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CM1 Colombian Heartlands Tour
12 days from Bogota to Cartagena
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Colombia is an explosion of colours. From the verdant greens hills to the sparkling blue seas, every aspect of Colombia is alive with colour. One has to simply stroll the flower markets between the vividly painted facades in colonial cities or watch for the plumage of tropical birds to see Colombia's incredible palette.
Found in the north west corner of South America just south of Panama, Colombia's landscape is dominated by mountains and seascapes that stretch from the Pacific's arguably most famous natural features are found in Colombia, the Andes Mountains and Amazon Rainforest. Because of this diversity, Colombia is considered a megadiverse region.
As the high Andes drop into sweeping valleys, Colombia's climate creates a zone perfect for cultivating coffee. Colombia's most abundant crop and a mainstay for the economy has been listed under UNESCO protection in regions such as Cafetera, Armenia, Salento and Valle de Cocora. Terraced coffee plantations, better known as fincas, are found in rural cities lined with palm trees and flanked by the snow capped peaks of the Parque National Los Nevados.
Away from the hills, Colombia tours focus on the immense history of the region. Due to its position as the entrance to South America, Mesoamerican civilizations have existed in Colombia for thousands of years. Most civilizations were hunter-gatherers so very little remains in terms of architecture, however two important sites such as the Lost City and San Agustin have been found. Pre-Colombian ceramics dating back to 5000 BCE have also been found across the country.
The Spanish arrived at the end of the 15th century, and officially occupied in the land in 1525. Initially part of the New Granada territory, it became part of the Viceroy of Peru which was one of the wealthiest territories for the Spanish. As a result, many beautiful colonial cities exist in Colombia.
The myriad of streets in La Candelaria, Bogota have examples of excellent colonial architecture, such as the Catedral Primada de Colombia, Plaza de Bolivar and San Bartolome College. Undoubtedly one of Latin America's most beautiful cities, the Old City of Cartagena is a highlight on Colombia tours. Beautiful sites such as the Plaza de Bolivar, the Cathedral of Cartagena, San Pedro Claver Square and San Pedro Church are easily within walking distance while not far at the city walls is the Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, the largest and strongest fortification the Spanish ever built in their colonies.
One of the most prevalent legacies of the Spanish rule, impressive Catholic places of worship can be found across Colombia. Unique cathedrals such as the Catedral de Sal, The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquir (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquir), is an underground Roman Catholic Church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underneath a mountain. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellin, is found in one of the must see quarters of the city of eternal spring. While the Cerro Monserrate is crowned with its easily recognizable church and is a place of pilgrimage due to its statue of Senor Caido, the fallen Christ.
Wherever you end up on one of our Colombia tours, it'll be sure to be memorable.