The Cerro de Monserrate can be seen from anywhere in the city if it's not to foggy out. Since it's 3152 meters high, it's sometimes blocked out. You can get there by a cable car during the week which costs about 5 € round trip (before, you could walk up and down but now the road is closed), and Sunday it's only half-priced but there is a long queue. At the top, apart from the sanctuary, there is an crossroads, two upscale restaurants and lots of shops and popular restaurants, plus 2 viewpoints: one overlooking the city and another which is almost hidden and looks towards the surrounding mountains.
If you want to experience a truly natural place, the Tayrona National Park is ideal. It's set between the mountains and the sea and the wildlife is tremendous. The park rangers give good advice and make sure to bring extra batteries for your camera! After sweating it out in the jungle hikes, you can cool off on the beach! :)
San Andres Islands, with its ocean of seven colors, its white sands and clear waters, is a place not to be missed for its magnificent beaches and hotels. People also come for its cosmetics, perfume and liquor at good prices.
Walking the streets of Cartagena de Indias at night is by far one of my favorites things to do. Growing up in this marvelous city I did not realize all the history that lies within its walls, balconies, and narrow cobbled streets. Nevertheless, every time I go back to my hometown I walk its streets like it is my first time admiring this legendary treasure.
I have been out of my country for 11 years and consider myself a tourist in my own city, it is a shame but I like it. I try to take advantage of this and I really appreciate everything this city has to offer me; the delicious food, friendly people, Caribbean music.
This is undoubtedly one of the best museums I have visited in my life, not just for the quality of the pieces, but by layout which documents the history of metal usage, the perfectly-exposed archaeological zones of Colombia, and the offering room where you can soak up the mysticism of shamans and flying bats. The website is at http://www.Banrep.Gov.Co/museo/esp/home.Htm
Bogota is a very beautiful city and it has many natural landscapes which lend it a certain simplicity and sensitivity. It occurred to me to take these photos in order for people to realize how beautiful it is and introduce them to Bogotá, our capital. I've added a couple of pictures of Colombian skaters I hope you like.
This is the center of Bogotá's colonial district, and is near some of the main buildings of the city: Palace of Justice to the north, the National Capitol to the south south, the Cathedral of Colombia to the east, and the House of the cathedral chapter, Tabernacle Chapel, the Archbishop's Palace, and City Hall to the west. In 1994, it was declared a national monument in Colombia
What to say about the castle that my colleagues haven't already said before. The only new information I can provide is that you don't need to take a tour to get there. From Gethsemane, where we stopped it can be easily accessed on foot, even from the walled city. You just have to be encouraged to go through the Cartagena traffic and pay the price of admission. As the saying goes you get to Rome asking (haha). El Castillo San Felipe de Barajas has an undoubted historical value and it is said to be the largest American military castle and also as it's very high up it gives you a panoramic view of the city of Cartagena.
I was surprised to find out that this is considered the first wonder of Colombia. This I only learned upon my arrival, as I did not know before hand. I was fascinated at seeing work of this kind in the salt mine, SPECTACULAR!
I invite you to visit in the department of Antioquia, which is located in the district of Guatape la piedra del peñoñ, which is surrounded by a vast represea, being its main attraction, which is a rock about 200m of height that you can climb ..... ......... The experience is unforgettable its like seeing the world from a different perspective.
This 757 owned by Iron Maiden is one of the most beautiful aircraft I've ever seen. This photo was taken on its last tour of South America, at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia. The pilot of the aircraft is the singer from Iron Maiden!
These walls were designed in order to protect Cartagena de Indias from suffering ongoing pirate attacks. Its construction was carried out in stages. It began in 1586 with Bautista Antonelli, an Italian engineer in service of the Spanish Crown. It was completed two centuries later. Its average height ranges from 6 to 8 m and is built entirely on coral rock, which is typical in the area. Today the wall only surrounds the old city partially, since part of it was demolished by the initiative of a mayor, which is a real shame. The state of what remains is quite acceptable, although they did make a few bridges so they could move the cars from the "Stone Corral" to the rest of Cartagena. I still say it's a real pleasure to walk along the wall at night or late afternoon when the majority of the tourists have gone, given that during the day the tourist groups come and there are just way too many people.
On your tour of the Candelaria, Bogotá's historic distric, I recommend visiting this spectacular museum. Here one can not only find many works of the author (over 110), Fernando Botero, but also works from his personal collection by artists such as: Dalí, Miró, Picasso, Renoir, Monet, Degas, Klimt, etc.. All this is for free ;) Open Monday to Saturday 9am-7pm and closed on Tuesdays. Take your time and enjoy!
One of the most charming villages of Colombia, 100% colonial, with cobble stone streets and a huge central square. On the weekends it fills up because it's only three hours from Bogota, but during the week, it's a peaceful village. Hikes through the surrounding mountains are very nice, and is relatively easy to find fossils.
Last April 5th, I was on the hill in Nutivara, also known as "Pueblito Paisa", which was a unique experience because you can learn the Antioch history in all different fields, like gastronomy and architecture. This gives the sensation of going in time to the colonial era. Also, from here you get the best view of the city. You can also spot the city centre and the Holaya Herrera Airport. The weather is also wonderful, and if you want to bring your kite, you can fly it on the lookout.
The Bogotá Botanical Garden, founded in 1955 by Colombian scientist Enrique Perez Arbelaez, is a place full of nature and color. Its name honors the scholar Jose Celestino Mutis, director of the botanical expedition. It is located in the west of Bogota, where he promoted and engaged in conservation, environmental education and research of the diversity of the Colombian flora, including the savannah of Bogota.
Within its collection you'll find a huge amount of diversity: Andean forest, oak forest, cloud forest, coniferous zone, criptogamium (plants that grow flowers), herbs, a rose garden and greenhouses. Of particular interest is the "systematic", a place where plants are organized by degree of evolution. It has pedestrian and vehicular access, and has a waterfall, laboratories, propagation tunnels, environmental classroom and an auditorium for conferences and concerts. There's a library, restaurant, cafe, children's workshops, and temporary exhibitions of beautiful plants like orchis, roses and bonsai.
We took my in-laws here when they traveled to Bogota for the wedding. My mother, a lover of orchids, had already told us that she wanted to come here, which is off the beaten tourist track, away from the historical centre. Being in the botanical garden is like being in a huge park, and you can really find yourself at peace here.
This area is very important because it's than simply a place in our region. This geography has shaped our culture and our character. The Guane culture that gave rise to the town of Santander is here at the bottom of the high mountains.
A little over half an hour in 'minivan' down a steep path from San Gil, we finally got to our destination which was one of the most delightful colonial towns of Colombia: Barichara. This corner is completely lost in time and in the mountains that surround San Gil there is such beauty that you are virtually left haggard. It seems like nothing has changed in Barichara in 300 years, and it has white houses with thick walls with doors and windows painted green or blue and red roofs. The churches of the Immaculate Conception are amazing, representing the Risen Jesus and Santa Barbara, and his beloved cemetery . Not even the lives of their neighbors seems to have been touched by modernity. An overwhelming serenity wanders wide streets, where there are small shops selling handicrafts. Barichara is so beautiful that recently, they have installed sophisticated boutique hotels and villas with charm. One of them is located in a colonial mansion and is totally amazing. It is called the Hotel Corata. Discovering the town takes a few hours, which takes gives you times to go down each alley and explore the churches. Then it's best to venture to the tiny village of Guane via the path of the historic El Camino Real. It's an hour of beautiful walking and it is easy as it goes downhill. From Guane can go back to San Gil in 'minivan'.