Tough times largely behind it, this South American country is a stunner, from cosmopolitan Bogotá to the Andean cities of Cali and Medellín to the friendly Caribbean coast (especially the lovely preserved colonial quarter of Cartagena).
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Zipaquirá's astonishing Cathedral of Salt

Religious art and architecture at their best aim at the transcendental. But there are a few structures out there in the world that can quite compare to Colombia's Catedral de Sal, in the city of Zipaquirá, situated on a plain less than an hour from capital Bogotá. Part of the Greater Bogotá Metropolitan Area, this charming city of nearly 125,000 dates back to 1600 and still preserves a picturesque colonial core that alone would be worth the drive from Bogotá. But its main attraction - and one…

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Terrific Tayrona National Park & the 'lost city'

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta has been described as the world’s most important concentration of endangered wildlife on the planet. In the past, it was scarred by drug crops and off limits to tourists because of the dangers posed by Colombia’s notorious drug cartels. Now safe, it's also home to one of South America's most extraordinary archaeological sites, called the Ciudad Perdida (“Lost City”), Colombia’s Machu Picchu. read post

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