Top Destinations for 2017: Colombia
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Increasingly popular on social media and a long-standing part of the South American backpacker trail, Colombia has much to offer in its rich cultural history and flourishing landscapes. For budding photographers, Colombia offers beautiful cobbled streets, vibrant colonial buildings and perfect white sand beaches. For those in search of adventure, in Colombia you are never far from nature trails, hiking spots, and prime locations for water, land and air sports. Where to go Begin your travels through Colombia in Cartagena, a picture-perfect fishing village on the Caribbean coast. It is the cornucopia of Colombian cuisine, boasting bursting fresh fruits, huge seafood platters, and one of the best cups of coffee in the world. It’s also buzzing with beautiful independent shops and markets; a bargain-hunter’s dream! South of Cartagena is the infamous Medellin. Known as the drug capital of Colombia during the reign of Pablo Escobar, the city has since been reformed to one of beautiful high rise buildings and bustling Saturday nights. If you’re a fan of techno and reggae, a night out in Medellin is the one for you, with discos attracting young, beautiful people from all neighbouring cities. To the southwest of Medellin lies the gritty, passionate city of Cali. Extremely proud of their cultural heritage, the people of Cali sure know how to dance to a beat, and that beat is normally always salsa. So if you’re looking for a chance to boogey with the locals, this is the place to be. It’s vibe is infectious, making it one of those cities you’ll always find time to come back to. If you’re looking for an escape, a perfect paradise, head 800km northwest of Columbia to the island of San Andrés. The seahorse shaped island is covered in tall palm trees which open up to reveal perfect white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. It is the ultimate snorkelling and diving location, with excellent visibility of the busy coral reefs. What to do View Bogota from above The best way to view the sprawling, high-altitude capital of Bogota with all its botanical attractions is from above. We recommend taking a trip on the Aerial Tramway which travels all the way up Mount Monserrate, giving incredible panoramic views of the city below. Walk on the wild side Tayrona National Park covers thousands of hectares of both rainforest land and sparkling blue seas, making it the perfect destination for adventure. Walk barefoot along the sandy beaches, drink fresh coconut water, hike among the robust cacti which balance precariously on the hills, and perhaps even encounter one of the 56 endangered species that inhabit the park.
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