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.
Cartagena is a city in Bolívar, Colombia. The city was one of the first sanctuaries of freed African slaves in the Americas and is currently populated by an ethnic mix representative of Colombia's own variety.
The Costa Norte is a region in northern Colombia. Atlántico Bolívar Córdoba La GuajiraMagdalena Sucre One of the best ways to see the southernmost Caribbean islands or surrounding South American islands is via a cruise.
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.
The Orinoquía is the "Wild East" of Colombia. Endless plains—Los Llanos—are dotted with livestock, cowboys on horseback pioneering the landscape, and the roadless landscapes go uninterrupted save by some of Colombia's great meandering rivers.