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Best Beaches in Colombia
For really incredible beaches you need to head to some of the islands
off the coast of Cartagena.
Purchase a ticket and jump on one of the boats going to Baru Island
and when the boat docks, head to Playa Blanca. Enjoy the sand then hop into the water and
By Jorge Enrique Aguayo -
If you're tired of doing the same thing year after year, and feel
you're due for a change, why not think about spending your holidays on an adventure travel
There was a time when a visit to
Colombia was only for the most adventurous of
travellers. Now it's once of many countries in South America that more and more tourists
are choosing for vacations.
It even has a Caribbean coast, if you're considering a
holiday - with culture.
Where at one time tours were relatively new, they are now very
commonplace for vacations. Instead of driving with a map and travel brochures on your lap,
let the tour guide do the driving for you.
Colombia's bustling capital city offers several excellent museums such
as the Museo del Oro (Gold
Museum) and the Museo Nacional.
Colombia is famous for its pre-conquest gold work and you can still
see many original pieces. Another featured attraction is the
Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis, which
besides being a mouthful to pronounce is also a stunning botanical garden featuring a
variety of national plant life.
50km to the north-east of Bogota lies the famous Laguna de Guatavita,
the birthplace of the El Dorado myth and the sacred lake of the Musica Indians.
UNESCO World Heritage site is Colombia's most visited
tourist spot. Founded some 500 years ago to transport the riches of the Americas onto the
Caribbean, this colonial gem features as one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in
Visit the old town and the original coral stone fortifications or head
out to one of the city's many nightspots. Cartagena has long been the intellectual and
cultural hub of Colombia and - as the first city in the Americas to offer residence to
freed slaves - it boasts a diverse ethnic mix.
Take a ferry to the nearby beach of Playa Blanca - where white sands
and crystal blue sea await you. Head out further to the Islas de Rosario and lay right
back in a truly Caribbean atmosphere.
Marta, the city of contrasts, allows you to walk to the base of the
Nevada - Colombia's highest mountain - one day, and snorkel amongst nearby coral reefs
From here it is possible to visit the
Perdida (Lost City) of the Tayrona Indians via a six day trek.
Be aware that some rural areas have been the scene of
activity in the recent past, and check the
advisory for Colombia before travelling (US State Dept).
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