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4 Things to Do in Colombia

Where to shop and how to have fun in South America's coffee capital.

Columbia view

01 With floor-to-ceiling windows and a three-storey bookshelf displaying oversize objects, the Click Clack hotel in Bogotá is a bit like a Jenga puzzle, combining minimalist industrial chic with antique touches. (

02 In the Zipacón region, wake up in a cozy cabin in the middle of a coffee plantation at La Palma & El Tucán, where you’ll learn all about the bean before a coffee-tasting master class with the farm’s experts. (

03 Whet your appetite at Bogotá’s Abasto by ordering the empanadas paisas (stuffed with potato and hogao, a spicy tomato salsa), served with a sauce made from lulo, a tangy fruit with notes of rhubarb and lime. (

04 Every Sunday until 2 p.m., Bogotá’s buskers, walkers, bicyclists and vendors hawking tinto and fresh fruit juice invade Ciclovía, a set of streets closed to car traffic.

The Outfitter

Blue Parallel’s eight-day Colombian itinerary includes a three-day jaunt through Quindío, also known as the Coffee Triangle. Trip highlights include a tour of a coffee plantation, a traditional barbecue, a stop at the Salento lookout (pictured) and a hike through the clouds that drape the Cocora Valley, which is studded with wax palm trees that can reach the staggering height of 60 metres.

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