The capital, Bogota, still remains a little rough around the edges, as most cities do. It sits on a plateau known as the Sabana de Bogota and is blessed with a year round spring-like climate where the flowers are always in bloom. What makes Bogota so interesting is its diverse range of neighbourhoods, which gives the city its charm.
The coffee zone comprises of three cities of Manizales, Pereira and Armenia. Each has its particularities: Manizales stands out for its cultural life, museums and monuments; Armenia as the heart of the region and for being reconstructed after the earthquake of 1999, and Pereira due to its commercial activity, gastronomy and nightlife, but all have outstanding coffee!
Medellin, known as the ‘city of eternal spring’, is located deep in the fertile and mountainous Aburra valley. Being surrounded by mountainous peaks means there are spectacular views everywhere you look and at an altitude of 1,538 m, this city has an eternal springtime with an average temperature of 20° C.
Cartagena is the jewel in Colombia’s crown. Just walking through its narrow yet remarkable streets there is enough to understand why Cartagena is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and in our opinion is the best in the world.
Tayrona National Park is located on the Colombian Atlantic coast near the town of Santa Marta and covers an area of 15,000 hectares. The Park is home to small bays, pristine beaches, coral reefs, mangroves and a mountain range
Isla Rosario is located off Cartagena’s coastline and is good place to escape at the end of a holiday. There are a number of small coral reefs and hotels can be simple. An alternative is the Providencia Islands known for its beaches, some with pink coral in the sand, the sea of seven colours with its clear turquoise blue waters in varying tones.
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