Colombia

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Plaza de Bolivar

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Enormous and austere, Bogota’s broad, bricked central plaza was designed in 1553 to be the gathering place for tens of thousands at the hub of the federal ...  Read more

Mount Monserrate

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Mists permitting, you’ll be able to see the gleaming white Basílica del Señor de Monserrate high above the city, beckoning from the thickly ...  Read more

Las Bovedas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

At the northeastern corner of the old walled city is Cartagena’s grandest arcade, stretching with imperial purpose from Santa Clara to Santa Catalina Fortress. ...  Read more

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Zipaquira’s attractive Spanish Colonial center, built with the wealth of the massive nearby salt mines, was founded in the 1760s some 50km (31mi) north of ...  Read more

Plaza Bolivar

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

This shady park, centered on a trickling fountain and statue of Simon Bolivar, is a more local hangout spot than the upmarket cafes taking over Plaza Santo ...  Read more

Museo de Antioquia

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Begin in Botero Plaza, the statue studded central park that fronts Medellin’s most popular museum. The plump proportions of these enormous pieces by Colombia’s ...  Read more

Lake Guatavita

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

The Legend of El Dorado, the “Golden Man,” once inspired the Spanish conquistadors to historic acts of bravery, blunder, and bloodshed. Those stories of ...  Read more

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Cartagena’s strategic significance as Europe’s conquest of the Americas intensified cannot be overstated. Some say that if the British had won the 1741 Battle ...  Read more

Rosario Islands

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Less than an hour southwest of Cartagena’s port is a fragile archipelago of some 30 picture-perfect islands, wrapped in shimmering white-sand beaches, and ...  Read more

Parque Arvi and Piedras Blancas

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Medellin is certainly marvelous, but there may be times when you just want to hop into a gondola and float above the urban jungle and into the untamed ...  Read more

Pueblito Paisa

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Medellin, now sprawling with more than three million people as Colombia’s second city, is fast becoming an ultra-modern conurbation of rapid transit, ...  Read more

Bare Foot Park /Parque de los Pies Descalzos

Though the residents of Medellin love their sophisticated, urban lifestyle, there must be something inside each that longs for a simpler era. This park, billed ...  Read more

Convento de la Popa

Gleaming white in its vantage point, high above Cartagena’s protected bay, the Convento de la Popa is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Though it’s a ...  Read more

Isla Encanto

Though Cartagena’s city beaches will do in a pinch—renting a breezy covered lounge chair on the broad, gray sands of Boca Grande is your best bet—the water is ...  Read more

Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

Medellin’s main Cathedral, along with thickly shaded Parque Bolivar—once Medellin’s most important plaza—now seem suffocated by the claustrophobic urban chaos ...  Read more

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