It is the largest city located in the Caribbean Sea coast. Barranquilla was Colombia's first port and is proud of its level of industrialization and modernity, which earned it the name of "Colombia's Golden Gate". A driving force in the region's development, Barranquilla is also a thriving cultural centre that has made a significant contribution to art in Colombian. This metropolis, harbor many attractions and many historical and art museums. Nor must we forget beaches like those at Puerto Colombia or villages like Tubara. But it is the Carnival de Barranquilla, one of the oldest in Latin America and proclaimed by the UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, which turns Barranquilla into the city of "La Curramba" and the late night rumba, or revelry.
Bogota today is a modern city with an intense and vibrant cultural, intellectual and social life. Picturesque, with an important architectural heritage, the world's best Pre-Columbian art collection and fantastic museums, it also is a city of futuristic architecture with enormous modern buildings.
Cali is known in Colombia as the capital of fiestas, street partying, dancing, and salsa as Cali's Salsa Clubs are among the most famous in the entire continent. As Colombia's third largest city, Cali preserves the air of a small town populated by quaint residential communities, while reaching upwards with its reflective glass towers and concrete buildings. It is a city, which embraces the modern, without letting go of its colonial past. The capital of the department of Valle del Cauca has become a mecca for tourism thanks to the beauty of its women, its historical sites, and a multitude of spots for day and night entertainment.
Walk through Cartagena's welcoming alleys and streets and you will discover one of the most fascinating towns in the Caribbean, with a uniquely romantic atmosphere and well-preserved colonial architectural treasures. To add to its Caribbean Sea appeal, Cartagena guards inside its walls the largest fortification in the Americas built during Colonial times to protect it from pirates and buccaneers. Throw in the cultural mélange resulting from the Spanish-indigenous mix and you have a vibrant city that should be on every traveler must-see list.
With the largest tropical rainforest and the most copious river in the world, the Amazonas Jungle Colombia share with Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela is another of Colombia's treasures. It is a prodigious place, not only for the aboriginal people that inhabit it and the sheer size of the river, but also for the life it spawns and nurtures on land and water. In the Colombian part of a region many call Amazonia; Leticia is a hospitable and comfortable city, surrounded by paths that lead to fascinating places in the Amazonas jungle, making it the main travel destination in the area.
Colombia's second most important city, Medellin, is a safe, modern city filled with sophistication and charm from its Spanish heritage. Medellin is known by its cultural encounters, the warmth of its people and the amazing views that are accompanied by clear blue skies and beautiful sunsets. Medellin is becoming the destination of choice for many new and seasoned travelers. Due to the beauty of its women, the warmth and friendliness of its people, the year-round spring-like weather, and its gorgeous flowers and mountains, Medellin attracts like a magnet.
Pereira is the capital city of the Colombian department of Risaralda. It stands in the center of the western region of the country, located in a small valley that descends from a part of the western Andes mountain chain. Its strategic location in the coffee producing area makes the city an urban center in Colombia, as does its proximity to Bogota, Cali and Medellin.
The world's best coffee is grown in this region, which has also become a favorite tourism destination offering a variety of quality coffee haciendas, parks, horseback riding, bird watching, and other outdoor adventure activities.
San Andres is a coral island among the Colombian islands in the Caribbean Sea. It is 700 km from the Colombian mainland, a miniature paradise with influences from England and Spain, pirates and corsairs, blended into a rich culture which moves to the beat of reggae. Perfect beaches, excellent water-sports, diving and ecotourism.
This is Colombia's oldest colonial city, with numerous historic sites, monuments, and buildings that are part of the country's colonial architecture and culture and led it to be called a 'Tourist, Cultural and Historic District'. Along the Santa Marta beaches, the sea is calm because of the protection provided by the mountain range. Experts say that the wind passes by without affecting the area; it is safe from the hurricanes that affect other coastal areas of the Atlantic. It's true! The Santa Marta beaches have never suffered from that natural phenomenon. Santa Marta and its bay and surroundings are full of magic.
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