Colombia - Travel Guide
Colombia has one of the greatest combinations of natural diversity and wealth of museums and colonial architecture to be found in the region.Lush valleys lie in the shadows of the towering snowcapped Andes Mountain range, where the capital city of Colombia, Bogotá perches.
Although many choose to pass on visiting this city, due to Colombia’s previous reputation of instability, they would truly be missing out. Here lies the closest we will ever come to El Dorado ourselves in the form of the ‘Museo del Oro’, with over 30,000 artifacts of gold from the Pre-Columbian days of the Spanish Empire. Guided tours are the best choice. A short trip away in Zipaquirá, wander tunnels to the “Salt Cathedral”, built 200 metres inside a salt mountain.
Medellin too is shaking off its old reputation and is a font of culture, with museums, opera, theatre, art and sculpture. Next, head east for the hills and see how Colombia’s world famous coffee is made while spending the day at the Parque Nacional de Café amusement park.
Cartagena, the beginning of the search for El Dorado, transports you back in time as you wander the streets of the perfectly preserved Old City dating back to the 16thCentury, all surrounded by 7 miles of thick walls, a timeless feat of military engineering. Short flights take you from there to San Andrés and Providencia, sun drenched islands kissed by the Caribbean Sea.