Colombia (Country Travel Guide)
Kevin Raub, Cesar G. Soriano, Robert Reid, Jens Porup
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Lonely Planet knows Colombia. Whether you want to strill the cobbled streets of colonial Cartagena, bask on a dazzling Caribbean beach, sample some of the world's finest java on a coffee plantation or show off your salsa moves at a packed Cali nightclub, our 5th edition takes you there.
Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.
In This Guide:
Dedicated Outdoors chapter with trekking, diving and paragliding
Sizzling nightlife and dining picks for Bogota, Medellin and Cali
Revealed: La Guajira, the Pacific Coast and other emerging hotspots
landscape of the páramo, stopping at Laguna Negra (3760m) for breakfast along the way. The volcano actually has three craters: Arenas, Olleta and Piraña. It’s possible to summit the main one, Arenas (5325m), but you must request permission from Parques Nacionales ( 886 4703, 885 4581) in Manizales at least a week in advance. It is a technical climb but is not considered difficult mountaineering. The entrance to the park is at Las Brisas (4050m). Concesión Nevados ( 881 2065;
Thanks go first to Jay Cooke for keeping the faith. César, Kevin and Robert made a fine team. The usual suspects: Kelvin in Medellín, German in Bogotá, Tony in Popayán, the boys in Manizales. My biggest thanks go to mi conejita cresposita, who waited. KEVIN RAUB Special thanks to my wife, Adriana Schmidt, for not hounding me with worrisome emails during research. At Lonely Planet: Jay Cooke, Catherine Craddock, Kathleen Munnelly and Jens Porup. Along the way: Laura Cahnspeyer, Richard
BUCARAMANGA GIRóN NORTE DE SANTANDER PAMPLONA CúCUTA VILLA DEL ROSARIO * * * This is Colombia’s heartland, a region of deep gorges, fast-flowing rivers and soaring, snowcapped mountains. It was one of the first areas settled by Spanish conquistadores, and a number of their colonial towns still stand today. It’s here that the seeds of revolution were sowed, culminating in victory at Puente de Boyacá that ultimately led to Colombia’s independence. The departments of Boyacá, Santander
Getting There & Away Buses shuttle between Barichara and San Gil every 45 minutes from 5am to 6:30pm (COP$3300, 45 minutes). They depart from the Cotrasangil bus office ( 726 7132; Carrera 6 No 5-74) on the main plaza. Buses to Guane (COP$2000, 15 minutes) depart at 6am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm and 5:30pm. Return to beginning of chapter GUANE 7 / pop 1500 / elev 831m So little happens in the sleepy town of Guane, 10km northwest of Barichara, that everyone stops and stares when a horse
green spaces such as the downtown Parque de los Fundadores and Bioparque Los Ocarros, a zoo 3km north of town that’s home to crocodiles and capybaras. But Villavicencio is most famous for its hopping discotecas; Los Capachos (Carrera 48 No 17-87; www.loscapachos.com) is one of the largest and most well-known nightclubs in Colombia. The city is a good base for exploring the plains. Many fincas (farms) outside the city now offer lodging and horseback-riding tours. About 100km east of Villavicencio