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Cl. 11 #6-50, Bogotá, Colombia
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Near Plaza de Bolívar in the colonial Candelaria quarter, the city’s historic core, swing by La Puerta Falsa, a bakery and restaurant that has been run by the same family since 1816. Order the chocolate...
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Zapatero, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
All those in the know know that Colombia has recently shed its illustrious past, emerging as a hotspot for the sophisticated traveler. And for good reason... from the grand colonial Spanish architecture to the charming cafe & boutique lined...
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La Macarena, Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. The Macarena district is the center of the city’s art scene. La Peluqueria not only offers edgy haircuts but also exhibits contemporary paintings. At the Alonso Garces Galeria (pictured), installations and...
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Cl. 11 ###5-60, Bogotá, Colombia
The brick-walled Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez, designed by legendary Colombian architect Rogelio Salmona, is dedicated to the country’s Nobel Prize–winning writer. Lectures and literary events feature some of Colombia’s most renowned...
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Cl. 10 #5-72, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
In the historic Candelaria district, the 42-room Hotel de la Opera occupies two colonial townhouses and parts of a 1940s art deco mansion. Head up to the rooftop restaurant, El Mirador, to enjoy ajiaco (potato soup with corn, chicken, and aji...
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Bogotá’s museum of all things gold is one of Colombia’s greatest treasures. Yet despite the name, you’ll find more here than just the precious metal. In addition to stunning displays drawing on a collection of more than...
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Cl. 70 #4-63, Bogotá, Colombia
The patio here is the best place to indulge in pisco-based cocktails like the Lulo Sour, made from the lulo fruit, similar to an orange. Small plates combine Peruvian and Mediterranean flavors. Try the grilled octopus with parsley cream. Calle 70A...
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
By far, one of the coolest and most memorable things about Bogota is its eye catching, impressive graffiti art. Covering the majority of the wall space in the Candaliaria district of the city, you can’t help but notice nearly each wall as you walk...
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Cl. 35, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Street vendors sell the best regional crafts. At Plaza Santo Domingo, look for artisans displaying beaded necklaces made from small chirilla seeds. Or try on mochilas, handbags that indigenous Colombians weave from natural and brown-dyed wool....
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Extra straps for the colorful woven bags that seemingly everyone in Colombia owns, found here in the coastal town of Santa Marta. These are all handmade, sturdy as hell and sold off a beachfront blanket for the equivalent of about US$10 (less if...
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Cl. 11 #6-50, Bogotá, Colombia
For an authentic Colombian meal, head to La Puerta Falsa Tamales, a small café that’s been in business since 1816 in the heart of Bogota's La Candelaria historic center. I stummbled upon this place and was immediately drawn in by the delicious...
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Km 12 Vía Bogotá La Calera, La Calera, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Just outside of Bogota,Colombia is the best food you have tasted. It's El Tambor , try it I believe you love it.
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Magdalena, Colombia
Mindblowingly beautiful. If you fancy the idea of falling asleep to the crashing of waves in a hammock for the night, then this is the place for you. Breathe deep and relax... there's not much else to do.
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Magdalena, Colombia
East of the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia lies the gorgeous, rugged Parque Tayrona, a true feast for all of the senses. The park doesn't have roads--you have to hike or go by boat in order to get past the entrance--so we...
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Just 30-minute boat ride from central Cartagena, Playa Blanca's soft white sand and clear turquoise waters draw loads of day trippers looking to escape the heat of the city. Rent a shelter and chairs for $10-20 anywhere along the mile-long strand,...
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Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Leaving the skyline of Cartagena behind a wall of sea spray from the motorboat that propelled us toward Isla Del Piratas was one of the best things that ever happened to us during our journey in Colombia. Broken Spanish aside, booking the voyage...
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Cra. 7 #11-10, Bogotá, Colombia
I arrived in overcast Bogota very early. My hostel was located in the La Candelaria neighborhood of downtown Bogota. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial and Baroque styles. It houses several...
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Zapatero, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia: There are still undiscovered spots in the world that lure those who embrace true authentic experiences. Cartagena is just such a place. The historic walled city is a true gem in the world. Wander around the maze of...
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Magdalena, Colombia
My most recent trip was to Colombia and I loved every minute of it!! If you haven't yet, visit it soon before the secret gets out and hoards of tourists flock to it. Just beware of the crocodiles in Tayrona National Park ;)
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Bogotá in notorious for the security of its taxis. The latest murder of a DEA agent in a taxi has made taxi safety an even more frequent topic among both locals and internationals. So, it is important to not hail taxis from the street. I use a...
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Calle del Colegio # 34-60 Local 1, Centro Histórico, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Don Juan Restaurante is a high-end restaurant in the Historic Centre of Cartagena. Cartagena is world renown for its gastronomy and this place is its Mecca. An absolute delight. Ask any local or business owner and they will show you the way. Buon...
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Chía, Chia, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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A week into my month long stay in Bogotá, everyone I had met wanted to know if I had been to Andres Carne de Res yet. For a restaurant that I assumed only tourists visited, I was surprised by how many locals had excitedly talking about it. Once I...
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ESQUINA, Cra. 10, Cartagena, Getsemaní, Colombia
Head off the beaten path to this local hot spot for some cold beer, fresh mojitos and plenty of salsa dancing.
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Chía, Chia, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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About 30 minutes north of Bogota by bus, Andres Carne de Res is not to be missed! The eclectic art and decor give it the atmosphere of being at a surreal carnival. Delicious steakhouse by evening with fantastic cocktails and unusually friendly...
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Calle 16 # 5-60/70, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
In the mist of my wandering around Bogota's historic La Candelaria section, I ran into a great galleria filled with local crafts of Colombia. A perfect stop to shop for gifts for friends and family.
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Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
This central plaza has an interesting past. In the early 1600's "auto-da-fe" took place. This was the ritual of public self-punishment of condemned heretics during the peak of the Spanish Inquisition. Today, its main attractions include the Palace...
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El Centro, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Street scene from the Cartagena Historic Old Town
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That church hiding back there in the clouds is Cerro Monserrate, one of the most famous (and highest-altitude) landmarks in Bogotá. Perched atop one of the highest mountains ringing the city, the church and refugio are one of the most popular...
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Baluarte de Santo Domingo., Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
For a great place to start the evening in Cartagena, head to Café del Mar, located directly on the wall in the Old City. It's a favorite for lounging and watching the sunset.
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Taganga, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Fresh fruit and juices have to be the best perks of traveling. It was hard work, but I think we managed to try all of the different types in Colombia ;)
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Cl. 35, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
One of the best things to do in Cartagena is to wander the streets at night. The city comes alive with music and laughter. La buena vida!
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Puerto Rey, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
A common street scene on a wander around Cartagena. Go out and explore!
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Avenida de la Asamblea Edificio El Comendador No 29A42 apto 201 A, Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Walking the ramparts at dusk -- when the midday heat and humidity dissipates -- is a must when visiting Cartagena. Cap off your stroll with a cocktail at Cafe del Mar, which draws a sophisticated crowd of locals and tourists and offers beautiful...
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Bahia Concha, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
This was a day of adventure and relaxation - you take your bike on a path under the shade of the jungle, passing through small creeks and green trees, until you encounter the magnificence of Bahía Concha. Once you arrive there, you can snorkel...
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Getsemani, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
I was strolling around the old town of Cartagena recently when I stopped to admire the exotic fruit on a street corner. I pointed to pile of apple-sized red fruit and asked what it was. The fruit seller replied: "mejillas del gringo." Translated,...
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Walking the streets of Bogota, Colombia is like walking in an outdoor art gallery. Besides the colorful houses, doors and windows, there are enormous walls of art and elaborate graffiti brighting this high altitude city even in the coldest months....
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Los Mártires, Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
As an off shoot of a walking tour of Bogota Historic Center, our guide took us to this market at our request (by taxi). It was just amazing! So many beautiful tropical fruits and other interesting things to look at. If you like visiting markets...
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Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
This is an incredible jungle trek, through the rain forest and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It takes five days from Machete Pelao where you arrive by 4x4. Then you crosses mountains, rivers and coffee cultures. Every evening,...
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Galerias, Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Not far from the Campin football stadium in Bogotá is a street lined with several blocks of craft stores. Here you can buy furniture to paint, beads to make jewelry, doll parts, yarn, and these ceramic religious pieces. Many of them offer classes...
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Avenida de la Asamblea Edificio El Comendador No 29A42 apto 201 A, Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Getsemani, the oldest neighborhood of Cartagena, is receiving attention for its transformation from a dangerous area into a still semi-undiscovered (I spied no other tourists there) gem. I thought it was the most interesting and photogenic part of...
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Cl. 25 #10B-6, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
A simple, straightforward restaurant that is the best place to see traditional Colombian and Caribbean fusion, a signature of Cartagena's cuisine. The offerings include farm fresh eggplant, tomatoes, and lemon blended with fish and meats and local...
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El Centro, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
I'm so fortunate to have Colombia part of my life and heritage. With absolutely gorgeous weather year-around, and the most incredible architecture, as well as a colorful culture, Cartagena is one of my favorite places on earth. And the ultimate...
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Bogota, Colombia
Galeria Café Libro, on a side street just off Bogotá's upscale Parque 93, is the place to show off your salsa moves on the weekend. Open until 3 a.m., the colorful and sprawling space features two dance floors, a stage for the frequent live music...
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Calle 119 Con Carrera 6a, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
The Usaquén artisan's market is a necessary stop for any traveler spending a Sunday in Bogotá. The cobblestone streets of the traditional neighborhood fill up with artists' booths selling everything from emeralds to piggybanks painted with...
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La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia
The aftermath of the opening parade for the International Theater Festival in Bogotá in April. I have no idea how they even got the paint this far up on the building -- or if it comes off.
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Monserrate Bogotá, Colombia
The peak called Monserrate towers over central Bogotá and lends its name to the church that tops it. Perched more than 10,000 feet above sea level, the sanctuary—dedicated to the Passion of Christ—has beautiful gardens...
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Parque De La Sal, Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
When I flew from New York to Bogotá, I didn't really have plans to visit the city's neighboring towns and villages. As I quickly found out, that's a huge part of Bogotá's charm. If time permits, definitely take a day trip to Zipaquirá to see their...
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Safe to eat and a great late-night snack! Watch the guys on the street stock up your hamburger with cheese upon cheese upon cheese...
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La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia
Bizarrely painted buildings, the Museo Botero, fantastic churches, a grand square and a plethora of casual restaurants. Spend an afternoon wandering Bogota's La Candelaria neighborhood. But be careful where you're walking -- go too far out of...
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Chino, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
stared at this fishmonger for 2 1/2 hours while waiting for our boat to leave for playa blanca. per our lonely planet guide, boats leave every half-hour - so you can just imagine what the wait did to us! get the boat at Muelle Turistico de la...
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Calle Quero 9 58 Sandiego, Cartagena De Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
A bustling eatery next to a hostel that feels very vibrant. Young and hip, a lunch break spot for working Colombians and tourists alike. They keep things casual and good. 4 daily dishes, breakfast and lunch only. Patio in the back. Get the coconut...
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21, Calle 38 #6, Cartagena De Indias (Distrito Turístico Y Cultural), Bolívar, Colombia
All white everything is the theme for the upscale italian dining room at the Tcherassi Hotel, all the way down the to waitstaff's shoes. Very modern and chic, being inside, with the adjacent aqua bar is a departure from the colonial feel of...
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Cl. 39 #7 14, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Many will have heard of La Cevicheria thanks to a visit by Anthony Bourdain in 2009. The location has not lost any of it's charm in the last 4 years. In our very warm July trip to Colombia for a close friend's wedding, La Cevicheria was an oasis....
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Cra. 10 #29-29, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
This cool spot in the the hip neighborhood of Getsemani right across from Plaza de la Trinidad boasts a retractable roof, making the tables open air, with a vista over the old dilapidated walls of the building that was in ruins when the owner,...
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Getsemani, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
You know how some places look like they were painted into real life? Cartagena, Colombia is one of those places.
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Magdalena, Colombia
Perched atop a jungly hill overlooking Tayrona National Park's Caribbean coastline and mountains, the Ecohabs are one of the few places to stay in the park if you're not hiking in to camp or planning to sleep in a hammock. These are the jungle...
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Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Wandering the streets of Cartagena is pure ecstasy. This lively city must be one of the most romantic places in the world. The colorful buildings are draped with Bougainvillea and filled with secrets. Follow your nose to the salty crashing waves...
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Set within the Banco de la República’s museum complex, the Botero Museum offers a sampling of paintings and sculptures by famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero, best known for his still lifes and his exaggeratedly rotund human...
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On Playa Bello Horizonte, cart vendors roll by and will crack open a coconut for you anytime you wish. Ask them to stop by on their way back down the beach, and they'll carve out the inside so you can eat it :).
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Cra. 17, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
For a sense of Cartagena’s colonial past, take two short taxi rides from the old city. Built in the 17th century, the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas was an impregnable, tunnel-filled Spanish fort that kept both pirates and the English Navy at...
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In Bogotá like everywhere else, graffiti and graffiti art was a crime. In 2011 Diego Felipe Becerra was spray-painting his signature Felix the Cat image on the walls of an underpass when he was killed by police. Public outrage and protests led to...
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Baluarte de Santo Domingo., Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
After a full day exploring the vibrant old city in Cartagena, we relaxed with a beautiful sunset and a nice glass of wine.
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Plaza de la Aduana, 32-09, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
When it's election season in Colombia, the sell or purchase of alcohol is prohibited the day before and day of election - except at Cafe San Pedro! Not quite sure on those legalities, but regardless - beautiful atmosphere and wonderful menu right...
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Playa de la Artilliera #36-38, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Lima is one of my favorite cities in the world, and in that city is Brujas de Cachiche - serving up some of the best pisco and ceviche I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. While wandering the streets of Cartagena one day, I happened upon the...
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Calle 2a #16-18 Manga, Fuerte San Sebastian del Pastelillo, Distrito Turístico Y Cultural, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
A perfect little spot to have lunch and watch the sailboats go by. Read their about below - charming, isn't it? "They have a place where it seems heard the mermaids singing, where the stars and the breeze caresses suggest to visitors that their...
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Playa Blanca, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
finally made it to playa blanca after waiting 2 1/2 hours for the boat to leave - and it did not disappoint. haggle with the locals for a beach massage, fresh oysters and coconut juice! go to mama ruth's for lunch and if you plan to stay the...
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. After climbing and hiking in the Colombian jungle for over 10 hours, I began to have second thoughts on my Parque Tyrona adventure. But the feeling quickly dissolved as I descended the final set of...