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!!
|Official Name:||Republic of Colombia|
|Largest Cities:||Bogota, Cali, Medellin, Barranquilla, Cartagena|
|Official Currency:||Colombian Peso|
1,038,700 sq km (401,042 sq miles)
|Highest Point:||Cristobal Colón (5,797 meters)|
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 past.
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!
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