Lush. Untamed. Exotic. South America’s former eyesore is about to become its jewel.  

Colombia is the only South American country with a Pacific and Caribbean coast, with its old colonial cities, impenetrable jungle, sprawling coffee plantations and bustling cities. This is teeming with birds and pristine beaches. The capital Bogotá is a cultural giant with its salsa clubs and booming gastronomic scene. As the recent Nobel Peace Prize shows, Colombia has never been so attractive.

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Go underground with a private guide to the surreal Salt Cathedral. Make yourself comfortable on the Caribbean coast near Taganga and take a kayak to the empty, beautiful beaches in the Tayrona National Park. Take a hike to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), America’s largest pre-Columbian city. Travel to the Pacific Coast to swim with sea turtles and see humpback whales; to dive and surf. Explore the photogenic streets of colonial Cartagena and learn how to balance a fruit tray with a Palenquera fruit vendor on your head. Take a private plane over the coral-fringed islands, contemplate the country’s brutal history at the Monserrate Monastery in Bogotá, and fly to Popayán in a light aircraft to attend the Easter Festival of Holy Week. Enjoy warm evenings in a beautiful colonial mansion in the old town of Cartagena or in a hacienda on a hill with breathtaking views. Luxury Travel Colombia.

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WOW MOMENTS COLOMBIA

HIKE TO CANO CRISTALES (RIVER OF FIVE COLORS)

A few hours south of Bogotá is the Serranía de la Macarena, in which a national park founded in 1971 is located. An area of ​​great biodiversity and convergence point for three different regions of Colombia: the Amazon, the Andes and the Orinoco. This leads to a tropical climate and diverse ecosystems, including dry forest, rainforest and savannah. And, moreover, it is also home to the “River of Five Colors,” a 100-kilometer stretch of Caño Cristales known for its abundance of red algae, transforming the flowing river water into a kaleidoscope of colors.

HORSEBACK RIDING IN SALENTO

Salento is a jewel of a Spanish-colonial city and a popular destination in the Colombian coffee region. The city is not the only highlight. Immediately beyond the Salento border is the unspoilt Valle de Cocora. This valley, which is lush green, with rolling hills and towering wax palms, is precisely why the Zona Cafetera is considered one of Colombia’s most spectacular regions. And one of the best ways to experience this is riding. Your riding adventure is rounded off with a breathtakingly beautiful hacienda, where you end the busy day.

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN SUAREZ CANYON

The village of Barichara in the north-central Colombian department of Santander is possibly the best preserved colonial city in the country. In addition, this jewel is surrounded by beautiful, mysterious Andes with many waterfalls, rivers and canyons that are perfect for exploring. A perfect start with the mountain bike.

BARICHARA – A DREAM HOUSE WITH HISTORY

This historic mansion was home to the late Colombian president Belisario Betancur, one of the key contributors to Barichara’s architectural and cultural preservation. The villa has four rooms in the main house and a fifth room in the garden area – all with private bathroom with hot shower. In the spacious garden is a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by mango and pomegranate trees – an ideal place for families. The chef of the villa conjures up delicious dishes using fresh and local products that represent the tradition of the region. And if you want to see all of this from the air, why not take helicopter expeditions to fascinating destinations in the region, such as remote parts of Chicamocha Canyon, the Tisquizoque Waterfalls and the Yariguies Natural National Reserve.

CARIBBEAN PROVIDENCIA

Providencia is a perfect place for all passionate divers. A 20-minute flight north of San Andres Island is Providencia. Providencia was once British territory and the hideout of Captain Morgan, but today it retains a fascinating culture in which the locals speak Creole and play their own version of reggae. This stunning island is still an undiscovered destination. So try to get there before the mystery is revealed! With its open, airy spaces and décor blending in perfectly with the colors of Providencia, the perfect summer retreat for those looking to relax in the Caribbean, complete your visit to this enchanting island. And if you like to surround yourself with artists and freethinkers, you should definitely meet Elkin Robinson, a fascinating musician and local celebrity who will give you insights into island life.

BOGOTA – A COSMOPOLITAN CITY

Bogota is a cosmopolitan city with almost 8 million inhabitants. It is high in the Andes at 2,640 meters above sea level. As the third highest capital of South America to Quito and La Paz. Bogotá is a top gastronomy destination in Latin America and receives high honors. International chefs and Colombian chefs trained abroad flock to Bogotá to open state-of-the-art restaurants with unique culinary approaches and delicious flair. Bogota’s sophisticated hotels, chic boutiques, designer shops and vibrant nightlife make Bogotá “the next capital of cool in South America,” according to Forbes.

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Season / Weather / Climate

The location of Colombia near the equator leads to a tropical climate with relatively constant climatic conditions throughout the year. However, the climate varies from country to country as there are different topographies in Colombia with tropical rainforests, mountains and savannahs. The best time for the whole country is between December and March, as it rains the least during those months, especially in the Andean regions. Temperatures in Colombia remain fairly constant throughout much of the year, making it a year-round destination. Temperature and precipitation changes are determined by the region rather than the season.

Time shift

The time difference between Germany and Colombia, during the summer time (CET) from the end of March to the end of October is -7 hours. When it’s 12 noon in Germany, it’s 5 o’clock in the morning in Colombia. During the so-called winter time (CET) between the end of October and the end of March, the time difference to Colombia is only -6 hours.

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Language

Spanish is the most spoken language in Colombia and is spoken by more than 99.2% of Colombians. However, the Spanish spoken in Colombia, known as Colombian Spanish, is different from the traditional Spanish language spoken in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. There are also regional Spanish dialects spoken in different regions of the country. The Spanish spoken in Colombia is characterized by an almost musical intonation and clear pronunciation. Spanish is the official language in Colombia. However, some regions have their own official languages ​​besides Spanish.

To eat and drink

The Bandeja Paisa is the national dish of Colombia. Originally, this high-calorie meal was invented to give the farm workers enough energy. Today it is an extensive lunch that is eaten on special occasions or when you feel incredibly hungry. It consists of rice, plantains, arepa (corn cake), avocado, minced meat, chorizo, black sausage and fried rind. Empanadas are the perfect snack on the go, reminiscent of English pies or Jamaican patties. The filled pastry can be filled with anything you want. Popular fillings include meat, chicken or cheese. Empanadas are eaten throughout Latin America.

People

Colombians are a mix of Europeans, Africans and Indians. 37 percent of the population are Europeans, 3 percent Indians, 49 percent mestizos (a mix of whites and Indians) and 11 percent Africans. The northwest attracts a large number of Europeans, while the southwest has a higher proportion of Africans and houses the less densely populated inland Indians.