Colombia by Jens Porup, Kevin Raub, Robert Reid

By Jens Porup, Kevin Raub, Robert Reid

Lonely Planet is aware Colombia. no matter if you need to strill the cobbled streets of colonial Cartagena, bask on a stunning Caribbean seashore, pattern many of the world's most interesting java on a espresso plantation or blow their own horns your salsa strikes at a packed Cali nightclub, our fifth version takes you there.Lonely Planet publications are written via specialists who get to the center of each vacation spot they stopover at. This totally up to date version is jam-packed with exact, sensible and sincere recommendation, designed to offer you the data you want to utilize your trip.In This Guide:Dedicated outside bankruptcy with hiking, diving and paraglidingSizzling nightlife and eating selections for Bogota, Medellin and CaliRevealed: l. a. Guajira, the Pacific Coast and different rising hotspots

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Start your trip in Bahía Solano. Numerous nearby beach resorts can organize activities, including walks into the adjacent jungle. From Bahía Solano, head south to El Valle. During turtle season you can spot turtles laying eggs on the beach, and pay a visit to a biological research station. Hike south to the northern end of Ensenada de Utría and take a boat across to the national park’s visitors center, where you can spend the night. During whale season you can watch the whales as they enter the narrow bay and play a few hundred meters offshore.

Return to beginning of chapter COCAINE HOLIDAY? CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES Lots of travelers head to Colombia to take drugs. Cocaine is cheap, so why not? What may appear a harmless diversion directly contributes to the violence and mayhem that play out in the Colombian countryside every day. People fight and die for control of the cocaine trade. Purchasing and consuming cocaine helps finance that conflict. It’s estimated that FARC alone collects between US$200 and $300 million per year from cocaine production.

It is best enjoyed with an ice-cold cerveza michelada (beer with rock salt and lime juice), not with cocaine. TOP PICKS TOP ECOLODGES The Pacific coast has lots of great ecolodges, perfect for whale-watching, scuba diving, surfing monster waves or just plain relaxing. For more intense jungle time, try the Amazon; for a Caribbean beach, go for Tayrona. There are also two fine thermal spas in the Zona Cafetera. El Cantil One of the Pacific coast’s most famous ecolodges, it also sponsors an annual pro-am surfing competition.

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