Experience Colombia

San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina: the islands of peace

The plane doors open and a warm Caribbean breeze embraces you. You make your way down the steps, hoping that your case will arrive early so that you can leave it at the hotel and immediately go out to explore the paradise that lies before you. And this is where all your desires are fulfilled. You reach the esplanade that runs along the San Andrés beach, take off your shoes, feel the sand beneath your feet, walk a little further along and then sit down in front of the sea with its splendid seven colors. You breathe in, listen to, and feel your surroundings. This is where you discover the exact point on the planet where peace is there for the taking.

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'El Cholo' Valderrama, a Colombia cowboy

Orlando ‘El Cholo’ Valderrama spends three hours on horseback from his farm in the inland area of Casanare to get to the nearest city, Pore. And three hours to get back, naturally. But only when it is strictly necessary. His environment is certainly not cities, but grass and cattle: less cement and more plains is always better for him. If you keep this in mind, it is easy to see why this Colombian artists sings lyrics like, “If the sky is heaven, then it must surely have a plain where my mother Sara does the milking in a courtyard. And where my father Manual rides.”

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The magical realism behind the music of an accordion

"I don’t know what it is that is so communicative about an accordion that when we listen to it, it touches our heart and fills us with melancholy” wrote Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez 70 years ago in the daily newspaper El Universal. The writer had a soft spot for the vallenato, the musical genre linked to the sound of the accordion: “Personally I would like to erect a statue to this nostalgic form of panting, which is so painfully human but sounds like the heaving of a sad animal". And his passion for the music of this instrument was so great that he even stated that his greatest world-renowned novel was almost a tribute to it: "One hundred years of solitude is nothing more than an attempt to write a vallenato in 450 pages”.

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Nature to suit everyone’s taste in the Tayrona Park

The uncontaminated waters of the Caribbean Sea gently lap against the white sand of the beaches on the Magdalena coast, in the north of Colombia. Beside the sea, swaying in time to the rhythm of the sea breeze, a forest of leafy trees leans towards the hills; and the strident shrieks of the monkeys who live there blend in with the calls of the paujile peacocks. In the background, the Majestic Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta protects a landscape that appears to have come straight from the pen of García Márquez and his magical realism.

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Gorgona, the island of snakes

In Greek mythology, a female monster terrorized men and turned them to stone with her gaze: this was Medusa, one of the three Gorgons, who was recognizable as she had snakes instead of hair. The story goes that it was indeed Medusa who provided the inspiration for 16th century conqueror Francisco Pizarro when he named this paradisiacal island, after its poisonous snakes had decimated the Spanish military regiment.

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Two seas and a submarine voyage

Traveling through the five climate zones of our country is a treat for the senses. In this paradise of megadiversity, surveying and crossing the mountains is an enchanting bit of magic, but at the bottom of the sea there is another universe of more than 900,000 square kilometers of territorial waters ready to welcome diving enthusiasts.

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