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Cartagena's position on the Caribbean Sea would make it an
attractive tourist destination, even without its colonial heritage.
In 1533 the Spanish founded a city that would become known as the
Queen of the Indies.
The old colonial city is well preserved, and it's the centre of
activities during the Cartagena Festival in November.
Cartagena was also the venue of the drug summit attended by George
Also visit the San Felipe fortress for an excellent view of the modern
and old sitting almost side by side.
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San Andres, Santa Marta.
More commonly referred to as Bogota, the capital of Colombia is
situated in central Colombia at an altitude of 2,640 m.
In 1538 Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jim�nez de Quesada set the
foundations for what would be the viceregal capital of New Granada, near the Chibcha
Indian settlement of Bacata.
Simin Bolivar, The Liberator from Venezuela, captured Bogota in
1819 and it became the capital of Gran Colombia (encompassing modern Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela).
Bogota's first churches were built in the 1560's, and the National
cathedral sits on the site of an earlier native temple.
A good view of the sprawling city can be had from the shrine of
Monserrate, located on a nearby mountain.
The Gold Museum, in Bogota, is a must visit for its magnificent
collection of pre-Colombian gold works of art.
Outside of Bogota, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquir� is quite unique
and you can easily visit Tequendama Falls, which plunge through a canyon in the Andean
Located in a mountain valley, at an altitude of about 1,525 m,
Medellin is the capital of Antioquia.
Medellin was founded in 1675, and the city's large cathedral is a
testament to the Spanish colonial period.
Colombia's second largest city is famous for its orchids and trigger
happy cocaine exporters.
You can view the collection of orchids in the botanical gardens'
Orquideorama, but sniffing coke is illegal.
What's So Nice About
Read Peter's Guide to Medellin and you'll find out.
Founded in 1536, the most beautiful Colombian women are said to
come from Cali.
The Cali cartel also made a name for themselves in the illegal export
of cocaine and the ruthless ways about getting market share.
San Pedro Cathedral and the Church and Monastery of San Francisco are
Cali's major religious sights.
The archipelago of San Andres and Providence lies 480 miles
north-west of the Colombian mainland and includes San Andres, Providence and St.
Catherine; Bolivar and Albuquerque islets; Cotton, Haynes, Johnny, Roncador, Serrana,
Serranilla, Quitasue�o, Rocky, and Crab cays and Alicia and Bajo Nuevo sand banks.
Founded in 1525, Santa Marta is the oldest surviving colonial town in Colombia.
Lonely Planet reader, Arno Witte, adds his insightful travelogue to supplement the
Friendly talkzone about Colombia by people who live and travel there.
Peter's online guide to Colombia is packed with useful information.
Paisa Tours - Colombia Travel
Colombia travel advice based around Chris Hardy's preference for high quality, authentic
travel experiences; covering Colombian travel destinations suitable for cultured,
discerning, well-travelled, adventurous people.
Get the latest news and views from Colombia with the interactive edition of the Colombian
This tribute to carnival in Colombia is mostly in Spanish, although the pictures speak for
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