About this book
This new, fourth edition of Bradt's Colombia has been thoroughly revised and updated to include all the most recent developments in this emerging South American destination and to bring to the fore the country's fast-developing ecotourism offering. New for this edition is coverage of Yopal and San José del Guaviare, Caqueta, Vichada and Guainia, and on the Atlantic coast, Palomino. Also included are details of how to go star-gazing in the lunar landscapes of the Tatacoa desert, learning to wrangle cattle during the Coleo festival in Villavicencio, visiting ancient rock paintings in unexplored Guaviare, where to try the traditional fermented tipple of the original Muisca people, and visiting the rainbow river of Caño Cristales and the untouched wilds and jungles of Chiribiquete National Park.
After decades of trouble, Colombia now offers one of the most exciting new travel experiences in South America. The country is home to a staggering 10% of all species found on the planet: pink river dolphins swim in the Amazon near Leticia, jaguar and ocelot slip between the trees in vine-tangled rainforest and birdwatchers rightly marvel in the vast savannah of Los Llanos and beyond. What's more, from vibrant cities such as Bogotá, Medellin, Cali and Cartagena to emerging destinations across the country, Colombians will receive you with a smile as if you were one of their own. Still unaccustomed to international visitors, just speaking a little Spanish goes a long way.
With Bradt's Colombia, relax in Bogotás fashionable restaurants, discover the colonial backwater of Mompós, a town currently undergoing something of a renaissance with its traditional silver jewellery shops and international jazz festival, and explore the UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve in the San Andres Archipelago, location of Providencia, the least developed and visited island in all of the Caribbean. For birders, the country boasts an embarrassment of riches, nowhere more so than Los Llanos and the Sierra Nevada mountains in the north.
About the author
Press reviews'I've been using Sarah Woods' Bradt Guide on many trips, now, to Colombia (and found it the best guide).'
Recommend reading by National Geographic Traveller
PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history, Conservation, History, The cocaine trade, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Social structure 45, Culture 47
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Cruise passengers, Gay/lesbian rights, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Festivals, Shopping, Photography, Media and communications, Business, Buying property, Cultural etiquette, Living in Colombia, Travelling positively
PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Bogotá
History, Geography, Climate, Architecture, Getting there and around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Sport, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Bogotá
Chapter 4 North of Bogotá
History, Getting there and around, Boyacá, Santander, Norte de Santander
Chapter 5 Los Llanos
History, The ecosystem of Los Llanos, The road from Bogotá, Villavicencio, Around Villavicencio, Yopal, Around Yopal, San José del Guaviare, Around San José del Guaviare
Chapter 6 San Andrés Archipelago
History, People, Language, Fauna and flora, Practicalities, Diving in the archipelago, Isla San Andrés, San Luis, Isla Providencia, Isla Santa Catalina
Chapter 7 Amazonia
History, Ecological concerns, People, Leticia, Around Leticia, Exploring the Yavarí River, Benjamin Constant, Parque Nacional Cahuinari, Tabatinga, Santa Rosa, Caqueta, Vichada and Guainia
Chapter 8 The Southwest Interior
Valle del Cauca, Cali, Around Cali, Buga, Around Buga, Huila and Cauca, Neiva, Around Neiva, Popayán, Around Popayán, Nariño, Pasto, Around Pasto
Chapter 9 The Northwest Interior
Antioquia, Medellín, Around Medellín, Santa Fé de Antioquia, Zona Cafetera (Eje Cafetero), Manizales, Around Manizales, Pereira, Around Pereira, Armenia, Around Armenia
Chapter 10 The Pacific Coast
Flora and fauna, Getting there and around, Practicalities, Bahía Solano, Playa Almejal, Parque Nacional Ensenada de 392, El Valle, Buenaventura, Bahía Málaga, San Cipriano, Nuquí
Chapter 11 The Atlantic Coast
History, Climate, Bolívar, Cartagena, Around Cartagena, Mompóx, Atlántico, Barranquilla, Close to Barranquilla, Magdalena, Santa Marta, Around Santa Marta, Valledupar, La Guajira, Palomino, Riohacha, Around Riohacha, Southern Atlantic coast, Capurgana, Around Capurgana
Amazon Wildlife Guide