Colombia tailor-made holidays
Colombia is one of South America's hottest travel destinations. Once regarded as a risky country in which to travel, it's now coming into its own - and has much to offer visitors. There are lush coffee plantations and intoxicating cities, pre-Columbian ruins and coastlines on both the Pacific and Caribbean. Colombian music, played in salsa clubs, in Andean villages and at vibrant fiestas, and the nature of the Amazon rainforest, further illustrates the country's diversity. All of which make Colombia a great tailor made holiday destination.
Cartagena, a colonial city on the Caribbean coast, is Colombia's cultural crown jewel, full of colour and history. Within its fortified walls are churches, colonial mansions and plazas, and these impressive surroundings have inspired Cartagena's strong literary tradition. La Zona Cafetera - the coffee growing region in the heart of the country - is another popular attraction. Travellers can stay in fincas, traditional coffee farmsteads where the art of making coffee can be seen at first hand. The capital city, Bogota, and the beach holiday resorts on Colombia's twin coast are other Colombia travel highlights, not to be missed.
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Where to go in Colombia
Colombia is the only country in South America to have a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The 1,300-kilometre-long Pacific coast stretches from Panama in the north to Ecuador in the south, but has only recently started to open up to tourism.
Santander is a department in the northeast of Colombia. Its main town is Bucaramanga, known of its many parks and agreeable year-round climate. But it is the region's superb natural features - mountains, caverns, rivers, caves and Andean forests - that attract most visitors, many of them basing the…
Popayán is an attractive colonial city in the southwest of Colombia, characterised by its fine white buildings and cultured air. The city grew up as a cool mountain retreat for Spanish sugar cane owners based in the sultry Cauca Valley.
The Zona Cafetera - or Coffee Triangle as it is also known - is a picturesque mountain region where much of Colombia's ‘black gold' is grown and harvested. The climate is pleasant, the countryside green. Visitors can stay in traditional farmsteads called fincas, and this is a great way to learn abo…
Top itineraries in Colombia
After years in the wilderness, much of Colombia is now firmly on the travel map, and is fast becoming one of South America's must-see destinations. Bogotá, set on a plateau in the eastern Andes, is a vibrant, engaging capital, but the jewel in the crown must be colonial Cartagena, a city full of wo…
The British Museum has launched its latest exhibition, Beyond El Dorado, which features 200 artefacts from Bogotá's Museo del Oro (Museum of Gold) and showcases the mystery and majesty of ancient Colombia before the 16th-century arrival of the Spanish.
With the New Year stretching ahead of us, we round up our top 13 travel ideas for 2013. If you're looking for inspiration for where to go, check out our recommendations, ranging from short breaks to epic adventures, wildlife encounters and cultural getaways.
Coffee is grown in about 70 countries around the world, so it's difficult to decide where the very best beans are produced. Here Guy Eardley-Wilmot, Coffee Taster at Sea Island Coffee spills the beans and takes us on a quick voyage around some of the world's main coffee growing regions.
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