Cultural holidays in Colombia
Colombia is the country that has everything you could need from a South America holiday.
Diverse people and landscapes make this a country rich in wildlife, landscapes and culture.
Its people descend from indigenous, Spanish colonists, Africans brought to the country as slaves and then 20th-century immigrants from Europe and the Middle East.
There are 68 officially recognised languages in Colombia and strong regional identities, albeit that the majority of people live in the big cities in the Andean highlands.
Here you'll find great food, markets and museums, from the Gold Museum to the beautiful La Candelaria region for coffee and shopping.
Live music, exhibitions and buskers add to the ambience, alongside fruit sellers and street performers as well as the incredible Paloquemao market.
Big, bustling and shaking off its Pablo Escobar past, Medellín is becoming the city to visit in Colombia.
Home of most of Boteros' works, a must visit is Plazoleta de las Esculturas, replete with Botero's sculptures, and Museo d’Antioquia, showcasing his paintings and also fantastic Colombian modern art.
A good quality metro system makes Medellín very easy to move around. Public transport and telefericos can take you quickly up into the mountains for gorgeous views.
Medellín is also famed for its nightlife and El Poblado provides options for all tastes, or perhaps catch a free concert in Parque de los Deseos.
Valle de Cocora
Colombia's main coffee producing area is also home to some great treks in Los Nevados. You may pass indigenous graves as well as old dwellings in the mountains, while a trip to a coffee farm will show you the lifeblood of this region.
The Lost City trek takes you to some of Colombia's finest ruins, or, for something less strenuous but still a good day's walk, El Pueblito is a fine example of the Tayrona way of life.
The smell of sugar cane production weighs on the crisp air in this heavily farmed region.
It’s a great area for day hikes (or go by horse, or car) that lead you from one archaeological wonder to another: El Purutal, La Tablón and La Chaquira.
The parks Parque Arqueológico, Alto de los Idolos and Alto de la Guacas showcase giant ancient sculptures up to seven metres tall, some very humanlike, others rather monstrous.
Cartagena de las Indias
Writers, painters and now travellers flock to Cartagena, a wonderful colonial port and symbolic of Colombia’s upturn in fortunes.
Cartagena’s city wall wraps itself around historic churches, plazas and narrow streets. Fruit sellers, dancers, musicians and more all give the city a vibrancy that is reflected in the colourful and famous literature of the area.
The old ways runs alongside the modern as the very best in 5* hotels and top-end restaurants sit on streets whose taxis are horse-drawn carriages. A trip to the dominating castle San Felipe de Barajas is well worthwhile.
Getsemani, a former no-go area outside the city walls, has a more ‘barrio’ (neighbourhood) feel and is a great place to wander at night time, looking for a lovely bar in which to have a drink, look at its street art.
Baricharra is one of Colombia’s best-kept colonial towns. Perched atop a hill overlooking the river Suaréz, it has barely changed in centuries. People wander lackadaisically, sometimes eating the local delicacy of ants, mostly just passing the time.
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