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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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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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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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Km 11 Vía al Valle del Cocora Salento, Salento, Quindío, Colombia
You never know when you’re in the moment how you’re going to look back at it years later, but I think this picture sums up the exuberant, freewheeling joy and sense of aliveness that sometimes comes with travel. And I think I felt it at the time....
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Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Latin America’s unique flair and passion is epitomized by Medellín, with its parks and plazas the heartbeat of this culture. Parque Lleras in Poblado is popular among tourists, and it’s easy to see why. Winding streets laden with bars, restaurants...
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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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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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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. When the temperature rises and the Caribbean beckons, a day trip to a nearby island beach is a must. Catch an early-morning tour boat to Isla de Baru, where you can snorkel with iridescent blue fish....
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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 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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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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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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Chapinero, Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Snack on street foods and regional dishes with Colombian culinary blogger Diana Holguin. She leads a three-hour Eats & Drinks walking tour in the food-centric Chapinero neighborhood. Five stops include a dessert shop that serves oblea (a...
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Loma de Marion, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
The seven-room Tcherassi Hotel and Spa is an ode to modernism set in a renovated 250-year-old mansion. Colombian-born fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi named each room after a fancy fabric (the trilevel penthouse is called the Gazar). After a...
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Salento, Quindío, Colombia
The signature dish of Salento, Colombia, is trucha con patacones— trout with mashed, fried plantains—and the most delicious version in town can be found at El Rincon de Lucy. The cozy, family-run eatery serves huge, inexpensive set meals with the...
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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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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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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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Loma de Marion, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Sitting in the square having a coffee is a great way to people watch in Cartagena. There seems to be something happening behind every wooden shutter of every building as well as in the street. I was struck by how friendly the local people were to...
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San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander, Colombia
Wake up, pour a cup of hot coffee and sit on the bluff watching the surrounding nature stir to life. Small birds darting around through the tall grass let you know the ground is heating up, warm air lifting the small flying bugs from their...
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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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I was traveling though Colombia on a job and I took this photo of Willa, my colleague and fast-friend, being dwarfed by wax palms, the world's tallest palm trees, in Valle de Corcora in Colombia's coffee triangle. This experience was so memorable...
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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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With the highest snow peaks in Colombia situated to the East, the Caribbean coast to the west, Los Pinos Hostel sits high nestled amongst the Sierra Nevadas overlooking the lush green top of the jungle's canopy. A former military base/finca, this...
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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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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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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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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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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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Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
In the heart of Medellin's downtown in Bolivar park, the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica holds the record for most clay-bricks of any building in the world with over 1.1 millions.
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Cl. 3 ## 11 A 56, Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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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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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Cra. 18 #1-69, Santa Marta, Taganga, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
There is nothing more exhilarating than floating peacefully below the water, existing as one within one of the most amazing ecosystems on this planet. While Belize and Australia may have some of the best scuba diving waters in the world, the...
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Loma de Marion, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Cartagena is full of surprises. While on a recent visit to the Colombian coastal city, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a collection of prolific street drawings tucked away on a clandestine street in the city’s Getsemani neighborhood. These...
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Cl. 3 ## 11 A 56, Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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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El Centro, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Street scene from the Cartagena Historic Old Town
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Nuquí, Chocó, Colombia
After spending some amazing times in Bogota, Medellin, and literally everywhere in between as we made the drive through the countryside, we flew to the jewel of the trip, Nuqui on the Pacific coast. After circling in on the small prop plane...
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Farallones, Cd Bolívar, Antioquia, Colombia
During a vacation to Colombia we visited some friends who supply my company with coffee. Their farm is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, with waterfalls cascading down the mountains. The green flora are rows of coffee trees and a few...
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Guatavita, Cundinamarca, Colombia
A rare break in the clouds on a rainy weekend in Guatavita, Colombia -- the site that originated the legend of El Dorado. No gold here: just a beautiful lake, viewed through the leaves of peach trees at a friend's hilltop finca.
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Cra. 69 #31-75, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Situated in the Rosario Islands, the hotel San Pedro de Majagua lies about 45 minutes from Cartagena by speedboat. The property is great and when you're on their small beach you can negotiate a fresh caught lobster or snorkeling session from the...
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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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Mitú, Vaupes, Colombia
Described by Wade Davis in One River as one of the most amazing waterfalls in the world. I had to travel a lot to get this place but really worth it !!. The word Jirijirimo means "the anaconda's nest". It's for adventurers souls...
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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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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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Cl. 35 #4-29, Cartagena, Cartagena De Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Cartagena is filled with beautiful, hacienda style boutique hotels. Most of them are converted colonial houses built in the seventeenth century. Staying in one of these properties will provide you with a true authentic Cartagena experience.
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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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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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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...
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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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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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Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia
To make the most out of your time in Medellin it’s well worth venturing farther afield to see what the countryside has to offer. A two-hour drive away is Guatape, a traditional town which is partly skirted by a lake curling round small lush green...
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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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Salento, Quindío, Colombia
The breathtaking views more than made up for the 4 hour bus ride from Manizales to Salento.
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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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Puerto Rey, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
A common street scene on a wander around Cartagena. Go out and explore!
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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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Carretera Bogota - Manizal Km. 45, Murillo, Tolima, Colombia
The tallest palm trees in the world, this national park has deep valleys and clouds to join them. A hummingbird park at the end of the trail with authentic drink and food.
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La Macarena, Meta, Colombia
I'ts an amazing river in the heart of the colombian jungle. The landscape takes the visitor beyond the imagination because the color of the river, the cristaline water and the rocks...It's by far the most beautifull nature's destiny in Colombia.
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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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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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Hato Corozal, Casanare, Colombia
This is Reserva Natural Hato La Aurora, in the Colombian eastern plains. Here you can disconnect your senses from the hectic rhythm of the city, You can discover innumerable species of birds: herons, eagles, lapwings, macaws and toucans. These...
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Laureles, Medellín, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Sport, fitness and generally taking care of appearances take high precedence for paisas, and Estadio sporting complex provides ample opportunity for just this. Initially built for the 2010 South American Games its domed structures cover pitches,...
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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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Magdalena, Colombia
Take a 2-hour hike through the jungle, along the coast, and emerge onto a gorgeous wild beach. Sleeping options are either a hammock or a tent. While the campsite is crowded the further you hike west the more secluded it gets. Until the nude beach...
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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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Corregimiento de Juntas - Ibaguao, Ibague, Tolima, Soacha, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Escape bogota and spend the day rock climbing instead.
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Montenegro, Quindío, Colombia
An early morning walk with breath taking views. Hanging clouds and misty weather create such an atmospheric environment.
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Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Medellín is not one to hold back when it comes to partying and entertainment, but certain times of the year further accentuate this indulgence. The Feria de las Flores (Festival of the Flowers) is one of the most attended and renowned festivals in...
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Calle del Tejadillo, Carrera 6 #38-71, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Staying true to its colonial roots, Hotel Casablanca offers huge doors, all white decorum, and two small pools - one in the atrium and one in the roof. A+ for proximity and relative quiet with the cobblestone streets.
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Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Wander the picturesque streets of El Centro in Cartagena, Colombia.
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Quindio, Colombia
I normally hate taking photos through windows, especially dirty, grimy bus windows, but I couldn't resist. This is the palma de cero, or wax palm, the national tree of Colombia and currently the title-holder of my favorite tree in the world. These...
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Mocoa, Putumayo, Colombia
No visit to Mocoa would be complete without a hike to el fin del mundo, or the end of the world, a 67 meter tall waterfall that you can sit on top of and gaze out over the jungle below. After 2-3 hours of hiking you will come to the end of the...
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Siecha, Guasca, Cundinamarca, Colombia
On a hike with friends to the Lagunas de Siecha we stumbled on this forest of huge frailejones. It is said that the plants grow one centimeter a year. They've been there a long, long time.
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Km 11 Vía al Valle del Cocora Salento, Salento, Quindío, Colombia
To get me up at the crack of dawn, it has to be worth it and trekking through Valle de Cocora certainly was. Be ready to constantly be amazed at the incredible views as you are in for a treat!
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Km 11 Vía al Valle del Cocora Salento, Salento, Quindío, Colombia
The Cocora Valley in the Coffee Triangle is very beautiful. The national tree of Colombia which is the wax palm grows here up in the clouds (6000-8000 feet above sea level.). They are very skinny, incredibly tall trees – the tallest palm trees in...
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Just outside Bogota, Lake Guatavita is a crater lake 3,100 meters above sea level that served as a sacred site for Indians who worshiped the goddess of water. Later, it became popular with treasure hunters who scoured the water for gold and...
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A great way to enjoy Medellín’s perfect temperature and sultry sun is to grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and head to the Botanical Gardens. Here, rolling mounds of grass and palm trees create a romantic ambience which is taken advantage of by...
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Kilómetro 5 Vía Cerritos, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Colombia is the world’s second largest exporter of cut flowers after the Netherlands. About 1 billion worth of flowers are exported every year, mostly to the United States. People from the United States buy 300 million Colombian roses on...
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Guasca, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Encenillo Biological Reserve isin Trinidad in the province of Guasca about an hour out of Bogotá. It was established in 2007 with the purpose of conserving forests and preserving some of the unique species of birds and plants of Colombia. This is...
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Uribia, La Guajira, Colombia
The journey here was worth it. It is proper bare bones accommodation (no running water) but the setting is beautiful and the lobster is cheap. Well worth it!
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Carrera 40 # 10A-22, Medellín, El Poblado, Colombia
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just for a spontaneous night of indulgence: Medellin is blessed with romantic dining spots. El Cielo, just opposite Parque Lleras, is as well-known throughout Latin America as its creator Juan...
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Guatavita, Cundinamarca, Colombia
On my last trip to Colombia in 2013, I decided to visit my great grandmothers place of birth, Guatavita I had always heard what a beautiful place this was and studied it in high school as this town has amazing history dating back to pre-spaniard...
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Minca, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
One of the highlights of my time in Colombia was actually getting away from the beach and into the mountains. At Casa Loma in Minca the sun sets almost 180 degrees in front of you while you're perched up on the hill looking all the way down to the...