipaquirá is an underground Roman Catholic church built in the tunnels of a salt mine in Cundinamarca. It is a popular tourist spot.

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