Colombia

Boasting more biodiversity than any other country on the planet and famed for its copious and rich coffee supply, Colombia is full of beauty and wonder just waiting to be explored.

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Whilst the notorious Pablo Escobar may have given Colombia a bad reputation, assisted even more so by the Netflix series, Narcos, the country is batting down the bad rumours and emerging as a top tourist destination in South America, offering a plethora of things to do and places to see. From mesmerising beaches, to the almighty Andes and mystical Amazon Rainforest, Colombia's varied climate zones create a hub of rich ecosystems that are mesmerising to behold. Experience the Colombian way of life, second to Argentina in having the highest number of national holidays in the world, and enjoy the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, gastronomic splendour, plentiful cups of coffee and art and culture infused cities at every turn.

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Whether it's the colourful diversity of flora and fauna, bird species, the some 58 protected areas and National Parks or the river of five colours, Caño Cristales, Colombia is a real treasure trove. Each city is as colourful as the next, especially the old neighbourhoods: Cartagena with its sun-blushed colonial buildings, Medellín surrounded by beautiful mountains, and Bogotá, the highest altitude city offering a blend of historic attractions, street art and modern-day spectacles. The biodiversity of this jewel in South America is what makes the sights to be seen so eclectic and endless.

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Aside from the likes of Shakira, Colombia is known as 'the land of a thousand rhythms', with its own plethora of native and popular genres to get your hips shaking, although we're privy to a dose of "Hips Don't Lie". Bambuco is one of the most influential dances in the country, a type of sensual waltz with only brief moments of contact, and can even be seen translated into many modern dances today. The Amazon, making up almost a third of Colombia is home to some beautifully natural sounds, from the eclectic and colourful bird species, terrestrial mammals and the largest number of amphibians, all with their collectively distinctive melodies.

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Wake up and smell the Colombian coffee, something that has become a sacred morning ritual. If you're fortunate enough to be staying near the hilly Coffee Triangle with its quaint farms and coffee plantations, you'll enjoy learning about the cultivation and production and how that oh so familiar aroma fills the air.

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If you like coffee, you've certainly come to the right country. Colombia's fertile coffee triangle is famous for producing some of the world's most mouthwateringly delicious espresso due to its ideal weather conditions and terrain. Some of the most popular dishes, Ajíaco, Sancocho, Bandeja Paisa, Mojarra, typically comprised of beans, rice, potatoes, meats and local spices is the best way to take home a taste of the best-loved local flavours. Don't forget to try the variety of food on offer from the Colombian street markets; a wonderful blend of Spain's excellent cuisine, indigenous exotic ingredients and an African heritage.

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In recent years Colombia has become resurgent in both a sociopolitical and economic sense. Despite being frequently listed as an unsafe country and gaining quite the reputation, this notion is quite frankly, out-of-date, The cultural cities from Bogota to Cartagena are burgeoning with new restaurants and boutique hotels and a feeling of newfound peace is awash over the region. Colombia's people are extremely polite and family-oriented, with a loving determination to be friendly and accommodating to all tourists. Many Colombians would describe themselves as 'descomplicados', translating to 'uncomplicated', focused on maintaining a carefree mentality and going with the flow. Join them.

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