Author: Noel Lau

Photo of the Week: The Pyramids of Teotihuacan

The Pyramids of Teotihuacan The Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan is one of the most important Mesoamerican sites in Mexico. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, located 48km northeast of Mexico City, draws over three millions visitors a year. The origin and the founders of Teotihuacan is uncertain. Archaeologists believe that it is possibly the first Mesoamerican city, built around 100-200B.C. In its prime, between the 1st and 7th century, it was a master planned metropolis sprawling 20 square kilometers with at least 125,000 inhabitants, making it one of the largest ancient cities in the Americas. The Pyramid of the Sun...

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The tales of two colonial towns in Colombia: Cartagena vs Mompóx

A walk back in time Founded in 1533 by Spanish commander Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena de Indias was named after Cartagena, Spain, where most of his sailors were from. The town experienced an exponential growth due to its strategic location on the Caribbean coast and its wealth of the region, especially gold mining. It soon became the center of commerce and an entry point to northwestern South America. The establishment of the Palace of Inquisition in the city attested to its importance during the colonial period for the Spanish empire. It was also the center of political and economic...

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Photo of the Week: The Rock of Guatapé

The Rock of Guatapé This is a massive monolithic rock formation 86km from Medellin, Colombia. It is believed that the Tahamies Indians, former inhabitants of this region, used to worship the rock. In the 1940s, it was declared as a “National Monument” by the Colombian government. The rock lies at the border of Guatapé and El Peñol and both towns claimed ownership of it. Once, the residents of Guatapé decided to settle the matter once and for all by painting the name of their town on the rock. It didn’t take long for the residents of El Peñol to...

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Travel to Colombia FAQs

Colombia is fast becoming one of South America’s best travel destinations. Picturesque landscapes, Caribbean beaches, snowcapped mountains, ancient ruins, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, this country is a true gem for travelers looking for something more than a typical South America travel experience. Colombia has worked hard to overcome its negative image of the past, and the world is starting to see the joy and passion of the Colombians, especially during the recently completed World Cup in Brazil. Here are some frequently asked questions about traveling in Colombia, useful for those planning to travel there and those...

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Photo of the Week: Rafflesia Flower of Borneo

  Rafflesia Flower Borneo Exotic, rare, and otherworldly, the Rafflesia flowers look like something out of a science fiction movie. It can grow up to 100 cm (3 feet) in diameter and weigh up to 10 kg (22lbs), making it the biggest flower in the world. It is a parasitic plant with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. It attaches itself to a host and obtains water and nutrients from it. Seeing the Rafflesia depends on your luck and timing as it has a very short blooming period. The typical blooming period of a Rafflesia flower is 5 to...

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