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Colombia’s colonial gems
Colombia offers a treasure trove of cobblestone colonial towns and villages. Rich in stunning architecture, heritage and charm, these gems take you back to a different century where you can soak up a slow pace of life and marvel at some of the country’s most stunning architecture. Below are a select few of our favourite colonial gems to get you started:
Located on the Caribbean coast, the age old city of Cartagena is extraordinarily well preserved and one of the country’s most alluring cities. Given UNESCO World Heritage status, the old town is enclosed by a series of walls, within which resides a maze of cobbled alleys, leafy plazas and carved wooden balconies overflowing with brightly coloured bougainvillea. It is the most vibrant, colourful and utterly romantic city in Latin America and a real highlight of Colombia. Aimlessly wandering around is the best way to get under the skin of the old town and soak up the history and charm the city exudes.
Villa de Leyva
Located three hours north of Bogota, Villa de Leyva is exquisitely intact. Showcasing over 400 years of architectural heritage, the town is built on cobbled streets, lined with colonial buildings and boasts arguably the largest and prettiest main square in the Americas. It is a lovely place to explore on foot, and the surrounding countryside is just as impressive.
Discover the cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture and white-washed, red-rooved houses of Barichara, close to the adrenaline fuelled centre of San Gil. In the regional Guane dialect, Barchara literally translates as 'place of relaxation'. Compared to Villa de Leyva, Barichara is more upscale but less touristy and is often hailed as the prettiest town in Colombia. Encapsulating over 300 years of history and tradition, it was declared a national monument in 1978 and is famed for its beautiful architecture.
Located south of Cali and nestled in the Andes Mountains is the small colonial city of Popayan. Brimming with colonial architecture, chalk-white facades and leafy plazas, the historic downtown is best explored on foot. Dotted with ancient churches and a beautiful cathedral, Popayan is one of the most important religious destinations in Colombia and its Easter processions are one of the oldest traditional celebrations across Colombia, so much so it has been named as having an intangible UNESCO heritage.