In addition to the beautiful boutique stores, numerous restaurants, and colorful street vendors in Cartagena, there are many treasures to see around town and just outside the city walls.
Some of the best beaches in Colombia are found along Santa Marta’s coastline, with white sand, turquoise water and plenty of diving and snorkeling opportunities. From convenient beaches close to the city to more secluded spots, there’s plenty to discover in Santa Marta.
There is one national symbol that represents Colombia above all others. Colombian players invited to the Olympics wear it, and distinguished visitors such as Heads of State are often given one upon arrival in Colombia. That symbol is the national hat, the sombrero vueltiao.
Tea, or aromatica, is an extension of the Colombian love affair with fruit. Given the cold climate in Bogota, it’s not surprising that these fruits are consumed in a unique kind of hot tea called aromatica.
One of the many surprises for visitors to Medellin is that tango is alive and well. Tango is considered part of the cultural patrimony of the city and generations of tango lovers have kept the art alive. In fact, outside of Argentina, Medellin is one of the top cities to take in some tango.
For those who have just a day to visit Cartagena while stopping by on a cruise, there’s plenty to see. With several UNESCO sites and plenty of history, shopping and fine dining, a day in Cartagena fills up fast.
When spending a day in Bogota, head to La Candelaria, where Bogota was born. It can be hard to fit all of the sights to see into just one day, since there are numerous museums to visit, plenty of local foods to taste, and an amazing view of the city.