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Country Introduction


Still sleepy, you open your eyes. Awakened by the sound of the sea and the smell of oven-fresh “arepas” (corn cake) you jump up from your hammock. The Tayrona National Park allows you to really let yourself go and relax from the stress of everyday´s life. Coconuts are rolling over the white sanded beach while you take a swim in the clear blue waters and enjoy the lightheartedness of this wonderful part of Colombia. The movement of your hammock, in company of the singing of crickets, is lulling you into sleep.

Wake up! The Caribbean rhythms sound from all corners of Cartagena. You are excited to discover this bustling port-city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984, with its beautiful colonial buildings and its Caribbean charm. You start dreaming of your stay in Bogotá, the vibrant capital of Colombia. Its lively nightlife, the huge gastronomic offer, the cultural and historical treasures like the "Museo de Oro" (Gold Museum) and also its proximity to Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful colonial villages of South America, make Bogotá an unforgettable destination.

Change of scenery – You feel a fresh breeze, temperatures haven’t increased yet, the sun has just risen and you smell a touch of delicious Colombian coffee. Suddenly you're totally awake. The walk through the Cocora Valley is exceptional. The fantastic views of the countless "Palma de Cera" (wax palm), the national tree of Colombia, make the trip totally worth it. In the picturesque village of Salento you admire its art and handicraft workshops and later on you become part of the fascinating interactive process of coffee production. You finish off your day taking a swim at the refreshing pool in a charming coffee hacienda.

All that is not just a dream ...! Colombia is one of the most diverse countries on earth. Covering an area quite as big as France, Spain and Portugal together, you can find all different climate and vegetation zones. Known for its excellent coffee and the purity of its emeralds, Colombia is also known for the famous legend of "El Dorado" and the enchanting world of "Macondo" and its famous magic realism in the novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez.

Wonderful beaches in the Caribbean Coast - Colonial architecture in Villa de Leyva, Cartagena and Popayán - Amazon Jungle around Leticia – the vast Eastern plains - Coffee growing farms and volcanoes in the “coffee triangle” - Metropolis like Bogotá, Cali or Medellin - Archeological sites in San Agustín and Tierradentro - the Pacific Coast with its huge diversity of fauna and flora... Colombia offers something to every like!

Did you know that Colombia has

  • The mayor number of flora and fauna species on the world in proportion to area
  • The highest coastal mountain (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta with its Bolivar Peak at 5.772m situated just 42 km away from the sea)
  • The rainiest area on the world (Chocó jungle at the pacific coast)
  • The most  plentiful river of the world (Rio Atrato, Chocó)
  • The most colorful river in the world (Caño Cristales, Serranía de la Macarena)
  • The most happy, optimistic and kind people!

Colombia as a tourist destination also has to deal with some prejudices. But in recent years the security situation in the country has improved significantly. Especially the big cities offer a safety standard, which is definitely comparable to other Latin American metropolises. Colombia’s sights, absolutely untouched natural beauty and unique cultural make Colombia an incredible country to visit!

So the only risk is that you want to stay!

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