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Colombia Things to Do

  • La Candelaria - Downtown

    Bogotá Things to Do

    Downtown this is the clonial part of the city centre. Most buildings still preserve their original architecture. Going around Candelaria and its narrows street is also easy to find some pictorial spots and small shops where is possible to see and buy some hand made crafts.

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  • Plaza de Bolivar

    Cartagena Things to Do

    Parque Simon Bolivar. This park is homage to Simon Bolivar who liberated Cartagena. During the day the park is full of people drinking coffee and watching the world go by. Plenty of people selling jewellery, coffee, lottery tickets, just about anything. It's nice to sit in the shade if the sun gets too hot for you. During the early evening and late...

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  • Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia

    Colombia Things to Do

    The Zona Cafetera is the place most travelers to Colombia envision when they think of the country whether the know it or not just as Juan Valdez is the mustachioed image of its inhabitants. Cocaine may have grabbed all the headlines but coffee is a buzz that's not only legal but malleable. While it's the everyday drink of the common man it doubles...

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  • Monserrate

    Bogotá Things to Do

    I started my time in Bogota by taking the cable car ride up to Monserrate, a 3,152 meter mountain in the middle of the city. There is a church with a shrine up there and restaurants. You get amazing views of much of the city from there. I enjoyed an empanada and a cup of coffee while taking it all in.

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  • Old City

    Cartagena Things to Do

    The old city is encircled by walls that are 12 foot in height. Inside you willl find restaurants, a plaza with a statue of Simon Bolivar the liberator. You will also see beautiful flowers hanging over balconies. . Its a very pleasant place to stroll around and have a coffee or people watch and at night you can take one of the many horse draw...

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  • Gold Museum - Museo del Oro

    Bogotá Things to Do

    The gold museum in Bogota is inside the Banco de la Republica. The exhibitions were renovated in 2008 and are now in a wider area. In this museum you will discover how metals, specially gold, were used in the pre-hisanic societes that used to live in the area which today is Colombia. The museum is divided in: The working metals descrbing the...

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  • Convent of San Pedro Claver

    Cartagena Things to Do

    San Pedro Claver church was founded by the Jesuits in the early part of the 17th century. The church was originally named San Ignacio de Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) and was later renamed San Pedro Claver after the Spanish born monk who spent all his life helping the slaves from Africa. You can take the tour with an English speaking guide who...

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  • Plaza Bolivar

    Bogotá Things to Do

    This is the heart of the historical centre. The square is huge and in its centre there is the big bronze statue of Simon Bolivar made by the italian Pietro tenerani. On the northern side of the square there is the Justice palace whose history is interesting. Infact the first building that hosted the supreme court was in another area and it had been...

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  • Plaza de la Inquisicion

    Cartagena Things to Do

    Inquisition Palace was built around 1770 for the Inquisition Tribunal. You can take a tour with a guide or you can walk around on your own. The tour guides wait inside and when you pay your entrance fee they will recommend that you take a guide. I walked around and was sorry afterwards that l did not hire a guide. Most of the information is in...

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  • National Museum

    Bogotá Things to Do

    This is the museum for all Colombians, and when I went there, there were several schoolchildren enjoying the exhibits. The museum has a collection of more than 20,000 objects that are symbols of national history and heritage, from the first inhabitants to modern artists. There are 17 permanent exhibition galleries with more than 2,500 pieces...

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  • Monumento a las India Catalina.

    Cartagena Things to Do

    You will find this monument at the bus station just outside the wall. However the people of Cartagena want it moved as they say it is not fully appreciated by the locals. The monument is a beautiful bronze statue of Catalina, a Carib Indian women who was an interpreter to Pedro He Heredia.

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  • Donacion Botero Museum

    Bogotá Things to Do

    Fernando Botero is a painter and sculptor born in Medellin in 1932. Once you’ve seen some of his work, you can spot it anywhere—His subjects look like inflated balloons! (Even the inanimate objects are fat.) Several of his works draw from other artists—one painting is the Mona Lisa as a (very fat) child. Others are portraits of painters he knew....

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  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

    Cartagena Things to Do

    The Fort San Felipe is an amazing fort, build around 1639 and completed in 1789. The fort guarded the people of Cartagena from pirates. Great views of the city from the top of the fort. You can take a tour inside, the guides speak english and were very helpful and knowlegable. If you don't like enclosed spaces, don't do the tour, it can get pretty...

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  • Presidential Palace

    Bogotá Things to Do

    I read that it might be a little tricky having pictures taken by the gate of the Presidential Palace, but I tried anyway. The guards were okay with it and just told me to do it quickly...they are over-protective because the Palace is located just by the busy Plaza Bolivar (security is thus beefed up). The Casa de Nariño (Spanish for House of...

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  • Parque de los Periodistas

    Bogotá Things to Do

    Parque de los Periodistas is a small park in the corner of Avenida Jiménez and Carrera 3. Standing by the park is a monument known as the Templete de Bolívar with a statue of the liberator. The monument was constructed by the Italian architect Pietro Cantini in 1883. On Sundays and holidays there is a flee market in the park.

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  • Iglesia del Carmen

    Bogotá Things to Do

    We were walking in La Candelaria, Bogota and I noticed this wonderful church and took pictures. I find out later that this is one of the younger churches of Bogota – the Iglesia del Carmen which was inaugurated recently in 1938. I have read that it resembles a wedding cake, and yes, it does. Inside, it also has amazing stained-glass windows and...

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  • Iglesia de la Candelaria

    Bogotá Things to Do

    Easily overlooked, La Iglesia de la Candelaria should not be missed. If you are staying in La Candelaria, you are likely to walk by it on your way to Plaza de Boliva. It's golden exterior will certainly draw your attention if you are doing this walk in early morning light when its impressive facade is aglow. The key is to go beyond the admittedly...

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  • How 16 hours can last 28...!!!

    I arrived in good time. The bus terminal was busy as passengers were hurrying to their buses and ticket vendors were trying to sell. Nobody told us the truth. Nobody answered the most common question..'how long will it take?'. Well, normally 16 hours the guidebook said. But they wouldn't answer. I got on the bus, my hand in a sling, nothing...

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  • The Casa de Nariño

    The Casa de Nariño, sometimes called the Palacio de Nariño, is the residence of Colombia's president. The building also serves as the main office of the executive branch of the national government.The Casa de Nariño was designed by architects Gaston Lelarge and Julián Lambana in the neo-Classical style of architecture. The building was constructed...

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  • The University of San Bartolomé

    The University of San Bartolomé, founded in 1605, is the oldest university in Colombia. It was founded by the Jesuits, and is still affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.Although tourists cannot visit the university proper, they can visit the Páramo Museum, which houses a collection of works by Jesuit priest Santiago Páramo, as well as other...

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  • Medellin - San Antonio metro cable

    When in Medellin make sure you go up both Metro Cables. These are like giant ski lifts that take you into the barrios. The view is amazing and its all included in your subway ticket. today I took the second Metro Cable (teleferico). I changed subway at San Antonio and then took that to the last station and got on that teleferico. This one was so...

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  • Parque nacional los Nevado

    A challenging hike but well worth it ....the park is stunning...take a day tour out of Manicales ' mountain house hostel will arrange it all. From letter home:today I went up to Parque nacional los Nevados and climbed a mountain to a glacier up to I think it was 5400 meters high. I was REALLY worried about my ability to do the hike especially since...

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  • Play Tejo....a drinking game with...

    Note from Email home: the town here does have the Colombian national sport that I have been dying to try. it is called Tejo. the guide book says its all about gunpowder, lead weights and alcohol. the object of the game is to toss the 2k lead weights into the clay pit and hit and explode triangle gunpowder-filled wax paper pouches called mechas. its...

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  • Manizales even more things to do

    I took a city block only a few blocks from the hostel up to Chipre which the highest neighborhood in Manizales. From there you have some absolutely stunning views of the city and the surrounding areas. It was a bit cloudy today so I could not see the snow on top of the mountains but the view was still stunning. I went up in the ¨torres al cielo...

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  • Medellin - Pablo Escobar tour

    Very interesting 4 hour tour that your hostel can arrange. Really helps paint a picture of the violence that Medellin was under for quite some time. For those of you who dont know...Pablo Escobar was an extremely violent and deranged head of the Medellin Cartel that controlled the cocaine trade in Colombia (still responsible for over 80% of the...

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  • Medellin one of the best cities in the...

    I guess you have already figured I'll be leaving my heart in Medillin. Goodness I just love this city. Perfect weather year around, its absolutely stunningly beautiful, the hope and excitement for life permeate the air here and the people...goodness the people here are some of the nicest and most polite and generous people in the world.I'll be...

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  • The Amira de la Rosa Theater

    Opened in 1982, the Amira de la Rosa Theater is the center of art and culture in Barranquilla. It is centrally located at a site where the El Prado, Montecristo, and Abajo del Río neighborhoods meet. The theater is the venue for concerts, plays, dances, exhibitions of artworks, presentations on various subjects, and meetings. Its centerpiece is the...

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  • Medellin - Universtiy subway stop

    I got a free tourist book yesterday at one of the tourist information center (like a serious book) that was so over the top flowery and proud about the university subway stop that I HAD to go there. Then I headed to the University tram stop and ended up running into a girl from the hostel there who really wanted to go to the Parque...

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  • Museo del Oro, Bogotá

    The Gold Museum in Bogotá has got a fantastic collection of gold objects from many pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia. It is displayed in a very good way and the different cultures are presented. Altogether the museum has got around 50 000 objects of gold, wood, pottery, textile and stone in its collection. To be able to show more the museum is now...

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  • San Gil

    San Gil is a pleasant colonial town and is popular among Colombians as a place to try out some adventure sports such as white-water rafting, parapenting, and caving. Prices for these activities are cheap compared to other countries. There are several offices of adventure sport companies just outside the gate to El Gallineral, an attractive...

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  • Trekking & Climbing in Cocuy NP

    As a backpacker first and as a guide now there is one place on top of my favourite place: Cocuy. This mountain range can be found on the eastern andes range about 12 hours drive from Bogota. Since a few years it is safe enough to visit the park. From the small towns of Cocuy and Guïcan you can make trekkings from 1 to 14 days and climb most of the...

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  • Trekking & Climbing in Los Nevados NP

    Los Nevados National Park is ideal for trekking, hiking and climbing. There four entrances: Ibaqué, Armenia/Salento, Pereira and Manizales.

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  • Visit the Central Market

    For a taste (literally) of the real Cartagena you may want to take an hour or two and visit the Mercado Central. This market is massive, I heard around 7,000 people work there. You can walk deeper and deeper through hundreds of stands selling fruit, fish, cooked food, clothing, glasses, and pretty much anything else you can possibly think of....

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  • San Gil

    A noted center of numerous outdoor activities, San Gil promotes itself well to adrenaline junkies bent on taking full advantage of its scenic location at relatively low South American prices for enjoying such things compared to “back home.” It is also a natural transit hub for those wanting to break a journey north or south on Colombia's...

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  • Tunja is NOT just a transit hub

    Seen largely as a transit hub, many travelers bypass Tunja despite it being one of Colombia's more intriguing cities. Blessed with a plethora of fine colonial architecture, a few interesting museums and more than its fair share of authentic eating opportunities, it is more than a city to be reckoned with. Overshadowed by nearby Villa de Leyva, most...

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  • a Gringo Haven but still, Taganga

    Taganga is a picturesque fishing village with a perfect horseshoe shaped bay that makes for incredibly scenic sunsets. It was surely a paradise fifty years ago but since its “discovery” by gringos at large it has become shall we say a bit less authentic. It has also taken over from Santa Marta as base camp for the majority of non-Colombian tourists...

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  • Cali

    While it is true that Cali´s biggest claim to fame is for sweaty salsa, it is not marketed as a tourist spot even within this realm. In many ways, Cali is a local´s town that puts a bit of distance between itself and the “rest of Colombia,” and though the country's third largest city, it lags considerably behind both Bogota and Medellin when it...

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  • Salento & the Zona Cafetera

    The Zona Cafetera is the place most travelers to Colombia envision when they think of the country whether the know it or not just as Juan Valdez is the mustachioed image of its inhabitants. Cocaine may have grabbed all the headlines but coffee is a buzz that's not only legal but malleable. While it's the everyday drink of the common man it doubles...

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  • a real Colombian destination: Santa...

    Santa Marta is a study in contrast. On one hand, it is very much a major tourist destination and even that is two-pronged. It is one of the most popular beach resorts for Colombians who flock to enjoy its easy access sand and surf, waterfront restaurants, and affordable accommodation. It is also a hub for international backpackers intent on...

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  • Popayán

    In a country filled with colonial gems, Popayán stands out even in Colombia. While it may lack the cobblestone streets of Villa de Leyva, hilly perspective of Barichara, and mixed tropical flair of Cartagena, it has an amazingly large assemblage of perfectly preserved chalk-white colonial buildings interspersed with a fine collection of churches....

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  • El Cocuy National Park

    Long off limit due to a high concentration of guerrilla occupation,El Cocuy National Park had a bit of a mystical cult reputation for those wanting to explore its considerable charms but standing on the outskirts of this forbidden land. Though only established as a national park in 1977, the vast and varied park of over 1000 square miles has been...

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  • Barichara

    Colombia is blessed with a plethora of atmospheric colonial towns but none more stunningly gorgeous than quiet little Barichara . It has the same white-washed simple buildings with requisite wooden balconies and its share of beautiful old churches as you might find elsewhere but what sets it apart is its hilly topography. The vantage points gained...

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  • the trek to La Ciudad Perdida

    La Ciudad Perdida has not only a rich and lengthy history but a storied recent past as well. Though settlement in the vicinity dates back perhaps a far as the 7th century and the actual structures' construction to between the 11th and 14th, the “Lost City” was just that until the early 1970s when local grave-robbers happened upon the jungle-strewn...

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  • Villa de Leyva

    Though no longer the hidden gem Colonial town of yore, Villa de Leyva remains not only one of Colombia's can't miss attractions but also one of its most charming if not totally unspoiled destinations. For the well-healed it has perhaps the greatest variety of eating/nightlife options outside of the big cities and one would be hard-pressed to not be...

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  • Tayrona National Park's Magnificent...

    Rightfully one of Colombia's most popular destinations, Tayrona National Park is most closely associated with breathtaking coastal scenery but the park encompasses 12 hectares of land with some of it rain forest close to 1000 meters and lowlands of brown desert-like hills. Most who visit only see the park's hallmark beaches shaded by towering...

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