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Colombia at a glance

Bogota & surroundings - metropolis, high Andes and colonial villages

Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is located at around 2,600 meters and, in addition to its local mountain, Monserrate, also offers a good gold museum, the colonial district of Candelaria and some modern quarters with good restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The area around the capital is considered a green lung and a local recreation area. The climate is ideal for dairy culture and rose growing. Only a few hours drive from the metropolis you can visit mystical lagoons, an underground cathedral in a former salt mine and the beautiful colonial village of Villa de Leyva and a little further away the magical high Andean mountains of the El Cocuy National Park.

Hotel tip: Opera **** / Campanario *** / *

 

Coffee zone - evergreen hill country, coffee, fruits and folklore

The coffee zone, or "Eje Cafetero" in Spanish, is spread over the three small departments of Quindío, Risaralda and Caldas, all of which are located in the central Cordillera of the Andes and gather many attractions in a very small space. Here, green hilly landscapes dominate, bamboo groves and all kinds of tropical fruits are grown. In addition to coffee tours and relaxing on historic fincas and magnificent country estates from the founding days, the main attractions include trekking or riding tours up to the heights of the snow-covered Nevados, fun raft rides on the Río La Vieja and visiting thermal springs such as in Santa Rosa. The major cities in the region are only a few kilometers apart. A few days in the coffee zone are a must for any trip to Colombia.

Hotel tip: Hotel Boutique Sazagua **** / Hacienda San José ****

 

Cartagena - colonial pearl of the Caribbean

Cartagena de Indias is located on one of the most beautiful bays on the continent and was founded in 1533 by the Spanish conquerors. It is certainly one of the most fascinating cities in all of South America these days. The old town, also known as the "walled-in city", gives Cartagena its typical colonial flair. Many buildings have been lovingly restored. Cartagena is the starting point for many tours to beaches and islands in the area.

Hotel tip: Sofitel Santa Clara ***** / Monterrey *** / *

 

Parque Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

The Tayrona National Park is of exceptional beauty. It's half an hour east of Santa Marta. Extensive, palm-lined dream beaches with charming rock formations, small sea bays, exotic vegetation and more than 100 different species of mammals, including the opossum, tigrillo, as well as condors and sea eagles and golden eagles characterize this national park. The starting point for trekking to the "Ciudad Perdida", the lost city, which is located at an altitude of approx. 1,300 meters in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world's highest coastal mountain range at 5,775 meters, is also close by. The real wealth of the Sierra Nevada are the indigenous peoples of the Kogi and Arhuaco, who still live and farm there in a traditional way.

Hotel tips: Ecohabs ****

 

Medellín - a showcase city in eternal spring

With three million inhabitants, Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia. Medellín stands out as the host of various events, fairs and as the country's cultural center. Medellín is considered to be one of the most progressive cities in Latin America and scores with the best quality of life, mild climate, modern infrastructure, well-developed public transport system, exquisite restaurants and diverse nightlife.

Hotel tip: Hotel Park 10 ****


Untouched jungle and humpback whale paradise Pacific coast

The approximately 1,400 km long west coast between Panama and Ecuador belongs to the Colombian Pacific region. The area is the most undeveloped coastal region in tropical America and also one of the most species-rich and rainy on earth, including a retreat for humpback whale families from June to October. Only a few roads lead to the Pacific, which is why some of the most beautiful natural paradises slumber here.

Hotel tips: El Cantil Ecolodge *** / *

 

Pueblos Patrimonio - the most beautiful villages in the country

The 16 most beautiful colonial villages in Colombia are summarized under the term "Pueblos Patrimonio". All are characterized by particularly well-preserved architecture and colonial buildings. Many of them have been lovingly restored and repaired. These villages offer a unique relaxed atmosphere, spectacular photo opportunities and mostly an exquisite but well-manageable range of restaurants, bars and accommodation. The Pueblos Patrimonio include Barichara, Ciénaga, El Jardín, El Socorro, Girón, Guadalajara de Buga, Guaduas, Honda, Jericó, La Playa de Belén, Lorica, Mompox, Salamina, Monguí, Santa Fe de Antioquia and Villa de Leyva.
 

Pre-Columbian treasures of San Agustín and Tierradentro

The statues of San Agustín scattered on the green hills provide fascinating insights into pre-Columbian culture. The more than 500 excavated monuments made of volcanic rock, depicting sacred animals and human-like figures, form one of the most important archaeological sites in Latin America apart from the Incas and Mayas. The climate here is pleasant and the landscape is fertile and green. Even further away in the mountains of Tierradentro you can visit old burial chambers with impressive wall paintings.

Hotel tip: Finca El Maco ** / * / Akawanka Lodge *** / *

Cali - capital of salsa and sugar cane

Cali is the third largest city in Colombia and is located in the middle of sugar cane fields in the Valle del Cauca between high mountain ranges. The unmistakable Salsa Caleña makes Cali the Colombian capital of salsa and Cali a hotspot for dance, music and nightlife. The year-round warm climate of 25-30 degrees is very pleasant and the location between Popayán and the coffee zone is ideal for a short stop.


San Gil adrenaline and outdoor playground

The Colombian Mecca for outdoor activities. Paddling, rafting, abseiling, bungee jumping, paragliding, cave tours - for everything sporty with an adrenaline kick, San Gil is the hippest adventure playground in Colombia.

 

Island world with reggae culture - San Andres & Providencia

San Andrés is the largest of the three Caribbean islands that make up the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. Around 720 km from the Colombian mainland not far from the coast of Nicaragua, it has the shape of a seahorse and is surrounded by a spectacular seven-colored sea. White sandy beaches, reefs and lots of reggae and rasta ambience await you here. There are also some good reefs for diving.


Rainforest Adventure in Colombia's Amazon

The Colombian Amazon is still practically untouched by tourism. From various rustic lodges you can discover this region and its fascinating flora and fauna as well as its wealth of Indian tradition and indigenous peoples.


Desert romance La Guajira

British pirates, Dutch smugglers and Spanish pearl divers have tried to conquer the peninsula, La Guajira - a large strip of barren land that forms Colombia's northernmost point. But without much success, because no one could subjugate the indigenous Wayúu, who cleverly either traded with the invaders or waged war against them. The landscape is firmly in the grip of desert, bushland, salt, sea and wind. The latter even ensures occasional visits from kite surfers from all over the world.


Caño Cristales - River of a Thousand Colors

The nature reserve of "La Macarena" forms a unique biogeographical complex because of the flora and fauna of the Andes and the Amazon and Orinoco regions. It is located in the southwest of the Meta department, very close to the foothills of the eastern Andean chain. The Caño Cristales river is known for the incredible colors that the aquatic plants give it.


Folk festivals and carnivals

Here we present some of the most famous and popular multi-day folk festivals in Colombia with large parades, traditions and major cultural events:


January: Blancos y Negros in Pasto (South Colombia), pure joie de vivre with black make-up and white tallow, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


February: Carnaval de Barranquilla (Caribbean coast), with Rio de Janeiro and Salvador the most spectacular carnival in South America. Colorful, musical mixture which shows the merging of races and mestizo in pageants.


April: Festival del Vallenato in Valledupar (north-east Colombia), a "must" for friends of traditional forms of music in Colombia, ensemble music consisting of accordion, drum and Güira, similar to the equally well-known cumbia.


June: Festival del Bambuco in Neiva (South Colombia), folk festival with a focus on folklore, dance and culinary delights


August: Feria de las Flores Medellín (Central Colombia), the highlight of the 10-day folk festival is the large horse parade with floats decorated with flowers. Very colorful spectacle.


December: Feria de Cali (South Colombia), with a focus on salsa music, concerts by well-known salsa bands and performances by the world's best salsa dancers in the Salsodromo of Cali.