If you’re looking for something completely Colombian to take back home from your trip to Santa Marta, consider the hats, bags, candies and coffee, made by local and regional residents, that reveal the culture of the area.
Just walking down almost any street in Bogota is enough to convince a person that street art is not only popular in this city, but that it is also well done. This growing phenomenon has filled Bogota with murals that range from political and social statements (dealing with indigenous rights, political injustices, and animal rights) to decorative and humorous themes.
Cartagena is an ideal city to explore on foot. The slow pace of walking allows you to discover the special details of the city: tiny museums, delicious street food, local culture. The city is known for its gorgeous boutique hotels hiding behind immense wood doors, each one with a story to tell. In Cartagena, everything is close by.
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.