In Medellin, eating is all about tradition and the taste of home-cooked food. Many of the meals are based on the ingredients that are common in the area: beans, corn, avocado, chorizo (sausage) and chicharrón (fried pork rinds).
There are plenty of day trips from Cali to tropical destinations like sugar cane plantations, colonial towns, national parks and lakes. Along the way, take a ride on a human-powered railroad and visit an Afro-Colombian village in the jungle.
Looking for sun, beaches, culture, and Latin rhythms during Spring Break? Delve into one of the oldest cities in the new world, Cartagena. Often considered the best city in the Caribbean, vibrant Cartagena has world-class restaurants, fashionable boutique hotels, hip hostels, bars for dancing, and nightlife in the plazas that dot the city.
There are plenty of ways to explore Colombian culture in and around Santa Marta. Although this city, founded by Spanish explorers in 1525, is rich in history, the native populations in the area go much farther back and have left a rich cultural heritage. With the combination of indigenous civilizations, the Spanish contribution, and African influences make the gastronomy in Santa Marta a fascinating lesson in history and culture.
Even though the art of producing more complex craft beers has just started to take root in Bogota within the last decade, it is growing by leaps and bounds and innovative craft beers produced in Colombia are found in stores in Bogota, or you can pop by a pub to get the full cultural experience.
With the Caribbean ocean to the west, Cartagena is an ideal place to watch the sunset. And one of the best places is beside a pool at one of the rooftop bars in Cartagena, with the views of the historic walled city, while watching the sun descend over the ocean.
The Santa Marta area is a great place for adventure activities. With snow-capped mountain ranges, pristine beaches that are off the beaten path, and jungles with ancient ruins, there is plenty to explore in the Santa Marta area.
Bogota is a centrally located hub in the Andes Mountains of Colombia that connects South America with the rest of the world. But Bogota is a good destination in its own right, with plenty of attractions to fascinate visitors.
It’s always good to have an excuse to visit warm and balmy Cartagena, and the Hay Festival is a grand excuse.The annual event attracts some of the top authors from the United States, Europe, Mexico, and South America to discuss their art, the world of publishing, and the future of books. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Hay Festival in Cartagena and promises to be even more impressive.
Cali is known as the capital of salsa and fiestas, and a little bit of salsa dancing is a must when visiting. But there’s more to the city than just partying. Known as caleños, people from Cali are generally laid back, love to talk, and love to spend time with people, all of which makes them great company when you’re visiting.