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Colombia — forget the reputation. Twice the size of France, and with a diversity of landscapes and cultures that would be hard to find even in countries five times its size, Colombia should by all rights be one of the world's top travel destinations.

Bogotá's sheer size and violent reputation are intimidating for visitors, but the city opens up to the savvy traveler with incredible riches befitting the capital of Colombia, and one of the biggest cities in Latin America.

The Andean Highlands is a region in central-western Colombia.

Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia. It has over 2 million people and is the capital of the department of Antioquia.

The Costa Norte is a region in northern Colombia. One of the best ways to see the southernmost Caribbean islands or surrounding South American islands is via a cruise.

Cartagena or Cartagena de Indias is a city and a world heritage site in Bolívar, Colombia.

The Pacific Lowlands is a region in western Colombia.

Cali is a city in southwestern Colombia, capital of the Valle del Cauca department.

Amazonia is the southernmost region of Colombia, blanketed by the green sea of trees spanning over 400,000 square kilometers—well more than a third of the country.

Santa Marta is a city in the Magdalena Department of Colombia's Costa Norte. Santa Marta an important commercial port and tourist destination.

Colombia has several island territories in the Caribbean: Islas del RosarioOne of Colombia's most popular national parks, with beautiful island beaches of the San Bernardo archipelago, and coral reefs that make for great snorkeling.

Taganga is a small fishing village 5km north of Santa Marta at the Caribbean coast in Colombia.

The Orinoquía is the "Wild East" of Colombia. Endless plains—Los Llanos—are dotted with livestock …

Manizales is the capital of the Department of Caldas located in central Colombia in the Coffee Region.

La Macarena is a little Colombian pueblo in the southernmost part of El Meta.

San Gil is a city with a population of 50,000 in the Santander region in Colombia.

Pereira is the capital city of the department of Risaralda in Colombia.

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