With both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines to choose from, picking the best of Colombia’s beaches is a tough task. Whether your ‘best’ is an empty expanse of white sand or a chance to really enjoy the water, there’s a beach here for you.
Here in the remote Llanos, you’ll be rewarded as you trek through the stark lowland hills of the Serranía de la Macarena, with its unusual dry tropical vegetation, and behold the vibrant purple, fuchsia, goldenrod, and green Macarenia clavigera plants swaying in the gushing streams of Caño Cristales.
This six-day itinerary for Cartagena and the Caribbean Coast focuses on exploring the cities of the area, wandering streets, relaxing on beaches, and enjoying local cuisine. You can also easily extend the visit by four or five days to include an excursion to La Guajira.
By making Bogotá your headquarters for a week-long stay in Colombia, you get a little of everything: the rhythm of Colombian life, the opportunity venture further afield to explore one of Colombia’s best preserved colonial towns, and the chance to take in an exhilarating nature hike.
Colombia has a thriving market economy based primarily on oil, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. Growth over the past decade has been a robust, placing it solidly as a middle-income country. Here’s a brief look at the country’s economic history, with a more in-depth focus on developments and policies in the last two decades.