Colombia's majestic mountains, exotic flora and fauna, and abundance of gems and precious metals (which gave rise to the legend of El Dorado) offer the allure of an entire continent in a single country. Add fascinating ancient civilizations, exquisite colonial architecture, and a dynamic contemporary arts scene, and you have a destination that is irresistible.
Begin in Cartagena to stroll the cobblestone streets, sample local cuisine, and admire colorful street art. In vibrant Medellín, visit the Botanical Garden and the Museo de Antioquia, and take an excursion to Santa Elena, birthplace of the ornate floral arrangements that are the cornerstone of the annual Flower Festival. Conclude in the capital city of Bogotá. Take a curatorial tour of the Gold Museum, housing the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold pieces, and a walking tour of the colonial neighborhood of La Candelaria. Also delve into contemporary art culture at a well-known local graphic workshop and the School of Arts and Crafts.
Optional postlude in Villa de Leyva.