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Colombia’s huge and wonderful diversity offers you infinite travel possibilities. Explore landscapes of all kinds: snowy mountains, arid deserts, heavenly beaches, natural parks, tropical forests, modern cities, ethnic villages, colonial towns, luxurious islands and colorful plains. We will take you off the beaten path, bring you close to the local people and beyond the clichés. Get ready to be surprised and discover the trip that fits you best.

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Region: The Andes
Considered as one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Colombia, Villa de Leyva seems to remain frozen in time. It was declared a national monument in 1954; the town has kept its colonial charm. We can see this in its typical architecture characterized by buildings with lime colored walls, cobblestone streets and the majestic Plaza Mayor (the largest square in Colombia) among others... The recent influx of visitors to the region has significantly changed the intern activity in the city, and consequently many hotels, shops, art galleries, gourmet restaurants and a local handicraft market have emerged. The town is also a favorite destination for people from Bogota, who love to spend their weekends there. In spite of this development, the town has stayed very traditional and offers many opportunities for sightseeing tours and several activities as: museums, festivals, crafts, hiking, horseback riding, sports... Boyacá's department, is a region of arid desert landscapes. The drying of the soil was caused by the planting of olive trees and eucalyptus by the Spanish people in the area in the colonial period. It is also a dairy region across the Altiplano Andino (Andean plateau).

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Medellin is located in a valley surrounded by mountains to 1475 m altitude ,second largest city, is considered the economic capital. Since the end of drug cartels, the city has quickly expanded to become the most dynamic city in the country. The several sectors of this metropolis are well communicated by a comfortable and fast subway system, unique in Colombia. The city has 3.7 million inhabitants. They are called "Paisas" and they are the biggest traders in the country. Its inhabitants , who are kind and workers, have nicknamed Medellin: The city of eternal spring.Actually, is also famous for its wealth of cultural activities , the variety of museums, theaters , art galleries , an active night life (specially the tango), many bars and nightclubs. Medellin, capital of Antioquia , it is also the capital of the textile and fashion . The exhibition, the Colombiamoda is the largest in its sector and attracts more than 1,400 international buyers from 21 countries and over 6,000 buyers in the country.

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Region: The Andes
Bogota, the capital of Colombia, is located in the department of Cundinamarca, right in the center of the country, with an altitude of 2.600mts. It extends through a mountain range to the east, forming a series of hills that surrounds the city (these hills come at handy to guide yourself in the city). Bogota is the main center for economic and cultural activities along the country, it is also known for being a dynamic metropolis, a melting pot of cultures. This city is home to 8 million people coming from all over the country. It also has several interesting places to visit such as the colonial neighborhood of La Candelaria, Bolivar Square, museums, historic monuments, malls, and has a great offer for national and international gastronomy. During the last years Bogota has become one of the most important epicenters in Latin America to perform important cultural and economic events every year. The city has been changing for the last decades, now with great public spaces such as the largest bicycle way in Latin America. It has a new practical means of public transportation: Transmilenio; this is similar to a metro but divided into large buses that can transport up to 150 passengers. Also, Bogota continues to have all the little colorful buses that run all over the city day and night.

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Region: The Andes
The Afro Colombian influence is important and notes in particular through the musical culture of the city. Indeed, Cali is Colombia's capital of salsa.

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Region: The Andes
Hiking in the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy is to enter the mind and heart of the Colombian Andes. Silent peaks, glaciers and eternal snows, mountain lakes of many colours and surprising vegetation ...

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Considered as the religious capital of Colombia, the city of Popayan has the largest per capita number of church, built during the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located in the green valley of Pubenza at the foot of the Puracé volcano. This is one of the best preserved colonial cities of the country even if partially destroyed by an earthquake in the 80s with its baroque churches and sumptuous stone streets. The city is illuminated by its colonial houses with white walls, wrought iron balconies and flowering bushes. The centre of Popayan is a world renowned architectural historical heritage. Many active volcanoes are visible in the Popayan region. The city of Popayan was the first city to be named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. The rich traditional dishes and ingredients are to Popayan city a unique resource in the field of gastronomy. These include the excellent "empanadas pipian". Popayán was founded in 1537 by Sebastián de Belalcazar at the edge of the Puracé volcano. Its name comes from the indigenous Pupayam language and means “hamlet”. The city was founded, while the commercial road linking Quito (Ecuador) and the Caribbean coast was constructed. The wealth of the region comes from this strategic position. Cobbled streets and colored houses with balconies make Popayan one of the most beautiful colonial cities. Holy Week is the most interesting time to visit the town. Wonderful processions parade in the streets and attract millions of visitors. And actually, Popayan is Colombia’s religious heart. 45 km east from Popayan is the Puracé National Park, the biggest one of the Andean cordillera with its 800 000 ha. The park is composed by snow-capped peaks, volcanoes, lakes and a very diverse flora and fauna. The four most important Colombian rivers are born here: the Magdalena River, the Cauca, the Patía and the Caquetá. While walking in the park sites such as the Puracé volcano, be San Juan thermals and the Bedón and Nicolás waterfalls can be seen. The Puracé volcano is the only active volcano on which one can still climb until the summit. The ascension is somehow difficult, but can be done without any special material. The volcano has an altitude of 4760 meters and you have to walk between 7 and 9 hours to achieve the summit. 60 km away from Popayan is the authentic town of Silvia. It is the indigenous village of Guambiano. The inhabitants still wear their traditional clothes: colorful long dresses, ponchos and scarves. Women wear amazingly beautiful white necklaces. The Guambiano ethnic group lives in villages surrounding Silvia. Every Tuesday, they sell their products at the traditional market of Silvia.

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Region: The Andes
Tierradentro is a sacred place where the descendants of the indigenous Paeces survive. To visit this territory is a unique opportunity to make contact with the mysterious past of this ancient people.

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San Agustin is a very welcoming traditional village right in the middle of the great Andes, South Colombia.

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Santander is an adventure and extreme sports paradise. The village is carved on top of the Canyon of Suarez River with an awesome view of the region.

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Region: The Andes
Before Spanish conquest, Pasto belonged to the Inca Empire. Today it has well preserved churches and colonial buildings.

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The Cocora Valley – Salento is one of the most important destinations of the Quindio department and the Coffee Region. Its wonderful landscapes make this region an attractive place for tourists. The average temperature during the whole year is 15°C. A maximum temperature of approximately 25°C can also be reached. The Cocora Valley is characterized by cloud forests and a diverse flora and fauna, among which the most known are the Wax Palms, which is a native plant that originates in the high Andean valleys.

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Region: The Andes
The Nevados’ National Natural Park was founded the 30th of April 1974 in order to contribute to the conservation of the ecosystems. It is a cold area with a climate variating between 14°C and - 3°C. Located on the central cordillera of the Andean region and having a huge importance in this region thanks to its rivers and paramos, it is considered as the heart of the Coffee Triangle. This destination has a variety of fascinating animals (Andean condors, colibris, sparrow hawks) and vegetation (orchids, frailejón, etc)

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Cañon de Chicamocha

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Armenia was founded the 14th of October 1889. It is the capital of the Quindío department and is also known as the capital of coffee. Due to its rapid urban growth it was nicknamed the “Wonder-City”. The region has developed a rural tourism network, where travelers can take holidays in fincas or haciendas in the middle of coffee and banana plantations. One of the most beautiful botanic gardens is to be found in Armenia. The temperature is between 18°C and 28°C during the whole year. Quimbaya is a small town located in the Quindío department. It was founded in 1914 and its name comes from the pre-Colombian culture in this region. It has a warm climate and majestic landscapes in which one can see lagoons, natural forests, wildlife refuges, quebradas and waterfalls.

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Region: The Andes
The Tatacoa Desert is located in the North of the Huila department. It is the second most arid area in Colombia. The region has a lot of erosion and dry canyons. The desert is characterized by its grey, ochre colors, as well as by the green of the cactuses that are to be found there. During nighttime the temperature is 13 °C and during daytime around 40°C. As it is a desert, there are neither a lot of animals nor a lot of vegetation. Among the animals that can be found in this region are eagles, lizards, scorpions, spiders, turtles and rodents.

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Region: The Andes
Bucaramanga is the capital of the Santander department and is located on the oriental cordillera. The city was founded in 1622 and developed around the García Rovira Park. It is a modern city, surrounded by mountains and by skyscrapers. There are a lot of green areas but the city is also known for its nightlife thanks to numerous clubs and bars.

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Region: The Andes
The Honda municipality is located in the Northern part of the Tolima department. The municipality conserves its colonial architecture influenced by the Spanish since its conquest.

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Region: The Andes
Ibague is located in the Tolima department, nearby the Nevado del Tolima in the central cordillera. The city is also known as the Music capital of Colombia.

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Region: The Andes
Manizales is the capital of the Caldas department. Known as the City of Open Doors, it was founded in 1849.

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Region: The Andes
The Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary is located in the Risaralda department in Colombia’s Andean region on the Central Cordillera.

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Salamina is a municipality in the Caldas department. It is also known as the City of Light.

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The municipality of Guatapé, located in Eastern Antioquia, was founded in 1811. The economy is based on agriculture (tomato, corn, potatoes and beans), hydroelectric production and finally tourism. In fact, Guatapé has good hotel infrastructure. Most visited places are El Peñol of Guatapé (Rock of Guatapé) and the Embalse Peñol-Guatapé (the lake of Guatapé) that has 2 262 hectares.

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The Chingaza Natural National Park is near Bogota, in the Oriental cordillera in the Andean region. It was founded in 1977 and has a total extension of 76 600 hectares.

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Region: The Andes
The Tota lake is located in the Boyaca department, 15 km away from Sogamoso and near the municipalities of Cuitiva, Tota and Aquitania.

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Region: The Andes
Jardín and Jericó municipalities in the department of Antioquia en Colombia

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Mesa de los Santos was founded the 1 of January 1750. The Santos municipality is located in the Jeridas Mesesta and was inhabited by several indigenous groups such as the Chibcha, the Muiscas and the Guanes. The region has very high-quality organic coffee plantations, which have a worldwide reputation. The Mesa de los Santos has various viewpoints where you can observe the Cañon del Chicamocha, the Saldo del Duendo, the paths of the German Georg von Legerke, the Santos town, etc. There is also a cable railway, which connects different places of the National Chicamocha Park (Panachi). Besides all those cultural activities, visitors can also discover traditional towns of the region. It is a perfect place to practice ecotourism, hiking, paraglider and rappel. This place has conserved its natural beauty thanks to amazing landscapes and visitors can relax and connect with Nature.

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Region: The Andes
Mocoa is the capital of the Putumayo department and gateway to the Amazonia. It is recommended to go to Mocoa from San Agustin, because the road is very beautiful. In only three hours you will switch from the coolness of the Huila to the Amazonian warm humidity. The landscape will also change: the luxurious vegetation of the Amazonas and an amazing wild fauna are awaiting you. You will be able to take a bath in waterfalls and natural pools. The territory belongs to the Kafán and Inga indigenous community and it has only recently opened up to ecotourism. Sibundoy also belongs to the Putumayo department. 3630 meters above sea level, the town is only 80 kilometers away from Mocoa. From an ethnobotanic point of view, Sibundoy is one of the richest regions on the planet, very important medicinal plants can be found there. In 1941, Richard Evans Schultes discovered the most important concentration of hallucinogenic plants, finding more than 1600 hallucinogenic trees. Schultes worked closely with local healers and registered various flowers with which they treated infections and fever, medicinal roots to kill parasites, tonics to heal nerve diseases and pharmaceutical practices to prevent pain while giving birth.

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Region: The Andes
The Municipality of Santuario, located in the Risalda department, was founded in 1886 by Colon Julian Ortiz, during the second wave of colonization. Santuario is 201 square km in area and has more than 15000 inhabitants. The principal attraction of this municipality is its charming colonial architecture, typical of the Antioquia department. However, the Tatamá Natural National Park, located in the same mountainous region, also attracts interest because of its unspoiled biodiversity and the beauty of its landscapes. This area’s economy is based on Coffee cultivation, but also the farming of animals and agriculture. If nowadays the Tatamá Park nature remains very well preserved, it is not only because the parc is still unknown to the public compared to the many other tourist regions of Colombia. In this same Park you can find the Sendero Cascadas, an amazing place to enjoy the exhilarating vegetation and practice rock climbing. One study says that “Tatamá” means “The higher Land” in Indian Anserma, but another one says it means “Grandfathers of rivers”. The Park piques the interest of many scientists. Many animal and plant species find their home in this natural haven of peace. Alongside the Tatamá Paramo are the Frontino and El Duende paramos, 3 areas whose perfect conservation is quite unique in Colombia.

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