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Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota

A cosmopolitan city shinning with culture and nightlife, located on a high plateau in the Andes Mountains, Bogotá is the capital of Colombia and also its most populous city with more than 7 million inhabitants. It is a cosmopolitan metropolis that intertwines modern architecture with large open spaces, an efficient mass transport system. Declared a World Book Capital in 2007, Bogotá is known both for its world‑class museums and trendy nightlife.

Cartagena de Indias

Founded in 1533 on a wide sheltered harbor on the Caribbean Coast, Cartagena de Indias was once one of the richest ports in the New World. The high, salt‑bleached walls that circumscribe its Old City were built to thwart pirates and privateers during the height of the Spanish colonial era in the 1600s. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Old City preserves the rich history and culture of days gone by.

Medellin

The “City of Eternal Spring” lies in the Valley of Aburrá and is distinguished by the abundant plazas, parks and gorgeous flowers that gave the city its nickname. It is the country’s second most important city, surrounded by coffee haciendas and the Andes Mountains.

Cali

Framed by the Pacific Ocean and sugar cane fields, Santiago de Calí is known as the “World Capital of Salsa” and is famous for its fiestas, street partying and dancing at salsa clubs. It is one of the major economic and industrial centers of the country and offers a plethora of museums, theaters, dance, ballet, arts and historical sites.

The Coffee Triangle

The three cities that form the Café Triangle – Armenia, Pereira and Manizales – are known for their beautiful landscapes and friendly people. It is a land of coffee haciendas, trails, waterfalls, valleys, cloud forests and high alpine plateaus.

Santa Marta

The oldest city in South America with an unrivaled architectural heritage is best known today as an adventure destination. This is the land of the Arhuaco and the Kogui aboriginal tribes that resisted colonization. It is also the land of Aracataca – the birthplace of Nobel Prize winner Gabrial García Márques – and of Liberator Simón Bolívar, whose remains are preserved at his estate on the outskirts of the city.

Santander

Adventures galore ‑ Colombia’s best site for paragliding (10‑minute flights), zip‑lines that let you fly for nearly 60 m/200 ft, and a wet rappelling descent 65 m/215 ft down one of the best waterfalls in Santander ‑ the Salto del Cañaveralito. Experience rafting on the Fonce River, caving in the Cueva del Indio, taking a tour on a chiva bus to the towns of Floridablanca, San Gil, Girón and “the prettiest town in Colombia” ‑ Barichara.