“El Dorado” (meaning the country of fairytale-like wealth) – this is how the Spanish conquerors called Colombia, stepping on its land in 1499. Colombia is the most cheerful and catchy Latin American country, located in northern South America to the Caribbean coast, the Pacific and the Amazon. The history and heritage of ancient cultures and Spanish colonialism gave Colombia the mystery that makes this country undeniably unique. Crossing the Cordillera of the Andes, it’s located close to the equator. Colombia has all kinds of climate and landscapes that include deserts, snow-capped peaks of the mountains, the Amazon jungle, plains, beaches, lakes, which make Colombia a haven for tourism.

In this extraordinary country there are very diverse recreation opportunities from swimming in the mud volcanoes to trekking on glaciers, from fishing in the Amazon to trekking to the lost city in the mountains, from touring in the coffee plantation region to diving on the mysterious and desolate island of Gargona. Holidays in Colombia aren’t only endless beaches covered with silver or magical finest white sand. Lovers of the cognitive journeys will discover Colombia through many interesting excursions, getting acquainted with the historical monuments and modern life of this beautiful country. Those who want to enjoy plenty of contact with nature, have the chance to experience unforgettable adventures in the jungles of Colombia, take a canoe trip on the Amazon River and an unforgettable tour of the butterfly park.
Each region of Colombia has a unique magical charm. Cartagena has colonial charm with the bright facades, patios with rocking chairs, drowning in the colors of balconies. “The most charming city of Colombia” literally saturates historical sites. Not all of them have been preserved in their original form, but even that left gives a reason to talk a lot about this colorful city.

Bogota, which is the capital of the country, is fascinating with the beautiful contrast of red-brick towers, greenery surrounding mountains and mansions of the historic center. Noteworthy are the museum of the Casa Musa Mosquera with a collection of samples of colonial art, the Muse de Arte-Religioso (located in the old Franciscan monastery) with a rich collection of religious art samples, Casa Musa Negra (contemporary art), the museum of the famous poet, Guillermo Valencia, the Museum of Natural History, University of Cauca, the building of Morro de Tulkan with the statue Belalkasara. The capital’s main square is the Plaza Bolivar. With the famous statue of the first president of Colombia and the Cathedral with the graves of Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, the war hero for independence Antonio Narino and the most famous artist of the colonial era – Gregorio Vasquez de Arce and Kebalos, the city center is pretty historic.

Another stop should be made in the town of Villa de Leyva, founded in 1572. Quiet and picturesque neighborhoods of Villa de Leyva are literally permeated with the spirit of epochs, and its central square, which is over 400 years old, serves as a showcase of colonial architecture that attracts tens of thousands of artists and tourists annually. Not surprisingly, the government of this total arts center regularly holds various cultural events here.
Here you will get the chance to visit alive and flourishing Medellin, which Gabriel Garcia Marquez described many times in his writings, and Fernando Botero portrayed on his canvases.
No wonder, Colombia is among the best travel destinations worldwide with its unique aroma and aura. Feel the rhythm of Colombia in the hot sun of the Caribbean, the smell of coffee, the sound of maracas and real exciting music. Be among the first to relax in this wonderful country!

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  1. Everyone should visit Colombia! There is so much history and depth to this country.

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