Colombia

ColombiaColombia’s back. After decades of civil conflict, Colombia is now safe to visit and travelers are discovering what they’ve been missing. The diversity of the country may astonish you. Modern cities with skyscrapers and nightclubs? Check. Gorgeous Caribbean beaches? Check. Jungle walks and Amazon safaris? Check. Colonial cities, archaeological ruins, high-mountain trekking, whalewatching, coffee plantations, scuba diving, surfing, the list goes on.

No wonder the ‘magic realism’ style of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez emerged from here – there is a dreamlike quality to Colombia. Here at the equator, with the sun forever overhead, the fecund earth beneath your feet, heart-stopping vistas in every direction and the warmth of the locals putting you at ease – you may find it difficult to leave.

Colombian culture, like the country’s weather, varies by altitude. The essence of Colombia resides in the mountains in the alpine cities of Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, and the smaller cities of the Zona Cafetera. This is the industrial heartland of the country. Geographical isolation has kept the accent relatively unaffected by outside influence; Spanish here is precise and easy to understand. The infrastructure in the mountain region is good, the water drinkable, the roads well maintained. In the heat of the Caribbean coast, life is slower, and the culture more laid-back. The accent is the unhurried drawl of the Caribbean basin, and the infrastructure, unfortunately, is still in need of some attention.

In darker days people used to say, ‘if only it weren’t for the violence and drugs, Colombia would be paradise.’ Well the drugs may still be here but the violence is gone, at least for now, and it is, indeed, paradise. It is an easy country to fall in love with, and many travelers do. It could well become your favorite country in South America!

Introducing Cartagena, Colombia

A fairy-tale city of romance, legends and sheer beauty, Cartagena de Indias is an addictive place that can be hard to escape. This is the place to drop all sightseeing routines. Instead, just stroll through Cartagena's maze of cobbled alleys, where enormous balconies are shrouded in bougainvilla and massive churches cast their shadows across leafy plazas. Take time out to relax at one of Cartagena's many open-air cafés, prime viewing spots to watch the parade of horse-drawn carriages, fashionable locals and mystified tourists.

Cartagena offers a variety of restaurants and accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets. If you've got pesos burning a hole in your pocket, this is the city to splurge on a pricey historic hotel or flashy restaurant. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, Cartagena draws legions of tourists every year.

 

Where to stay in Cartagena, Colombia

Decameron Cartagena

Resort Overview

Located in front of the beach in Boca Grade’s modern commercial district, Decameron Cartagena is a perfect destination for fun and relaxation by day, and exciting nightlife from dusk till dawn. In addition to its exclusive location and beautiful bayside balcony views, this Decameron Cartagena offers a wide variety of activities to suit all tastes. For instance, start your day with pool aerobics while the kids build sand castles, take a trip to Baru Island- When not on the beach or exploring Cartagena’s historic walled city, guests can enjoy Decameron’s fabulous dining options. Guests are treated to buffet breakfast & lunch and exclusive a la carte dinners at any of our 5 restaurants, including San Pedro’s restaurant, one of the most renowned restaurants in Cartagena’s fortress city. After enjoying a wonderful dinner enjoy our nightly show, bar, and night club which will never fail to entertain.

All Inclusive features

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets
  • A-la-carte dinners
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited domestic drinks
  • Daily organized activities
  • A beach club at Isla del Sol, located on the Rosario Islands (with an additional cost for trasportation and pier taxes)
  • Scuba diving classes in the pool
  • Beach towels
  • Nightly shows
  • Kids activities

For more información go to: http://www.decameron.com/eng/colombia/cartagena/overview.html

 

Introducing Medellin, Colombia

A Modern City of Culture, Art and Contemporary Style, Medellin encourages its visitors to have a good time. Well known for its Shopping, Nightlife and Restaurants, this city also has many parks and open spaces, botanical gardens, plazas full of sculptures and cafes, theatres, museums and churches.The modern transport infrastructure includes a fast and efficient metro which even links into an arial tram line to take you to the heights.Known as the Fashion Capital of Latin America, Medellin designs, makes and sells the widest range of clothing in the sub continent, along with Footwear, Accessories and Home Furnishings.

Malls feature heavily in the city with many to choose from, All of them are well stocked, well run and easy to use.

Throughout the year Medellin hosts a huge variety of events including Colombiamoda and Colombiatex de las Americas, 2 of Latin Americas most important events in the fashion and textile calendar. In December Medellin lights up for Christmas and the displays of illuminations are second to none with huge arrays of lights along the city river and more. December also sees the Festival of Myths and Legends with parades of folklore characters. In August and September the city also hosts one of the most important food events in South America Colombia Provoca a showcase of Colombian Cuisine and Gastroculture. The most important event of the year in Medellin however is the Feria de las Flores held in early August. This festival attracts visitors from all the country and from other countries too as the people of Antioquia come out to showcase their city and culture.

Where to stay in Medellin, Colombia

Hotel Plaza Rosa

Hotel Overview

The hotel is located in the City of Medellin and is surrounded by shopping, restaurants, cinemas and is only minutes away from the Olaya Herrera airport and half hour away from the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. It is close to the main entertainment centers and four blocks to Parque Lleras.

The hotel and has 98 spacious and comfortable rooms and also has its own restaurant & bar. It offers 24 hours room service. Other facilities include Laundry, Gym, Free WiFi and 24 hour reception and concierge.

 

For more info on Plaza Rosa visit: http://www.plazarosa.com/

 

 

Tour Schedule

MONTEGO BAY IN JUNE

16th - 20th JUNE 2019

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CURACAO IN JUNE

19th - 23rd JUNE 2019

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WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE

9TH - 16TH JUNE 2019

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CURACAO IN JULY

7TH - 10TH JULY 2019

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CANCUN IN APRIL

7TH - 11TH APRIL 2019

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