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Travel Advice For Visitors by Tom Fisher
Colombia travel advice seekers
should be prepared for a sensory assault that will entice and thrill visitors.
Colombia has a great deal of diverse attractions and activities, with two
coasts facing the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It has everything
from deserts to glaciers, steaming rainforests, secluded islands, pristine
beaches and modern cities.
|Western tourists and visitors
will probably want to fly in by plane to Bogota,
which is the capital. Depending on the itinerary, it's also possible to
hop over by plane to other destinations like Cartagena,
or San Andres. Visitors entering from Ecuador or Venezuela can come in
by bus or car, and those coming from Panama can take a boat.
Safety-wise, visitors don't
have all that much to worry these days. Metropolitan zones are about the
same as any other city in Central & South America. Visitors should
take standard precautions such as avoiding a tough neighborhood after dark
and not heading off solo into isolated regions.
The real draw for visitors
is the variety of the destinations and the natural beauty. The choices
range from Bogota's flesh pots to the Salsa clubs in Cali
and the Carnival in Barranquilla,
among others. Visitors can spend many days & weeks enjoying all this,
not to mention the tropical rainforests, majestic humpback whales in the
Pacific, and the pristine beaches and coral reefs near Caribbean coast
islands like San Andres, Santa Catalina and Providencia.
|Speaking of which, scuba
diving is one of the premier attractions here that draw in large number
of visitors from all over the world. As mentioned above, visitors can explore
the underwater marine life on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. There
are some destinations on each coast that are famed for their excellent
San Andres and Providencia
probably offer the most popular dive spots on the Caribbean coast. Isla
Gorgona and Malpelo Island on the Pacific Coast are quite famous and popular
among both tourists and expert divers. Visitors need to choose from amongst
these locations based on their taste for adventure, diving skill and travel
So for example, a visitor
planning to head out to San Andres can reach it directly by air even though
it is 700 km away from the mainland. Another plus point here is that since
the coral reef is really long, tourists and divers can enjoy the dive spots
and attractions of Providencia & Santa Catalina along with San Andres.
The biggest attraction is,
of course, the famous 'sea of seven colors' which is a good indicator of
the diversity of marine life here.
Pacific coast divers at spots
near Malpelo Island or Isla Gorgona tend to be more adventurous. A trip
here involves a flight to Guapi from Cali, followed by a boat ride to the
island. Crystal clear and cold waters await divers, along with whale sharks
and hammerheads. Isla Gorgona is an especially tourist-friendly place with
nature tours, whale watching and beaches, and a history as an old prison
island like Alcatraz.
To end this healthy dose
of Colombia travel advice on a general note, visitors are advised to consider
longer stays. It's not possible to drive-thru or jump from one airport
to another over a quick weekend. Every destination has to be considered
as a mini vacation by itself that needs to be explored and enjoyed at its
own sweet pace.
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RECOMMENDED HOTELS, COLOMBIA
for Cali Hotels
|Santiago de Cali, simply
referred to as Cali, is a city in western Colombia and the capital of the
Valle del Cauca Department. With a population of 2.5 million, Cali is the
second largest city in the country. It has one of the fastest growing economies
and infrastructure in the country because of its geographical location.
The city was founded on July
25, 1536 by the Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar.
map of Cali
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views of the Cali River give the InterContinental Hotel an air of peace
and tranquillity despite its convenient downtown location. Cali is known
for its distinctive Latin flavour and the warmth of its residents. From
cultural explorations to art and festivals, there is plenty to do in this
city founded by Sebastian Belalcázar, the 16th century Spanish explorer.
Some of the things you are sure to find in the city include a variety of
restaurants and lounges which feature the notorious Salsa music that appeals
to all different generations.
Hotel Cali Casa del Alferez
colonial style and in an exclusive area of Granada, the Mercure Cali Casa
del Alférez Hotel is 10 mins from the city center and 15.5 miles
(25 km) from the international airport. The hotel has 60 rooms: 19 Superior,
28 Luxury, 9 Privilege and 4 Suites. There are 4 meeting rooms for
60 people, cable TV, Wi-Fi Internet and a fitness center. Enjoy the
best gourmet cuisine from Asia and the Mediterranean in the cozy, chic
restaurant, Ginger n Garlic, or relax on the Terraza del Alférez
with a refreshing drink.
Royal Hotel Cali
Radisson Royal Hotel Cali is conveniently situated next to the Trade Center
Corporate Complex in a charming residential area of Cali, Colombia. Hotel
guests enjoy a variety of amenities, including a Business Center, a Health
Club and wireless Internet access. The Radisson Royal Cali Hotel is just
15 minutes from downtown and a short distance from a number of local attractions.
During your stay at the Radisson Hotel in Cali, Colombia, enjoy a meal
at one of our two on-site restaurants. Choose from superb international
dishes, including traditional Colombian options, at Café Royal,
or dine poolside at La Parrilla. The Radisson Royal Hotel Cali features
three on-site bars, and 24-hour room service is available.
FEATURED HOTELS, COLOMBIA
for Ibague Hotels
|Ibagué is the capital
of the department of Tolima in Colombia. It is situated 1,285 m (4,216
ft) above sea level, on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Central between
the Chipalo and Combeima rivers, tributaries of the Coello River. It is
on the road from Bogotá to Cali near the high mountain pass known
as "La Línea" ("The Line") which connects the interandean valleys
of Magdalena and Cauca rivers; as a result, the city has become an important
commercial center and road transport hub. The fertile surrounding countryside
produces coffee, cacao, tobacco, sugarcane, and rice. Ibagué is
widely regarded as the "Musical City of Colombia" due to its long tradition
in offering advanced musical education and its rich schedule of musical
events during the year.
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Dann Combeima, Ibague
hotel is located in the commercial and financial area of Tolima in Ibagué,
ideal for leisure and business travellers. It features a gym, a sauna and
free Wi-Fi. Dining options include restaurants La Terraza and Tony Roma’s
that serve barbecue based dishes and Thai cuisine. The Pentagrama Bar,
located in Dann Combeima's lobby, prepares a variety of cocktails and guests
can listen to music. Accommodation at Hotel Dann Combeima is spacious and
offer city views. They are equipped with LCD cable TV, a seating area and
a work desk. Some rooms also have a jacuzzi.
Estelar Altamira, Ibague
to Ibagué's financial centre, a 5-minute drive from the airport,
Hotel Estelar Altamira provides accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free
parking. Hotel Estelar Altamira is located 10 blocks from popular
Manuel Murillo Toro Stadium. The hotel features tennis courts, gym and
pool. Guests at Estelar Altamira have a games room for entertainment
and a cash ATM on site. The hotel offers several gastronomy choices.
Guests enjoy Italian, French and Argentinean cuisine at La Toscana and
Le Bistrot. For refreshments and light meals, there is Bar El Aceituno
and Las Palmas Parrilla y Snack Bar.
RECOMMENDED HOTELS, COLOMBIA
for Manizales Hotels
|Manizales is a city and
municipality in central Colombia, capital of Department of Caldas and part
of the region of Colombian Coffee-Growers Axis, near the Nevado del Ruiz
Nowadays the city is the
main center for the production of Colombian coffee and an important hub
for higher educational institutions.
Also read: Colombian
Coffee - The Best in The World
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Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel, Manizales
hotel offers spacious accommodation, a convention centre and free Wi-Fi.
Located 2.5 km from downtown Manizales, surrounded by 20 acres of gardens,
water, forests and nature trails. Hotel Estelar Recinto del Pensamiento
includes interesting sites, such as the Butterfly observatory, Forest orchids
and a bamboo pavilion with capacity for 1.500 people. It is located a 5
minutes' drive from the airport and 3 km from Los Yarumos Park. Dining
options include a restaurant that serves regional and international cuisine.
Juan Valdez Café offers a variety of drinks.
Estelar El Cable, Manizales
Estelar El Cable offers spacious rooms with city views, a gym and free
Wi-Fi and is located in the centre of Manizales and ideal for business
and leisure travellers. The hotel is situated 37 km from Matecaña
International Airport, and 3 km from the Palogrande Stadium. Free private
parking is available. Dining options at Estelar El Cable Hotel include
an extensive buffet breakfast and an à la carte restaurant where
local and international dishes are served. Rooms feature contemporary décor
with large windows, giving a bright and airy feeling. All are air conditioned
and include LCD cable TV.
Estelar Las Colinas, Manizales
Hotel totally renewed, in which the innovation and the implementation of
new technologies, connectivity and services are permanent. Hotel Estelar
Las Colinas is an excellent alternative for executives and tourists, who
will find in the heart of Manizales, the front door to all the Coffee Triangle.
Only 3 blocks from Manizales´s Cable Plaza mall, Hotel Estelar Las
Colinas offers spacious accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free parking.
The hotel features a bar specialising in exotic coffee. In the totally
refurbished Estelar de las Colinas, guests can relax in the sauna or have
a meal at El Mural Restaurant, which specialises in Argentinian and international
FEATURED HOTELS, COLOMBIA
for Quimbaya Hotels
|Quimbaya is a town and municipality
in the western part of the department of Quindío, Colombia. It is
20 km northwest of the departmental capital Armenia. The name of the city
derives from the name of the Precolumbian culture that inhabited the area,
the Quimbaya civilization. Quimbaya is bounded to the north and west by
the department of Valle del Cauca, with La Vieja River forming the western
The National Agricultural
and livestock Park (Spanish: El Parque Natural De La Cultura Agropecuaria),
PANACA, is located 7 km west of the main township. The 47 hectare park
contains a variety of interactive exhibits, including more than 200 species
of animals. Along with the National Coffee
Park in Montenegro, the theme park is one of major tourist attractions
of the department.
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Panaca All Inclusive, Quimbaya
in Quimbaya/Quindio in the hills of Colombia where the finest coffee in
the world is produced, Decameron Panaca provides a beautiful and convenient
place from which one can experience the many activities offered in the
area. Guests can experience the tranquility of the Colombian countryside,
and even mingle with many animals kept next to the hotel. Its location
offers the opportunity to discover, just a few kilometers away, a variety
of places and experiences for all tastes and inclinations. La Estancia
Restaurant: Offers wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in a beautiful
setting. La Herrería a-la-carte Restaurant: A specialty steak house
open for dinner (by reservation only).
Coffee - The Best in The World by Wesley Johnson
Thanks to an aggressive marketing
campaign started in the 1980s, Colombian coffee is now almost synonymous
with the popular image and logo of Juan Valdez and his donkey trekking
through the Colombian mountains.
|However, with the advent
of specially grown coffees, environmentally sustainable coffees, organic
and fair trade coffees, Colombia is working hard to upgrade its image and
become the world's premiere source for high-quality, gourmet coffees.
Types of Beans Grown in
Almost all the coffee beans
grown in Colombia are 100 percent Arabica beans. The Arabica bean is low
in caffeine and acidity and are best grown in rugged, mountain terrains.
The Arabica bean is the most
popular bean in North America, thanks to its superior taste and how well
it lends itself to a classic, American medium roast.
Colombian coffee beans go
through a washing process. This wet processing purifies the beans, takes
out some of the acidity and gives the coffee a stronger aroma and richer
taste, making it ideal for the coffee lover.
Coffee Growing Regions
The two largest coffee-growing
areas in Colombia are the central region including Armenia, Manizales
and Medellin and the eastern,
more mountainous area closer to Bogota
Major Carriers of Colombian
Most standard, store brands
will have Colombian coffee. However, many will also blend these with beans
from Brazil, Africa or other Latin countries. To ensure a brand is 100
percent Colombian, look for the Juan Valdez logo and 100 percent Colombian
|Organic and Fair Trade
Farming in Colombia
Thanks to consumer demands,
a number of coffee plantations in Colombia are working toward a triple
seal certification. The Triple Seal is the highest level an organic farmer
can obtain and requires first that the farmer meets the USDA organic cultivation
Next, the grower must create
a natural shade grown coffee plantation. So, instead of relying on artificial
shades or screens, the grower must plant and grow a natural, plant-based
Finally, the last seal is
granted by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Rainforest Alliance.
This seal is dependent on how the coffee plantation affects the natural
habitat around it both now and in the future.
Many Colombian coffee growers
are also moving toward fair trade practices to stay competitive with the
international coffee market. Remember, coffee is a volatile commodity,
so staying in tune and on top of customer demands is crucial to growers
and manufacturers remaining competitive in the java business.
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