Monsters, cats & serpents of Colombia

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Sarah Woods returns to the sacred lands of Colombia’s San Agustin to marvel at ancient carved monuments and troglodyte tombs etched with mythical winged monsters, wild cats and serpents.  According to a local fruit seller, San Agustin acquired its megalithic sculptures via an earth-bound alien space-ship. However, historians suggest South America’s largest group of religious monuments… Read more »

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Colombia’s Great Cultural Expression

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Originating from an indigenous tribal festival that honoured the moon god, later adapted to fit in with the Catholic carnival tradition and then finally tweaked to fit in African traditions, the Blancos y Negros Carnival is one of Colombia’s greatest cultural expressions. Experiencing the Blancos y Negros Carnival is perhaps one of the best options… Read more »

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Colombia’s Lost City

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Only rediscovered in the 1970s and predating Machu Picchu by 600 years, Ciudad Peridada (or ‘Lost City’) was a major settlement of the now extinct Tayrona tribe. Located in the heart of the north Colombian jungle and reached only by ascending 1,200 stone steps, the Lost City stands as the highlight for any adventurer to… Read more »

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Megalithic structures of San Agustin

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One of the great megalithic sites in the world, San Agustin Archaeological Park is home to hundreds of pre-Colombian stone monuments. The park is located in the Colombian department of Huila around 220km from the state capital of Neiva and has over 500 carved statues varying from 20cm to 7m in height. The site makes… Read more »

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Colombia Coffee Region

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[Part 3]  Discover Colombia’s verdant coffee triangle through Rahul’s eyes, and learn about the history and diversity of this fascinating region.   The alarm went off at 6.30am, as we had another busy day ahead. Once breakfast had been devoured, it was off to the Bosques del Caman for some adrenalin activity – yes, ziplining! We donned… Read more »

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Colombia Coffee Region – Coffee Towns

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[Part 2] Discover Colombia’s verdant coffee triangle through Rahul’s eyes, and learn about the history and diversity of this fascinating region.     I stayed overnight at the Hacienda San Jose, a well-run and luxurious hacienda set in beautiful surroundings. The centre piece was a massive tree with branches that sprawled in all directions and played host… Read more »

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Colombia Coffee Region

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[Part 1] Discover Colombia’s verdant coffee triangle through Rahul’s eyes, and learn about the history and diversity of this fascinating region.   It was a morning flight from Bogota to Pereira,one of the three major towns in Colombia’s verdant coffee triangle. As the plane approached Pereira all I could see was mile-upon-mile of lush green mountains…. Read more »

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Colombia: Bucaramanga to Bogota

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[Part 4] Discover a part of Colombia in this wonderful travel diary. This is a research trip diary that has fueled the destinations for our Colombia Adrenaline Rush tour. From Bucaramanga to Bogota, explore this fascinating country through Rahul’s eyes.   For a change, slept in until 7:30 and then it was off again to explore… Read more »

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Colombia: Barichara & San Gil

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[Part 3] Discover a part of Colombia in this wonderful travel diary. This is a research trip diary that has fueled the destinations for our Colombia Adrenaline Rush tour. From Bucaramanga to Bogota, explore this fascinating country through Rahul’s eyes.   I woke up early to find the whitewashed posada beautifully lit up by the bright… Read more »

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