New Year in Cartagena and a New Dawn for Colombia
Simon and I have recently returned from the second of two trips where over four weeks we combed Colombia. With this and our next newsletter, we will bring you some of the highlights from our travels.
While I was on my first visit, I picked up the Telegraph on-line and read this conclusion to the publication’s leading travel feature that week: “Book a trip to Colombia as soon as you can, we tell anybody who’ll tolerate us. It’s the perfect time to go.”
Cartagena’s colonial architecture is famous, however fewer people will be aware that the city now offers one of the best New Year’s celebrations on the continent. Entry to the party at the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is the hottest ticket in town. Early booking is essential, but at any time of year a stay in the Old City of between three and five days is an ideal way to start or finish a Colombian holiday.
Colombia is a great family destination. The younger generation love the pirate tour and treasure hunt in Cartagena’s San Felipe Fort. In the Tayrona region, the Palomino River is perfect for trekking while learning rainforest survival skills. This is also a great place for tubing surrounded by toucans, howler monkeys and the jungle and on Palomino beach we offer surfing lessons.
Colombia is changing fast. With improving infrastructure and political stability, the South West region is attracting increasing interest. After visiting the white-chalked colonial city of Popayan, possibly the most interesting part of our tour was our stay in San Agustín. The Andean town’s Unesco World Heritage Site with sculptures and tombs dating back to the 1st Century is a stand-out and we are confident that this hitherto secret destination will soon become iconic for archaeological enthusiasts on the South American trail.
In our next newsletter, we will share our experiences of the country’s street and contemporary art scene and Bogota’s emerging world-class restaurant scene. The capital is booming and enjoying a renaissance. The perfect welcome or finale is a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel, Casa Medina, which, with its stone columns and brick façade, has been declared a monument of cultural interest by the Ministry of Culture.
I would like to finish by thanking everyone for their support in 2017, and by announcing our move from London to wonderful new premises in Bristol.
Thank you to all our guests for trusting us to share our experiences with you and for a record number of booked holidays at the start of this calendar year. We are preparing for our fifth anniversary celebrations this October, and with this landmark ahead of us, we wish you a very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2018!
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