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  • Family Fun: Bogotá For Kids and Families

    Most of the press around Colombian tourism focuses on attractions with “grown-up” appeal, like coffee, salsa dancing, eco-tourism and, of course, the beautiful people. But this doesn’t mean there’s nothing for pint-size visitors or families to do. Colombians love children, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the country’s biggest cities offer plenty of sites and activities designed especially for family-friendly fun. Here are a few spots in Bogotá that are perfect for kids and won’t require you to cram the whole family into a cable car or explain why we have to use “inside voices” in a museum.

  • San Gil: Adventure Capital of Colombia

    Vancouver, Canada. Queenstown, New Zealand. Cape Town, South Africa. And…. San Gil, Colombia?

    San Gil may not make most publications’ list of Top 10 Cities to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping, but that’s just because the folks writing those lists don’t know about it yet. This formerly sleepy town in the northeastern Colombian department of Santander has recently re-branded itself as the “Adventure Capital of Colombia,” and so far it seems to be living up to that reputation, if the legions of happy visitors are any indication.

  • Photo: Eli Watson

    Dancing Days: Festivals and Concerts in Colombia

    Colombia is known as the land of salsa and cumbia, but the country’s musical offerings aren’t limited to all rumba, all the time. As more foreigners continue to visit and international music becomes ever more popular, Colombia is turning into an important stop on the South America concert circuit for everyone from international DJs to superstars like Beyoncé. There’s a little something for everyone these days, whether your tastes run more toward EDM, reggae or even good old-fashioned ‘80s hair metal. Here’s a quick introduction to some of the biggest events and acts passing through Colombia in 2014:

  • The Wide, Wild World of Colombian Fruit

    Wander into any market or fruit stand in Colombia, and you may be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into an alternate universe or been whisked away to some alien planet. The containers spill over with all manner of brightly hued shapes – some with strange spines, otherworldly colors or scaly skin that looks more dangerous than edible. Rest assured, though, under all those alarming layers, there’s a whole delicious world waiting to be unpeeled.

  • Party Time: Carnaval de Barranquilla

    It’s time to get festive, because Carnival season is upon us! While Rio may get most of the world’s (well-deserved) attention and Mardi Gras is the place to be in the northern hemisphere, there’s a raucous Carnival taking place on Colombia’s Caribbean coast as well. For four days out of the year, the Atlantic port city of Barranquilla, perhaps best-known internationally as the hometown of famous colombianas Shakira and Sofia Vergara, turns into the national party capital as it celebrates its own unique take on Carnival. It’s a must-see cultural experience if you’re in the country at the right time.

  • Rock Climbing Across Colombia

    Though Colombia’s Andes may not be as tall as those of its southern neighbors, there are plenty of places to strap on harnesses and scale a few walls. The last few decades have seen an explosion in the popularity of rock climbing among locals, and foreigners finally seem to be getting wise to the wealth of offerings as well. From the jagged volcanic peaks of national parks to vertical rock walls and climbs across the top of caves, Colombia is a climber’s paradise – as long as you know where to look!

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