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Colombia (July 2003)
A wedding of one of my Belgian friends with a Colombian lady from Bogota was the reason for this trip in July of 2003 to Colombia. The photos in this album are from Bogotá, the Santuario de Fauna y Flora Iguaque, Cartagena and the Islas del Rosario archipelago at the Caribbean.

Bogota  |  Total images: 25  |  Date added: 18.07.2004
Capital of Colombia, at 2600 metres above sea level, Santa Fe de Bogota lies within the oriental Andes cordillera, and resides on a plateau. The eastern border of this plateau is formed by the Cordillera; as a result the city has been expanding in a semicircular manner, where north-south is the fastest-growing direction. The photos in this album are from the mainly colonial city centre (La Candelaria) and also show some sunset and night shots taken from La Calera.
Santuario de Fauna y Flora Iguaque (Boyacá)  |  Total images: 37  |  Date added: 18.07.2004
The Santuario de Fauna Y Flora Iguaque is a beautiful site near Villa de Leyva (Boyacá), with an equatorial forest and the so-called Páramo at high altitudes (above the tree limit) where you meet all seasons and weather types in a couple of minutes. The vegetation is increadibly diverse. According to a Muisca legend, one of the lakes (the Sacred Iguaque Lake) was believed to host the place where Man was created. The Santuario hosts a plethora of ferns, orchids, bromeliaceae and typical equatorial and Páramo vegetation. The trails are often steep, damp in the forest and very slippery and muddy above the tree limit (Páramo).
Cartagena  |  Total images: 19  |  Date added: 18.07.2004
One of the most beautiful colonial cities in the Caribbean. It withstood many invasions from bucaneers and pirates, which can partly be attributed to the natural defences of the city, but also to massive military and defense engineering. The city is surrounded by stone walls, and there's even an under-water wall which prevents ships with hostile intentions to approach the city from the sea. One of the hills of Cartagena has been entirely undertunneled with lots of galleries and covered with brick and stone, and is a masterpiece of military architecture: Castel San Felipe. The colorful colonial houses with flowered balconies are really very charming. One has not to fear the mosquitos there, but the street vendors (I'd mind the mosquitos though).
Zipaquirá  |  Total images: 11  |  Date added: 18.07.2004
This city about 50km north of Bogotá is well-known for its immense rock salt mines at about 2650m altitude! Those mines were essential to the Muisca indians. Those mines host the Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral), entirely carved in the salt mountain.
Islas del Rosario
Islas del Rosario  |  Total images: 40  |  Date added: 14.02.2007