Best Cultural Destinations
Best Cultural Destinations
A Magazine Bringing You Local Perspectives on Cultures Around the World

Insights: Colombia

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Colombia is a country at the northern tip of South America. It's landscape is marked by rainforests, Andes mountains and numerous coffee plantations. Its culture reflects the indigenous Indian, Spanish and African origins of its people.

Breathtaking beauty abounds in Bogota, from the gorgeous Baroque art of 17th century Church of Santa Clara to the skyline of steeples against the backdrop of verdant mountains, to the spectacular vistas from 10,000 feet atop Montserrat. 

Cartagena is a Caribbean colonial city founded in 1543 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The architecture includes cobbled streets and squares, fortified walls, the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and the La Popa convent. The neighborhood of Getsemani is home to restaurant La Plaza de Macondo, its artfully-decorated walls inspired by Gabriel García Márquez's novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. 

Colombia's northern Caribbean coast reflect the diverse cultures of the region. In Santa Marta, the architectural style reflects the city's colonial history; it is the country's oldest city, founded by Spanish conqueror Rodrigo de Bastidas in 1525 and its cathedral was built in 1766. A half-hour north is Tayrona National Park, the most important ecological reserve in Colombia and home to archaeological site, Pueblito, one of the 200 pre-Colombian cities discovered near Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Amerindians from the Tairona culture are believed to have lived in the area as far back as 4,000 B.C. 
 

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