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Photo of the Week: Tatacoa Desert

Tatacoa Desert The otherworldly Tatacoa Desert lies in the Huila Department of Colombia, about 320km south of Bogota. Even though it is called a desert, the Tatacoa is actually a tropical dry forest. And it covers 330 square kilometers around the town of Villavieja. Millions of years ago, the Tatacoa was covered with flowers and trees. …

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Your Guide to Chilean Patagonia

Your Travel Guide to Chilean Patagonia

Your Travel Guide to Chilean Patagonia Patagonia. It’s a place that means much to many, from a voyage of discovery for Magellan or economic opportunities for early 19th century European settlers to adventure or luxury for modern travelers; and of course the native cultures and environmental bounty that both stand in danger of disappearing completely. It …

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7 Reasons to Visit Northern Chile

If you’re backpacking through South America, you’ll likely pass through Northern Chile—after all, the northernmost city, Arica, marks the only route to Peru. But it would be a mistake to truck through without spending at least a few days—the region’s colorful architecture, perpetually cool beaches and proximity to little-seen desert parks makes it a totally unique experience, …

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Ciudad Perdida

Ciudad Perdida: A Guide to the Lost City of Colombia

A Brief History of Ciudad Perdida The journey from El Mamey to the Lost City is an experience that is likely to live with you forever, as you stride out along the slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and allow your surroundings to transport you back to the 14th century. Ciudad Perdida is one of the …

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Trekking Peru Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Trekking Peru Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Trekking Peru Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Peru is an excellent place for trekking. Combine that with the opportunity to finish your trek with the splendor of Machu Picchu and it suddenly becomes a bucket-list item for many people. The Inca trail is the most famous trek and consequently the most popular choice. Although spectacular, …

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Five Beautiful Colonial Towns in Colombia

Five Beautiful Colonial Towns in Colombia Colombia is no longer a well-kept secret travel destination in South America. With huge improvement on safety and the country’s tourism board spending millions of dollars in promotion, Colombia is emerging from its haunting past to be in the bucket list of many wanderlusters. There are many reasons why …

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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 …

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Travel to Colombia FAQs

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 …

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