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Museo Casa de la Moneda.

Casa de la Moneda de Colombia (Calle 11 #93 esq. Carrera 5,Bogota) – this museum has a collection of the country’s currency from various periods. This building originally acted as the country’s mint – going as far back as 1621. Looking at both the currency and coins shown here gives visitors a window into Colombia’s […]

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Capitolio Nacional.

Capitolio Nacional (Calle 10 esq. Carrera 7, Bogotá) – this is the location of the Colombian government’s legislative branch. This building was originally the Viceroy’s Palace during the Spanish colonial period, and went through periods of renovations from 1846 to 1926. Danish architect Thomas Reed was responsible for the Capitolio’s distinctive façade (consisting of 18 […]

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Castillo San Felipe de Barajas.

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas (Av. Arévalo, Cartagena) – named after Spain’s King Felipe IV, this castle was built in 1536 during the early part of Colombia’s Spanish colonial period. (designed to defend both the port and city of Cartagena). Because of the valuable cargo that came through Cartagena to Spain (ranging from silver, to […]

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Centro Amurallado.

Centro Amurallado – Old Town (Calle 41, Cartagena) – this is the walled-in colonial section of Cartagena (in some ways reminiscent of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico). Unlike the rest of Cartagena, the colonial section is far more tourist-friendly, and contains colorful homes, quaint shops, unique shopping, old cathedrals, and a more inviting vibe. It’s […]

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Iglesia de Santo Domingo.

Iglesia de Santo Domingo (Plaza de Santo Domingo, Cartagena) – originally built at Cartagena’s Plaza de los Coches in 1539 (which was burnt later and rebuilt at its present location), this is reputedly the oldest church in the city. This is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Cartagena. Inside it one can find […]

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Hacienda Nápoles.

Hacienda Nápoles (Puerto Triunfo, Antioquia) – for those fascinated with Colombia’s infamous history as being a one-time epicenter of the international narcotics trade, this is a ‘must see” destination: the former residence of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar (who once headed the Medellín Cartel). Located six hours (via car) northwest of Bogotá, this estate’s entrance […]

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Convento de la Popa.

Convento de la Popa (Calle 37, Cartagena) – this convent is located at a rather dramatic spot: at the highest point of the city of Cartagena (150 meters above sea level). Founded by Augustine priests in 1607, its official name is Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. It has one of the most beautiful […]

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Las Bovedas.

Las Bovedas (Calle Zerrezuela, Cartagena) – originally built as a network of 23 dungeons (within 15-meter thick city walls) during the Spanish colonial period (18th century), this structure (which once stored munitions and provisions) now house touristy craft and souvenir shops. This has become a popular stop for cruise ship tourists.

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Museo Maloka.

Maloka Museum (Carrera 68D #24A-51, esq. Calle 24C, Bogota) – this is an interactive museum, where visitors can interact with a variety of exhibits that explore scientific & technological topics. There are sections dedicated to demonstrating how current high tech items like PCs and cell phones work, modules of the city of Bogotá that can […]

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Museo Botero.

Museo Botero (Calle 11 #4-41, Bogota) – this museum, managed by the country’s Banco de la Republica, contains 123 artworks (paintings, drawings and sculptures) made by the famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero, along with 85 artworks from other prominent artists (from Marc Chagall to Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Gustav Klimt, and Fernand Leger, among others). […]