Colombia by Jens Porup, Kevin Raub, Robert Reid

By Jens Porup, Kevin Raub, Robert Reid

Lonely Planet is familiar with Colombia. no matter if you need to strill the cobbled streets of colonial Cartagena, bask on a stunning Caribbean seashore, pattern many of the world's most interesting java on a espresso plantation or blow their own horns your salsa strikes at a packed Cali nightclub, our fifth version takes you there.Lonely Planet publications are written by means of specialists who get to the center of each vacation spot they stopover at. This totally up-to-date version is choked with exact, functional and sincere recommendation, designed to offer you the data you want to utilize your trip.In This Guide:Dedicated outside bankruptcy with hiking, diving and paraglidingSizzling nightlife and eating selections for Bogota, Medellin and CaliRevealed: los angeles Guajira, the Pacific Coast and different rising hotspots

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Still euphoric with victory, the delegates proclaimed the Gran Colombia, a new state uniting Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Ecuador (although Ecuador and parts of Venezuela were still technically under Spanish rule). Although the conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar was rewarded for killing thousands of indigenous people, the Spanish Crown sentenced him to death for ordering the assassination of rival conquistador Jorge Robledo in 1846. The Angostura congress was followed by another one, held in Villa del Rosario, near Cúcuta, in 1821.

It lasts for about a week and features free shows in Plaza de Bolívar. Return to beginning of chapter OCTOBER Return to beginning of chapter FESTIVAL DE CINE DE BOGOTÁ With a 20-year history, the city’s film festival Click here attracts films from all around the world, including a usually strong Latin American selection. Return to beginning of chapter ROCK AL PARQUE late Oct Three days of rock/metal/pop/funk/reggae bands rocking out at Parque Simón Bolívar in Bogotá Click here. It’s free, and swarming with fans.

Celebrations begin nine days earlier, the so-called Novenas, when pilgrims flock to the convent. Return to beginning of chapter FEBRUARY & MARCH Return to beginning of chapter CARNAVAL DE BARRANQUILLA Forty days before Easter is Mardi Gras, or Carnaval as it’s known in Colombia. Barranquilla’s Carnaval (see boxed text) is the second biggest in South America after Rio de Janeiro’s in Brazil. This otherwise grim port city goes crazy with four days of drinking and dancing. There are parades, costumes and a marathon concert of Colombian musical groups.

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