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Travel highlights Colombia

travel highlights Colombia

Bogota is a teeming and vibrant city. Walking through the most historically charged plaza of the country gives pedestrians the sense of becoming part of history itself. Plaza de Bolívar is surrounded by the Palace of Justice, Capitolio Nacional, the Lievano building, which currently houses Bogotá's major City Hall, and the Primary Cathedral of Bogotá. In the center of the plaza you will find the first public statue erected in the city, representing Simón Bolívar.

Cartagena has perhaps the most beguiling and atmospheric colonial city in South America. It has a perfectly restored walled and cobbled centre, where flower-filled balconies decorate ornate facades, and a series of forts from a time when pirates ruled the waves. During the colonial era, this port was one of the most important of America because of all the gold and precious metal shipments departing from here to Spain. Naturally, the port was attacked by pirates several times, for which the city had to be build into a fortress.

El Rosario and Isla Majagua islands
Located one and a half hours south of the Bay of Cartagena, these islands have been declared a National Natural Park. You will fnd beautiful coral banks, populated with a great variety of reef fauna, white sand beaches and beautiful crystal waters.

La Ciudad Perdida
La Ciudad Perdida (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta) - Deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Lost City of the Tayrona people has not ceased to amaze archeologists and visitors since it was "discovered" in 1976 by a team from the Colombian Institute of Anthropology.

Salento and Valle del Cocora
Salento is one of the most representative towns of coffee landscape and culture. It preserves the typical architecture of the Antioquenian colonization of the middle nineteenth century and the customs of the local peasantry. Not far, is the Valle del Cocora, the cradle of the national tree: the wax palm. It is an ideal site for hiking or horseback rides followed by a meal of exquisite trout, the local dish.

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá (Spanish: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá) is an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 metres underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquirá, in Cundinamarca, Colombia. It is a very popular tourist destination and place of pilgrimage in the country.

San Agustin
San Agustín - A World Heritage Site since 1995, San Agustín housed several of the most important South American cultures, thus making this a significant archeological center of the continent. Hundreds of stone statues claim the territory where once a pre-Colombian civilization marked their tombs. On the outskirts of San Agustín one can find the Archeological Park, where most of the monumental statues can be found.

Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park (Santa Marta) - One of the most important parks of Colombia, this 15,000 hectare space - out of which 3,000 hectare is marine territory - contains over 350 species of algae and over 770 species of land plants. There are also archeological ruins left by the Tayrona civilization, which occupied the area from pre-Colombian times until well into the colonization.