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Destinations in Colombia

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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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Cartagena is located at the beachfront on the Caribbean coast; it is the capital of Bolívar Department. Founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena is the 5th largest city in Colombia. It is surrounded by a great wall that used to protect from the pirates invasions. Its architecture includes beautiful colonial houses and picturesque streets intoxicated by tropical fruit and delicious sea breeze contributing to the charm of this famous city. It is considered the most beautiful colonial city in South America. The nights of Cartagena, are illuminated by colors that contrast with its colonial history and, making of it the ideal destination for romantics. The city is divided into two parts, the old town or "ciudad amurallada" and a more modern area full of skyscrapers , " Boca Grande ". Surrounded by beaches, you find mainly hotels and shopping centers there.

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Located between Santa Marta and Ríohacha on the Caribbean Coast, the Tayrona National Park is one of the most visited natural parks in Colombia. This place hosts a wide variety of animal and plant species. The altitude varies from 0 to 900 meters inside the park. Of the 15,000 acres of the park, 3000 acres are marine areas. Many activities can be done in this region: hiking, enjoying the many beautiful beaches, museum visits, archeological ruins such as the "Pueblito Chairama" or scuba diving... The region offers a landscape of tropical jungle and lush vegetation. The residents are mostly mixed race and make a living on tourism and fishing. Also, the park has numerous sacred places belonging to the Indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Amongst the different animal species to be found there are: Mammals such as the lynx, and different species of monkey (howler, titi, cappuccino) Birds (toucan, eagle...) and more than 70 species of butterfly... Reptiles (alligators...) Underwater species: sea sponges, crustaceans, mollusks, coral, colorful fish, etc.

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Located in the north of Colombia, in the Bolivar department, Mompós is also called the "Savanna Caribbean". It is one of the most precious jewels of the colonial time. It is also declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO. This city was founded in 1537 by the Spanish conquistadors. This city has the particularity of being surrounded by water because it is located on an island in the middle of the river Magdalena, and has a beautiful colonial architecture. The religious city, Mompós is also the birthplace of Cumbia and the place where Gabriel García Márquez found the inspiration to create all his literary work.

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This city is the capital of the department of Magdalena; Santa Marta is located on the Caribbean coast of the North of Colombia, between Barranquilla and Riohacha. The city is a good connection if you are making a circuit in the country thanks to its airport and its location in the Caribbean coast. It is one of the most touristic cities of the coast. Its location, between the Sierra Nevada and the Caribbean coast, makes this city very attractive, especially when you consider the wide variety of fauna and flora represented there. Do not forget the historical and cultural heritage of Santa Marta, for example the colonial architecture and monuments such as the Basilica of Santa Marta, which is a one of the most important tourist destination on the Caribbean coast. As a Caribbean city, Santa Marta has suffered from repetitive British, French and Dutch attacks for a long time. The city is steeped in history and legends. Among them, one says that the Santa Marta´s Cathedral contains the heart of the famous Simón Bolívar, hidden somewhere.

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The group of islands of San Andres, Providence and Santa Catalina form a department of Colombia in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, 775 km from the Nord-east coast. The capital of this department is San Andrés. These places are considered the most beautiful beaches of Colombia and even of the Caribbean. Also, the archipelago has been declared a marine biological reserve and the National Natural Park Old Providence McBean Lagoon, which has been created to protect their biodiversity. There are approximately 70 554 inhabitants in the archipelago. The main language is Creole, Sanadresano, Spanish and English and the reggae culture is very important in this place. In fact, San Andres Island is a main tourist place of the Latin American continent. Besides, Providence Island is much more typical than San Andrés, actually, by law their buildings are limited to two levels and it must to be made through the local style. This island has more wildlife, vegetation and natural places: beaches, mountains, lakes for diving...

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The highest coastal mountain in the world. 22 km only separate the vertices of the Caribbean Sea. Its highest peak is the Colon peak, which rises up to 5775 meters

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Punta Gallinas is located in the extreme north of the La Guajira peninsula. Nature in this region is surprisingly beautiful: plateaus, sand dunes and rocky cliffs emerge from the sea. The biggest sand dune is 60 meters high and is like a fortress next to the sea. Around 100 inhabitants of the Wayúu ethnic group live near Punta Gallinas. They are one of the few South American cultures that are still conserving their ancestral traditions. From Punta Gallinas you can achieve the headland of Cabo de Vela. During the rainy season, which runs from September to November, you can only there by boat. The journey is definitely worth it. On one site, the Caribbean Sea meets the desert and on the other site you will see the roots of the mangroves in the green waters of the Bahia Hondita. Some time ago, Cabo de Vela was scarcely inhabited, but due to an important growth of tourism in this region adequate infrastructure has been built. Today it is considered one of Colombia’s most heavenly tourist destinations.

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Minca is a small village located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, 15 km away from Santa Marta. Waterfalls and natural pools give this wonderful small mountain village surrounded by wild nature its charm. It is known for its organic coffee and if you go to Santa Marta for a few days, you will appreciate the cooler temperatures. It is a perfect place for mountain biking, bird-watching and hiking. The region is home to 300 bird species and the views are breathtaking. You can go up to San Lorenzo at 2600 meters to have a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks of Colón and Bolivar, which are the highest coastal peaks on earth.

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The Lost City is an archaeological and sacred site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It was founded between the 7th and the 8th centuries by the indigenous Tayrona community, who considered the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta their “mother” and the “heart of the world”. The lost city was probably the political center of the region on the banks of the Buritaca River and it probably had between 2 000 and 8 000 inhabitants. The site was officially rediscovered in 1972, nonetheless the indigenous communities that live in that region affirm that they saw this place several times before the seventies. In 1986, it was declared a Human Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage site by UNESCO. The almost unspoiled construction is a proof of the Tayronas’ architectural genius. The location and the size of the houses were determined by social status. The leader of the community was called Mamo.

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Lakes, marshlands, mangroves and canyons in one single destination...

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The Rosario and San Bernardo Islands were declared National Natural Park in order to protect important marine life and coral reefs in the Caribbean.

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Barranquilla is located in the Atlántico department. It is the main center of the economy in the region of the Caribbean and a maritime and fluvial port of national and international connection.

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Palomino is located in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. This town is near to the crystal clear water of the Palomino River. This river comes down from the height of the Sierra Nevada before flowing into the Caribbean Sea.

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Hidden inside the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Nabusímake is the spiritual capital of the Arhuacos indigenous group. In their language Nabusímake means Land, where the sun is born.

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Riohacha is the capital of the La Guajira department, 170 km east from Santa Marta. It has 170 000 inhabitants and was founded by the German explorer Nicolas de Federman in 1535.

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In the north-east of the La Guajira peninsula is the Serranía de Macuira. Its name derives from the ancestrals of the Wayúu: the Makui. Inside the wayúu refuge is a 25 000 hectares park, the Macuira National Park. It is composed be a 500 meter high mountain chain. Some picks are higher than 750 meters and the highest point is Cerro Palúa having 865 meters. In the interior of this semi-desert are microclimates that form an oasis like in a tropical forest. Humidity arrives from the north-east, forming clouds during the evening that disappear again in the morning. Thanks to its isolation, Macuira has an interesting flora and fauna and a notable wildlife, including cardinals and 15 species of snakes, such as coral snakes. There are also Wayúu settlements that have not been influenced by the exterior. Here indigenous cultivate cashew nuts, coconuts and plantains, as well as dividivi pods. The rangers are all very friendly locals. A walk until El Chorro Waterfall is definitely worth it. It is a very luxurious and charming green area. The other side of Maicura is Punta Gallinas, South America’s most northern point. It is an amazing place. Also in the surroundings is Taroa, where sand dunes seem to fall into the sea. Maicura is the perfect place to connect with nature, get immersed in the culture of the Wayúus and learn from their wisdom.

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