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Colombia is the only South American country from where you can swim in both the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Cartagena

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 Bush.

Also visit the San Felipe fortress for an excellent view of the modern and old sitting almost side by side.

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Santa Fe de Bogota

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 Jimenez de Quesada set the foundations for what would be the vice regal capital of New Granada, near the Chibcha Indian settlement of Bacata.

Simon 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 Zipaquira is quite unique and you can easily visit Tequendama Falls, which plunge through a canyon in the Andean jungle.

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Medellin

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.

Where to Stay in Medellin

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Cali

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.

Where to Stay in Cali

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San Andres and Providence

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, Quita Sueno, Rocky, and Crab cays and Alicia and Bajo Nuevo sand banks.

Santa Marta

Founded in 1525, Santa Marta is the oldest surviving colonial town in Colombia.

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