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Recently considered one of the world's most dangerous places, Colombia has emerged from a long history of violence. Here, in this diamond-shaped tropical nation about the size of California and Texas combined, you can find sweeping rain forests teeming with exotic animals and birds, glistening snows capping the summits of Andean volcanoes, and dozens of colorful indigenous Recently considered one of the world's most dangerous places, Colombia has emerged from a long history of violence. Here, in this diamond-shaped tropical nation about the size of California and Texas combined, you can find sweeping rain forests teeming with exotic animals and birds, glistening snows capping the summits of Andean volcanoes, and dozens of colorful indigenous cultures that predate the conquistadores. A cornucopia of natural wonders side by side with sleepy colonial villages and vibrant cosmopolitan cities, Colombia--a country of 46 million people--is a South American giant just awakening to its vast potential. Award-winning travel writer Christopher Baker is a foremost expert on Colombia, and he takes you through the country's vast and varied landscapes with astute guidance, making sure you don't miss the must-do sights, and lesser ones as well. Among the special features are mapped walking tours of Bogotà's old city and historic Cartagena; a mapped driving tour of San Andrès; experiential sidebars on birding, cooking Colombian cuisine, and visiting the emerald mines; insider tips from National Geographic experts; and a hefty Travelwise section that features handpicked hotels and restaurants.


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Recently considered one of the world's most dangerous places, Colombia has emerged from a long history of violence. Here, in this diamond-shaped tropical nation about the size of California and Texas combined, you can find sweeping rain forests teeming with exotic animals and birds, glistening snows capping the summits of Andean volcanoes, and dozens of colorful indigenous Recently considered one of the world's most dangerous places, Colombia has emerged from a long history of violence. Here, in this diamond-shaped tropical nation about the size of California and Texas combined, you can find sweeping rain forests teeming with exotic animals and birds, glistening snows capping the summits of Andean volcanoes, and dozens of colorful indigenous cultures that predate the conquistadores. A cornucopia of natural wonders side by side with sleepy colonial villages and vibrant cosmopolitan cities, Colombia--a country of 46 million people--is a South American giant just awakening to its vast potential. Award-winning travel writer Christopher Baker is a foremost expert on Colombia, and he takes you through the country's vast and varied landscapes with astute guidance, making sure you don't miss the must-do sights, and lesser ones as well. Among the special features are mapped walking tours of Bogotà's old city and historic Cartagena; a mapped driving tour of San Andrès; experiential sidebars on birding, cooking Colombian cuisine, and visiting the emerald mines; insider tips from National Geographic experts; and a hefty Travelwise section that features handpicked hotels and restaurants.

31 review for Colombia (National Geographic Traveler)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adam Geisler

    Helpful, although it's always a matter of getting the latest edition. Travel books in general have lost a bit of their relevance to the old internet, but I prefer those that provide a good supplement to the where-to-stays-&-eats that can now be found more easily online. This edition throws in the usual good historical and cultural nuggets, but has better photographic images throughout the book than your typical Lonely Planets or Moon. I didn't read every last hostel review or anything, but I had Helpful, although it's always a matter of getting the latest edition. Travel books in general have lost a bit of their relevance to the old internet, but I prefer those that provide a good supplement to the where-to-stays-&-eats that can now be found more easily online. This edition throws in the usual good historical and cultural nuggets, but has better photographic images throughout the book than your typical Lonely Planets or Moon. I didn't read every last hostel review or anything, but I hadn't strayed from the aforementioned guides for other trips, and was pleased to find this copy at our rented apartment in Medellin.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Beautiful book with many pictures and detailed background info on Colombia. Very up to date. I used the guide when travelling to Medellin. Here are the two shortcomings: Medellin is THE booming city in Colombia and Latin America at this point, though you would not know this from the few pages dedicated to The City of Eternal Spring by the author. Even worse, you will not even find a map of the city. My recommendation: use this guide to gain valuable cultural and geographical info on Colombia, tr Beautiful book with many pictures and detailed background info on Colombia. Very up to date. I used the guide when travelling to Medellin. Here are the two shortcomings: Medellin is THE booming city in Colombia and Latin America at this point, though you would not know this from the few pages dedicated to The City of Eternal Spring by the author. Even worse, you will not even find a map of the city. My recommendation: use this guide to gain valuable cultural and geographical info on Colombia, trust the decent restaurant/hotel/museum etc info, and enjoy the nice pictures that will give zou a good visual idea of the places to visit, but carry a second, more practical guide with you as well (e.g., Footprint Colombia)

  3. 4 out of 5

    torque

    I couldn't find the publishing date when I purchased this book, but later learned it was from 2012 so a bit dated. I mostly used it to get some basic knowledge of the history and culture, and do's and don't s.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Though printed several years ago, this travel book is still an excellant tour guide for Colombia. I didn't go much further than Bogota but the tips and hints were extremely helpful for me. I recommend it for anyone traveling to Colombia.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan

  7. 4 out of 5

    TODD F. BISCHOFF

  8. 4 out of 5

    Connie Ruel

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reinaldo Villabona

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hochstöger

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nick Collins

  12. 5 out of 5

    Monica

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elin

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krista Vaillancourt

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  18. 5 out of 5

    Milena Dimitrova

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mario

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carlevaro Agu

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carito Montenegro

  28. 4 out of 5

    Luis Enriquez Estrada

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Teigen

  30. 5 out of 5

    rêveur d'art

  31. 4 out of 5

    Austin Bunton

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