Colombia

PURE! STORIES: ROSARIO ISLANDS

Rosario Islands

From Coveñas, a small town south of Cartagena with very nice beaches and mainly South American tourists, my girlfriend and I head back to Cartagena to visit the Rosario Islands. This small archipelago is located southwest of the colonial city and consists out of around 30 small islands, of which Isla Grande (it´s all in the name…) is the biggest. After visiting Cartagena, with its charming but busy center, the Rosario Islands are a good way to escape the crowds of the city and enjoy the peace of a tropical island in the Caribbean Sea.

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THE LOST CITY TREK – STUNNING JUNGLE AND RUINS

Lost City Trek Colombia© 2011 William Neuheisel

If you ask tourists about the Lost City in South America, many will mention Machu Picchu, the famous Inca ruins in Peru. However, another beautiful ancient city is hidden in the north of Colombia: Teyuna. A visit to this archeological treasure can included as part of  an amazing multiple day hike through the upper jungle, called the Lost City Trek. Here, travelers have the unique opportunity to visit Teyuna while passing valleys, traditional villages, and stunning landscapes. This beautiful trail combines the best of indigenous culture and pristine nature.

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CAÑO CRISTALES – THE RIVER OF 5 COLORS

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Located in central Colombia, south of Bogota, you can find an off-the-beaten-path-destination and, at the same time, a very appealing one because of its stunning natural beauty: Caño Cristales. The Colombian explorer Andres Hurtado Garcia first introduced this natural beauty to the world with his photographs some years ago, but it remained unvisited because of Colombia’s political situation. Nowadays, tourists from all over the world want to explore this ecological wonder because of its purity, its charming landscapes, and its wildlife.

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CARTAGENA – THE CARIBBEAN PEARL OF SOUTH AMERICA

Cartagena ContrasteLocated on the Northern Coast of Colombia by the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena was founded in 1533 and rapidly became an important city for the Spanish Empire during the colony. Its nickname “La Heroica” demonstrates that the city remained an important site for the independence of Venezuela and Colombia, as Simon Bolivar used it as headquarters for the independence movement. The city has maintained its importance since then. Nowadays, it is Colombia’s fifth largest city and the country’s most important tourist attraction.

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