The second most populated country of South America, Colombia is home to an impressive 10% of the globe’s biodiversity. The country has emerged as an ‘it’ spot as well as a major highlight of South America’s visits. People who are interested in archaeology and history will enjoy the many museums in Bogota and will be truly impressed by the San Agustín sites, and Tierradentro, Lost City. Apart from history, one can also spot beautiful beaches, delicious food, wild dancing, and a great nightlife here in Colombia. No matter what the media portrays, Colombia is an amazing place to visit at least once by every traveler. Here is a Thanksgiving 2018 travel guide for you if you are planning to visit this fascinating land any time soon.
(Day 1): Arrival at Bogota, the Capital City of Colombia
(Day 2): Discovering the culture of Bogota
(Day 3): Exploring Pereira
(Day 4): A Day in Medellin
(Day 5): A tour of Cartagena
(Day 6): Departure for Home
Bogota, Medellin, Pereira, Cartagena
Located at an altitude of about 8,650 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains, Bogota epitomizes Colombia’s rising spirit. The elegant university campuses, graceful colonial churches, splendid theaters and high-rise buildings touching the sky. The magnificent architecture contrasts well with the conserved wealth of history decorating the streets with stalls that exude the scent of fresh sweet pineapple and savory arepas.
As you head towards the north, the city emerges around you like a splash of color. Your luxurious hotel will provide you with a lavish view of the skyline and the emerald trees overtaking Monserrate, which is a church-topped mountain situated at the edge of the city rising 10,341 feet above sea level to the east.
Today morning, you’ll head out to explore the capital as well as the largest city of Colombia, Bogota. This is a multicultural and diverse city which is a combination of modern as well as colonial architecture. Green and red are the two predominant colors you are going to discover in this city, of the many parks and eastern mountains and of the many brick buildings, correspondingly.
About 3-hour drive from Bogota lies Pereira. This city is situated in a small valley descending from the western Andes mountain chain and is the center of the country’s western region. There are a number of adventure sports that traveler can practice here such as visiting nature reserves or relaxing in hot springs. You could even witness snow here and learn about the cultivation of coffee for which Colombia is famous all over the world.
In the morning, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight to Medellin. Located in a narrow valley, the city of Medellin was awarded the Innovative City of the Year in 2013. The skylines here reaches for the heaven and high-rise buildings touch the sky. The City of Eternal Spring, Medellin has a pleasant climate most time of the year and a relaxed ambiance. The many discos of the beautiful city attract many visitors in the afternoon.
The Caribbean coast’s undisputed queen, Cartagena is a superb historic city with fascinating 13km of ancient colonial stone walls. Balconies covered with bougainvillea, a maze of cobbled alleys, and stupendous churches casting their shadows across leafy plazas. Cartagena was the first Spanish colony on the American continent and is one of the first sanctuaries of freed African slaves in the Americas. Presently, it is populated by an ethnic mix representative of Colombia's own variety. This is Colombia’s most visited city and gets extremely crowded in the December holidays and the holy week. The city has many fancy restaurants, hotels, and clubs. It is also nice to visit a quiet beach here to soak up some sun.
After the morning breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to this fascinating and beautiful city and head out towards the international airport to catch a flight back home.
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