One of the oldest cities in South America, Santa Marta is a delight to visit. The city itself has museums, the lure of history and charming colonial architecture. Nearby there are beaches, mountain towns with waterfalls and hiking trails, and lost cities waiting to be discovered.
Cartagena is all about romance: with island getaways, sunsets from atop the city walls, balconies spilling over with tropical flowers, cathedrals filled with tales of love and sacrifice, cozy coffee houses, and places to dance the night away, Cartagena has it all for a romantic getaway.
Cali has often been called the Salsa Capital of the World — and it is, at least for the version of salsa that was born here, the fast-paced salsa caleña. Therefore, it’s not surprising to find dance festivals all year round in Cali. So, bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the best that this city has to offer.
It’s an accepted fact: Colombians eat lots of meat. Just look at the national dish, the bandeja paisa: with four kinds of meat, it is a silent witness to Colombia’s love of meat. But don’t despair, vegetarians. There is still plenty for you to eat in Bogotá.
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.