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Colombia Cruises

Considered the bridge between Central and South America, Colombia is a rich country with a long human history. 

Visiting Colombia on a cruise lets you experience one of the most diverse countries on earth. It’s one of the world's 17 mega-diverse countries and the most bio-diverse per square mile.

Colombia is fast becoming one of the most desired destinations to visit in South America. Home to part of the Amazon jungle, fascinating archaeological ruins, Caribbean shoreline and towering Andean summits, the country has much to offer no matter where your interests lie.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Around 65 Amerindian languages are spoken in Colombia.
  • Between 200 BC and 800 AD master stonecutters erected giant monoliths.
  • Colombia is home to 1,879 species of bird.
  • Tejo (a team sport) is Colombia’s national sport, but football is king.
  • Colombia is on the equator, so expect the sun!
 

Highlights

Culture

Colombia is diverse culturally as well as naturally, populated with descendants of indigenous tribes, Spanish colonists, European immigrants and African slaves. Dozens of different languages and dialects are spoken every day in Colombia. Over time, the mountainous, isolating landscapes have created very strong regional identities, which make a trip to Colombia very interesting.

Most of the urban centres are located in the highlands of the Andes Mountains, including the capital, Bogotá. Lying at the crossroads of Latin America and the broader American continent, the country’s cultural influences are wide, and besides those already mentioned, Middle Eastern and Caribbean cultures are also present in parts of modern-day Colombia.

Colourful Cartagena

In the northern Caribbean Sea coastal region, the brightly coloured colonial streets of Cartagena will liven up the day of any visitor. Cheerful yellows, pinks, whites and blues line the cobbled streets of the Old Town, just urging you to take yet another photo.

 

Colombian Food

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Bandeja paisa is the national food of Colombia, and a real feast. Order this and you’ll be served a platter of steak, pork crackling and chorizo sausages on a bed of rice and red beans. Top it off with a fried egg, some avocado, sweet banana chips, or even all three for the full effect.

Colombians love a well-made stew and sudado de pollo is exactly that. The chicken and vegetable casserole is served with white rice on the side, to help soak up the flavoursome sauce. If you need something on the go, tamales are a delicious, cheap and hugely popular street food snack – vegetables and meat are compressed, then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.

Alternatively, if you really want to try something new, atta laevigata (leaf cutter ants!) are considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac here, and an important treat given as wedding gifts.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Colombia

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