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Less than two decades ago, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) controlled a swath of jungle the size of Switzerland, and the group’s brazen criminal activities were notorious around the world. But since then, Colombia has come to enjoy a measure of safety ...

Less than two decades ago, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) controlled a swath of jungle the size of Switzerland, and the group’s brazen criminal activities were notorious around the world. But since then, Colombia has come to enjoy a measure of safety unseen in decades. Its mountain-backed capital city, Bogotá, is well worth visiting for its excellent museums and historic neighborhoods such as La Candelaria and Usaquén. But the centerpiece of any first visit to Colombia should be the exquisite colonial city of Cartagena, still surrounded by the extensive walls and fortifications that were originally constructed to repel Caribbean pirates. Both cities have sophisticated accommodation choices and an array of excellent restaurants serving Colombian and international cuisines, as well as lively nightlife.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

CLIMATE

Although Bogotá is close to the equator, its high altitude results in pleasantly cool weather throughout the year. Cartagena has a tropical climate, with a dry season between mid-November and early April. 

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