Four key attractions in Colombia
We make no apologies for devoting a second consecutive newsletter to Colombia – following our recent research trip there we want to share some more of the special experiences which are to be found there.
It is not surprising that the modern art scene is so vibrant. Colombia has always been a creative and dynamic country, witnessed by inspiring architecture and brought to the world stage by well-known artists such as Fernando Botero and the author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the signing of the peace treaty with FARC and the rapid opening up of the country to foreign visitors has literally seen an explosion of artistic output.
Political expression is the driving force behind street art and in Bogota you will see some of the most interesting street art anywhere in the world. The peace agreement remains controversial for many people in Colombia and this is finely expressed in the murals all over the city, many of them commissioned on the walls of smart apartment blocks and office buildings.
In the historic Candelaria District of Bogota, Espacio Odeon is a fascinating exhibition space in a partially restored former cinema building. In the San Felipe Barrio around 19 cutting edge art galleries such as Espacio KB have opened which offer refreshments and discussion, which visitors can walk to in consecutive order.
On the gastronomic front, Leo Espinosa leads the way and has been recognised as the best female chef in South America, featuring a fusion of traditional and modern Colombian cuisine at her Restaurante Leo. Elsewhere, Andres Chia just north of Bogota continues to set exceptional standards for South American cuisine in a lively atmosphere. But the thing which really struck us was the huge number and variety of restaurants setting very high standards both in Bogota and Cartagena. Indeed, there is now a Zona G in Bogota, standing for gastronomic, and it certainly lives up to its name.
Bird watching is a major activity in Colombia and we can now offer a stunning small ecolodge, Casa Galavanta, to guests in the Sierra Nevada. This is one of Colombia’s most important and delicate ecosystems, ranging from tropical jungle, to cloud forests and snow peaks, which was formerly off limits to foreigners but is now completely safe. Here there are 628 bird species, 20 of which are endemic to the region. In a recent press trip arranged by Miraviva, Economist journalist Emma Duncan goes bird-watching in Sierra Nevada for 1843 Magazine - you can read the full article here.
The Cartagena International Music Festival takes place every January, making the very most of the spectacular churches and small intimate squares which are to be found throughout the historic walled city of Cartagena. Featuring international artists and taking place over a week, we can put together musical packages including hotels, but also taking a day off music to visit historic attractions or take a boat trip to the Rosario Islands. Hot off the press – the 2019 festival will have British composers as its theme.
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