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  • Money Changing

    Bogotá Favorites

    We went into the hostel, got our room and once inside I sorted through the money and realized I had given him 50,000 too much! A queasy feeling came over me. I'm not used to being on the short end when it comes to money and certainly not being the one to perpetuate such conditions. My more than understanding wife tried to console me and said we...

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  • Tourist Information

    Bogotá Favorites

    bogota was a beautiful place with friendly people, delicious food, and with a big variety of places to enjoy with your friends , or family there was a restaurant named "la granja" in wich, the decoration was very beautifull, with many activities to do, and a perfect food.

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  • Securty

    Bogotá Favorites

    Security in the old town of Bogota is quite visibel with security and police with different uniforms. I was taking the photo and they came and asked to see my passport. I told them I am a tourist and gave them my ID and hotel address. They smile and were on their way. So, police here is understandably efficient and they do mean to bring any toruble...

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  • Internet

    Bogotá Favorites

    I had horrible memory of paying 5 USD per hour in Havana. Internet seemed like a luxury. Without browsing anywhere in Caracas, I browsed here again. It seemed cheap to me. In the old town there are many as there are cheap phones.

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  • Sending Mail from Colombia

    If you want to mail a postcard, letter or package from Cartagena to the USA or anywhere else, the information in the LP Guidebook (edition 5) is incorrect. Surprisingly, the tourist information booth near Plaza de la Aduana gives out the same wrong information, i.e., Avianca / Deprisa on Av. Venezuela, Centro Edificio Citibank. I went there and...

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  • Barranquilla

    Barranquilla is Colombia's largest and most important port city, and the country's fourth-largest city in population after Bogota, Medellin, and Cali. The population of the metropolitan area is about 2,170,000. The city is located on the west bank of the Magdalena River, about five miles (eight kilometers) south of where the river empties into the...

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  • stop we did to smell its wonderful...

    The fifth day was the last one we would have to truly worry about. If we made it to Laguna de la Plaza, we were home free navigation-wise. The weather held up wonderfully and though we made it to the lake easily enough, walking around it to the camp was much more physically demanding than we had imagined. Again, we passed out at camp too late to...

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  • a sanity debate

    We debated the sanity of heading out but we had just done an acclimation hike to the first pass and it had gone very well so we figured we'd go to the first lake and see how we felt. We had enough food and fuel to last over a week so the worst case scenario saw us camping there or the next lake for a few days and returning the way we had come. Of...

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  • was it real or was it Memorex?

    So, this time the trip was planned for the optimal weather, for the perfect season to trek in El Cocuy. The rest of Colombia would have to fall as it may. We trained for weeks in preparation and flew into Bogotá on New Year's Day. After a few days of acclimatizing there, we took a 15-hour bus ride to the small town of El Cocuy to further ready...

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  • the quest to meet those conditions...

    In 2007, I started to make inroads towards doing the trek. I was in contact with a couple of guides and a few people I knew if only cursorily through the Internet had been to Colombia even if not in this particular area. So, I made contact with the guy who had written the book that had led me to El Cocuy in the first place. He admitted he had not...

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  • El Cocuy was not for the meek but so for...

    Colombia has something for everyone with one of the most varied terrains of any country and a charming collection of colonial towns and vibrant cities. As much as I love such things, it is generally nature that leaves the biggest impression on me. Even in this regard, Colombia is unfairly endowed with some of the world's most pristine beaches,...

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  • Bogota

    The area that would eventually become Bogota was first settled by the local Muiscas Indians, and their settlement, called Bacatá, was the center of their civilization. The Spanish, lured by gold, arrived in South America in the 1500s to establish colonies. In 1538, a Spanish settlement was founded by Gonzálo Jiménez de Quesada on the site of the...

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  • Don't be scared off by travel warnings

    We only decided to travel to Colombia after we arrived in South America for a 9 month trip. Everybody we ran into on the road in Ecuador told us that a South America trip would not be complete without including Colombia. All we had heard was that the country was very dangerous and that we would be kidnapped or at least have everything stolen. I'm...

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  • Flowers of Colombia

    I love flowers! I seldom pick them. I like taking photos of them and smelling them. Flowers are the smiles of Nature! Colombia is privileged with a mild climate that favours the growth of beautiful colourful flowers many of which are also seen in the Mediterranean parts, where I come from.Some verses:A morning glory at my window satisfies me more...

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  • Fernando Botero

    Born in April 1932 in Medellin, Fernando Botero is a Colombian neo-figurative artist who has won the first prize at the Salon de Artistas Colombianos in 1959. He has been a prolific painter and a sculptor. His sculptures are found in the main square of Medellin, as well as in many cities all over the world, and his paintings are displayed in many...

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  • Have your camera ready after you land.

    Have your camera ready after you land and drive down from the mountain into the city of Medellin in the day time.What a view. The View,great steaks, good looking woman.

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  • Beautiful Bogota

    When people ask me what my favorite capital cities are in South America, and where they should visit, I always put Bogota, Colombia at the top of my list. Inevitably, whomever I am talking to recoils in shock as if I am suggesting that, in visiting Bogota, they go hang out with narco-terrorists for a vacation. Nothing could be further from the...

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  • SOCIAL DIFFERENCES IN COLOMBIA

    „« Colombia had been persistently suffered from pronounced social, regional, and ethnic inequality as well as widespread poverty. The violence in Colombia„« The social conflict has been growing during the last years„« Have emerged the political violence, for several years has been the violence for between FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of...

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  • The oil in Colombia

    PetroleumIn human's history, the most important fuel.The petroleum is a no renewable recourse and brings the biggest percentage of total energy consumed in the world.About producers’ countries, I must to say there is a big international organization (OPEC) made up for 11 countries (Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar,...

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  • WEATHER AND CLIMATE IN COLOMBIA

    Colombia is of the climate diversity but one countries which allows him to be able to have variety in foods and tourist sites of great interest for everybody.Colombia has an equatorial climate and therefore does not have dramatic seasonal changes. The best time for the country as a whole is December-March- it rains the least then. The archipelago...

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  • Important Colombian People

    The people show about her country that they have born and they have lived, this is the case of Colombia.Many celebrities represent our country.How can we forget the story about Luis Carlos Galan, Andres Escobar, "Kid Pambele" Antonio Cervantes or "Cochise", Martin Rodriguez.Now how don't know about Juanes, Cesar Rincon, Carlos Valderrama, Manuel...

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  • SCHOLARSHIPS

    Scholarships in Colombia: An opportunity to improve the educative and professional level.In Colombia exists 4 Education Levels:1. Primary Schoolyears.2. Secondary School.3. High School.4. University.I’m not going to talk about grown in percentages, statistics or averages, because that information can be found in Internet. I have thought in...

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  • A Cocktail of all that is Latin American

    The great variety of landscapes that this country presents is mind-boggling. From the Caribbean beaches of Cartagena and Santa Marta to the high and cold mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Colombia will never cease to impress. My personal favourite is Barranquilla (also Shakira's hometown), a town to which I've been twice for two reasons: the...

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  • Sleep Early, Up Early

    No kiddin’ but this is one of the political regulations or something!! Colombiano starts their day as early as 6 a.m. (the children go to school at 6:30!!) The government believes that the earlier you start your day, the better deeds you can provide to your nation. And as the consequence, it forces Colombian to go to bed as soon as 8-9 p.m.!! On...

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  • World’s Best Coffee

    Colombia’s coffee is among one of the best in the world. Though Colombian themselves don’t have much chance to drink their own A+ coffee (most of the highest quality ones are exported to Japan!!) Anyway, for the B-B+ grade coffee is well…good enough (way better than Starbucks – guaranteed!!) Just ask the locals where to get it, but be a little...

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  • Don’t believe everything you heard from...

    This is why I hate US news, I don’t know why they’re always making everything look worst. They represent only the bad sides of other countries, just to make themselves stand on top of the world. So don’t believe everything they say, they’re just exaggerating / discrediting / … Like when some people asked me if Thai people really eat monkeys!! It’s...

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  • Colombian coffee

    The easy contact with the town's people, their kindness and their great pleasure in talking about life in general. If you speak a bit of Spanish and show that you're interested in their opinion, you'll meet many articulate people and you'll spend great moments!My most interesting conversation was with a shoeshiner and his customer. School kids ran...

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  • ATM - Cheat Sheet

    Although ATM machines are to be found all over, the transaction is always in local currency. BE PREPARED. For example, do not go up to an ATM and think you'd like to withdraw $500 worth of local currency. You first must know the amount in local currency that $500 will buy. I always carry a currency cheat sheet when travelling. In addition to ATM...

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  • Not everyone speaks English

    Do not assume the cab drivers speak English. Have someone at the hotel desk write out your destination(s) in the local language on the back of the hotels card. Write the same thing in English on the front of the card. Use a separate card for each place you want to visit. Show the card to the taxi or bus driver. Make sure you have the name & address...

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  • CARTAGENA DE INDIAS.

    I only was in the north, around Cartagena de Indias, but Ican really tell you that with the only visit to this city is enough to cross the Atlantic. Please, take a walk along the sea, from the new part, tothe old city.If it´s possible don´t be affraid to take a bus,here named 'Chivas' and go with the other people. Don´t forget to take a taxi-please...

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  • Enjoy a different ice cream!!

    I can remember very well the face of many tourist whenwe could be near our first ice-man, carring his oldand wood made fridge. It was a kind of bicycle witha big box in front of. From there he draw out a pice of pure ice....then, he break it, put into a paperglass, and finally asked to the tourist: ' what kind of ice-cream do you want?...' Of...

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  • One of the most beautiful cities in the...

    Oh yes, Cartagena is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and trekking to Ciudad Perdida is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, oh, and the beaches of Tayrona NP are paradise.But i've seen only a small part of the country and i'm longing to go back one day and explore the rest.For now i can only hope that peace will finally come to Colombia,...

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  • Cartagena

    Cartagena is a living museum of 16th and 17th century architecture, where flowers spill out of elegant balconies, horses with carriages clip-clop through narrow streets and visitors spend the evening relaxing on cobbled plazas at outdoor cafes.

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  • The San Pedro Claver Church

    The San Pedro Claver Church was built by the Jesuits in 1603 and later renamed for a canonized Spanish monk, who had served in the monastery connected to the church. Known as the Apostle of the Slaves, San Pedro Claver fed and ministered to the newly arrived slaves in Cartagena for 44 years. San Pedro Claver baptized and taught more than 300,000...

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  • Cartagena de Indias

    Cartagena de Indias is one the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere, having been founded by the Spanish conquistador Don Pedro de Heredia in 1533. Later when gold and emeralds were found in the interior of the country these were funnelled through Cartagena, and King Felipe ll of Spain ordered a protective bullwarked wall to be built around the...

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  • General information

    Official name: Republic of Colombia Capital: Bogotá, Distrito Capital Population: 39.3 million (July 1999 Estimate) Area: 1,141,748 sq.kms. (446,000 sq.mi.) Currency: Peso. Independence Day: July 20. Government: Democratic Republic. Official Language: Spanish. Religion: 95% of the population is Roman Catholic Climate: Colombia is a tropical country...

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  • Pesos colombianos

    Colombias money is the Colombian Peso.The actual exchange rate is about $2.700 pesos per US$, but may rise very quickly.There are bills of 50.000, 20.000, 10.000, 5.000, 2.000 and (new!) 1.000 pesos.Coins are 1.000, 500, 200, 100 and 50 pesos.There are also still coins of 20 and 10 pesos in circulation, but normally prices are in steps of 50 pesos...

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  • Cartagena: Cartagena de...

    Cartagena: Cartagena de Indias is legendary both for its history and its beauty. It has been immortalized on countless canvases, glorified in hundreds of books and had its every detail photographed a million times as Colombia's most fascinating city, it deserves every one of these tributes. The walled old town of this fortified Spanish colonial ...

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  • Go fishing!

    Fishing is a relaxing hobby, and its very nice to spend some time away from the beach. Too bad we didnt get any fish.... I would recommend that you go with an organized fishing tour. We rented a private boat (USD 100 for a day). But the driver obviesly didnt know anything about fishing or how to use the equipment (which he had borrowed...)

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  • depresno's General Tip

    The Boca Grande beach is worth a visit. Of all the beaches I prefer this one (on the main land), even if its a bit crowded and theres a lot of vendor's trying to sell you just about anything you dont need.

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  • Flying to Cartagena you get an...

    Flying to Cartagena you get an amazing sight of this 'half-island' made right on the edge of the water. This is 'Boca Grande' which is the area of the city with the most popular beaches and international hotels. This area though is newest part of the city with nothing to remind you that you are visiting historical city.

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  • Click the map to enlarge. I've...

    Click the map to enlarge. I've visited most areas of Colombia, except the Llanos in the East. I spent most of my time in Bogota, situated at 2640 m (8,660 ft) on the edge of the plateau of Colombia's East Cordillera. I visited Barranquilla and Cartagena in the North, Cali, Buenaventura, and Popayan in the Southwest, and Leticia in the Amazon...

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  • Visit Fort San Felipe,...

    Visit Fort San Felipe, considered to be the most outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering in South America. Construction began in 1536 and lasted 121 years.

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  • Cartagena is on of the most...

    Cartagena is on of the most interesting cities in South America and is a must-see, with a rich history beginning in the 16th century when the city was actually an island. Later it was blocked -- for military reasons -- by the Spaniards and still has a beautiful fortress (san Felipe de Barajas) towering hundreds of feet above the ocean. Be sure to...

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  • Visit Bogota. Most...

    Visit Bogota. Most international flights will arrive here and it's worth staying around a few days. The old town (Plaza de Bolivar) with its narrow streets, colonial-style government buildings, cathedrals and old townhouse is charming. Don't miss the Museum of Colonial Art and the Mansion of the Marquis of San Jorge (for pre-Colombian art). The...

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