Bogota & Villa de Leyva
After exploring the historic centre of the capital Bogota, we head north via the remarkable Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira to Villa de Leyva. Here, nestled in the foothills of the Andes, time seems to have stood still in a town that was declared a national monument in 1954. Stone streets absorb the sun's rays that bounce off the bright pastel colours of the balconied colonial buildings; a wonderful place to explore and absorb the warmth of the people and the town.
Coffee & Glaciers
A short flight brings us to a lush landscape of terraced coffee plantations where a mix of temperature, altitude and rainfall combine to make one of the world's best coffee growing areas. From our comfortable base at a converted finca (farm) near Manizales we have a full day in Los Nevados National Park where we can walk up to Glacier del Ruiz and unwind in the thermal pools afterwards. Continuing on to Armenia we have free time to visit a coffee plantation, ride on a bamboo raft down river or enjoy the nearby botanical and butterfly gardens.
The Americas' colonial jewel, Cartagena's captivating streets move to a laid-back Caribbean rhythm in the day and pulse to a Latin beat in the evenings. This spectacular walled city, once sacked by Sir Francis Drake, has seen numerous battles for control over its key position as a trading port. East from here, at the foot of the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta lies Tayrona National Park, a place where dense rainforest meets wild, sandy beaches and swaying coconut palms. Walking along the shore with the warm Caribbean seas lapping at our feet, there's a chance to swim and relax, reflecting on the beauty of a country that surpasses all expectations.
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