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A land of great contrasts, Colombia’s cool Andean peaks, lush and verdant coffee plantations, balmy Caribbean coast and vast Eastern plains all come together to create a wonderful tapestry of landscapes which is enriched by the welcoming and fun-loving nature of the Colombian people.

Cartagena
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Romantic and evocative Cartagena de Indias is without doubt one of the most captivating cities on the continent. The colonial heart of this Caribbean treasure, embraced by 17-metre-thick walls, oozes a swashbuckling history. Nowadays it is a cultured city, where artists flock to capture the sensual delights of flower-decked balconies and boutique hotels and salsa bars and literary cafés spill out onto the streets.

Coffee region
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Couched in rolling, emerald green hills is the triangular region which produces Colombia’s distinctive coffee. At this altitude (1,400m - 2,200m) the climate is delightful and conducive to a restful wind down, with coffee tours, thermal pools, adventure sports, and walking trails to enjoy.

Bogotá

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Colombia’s edgy capital is a microcosm of the country’s complex society. Huge, anarchic, choked with undisciplined traffic, it also has a lovely colonial core, La Candelaria, and modern suburbs cluttered with upmarket boutiques, nightclubs, glamorous restaurants and plush apartments.

San Agustín
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The UNESCO-listed archaeological site at San Agustín is the must-see of the region surrounding the colonial town of Popayán, with its remarkable ‘Bosque de las Estatuas’ (Forest of Statues) consisting of a number of enigmatic statues dating from 3,300BC.

Caribbean coast

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Just beyond the seaside resort of Santa Marta is hilly, jungle-covered Tayrona National Park, embracing one of the most beautiful wild stretches of Caribbean coast. Golden beaches shaded by coconut palms are backed by rugged hills full of monkeys and iguanas.

Medellín
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Once associated solely with drug cartels and violence, the last decade has seen Medellín transform itself into a centre for innovation with pleasant parks, plazas and works of art – the striking sculptures created by the city’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero, stand proudly for all to see.

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    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert

    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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