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Big on Charm: Colonial Cartagena

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Your calendar might say winter’s drawing near, but Cartagena de Indias, just a few degrees north of the Equator, is warm year-round. Flowers, the season’s clear skies, and world-class cultural events create an eclectic allure in this coastal resort city in Colombia.

Discovering Colombia’s Lost City

It is my first day in the tropical rain forests of northeast Colombia and, along with about a dozen other hikers, I am on the trail to La Ciudad Perdida, or the Lost City. The pre-Colombian city was built around 800 A.D., making it some 650 years older than its Inca Empire counterpart, Machu Picchu, in Peru.

Bogotá’s Bohemian Renaissance

Colombia’s vibrant capital emerges from a sketchy past to paint a bold new future.

Insider’s Guide to Bogotá

Change is coming rapidly to Bogotá, with the spread of European-style cuisine and lodgings—a matter of pride among Bogotanos. Yet the capital of Colombia remains resolutely local, especially in the old Candelaria neighborhood. Here are some of the highlights.

Flying High in the Salsa Capital of the World

“Would you like to dance?”

I looked up and saw the handsome stranger I’d been watching on the dance floor for half an hour at Tin Tin Deo, one of the hottest clubs in Santiago de Cali, the “salsa capital of the world.”

The Radar: San Fran Street Food, Beautiful Burma, Dangerous Destinations

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Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook never fail to impress us with their far-flung escapades. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately. If you haven’t found National Geographic Traveler magazine on Facebook yet, please join us. Be sure to let us know where you’re off to each Friday, or just poke around for inspiration as you plan your next trip.

I Heart My City: Matt’s Medellín, Colombia

Saludos from Colombia city-lovers! Today we check in with Florida native Matt Dickhaus who has been living and working in Medellín for the past two years. Here he shares his insider tips to his South American city. Medellín is My City The first place I take a visitor from out of town is Lleras Park…

Wandering in Cartagena

Confession: On our honeymoon in Cartagena, Colombia, my husband and I did not take a dip in the therapeutic mud at the Volcán del Totumo. It sounded lovely. We could have made time for the excursion to slather on some warm gray mud. But instead, I discovered a new travel delight: slowing down and not…

Finding the Flavor of Cartagena

By Rachael Jackson After a week-long trip to Cartagena, the walled Colombian city whose brightly colored colonial mansions often house fashionable boutiques and hotels, I was stumped by how to sum up the food. Sure there are the staples: arepas (thick tortilla-like patties, often filled with eggs or cheese), patacones (mashed, fried plantains), and coconut…

The Radar: Budget Backpacking in Colombia, Choosing a Travel Mate, Bargaining Tips for the Non-Confrontational

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Low on price, high on adventure. Where to go scuba diving, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or trekking in Colombia without breaking your backpacker budget. Plus, inexpensive ways to explore Colombia’s historic and cultural centers. [Off Track Planet] Best friends can make the worst travel mates. How to test the compatibility of your travel companion before…

The Radar: Island Hopping Croatia, Cruises for Non-Cruisers, What to Eat in Colombia

There are over 1,000 islands dotting the Croatian coast and although it may be impossible to visit them all in one trip, a week of island hopping will give you a nice taste of Croatian life and culture. [Sunshine Blog] Don’t fancy the idea of a cruise vacation? Try a cruise for non-cruisers, like a…