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Culture and traditions of Columbia are a unique mix of Indian, European, African and Latin American traditions. Add here beautiful nature and traditional hospitality of local people, and you will understand why the country has become a perfect vacation destination for millions of travellers worldwide.
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The capital of the country, Bogota, has a striking contrast of old historic buildings and modern skyscrapers. It’s normal to see both pack mules and modern cars on streets of the city. Main landmarks of Bogota are located in old quarters, where among curving streets one can see ancient churches, monuments and old mansions. There are several interesting sights on Plaza Bolivar, such as Primal Cathedral built in the 16th century, the President Palace, and the monument dedicated to the first president of Columbia.
Several old quarters, which are located in the central part of the city, are home to numerous religious buildings of the 16th – 18th centuries – San Francisco Church, Iglesia de la Conception Church, Santa Clara Church, San Ignacio Church and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Church. Many of the abovementioned shrines have been turned into museums that now exhibit large collections of paintings, icons and other historic artefacts. Besides cathedrals and churches, the old part of the city is the location of several interesting buildings - Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Mansion, Casa del Marques de San Jorge, Colon Theatre, Luis Angel Arango Library, and the Presidential Residence Palacio de Narino. Copyright
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Santa Maria is the oldest city of Columbia, so it has many interesting places to visit. Travellers should not forget to visit the Museum of Bolivar that exhibits a large collection of precious items. One more important landmark is located close to the central part of the city. This is La Villa de San Pedro Alexandrino, which was constructed in the 17th century. This is the place where Simon Bolivar spent last years of his life. When it comes to religious landmarks, the most famous one is Santa Maria Cathedral, the building of which was started in the 17th century and lasted nearly 100 years.
Cartagena 1 Santa Maria suburbs are the location of one more interesting place – the national reserve called Sierra Nevada del Santa Martha. Travellers are recommended to take a look at it as this place is a wondrous combination of ecocentres, where dry deserted places meet dense tropic forests. The town of Cartagena is an interesting place from the historic point of view. The old part of the town is home to numerous colonial period buildings and museums.
Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Colombia
♥   Natural National Park 'Alto Fragua - Indiwasi' . On the map   Photos
♥   Natural National Park 'Amacayacu' . On the map   Photos
♥   Recreation Area 'Area De Recreacion Parque Ecologico Cerro Nutibara' . On the map   Photos
♥   Natural National Park 'Cahuinari' . On the map   Photos
♥   Natural National Park 'Catatumbo - Bari' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Colombia from our review series

Malpelo Island

From the series “Famous UNESCO Sites in South America”
The islet of Malpelo is lost among the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean. That's also a landmark of the world importance. The rocky island is uninhabited. Its length is about 1850 meters, and the width is 600 meters. In fact, the main object of interest is not the rocky island but surrounding waters, which are home to rare species of sharks, fish, and other inhabitants of the deep sea. This is where researchers were able to see several rare species of sharks, including silky shark, whale shark, frilled shark and hammerhead shark. A rare sand tiger shark was found in the vicinity of the island.

Malpelo Island is very popular among divers, but before the dive they must obtain a special permit from the Colombian Ministry of Environment. Landing on the island is also allowed, but there are no … Read all

San Agustin Archaeological Park

From the series “Famous UNESCO Sites in South America”
Colombia can boast the world famous archeological park of San Agustin. It is visited not only by researchers from around the world, but by curious travelers too. Here, archaeologists have discovered the largest group of religious monuments in South America. Today everyone can see it. The sculptures found during excavations in the park are called chinas. As the researchers found out, items were made of volcanic rock. Numerous sculptures depict people dressed in various traditional clothing.

Sculptures vary not only in appearance, but also in size. The height of some items is only a few tens of centimeters, and the height of the largest reaches seven meters, while the weight is several tons. In total, during the study, more than 500 statues have been found in the park. Some of the … Read all

El Hotel del Salto

From the series “Deserted places causing the feeling of chill”
One of the most unusual sights of Colombia is the abandoned Salto hotel. It is located in incredibly beautiful natural surroundings, close to the Tequendama Falls. This natural attraction began to attract people more than a hundred years ago. Travelers from around the world came to admire it. In 1928, it was decided to build a hotel next to the waterfall. The luxury facility has been working for more than 60 years. Then it was closed due to unprofitability.

For many years, the building was staying empty and slowly destroyed. It was visited by few tourists who came to admire the waterfall. The massive historic building with black windows looks very intimidating, so many travelers stop at visiting its open observation deck that offers a magnificent view of the 157-meter high waterfall. … Read all
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For those fond of exploring unusual, Carrera 3 street is the go to place. This street is considered to be one of the most colourful and creative places in the city, virtually all the buildings here are decorated with bright pictures or graffiti. This street has been long loved by the local artists; there are many bohemian cafes, there are art workshops and handicraft shops, and even more shops where you can buy jewellery and handmade accessories. It is here that tourists buy the popular … Read more
In Medellin old neighborhoods are interspersed with spacious squares, the most famous of which are Plaza Botero and Plaza de Toros la Macarena. You will also find here numerous architectural attractions, including beautiful churches Basilica Metropolitano and Basilica de la Candelaria. In order to get acquainted with the history of the city and see the priceless exhibits it hides, move your feet to two city museums - Pueblo Paisa and Museo de Antioquia. However, Jardin Botanico Joaquin … Read more

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