Colombia – “Freedom and Order”
Colombia is often reported in the media as being a drug-ridden, violent country – in fact a visit to this country proves just the opposite! Surprisingly, the people are very relaxed and friendly, their latin spirit shining through their country’s problems. Small colonial towns along the Caribbean coast, large national parks, Andean valleys and mountains and beautiful rainforest combine to make a visit to Colombia a remarkable experience!
Known for its beautiful Caribbean beaches, friendly people and exquisite colonial buildings, Cartagena should be on everyone’s itinerary when visiting Colombia! The old town of Cartagena is walled by an old Spanish fort. Abundant monasteries, churches, plazas and palaces are scattered throughout the city, creating a wonderful place to explore part of Colombia’s colonial
If it is beaches and warm Caribbean waters you are after, not far from Cartagena are crystal clear waters and magnificent reefs. There is abundant marine life, perfect for snorkelling and suba diving alike, with wonderful beaches to relax on after a hard day’s swimming! From upmarket holiday resorts, to budget accommodation, the Cartagena coast has a lot to offer everyone!
If you are wishing to escape the hubub of towns, then a trip out to the Parque Nacional Tayrona is a journey you will enjoy. Uninhabited beaches and abundant wildlife combine to make a visit to this park unforgettable—you may even wish to camp out on the beach, sleeping on hammocks!
One of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century was La Ciudad Perdida (”The Lost City)”. It is one of the larget pre-Colombian towns discovered in the Americas and was built between the 11th and 14th centuries. For those of you who don’t have much time, you can take a helicopter tour, or if you are adventurous, you may opt for a 6 day round trek (the trek is not too demanding).
Colombia is hot and very wet along the Caribbean and Pacific coastal areas. Conditions change rapidly (hot to cold) as one travels from the lowlands to the highlands of the Andes.