Colombia is the only South American country where you can swim in both the Caribbean and the Pacific Oceans. Travelling in Colombia is definitely worthwhile. Although there is a certain amount of violence in remote areas, the current government has increased its presence in the countryside and in all major tourist areas.
To the East of Colombia are the oriental plains which stretch out far beyond the horizon, to the North the more rugged contours of the Andes. The South is lush and sub-tropical, while in the West you will find the Magdalena River.
Elegant port towns are cut by cobbled alleys and bougainvillea shrouded balconies. The most famous of these is Cartagena on the Caribbean Sea. Founded in 1533 by the Spanish, Cartagena became known as the Queen of the Indies. The old colonial city is well preserved, and it's the centre of activities during the Cartagena Festival in November. Another highlight is Ciudad Perdida (the 'Lost City') that was built between the 11th and 14th centuries and is one of the largest pre-Columbian towns discovered in the Americas. There are about 150 stone terraces, which once served as foundations for houses. It's hidden deep in thick forest amid rugged mountains.
The archipelago of San Andrés and Providence lies 480 miles North-West of the Colombian mainland and includes San Andrés, Providence and St. Catherine; Bolívar and Albuquerque islets; Cotton, Haynes, Johnny, Roncador, Serrana, Serranilla, Quitasueño, Rocky, and Crab cays and Alicia and Bajo Nuevo sand banks.
Regions in Colombia
The Andes mountains form the most populated region of Colombia and contain the majority of the country's urban centres. They were also the location of... READ MORE
It is in the north of the country, extending from the coast at Cartagena near the mouth of the Magdalena River, then south along the river to a border... READ MORE
The area covers a total land area of 132,288 km² including the San Andres Island in the Caribbean sea and corresponding to approximately 1/10 of ... READ MORE
The Pacific Region is one of the five major natural regions of the Colombian geography. The Pacific Region covers the area near the Pacific Ocean in C... READ MORE