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Rich in cultural and natural history Colombia is a magical travel destination. Whether you’re visiting the fabulous Gold Museum in Bogota, or walking in the cloud forests of the North, there are countless treasures, both mythical and real, at every turn. The capital city, Bogota is the main gateway for travellers looking to explore the many varied regions and landscapes. To the east of the city lie the ranching areas of Los Llanos, where the rich savannah grassland supports a thriving cattle industry. The Amazon River flows through the far south eastern corner of the country and wildlife trips along the river and into the surrounding pristine jungle are rewarded with sightings of pink dolphins, red howler monkeys, and innumerable exotic species of plant and birdlife. The Pacific Ocean coastline gives Colombia its natural western border, whilst to the north the colonial cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta and the white sand beaches of the Caribbean sea provide yet further contrasts in colour and culture.
Perhaps the country’s most striking natural feature and one that has influenced the creation of so many fertile valleys and slopes of verdant cloud forest, is the Andean mountain range. Stretching from the southern border with Ecuador, three separate cordilleras (chains) run largely parallel right across the country. In addition to the many mountain villages a number of Colombia’s principle cities are located within the mountains, including Bogota (2,625m/8,612ft) and Medellin (1,500m/4,921ft) once home to the notorious gangster Pablo Escobar. The mountainous centre of the country is also home to one of Colombia’s most celebrated exports – coffee. Production is centred in an area known as the ‘Coffee Triangle’, which covers the regions of Quinsio, Risaralda and Caldas and has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
Colombia’s colonial treasures, cloud forests and coastal delights can all be discovered on foot on our Eldorado Trails gentle walking holiday.View our holidays here