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THE MEDELLIN FLOWER FESTIVAL


Top 5 sights in... 1 THE COFFEE REGION


If clients are looking for a caffeine fix, direct them to the south, where lush, sprawling coffee farms sit among steep, tumbling hills. Colourful town Salento draws visitors with its rainbow-coloured architecture, while the Cocora Valley offers excellent hiking. Tucan Travel combines both with a one-night stay on a working estate on its eight-day Colombia Express trip, plus a dinner cooked by the hosts (from £450 excluding flights).


2 TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK


Few coastlines are quite so exotic as this protected stretch, where dusty trails through coconut-strewn rainforest lead towards wild, sandy beaches. Wendy Wu Tours’ 17-day Colombia Discovery tour starts from £3,990.


3 travelweekly.co.uk/atas CARTAGENA’S WALLED CITY


Horse and carts jolting along cobbled streets, historic castle walls illuminated ethereal gold by night - Cartagena’s walled city is seriously special, preserved to nigh-on perfection so that entering it feels like stepping back several centuries. Rainbow Tours offers a guided tour visiting the Bovedas handicraft markets and other colonial treasures on its 12-day Colours of Colombia group trip, from £2,595.


Colombia


With its mix of colonial architecture, vivid landscapes and ancient cities, all eyes are on Colombia. Laura French shares her highlights


Vibrant, music-filled Medellin is worth a visit at any time of year, but in August it bursts into colour with the arrival of the Feria de los Flores. This 10-day celebration sees flower producers parade the streets with huge, handmade arrangements. Explore has a special Flower Festival departure on its Contrasts of Colombia trip, priced from £2,360 for 13 days, excluding flights.


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THE LOST CITY OF TEYUNA


If you thought Machu Picchu was old, look at the Ciudad Perdida. Believed to have been founded about AD800 (650 years earlier than Machu Picchu), the ruins are hidden in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, at the end of a staggeringly scenic trail. Visit the city on G Adventures’ 17-day Colombia Multisport & Lost City Trek, from £1,869 excluding flights.


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