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Wayúu, Accesories: Hernán Zajar, Photo: Zuan Carreño

There is an inherent magic to the country, where millions of Colombians, full of joy, inspire every visitor. You will be met with warmth and kindness and receive a friendly service wherever you go. You will travel through landscapes that inspire the senses and discover a country where everything you see and experience is marked by passion. Colombia, a universe of possibilities. One passion.


“Colombia’s main asset is it‘s educational level and dedication has generated enough confidence to increase our company’s investments and to plan a regional expansion originating from Colombia”. Joseph Sigelman

CEO of Petro Tiger, American Multinational established in Colombia (World Economic Forum, Latin America 2010).

“Colombia is a beautiful place, beautiful people, beautiful golf course, beautiful food, beautiful country and definitely beautiful women”. D. J. Brigman

Nationwide Tour Player


Index 10 reasons to discover the magic of hosting your event in Colombia and millions more for wanting to stay

Bogotá Page 14

- Convention Centers and Fairgrounds - Events with magic included - Interesting Facts - Tourist attractions - Additional Information

Cartagena de Indias Page 20

Santa Marta Page 38

- Events with magic included - Interesting Facts - Tourist attractions - Additional Information

Café Triangle Page 42

- Convention Centers and Fairgrounds - Events with magic included - Interesting Facts - Tourist attractions - Additional Information

- Convention Centers - Events with magic included - Interesting Facts - Tourist attractions - Additional Information

Barranquilla Page 48

Medellín Page 26

Santander Page 52

- Convention Centers and Fairgrounds - Events with magic included - Interesting Facts - Tourist attractions - Additional Information

Cali - Valle del Cauca Page 32

- Convention Centers and Fairgrounds - Events with magic included - Interesting Facts - Tourist attractions - Additional Information

- Events with magic included - Interesting Facts - Tourist attractions - Additional Information

- Convention Centers and Fairgrounds - Events with magic included - Interesting Facts - Tourist attractions - Additional Information - Visiting Colombia: Practical Information Page 56 - Recent events held in Colombia Page 60

Teatro Heredia / Cartagena de Indias

Introduction Page 10


In Colombia you will not only find a variety of settings to host your convention, congress or event, but also, you will have the option to choose the destination you prefer. It is a place where visitors are received with the best coffee in the world, a place where the rhythm of salsa music can take you by surprise and where these and many more experiences will make your event magical.


Latin American Leaders Forum 2009 Cartagena de Indias

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reasons to discover the magic of hosting your event in Colombia, and millions

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The gateway

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A variety of choices

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Located in the middle of the Americas, Colombia has a strategic geographic position. Its location makes it the gateway to South America and connects it to the rest of America, Asia, Africa and Europe with more than 610 direct flights every week.

Nowhere else in the world will you find such a variety of accommodations for every taste and budget. Choose from international and national luxury hotels or small and friendly boutique hotels. You will also find modern business hotels, traditional haciendas, tourist inns run by local families and indigenous dwellings surrounded by lush jungle or next to the sea.

Innovation and organization Choosing to hold your event in Colombia, offers more than a well-organized and successful event. Apart from a wide range of convention centers, exhibition areas and meeting rooms, the country provides all the necessary logistical services to make every event a success. Colombia stands out on the international level as it offers a great service for any kind of event, including innovative ideas that surpass corporate visitors’ expectations.

365 days a year You can plan and host your event in Colombia any time of year. The country is located on the equator, giving it a pleasant tropical climate all year round without seasons.


The warmth of Colombia’s people and cities creates a dynamic culture, well tuned to international trends. Samples of the large-scale events that have been held in the country include the World Economic Forum 2010, the 50th IDB Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in 2009, the XVII World Tourism Organization Assembly in 2007 and Travel Mart Latin America 2007. These international events, as well as a myriad of local ones, attract thousands of visitors who fall in love with the country and the quality of the experience offered.

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5 Magical experiences

Providencia y Santa Catalina, will surprise you with their fusion of modernity, history and culture, along with adventure, ecotourism, sun and surf. In this country of varied destinations, all visitors must put their imagination to the test and enjoy the journey that awaits them, along with the combination of coffee, flowers, emeralds and people who will give you the best the country has to offer.

9 You will be surprised

Colombia is the second richest country in the world in terms of biodiversity and the first in birds, orchids and palms. We carefully preserve our cultural diversity inherited from our indigenous and European ancestors.

6 Open doors

During your event, congress or convention, you will come across new possibilities for continuous learning and business opportunities. As an active member of the International Congress and Convention Association, and since the World Bank published the report ‘Doing Business’, Colombia has been recognized for having the best business climate in Latin America. Colombia is also among the top ten countries in the world with the greatest reforms positioning itself as a quickly evolving country and a first-class destination.

7 For each visitor

Each individual visitor deserves the best service possible. The friendliness, warmth and passion of the Colombian people are national qualities. Colombia offers more than a platform for excellent quality, its people are the main reason the country has increasingly attracted foreigners looking for a destination to host events, doing business or seeking adventure and fun.

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The diversity of its cities and tourist destinations means Colombia has something to offer for every kind of visitor. The variety of destinations, such as Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Café Triangle, Santander, Medellín, Cali - Valle del Cauca, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, San Andrés,

Additionally, you will discover unique destinations that offer a selection of museums, fairs, festivals and cultural shows, collectively describing our country’s history.

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Millions of reasons for wanting to stay The incredible diversity means that Colombia offers activities for all tastes and preferences. There is a great variety of cuisine in Colombia, from exotic fruits, to seafood and cereals that supply the many excellent restaurants of world-wide repute. Our diverse landscapes and regions, rich in flora and fauna, invite you to take part in unforgettable experiences, including extreme sports and adventure activities. Furthermore, Colombia offers its visitors a top-class golfing experience. The country has over 50 challenging and varied courses, considered to be the best in Latin America. Each one has been designed in magical and exotic settings. All of this and much more proves that the only risk when coming to Colombia is wanting to stay.


Panoramic view / Bogotá, Photo Courtesy of Mauro Fuentes

The Colombian capital, with around eight million people, is a modern, cosmopolitan city that has positioned itself as one of the main industrial, commercial and business hotspots of the continent. Bogotá is the ideal starting point to explore Colombia. It has a moderate, pleasant temperature due to its high altitude and an extensive network of roads and highways that converge in the capital. More than 380 international flights are welcomed weekly at El Dorado International Airport and from this airport you can board a flight to almost any part of the country.

In the last decade, Bogotá has undergone a notable social and urban transformation. The city has one of the greatest infrastructures on the continent, with numerous parks, avenues, public spaces, an important network of libraries and an efficient mass transport system by the name of TransMilenio. The shopping malls have excellent quality products at good prices. Bogotá’s varied nightlife includes bars and clubs for all tastes and some of the best gastronomic offerings in Latin America.


Convention Centers and Fairgrounds

Corferias Convention and Exhibition Center / Bogotá

III China Latin American Business Summit 2009 Corferias Convention and Exhibition Center / Bogotá

Bogotá boasts a wide selection of convention centers with large capacities, an important fairground and a range of meeting rooms.

As well as the Corferias fairground, the Corferias Convention Center, designed with state-of-the-art technology, is one of the capital’s most complete venues. The Corferias Convention Center can host 6,000 people seated and up to 13,000 standing in an area of 6,000 m² without columns.

Corferias Exhibition and Convention Center

Compensar Convention Center

Corferias is more than just a fairground; it is a comprehensive trade fair park that has all-encompassing services for exhibitors and visitors alike. It has 22 buildings and covers an area of 67,381 m² (covered area), with a 15,644 m² openair exhibi­tion area.

Strategically located in the heart of the city with access to Bogotá’s principal thoroughfares, the Compensar Convention Center has two large auditoriums, 15 meeting rooms and ample open-air spaces for exhibitions, trade fairs and concerts.

AR Convention Center This is one of the most important business centers in the northern part of the city. It has modern facilities with ten meeting rooms and a foyer for holding exhibitions and/or trade fairs. Each room is equipped with the latest technology and automated systems.

On the Outskirts of Bogotá Paipa Convention Center Located in the center of the department of Boyacá, the Paipa Convention Center, has all the facilities needed for different corporate events. It has seven rooms with a capacity to host up to 1,000 people. *Bogotá has additional venues to host your event. Please refer to the multimedia CD for further information.


Bank of the Republic Collection, Gold Museum, Bogotá / Photo courtesy of Juan Mayr

Facts Number of rooms: 13,497. Number of beds: 20,420.

Events with magic included A Fusion of cultures that make this city a magical one Host your event in the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden, winner of the National Architecture prize, or in some of the 20 parks highlighted for their natural beauty. In the Botanical Garden, you can enjoy the magic of a cosmopolitan city in the midst of beautiful gardens and appreciate the conservation of the country’s natural resources. In the city’s more than 58 museums, among them the National Museum, you will be surrounded by the art and history of the populations who first inhabited the country. Enjoy a meal in the National Museum, the first museum in Colombia and one of the oldest in Latin America. Visit one of Colombia’s most impressive wonders, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. This site has a unique architecture and is one of the largest salt reserves in the world. It is well-known for its collection of salt and marble sculptures.

Tourist attractions The Gold Museum includes one of the most important collections of pre-Hispanic gold artifacts in the world. The most extensive range of hotels in the country. Bi-annual Ibero-American Theater Festival, held in Bogotá in the historic downtown, La Candelaria district highlights the city’s architectural assets.

Additional information Bogotá Convention and Visitors Bureau www.bogotacvb.com District Institute of Tourism Bogotá www.bogotaturismo.gov.co Virtual Store and Tourism Portal Bogotá www.bogotaes.com Municipality of Bogotá www.bogota.gov.co Bogotá Chamber of Commerce www.ccb.org.co Cotelco (Colombian Hotel Association) Bogotá Chapter www.cotelcobogota.com Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies www.anato.org


Panoramic View / Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena de Indias is a city full of passion, famous for its history, culture and entertainment. It is magical place, ideal for doing business and having fun at the same time. Founded in 1553 by Pedro de Heredia, it was the first city to claim independence from the Spanish Crown in November 1811. Cartagena de Indias preserves its historic center with its distinguished large colonial houses and colorful balconies, narrow streets that spill onto beautiful tree-lined plazas, colonial churches and ancient monasteries, many of which have recently been converted into luxury hotels. The old wall is 11 kilometers long and has been well-maintained, as have the castles and bastions that protect the bay.

Declared a World Historical and Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, Cartagena de Indias adds to the charm of its colonial, republic and modern architecture its bustling nightlife, internationally renowned cultural festivals, exquisite landscapes, magnificent beaches, excellent cuisine and a hotel and tourist infrastructure for every taste and budget. Cartagena de Indias is known throughout the world as the jewel of the Colombian Caribbean. Cartagena de Indias will transform your event into a magical experience.


Latin American Leaders Forum 2009 / Cartagena de Indias

Convention Centers Cartagena de Indias Julio César Turbay Ayala Exhibition and Convention Center The Cartagena de Indias Convention Center has a constructed area of 19,000 m², mainly spread over three ample zones that can host up to 3,500 people in the Gran Salón Barahona , the Auditorio Getsemaní and the Claustro de las Ánimas zone. *Cartagena de Indias has additional venues to host your event. Please refer to the multimedia CD for further information.

Events with magic included A paradise that traps you with the magic of its history Add a touch of magic to your event in the San Felipe Castle, famous for being one of the most important fortresses built by the Spanish Crown. Awaiting you at the top of the castle are palenqueras, vendors who sell local fruits dressed in bright colors, which are very traditional of the country’s fairs and festivals. In addition to the castle, there are more than 21 bastions and 7 forts that were used to protect the city and are magical venues to host events. After a hard day of work and meetings, celebrate your social event in a colonial treasure, the Heredia Theatre with room for over 400 people. For a night of elegance and culture, the Heredia Theatre is the perfect setting. The boxes, balconies, stairs and sculptures made from Italian marble, allow you to breathe in the city’s legendary and patriarchal character. Alternatively, there are other

museums in the city that, similar to the Heredia Theatre, embody the magic of the city and your event. Enjoy your event underneath a starry sky in one of the more than 17 historic plazas. The largest one in the city, the Aduana Plaza, will be decorated with candles and flowers typical of the region. Dance with a cultural group whose show explores the country’s different regions, starting from the prehistoric period and taking you through the salsa, mapalé and currulao dances. Sailing in the Galleon Bucanero is always a unique experience. Sail across the Bay of Cartagena de Indias as the sun sets, gently rocking on the waves. In the evening, the Galleon can dock at the Club de Pesca restaurant where a large group of people can spend a night listening to music with live pianists and saxophonists.


Julio CĂŠsar Turbay Ayala Convention and Exposition Center / Cartagena de Indias

Facts Number of rooms: 7,429. Number of beds: 13,633.

Tourist attractions: The most impressive walled defenses and fortresses in the Americas. Festivals: Hay Festival, International Film Festival, Cartagena Music Festival. There are more than 50 exotic islands just 40 minutes away from Cartagena de Indias.

Additional information Cartagena de Indias Convention and Visitors Bureau www.cartagenatravel.com Tourism Portal of Cartagena de Indias www.cartagenadeindias.travel Municipality of Cartagena de Indias www.cartagena.gov.co Cartagena de Indias Chamber of Commerce www.cccartagena.org.co Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies www.anato.org


Silletero, Flower Fair / Corregimiento of Santa Elena, Antioquia Courtesy of Julio César Herrera, Vice Ministry of Tourism

Medellín, the capital of the department of Antioquia, has the best public services infrastructure in the country and offers a modern setting for any event. It is currently one of the most dynamic and enterprising cities in South America. Medellín has a sound and diverse economy that has enabled it to become an important industrial, commercial and financial hub. It is a leader in services, communications, fashion and entertainment which have been the developmental focus of the city.

Medellín is an especially attractive destination for those interested in fashion, textiles and haute couture, areas in which the local industry has specialized. The city has become an important fashion hotspot in Latin America, in fact, two of the most important fairs take place in Medellín: Colombiatex and Colombiamoda.


Orquídeorama / Medellín

Convention Centers and Fairgrounds Plaza Mayor, Palacio de Exposiciones Plaza Mayor Medellín is an exposition and convention center that can host any type of event, according to your specific needs. Its design and structure makes the Plaza Mayor a reference point in the city. Located in the most important and architecturally modern area of Medellín, it is a strategic site, easily accessible from anywhere in the city. The exhibition center has 4 buildings for exhibitions, covering an area of 12,000 m² in the interior where it is possible to display more than 500 stands. In addition, it has a similarly sized area for open-air exhibitions, an ample conference hall, VIP room, food hall, registration area and parking lots.

Plaza Mayor, Convention Center The Plaza Mayor Convention Center offers 16 rooms with a capacity that can range between 30 and 3,000 people. It is equipped with modern technology, state-of-the-art communications and audiovisual support, registration area and parking lots. *Medellín has additional venues to host your event. Please refer to the multimedia CD for further information.

Events with magic included A city that breathes the magic of an eternal spring Celebrate a magnificent event in the magical and natural setting of Orquideorama, part of the Juan Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden. In this breathtaking location, your event will be transformed with the one-of-a-kind orchid collection, as well as a silleteros display, making every moment of your event special. The silleteros are traditional flower cultivators and vendors who carry their wares on their back. Learn about the region’s traditional culture in the Museum of Antioquia, where you will be surrounded by the famous art works of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero. You can host your social event in this museum that will add an unexpected touch of art and magic. Medellín counts with more than 14 museums that demonstrate the city’s history and culture. For smaller events take a trip to Pueblito Paisa, a replica of the main plaza of a typical village in Antioquia in the 20th century. It will make your event a magical experience thanks to the flawless colonial architecture, the presence of locals in their traditional clothing and a beautiful panoramic view of Medellín, the city of eternal spring.


Closure IX South American Games, Medellín 2010 Photo courtesy of Raul Soto

Facts Number of rooms: 7,521. Number of beds: 12,506.

Tourist attractions Visit the open-air art gallery known as “Plaza Botero” where statues by famous artist Fernando Botero are on display. Experience the unique silleteros parade during the Flower Fair. Recognized internationally as the hotspot of Latin American fashion.

Additional information Medellín Convention and Visitors Bureau www.medellinconventionbureau.com Official Tourism Portal Medellín www.medellin.travel Municipality of Medellín www.medellin.gov.co Medellín Chamber of Commerce www.camaramedellin.com.co Cotelco (Colombian Hotel Association) Antioquia Chapter www.cotelcoantioquiachoco.org Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies www.anato.org


Panoramic view / Cali - Valle del Cauca

Cali - Valle del Cauca is a joyful and vibrant city. It has become one of the country’s main financial and industrial centers and the main urban, economic, industrial, agribusiness and service hub of Colombia’s Southwest. Today, the capital of the Valle del Cauca is a modern, dynamic and fun city. It has well run public services and the best road network in the country. The city offers excellent hotels, meeting rooms and the most modern and multifunctional event center in the country, the Valle del Pacífico Event Center.

Cali-Valle del Cauca boasts an impressive array of tourist and recreational activities for national and international visitors. In its downtown area, many of the original buildings constructed when the city was first founded have been well-preserved. Visitors looking for a cultural experience should visit the city’s museums and theaters, which are located in this area. In the outlying areas, you can choose from various adventure sports, tour beautiful colonial haciendas, visit the sugar cane museum or practice water sports on Lake Calima. If you are looking for a party, Cali-Valle del Cauca is famous for being the world capital of salsa and offers terrific nighttime entertainment - crucial for any successful event, conference or business meeting.


Valle del Pacífico Events Center

Events with magic included The magic of its salsa rhythm made it a slice of heaven

Located 10 minutes from the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport and 15 minutes from the main hotels, the Valle del Pacifico Events Center is the largest and most modern multifunctional complex on the Pacific Rim. It covers a built area of 40,000 m² and can host from 50 to 11,000 participants in one place.

The Jorge Isaacs Theater is the ideal setting for a magical event. Declared a national heritage site for its neo-classical architecture, you can soak up Cali´s culture while enjoying a salsa show with world class dancers. Other theaters such as El Municipal, Los Cristales and many more, epitomize the architectural charm of the city.

Its custom-made design can adapt itself to conferences, conventions, social events, parades, theater productions, concerts, exhibits and it can even host seven Olympic sports.

If you are looking for somewhere less conventional to host your event, check out the Sugar Cane Museum. The museum is famous for its gardens and vegetation. It is the perfect place to explore a region that has one of the most developed sugar industries in the world. In addition, Cali- Valle del Cauca has other outstanding museums that display not only natural elements and religious artifacts, but also its colonial architecture and indigenous culture, adding to the varied cultural and academic activities offered in the city.

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*Cali- Valle del Cauca has additional venues to host your event. Please refer to the multimedia CD for further information.

Cali-Valle del Cauca has a variety of traditional haciendas where you will be surrounded by an air of magic. Visit El Paraíso Hacienda, better known as the setting of the romantic Latin American novel, María, by Jorge Isaacs. It is one of the most visited haciendas and a beautiful place to enjoy a magical event. The rooms offered here have beautiful views admiring the mountains, trickling streams and leafy trees. Soak up the warm weather and incredible fresh air.

Valle del Pacífico Events Center / Cali - Valle del Cauca


Facts Number of rooms: 5,011. Number of beds: 7,873.

Tourist attractions: Cali swings to rhythm of salsa which is part of the city’s cultural heritage. Visit the Basílica del Señor de los Milagros de Buga where miracles become reality. Arrange a tour through its numerous museums.

Additional information Official Tourism Portal www.cali-valle.travel Chamber of Commerce Cali www.ccc.org.co Municipality of Cali www.cali.gov.co Cotelco (Colombian Hotel Association) Valle Chapter www.cotelvalle.com Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies www.anato.org

World Capital of Salsa / Cali - Valle del Cauca


Tayrona Natural Nationa Park / Santa Marta

Santa Marta is a popular destination offering travelers adventure, natural parks and stunning beaches. It is one of the most important commercial ports in the country, as well as the oldest city in South America. Santa Marta has preserved its historic downtown and the important monuments from the republican period, such as the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where Simón Bolívar, the country’s liberator, died in 1830. Santa Marta is home to archaeological relics and sites of natural interest: pristine beaches, landscapes of formidable contrasts, natural reserves, a national park and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range conformed by the highest mountains in

the country with snow peaks all year round. The Sierra is home to two of the most important pre-Columbian cities, the Lost City and Pueblito, legacies from the Tayrona people. Santa Marta is ideal for nature lovers, adventure and water sports enthusiasts. It offers an impressive service infrastructure including shops, restaurants, meeting rooms, and hotels with a capacity to accommodate attendees of international conventions, conferences and congresses. Santa Marta will make your business trips more than just business, they will become an unforgettable experience. *Santa Marta has additional venues to host your event. Please refer to the multimedia CD for further information.


Irotama Resort’s Convention Center / Santa Marta

Events with magic included Its magic made the show fall in love with the sea In the Natural Mamancana Reserve, as well as Tayrona National Park and the Lost City, participants can immerse themselves in the beautiful natural surroundings, overlooked by the imposing Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta.

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Additional information Tourism Portal Santa Marta www.santamartaturistica.org

Number of rooms: 4,328. Number of beds: 10,508.

Municipality of Santa Marta http://santamarta-magdalena.gov.co

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Chamber of Commerce Santa Marta www.ccsm.org.co

The Tayrona culture, as seen in Pueblito and Lost City, with its mysterious terraces and pre-Hispanic paths. Taganga Beach, studied by scientists due to its impressive marine biodiversity. The Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where Liberator Simón Bolívar died in 1830. The highest coastal mountain in the world, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Cotelco (Colombian Hotel Association) Magdalena Chapter www.cotelcomagdalena.org Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies www.anato.org


Coffee plantation / Café Triangle

Colombia is internationally renowned for having the world’s best coffee. Although coffee plantations can be found throughout the country, they are commonly associated with the three departments that constitute the Café Triangle: Quindío, Risaralda and Caldas. This is mainly because elsewhere, coffee is just one of many activities, whereas in the Café Triangle it is part of the culture, the land and the people. The Café Triangle is one of the most popular rural tourist destinations on the continent. The capital cities of the three departments, Armenia, Pereira and Manizales, have their own airport and proper infrastructure to plan and organize events according to specific needs.

On top of visiting coffee plantations and natural parks, you can carry out extreme sports, experience traditional fairs and festivals or just take a much needed rest and contemplate one of the most beautiful landscapes in Colombia. This region represents a unique choice for hosting events, conferences, conventions and doing business unlike any other.


Hotel Bosque del Samán / Café Triangle

Convention Centers and Fairgrounds Expofuturo Fair, Exposition and Conference Center Expofuturo is located in Pereira and it is the largest exhibition and convention center in the Café Triangle. It has a total area of 36,000 m² and capacity for 8,500 attendees. Aside from the main building, this center offers a conference hall, two supplementary meeting rooms and excellent technical equipment to support important events.

Metropolitan Cultural Convention Center of Armenia The Centro Cultural Metropolitano de Convenciones covers an area of 8,000 m² which includes a main auditorium to hold events, conventions, conferences among others. The auditorium has capacity for 1,200 people and can be subdivided into three rooms for 400 people each. *The Café Triangle has additional venues to host your event. Please refer to the multimedia CD for further information.

Events with magic included The aroma of its land seduces millions of palates Explore the coffee region, its culture and the countless traditional haciendas such as El Balso, Hacienda Colombia and Hacienda San José. You will be welcomed by locals and their traditional clothing at the door of every hacienda, offering you the world’s best coffee. In this gorgeous traditional villa with original architecture, you can host a magical event surpassed by the aroma of Colombian coffee. There are various ecotourism hotels that will add a touch of magic to your event. In places such as Termales del Otoño you can invite the coffee beauty queens, in their elegant dresses, to help you host the event. Make the most of the hotel’s charming gardens, colorful houses and thermal waters. Celebrate a magical event in the Recinto del Pensamiento. This venue was originally created as a space for reflection and debate with a capacity for approximately 600 people. In the evenings, torches are lit illuminating its natural surroundings.


Conventions Metropolitan Center, Armenia / Café Triangle

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Additional information

Armenia Number of rooms: 2,239. Number of beds: 5,115.

Municipality of Armenia www.armenia.gov.co

Pereira Number of rooms: 2,369. Number of beds: 4,292. Manizales Number of rooms: 1,092. Number of beds: 2,322.

Tourist attractions: Travel throughout Recuca, the best coffee tour in the world. Tour around the multiple theme parks such as the National Coffee Park and Panaca, the Agricultural and Livestock Culture National Park. Visit the mysterious and splendid Los Nevados Natural Park, some 5,000 meters above sea level. Discover the Cocora Valley, where you will find the world’s tallest palm tree, the wax palm, which is Colombia’s national tree. Enjoy the Manizales Fair with its signature event, the International Coffee Beauty Pageant.

Municipality of Manizales www.alcaldiamanizales.gov.co Municipality of Pereira www.pereira.gov.co Cotelco (Colombian Hotel Association) Quindío Chapter www.cotelcoquindio.org Cotelco (Colombian Hotel Association) Risaralda Chapter www.cotelcorisaralda.org Chamber of Commerce Armenia www.camaraarmenia.org.co Chamber of Commerce Pereira www.camarapereira.org.co Chamber of Commerce Manizales www.ccm.org.co Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies www.anato.org


Barranquilla Carnival Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Unesco/ Barranquilla

Barranquilla, also recognized as the “Golden Door of Colombia”, is the country’s main maritime port. The city has a dynamic economy based principally on industry, trade, finance and fishing.

This city is host to a thriving of industry meetings year round that thanks to the high quality services offered, has become an interesting choice for hosting small conventions and events.

Barranquilla is the heart of the Colombian Caribbean. It has various hotels, restaurants and a famous nightlife where Caribbean music recreates the city’s most important event, the Carnival of Barranquilla, declared a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

*Barranquilla has additional venues to host your event. Please refer to the multimedia CD for further information.


Events with magic included The charm of its people fills with magic the hearts of those who visit it For modest sized meetings, Barranquilla has various restaurants to choose from. La Cueva is a cultural hybrid that creatively combines a restaurant, bar, communal area, museum and theater. This venue was a gathering place for the members of the Barranquilla Group, to which Gabriel García Márquez belonged. The participants of your event can experience the culture of La Cueva, share the anecdotes and feel the history just like the Barranquilla Group once did. Truly a magical place, the Salgar Castle is one of the few remaining colonial era buildings in the city. The Salgar Castle, alongside the seashore, will turn your event into a magical experience. A cultural show of the Carnival of Barranquilla will liven up your party with the colors, rhythms and typical dances from the region. Many of city’s businesses were based in republican style houses, such as the Old Customs House. Celebrate your event in this charming venue that currently holds the Pilot Library of the Caribbean, the Historic Archives of the department of Atlántico and the Musical Documentation Center. Alternatively, you can organize events, gatherings or conferences in the Parque Cultural del Caribe. The Parque Cultural del Caribe offers cultural and educational services and works to protect the tangible and intangible Colombian Caribbean heritage. In addition to having the privilege of using this innovative cultural venue, you will also be contributing to the development and promotion of culture in this Caribbean city and region.

Facts Number of rooms: 2,988. Number of beds: 4,219.

Tourist attractions: The Barranquilla Carnival - Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Experience the Colombian Caribbean’s jazz festival: “Barranquijazz”. The Parque Cultural del Caribe includes a museum dedicated to the Colombian Caribbean region. Totumo Mud Volcano, where you can bathe in mud, considered to be a source of health and life.

Additional information Municipality of Barranquilla www.barranquilla.gov.co Mixed Committee for the Promotion of Atlántico www.comixto.com Tourism Guide Barranquilla www.guia-tporbarranquilla.com Chamber of Commerce Barranquilla www.camarabaq.org.co Cotelco (Colombian Hotel Association) Atlántico Chapter www.cotelcoatlantico.org Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies www.anato.org

Caribe Mueseum / Barranquilla


Paragliding / Santander

The department of Santander lies in the Northeastern part of the country. It is known for being welcoming and friendly, offering its visitors a variety of important cultural, architectural and gastronomic attractions, set within an exotic and unexpected landscape.

revered for its imposing character. This beautiful place is home to the Chicamocha Natural Park, which offers visitors contact with nature and extreme amusement in its 264 hectares. An aerial tramway with 38 cabins crosses the entire Canyon and can be combined with a variety of extreme sports available for visitors.

Its capital, Bucaramanga, located along the eastern mountain range, is known as “The City of Parks�. It is an industrial, university and trade capital, with an excellent hotel infrastructure.

Santander is, therefore, an important tourist, recreational and business destination. It offers different venues for holding events, congresses and conventions, without forgetting the fun and adventure common to the region. The combination of an environment of extreme sports, beautiful landscapes and special exhibition centers create the ideal setting for carrying out any event.

The Chicamocha Canyon, located just 54 kilometers (33 miles) from Bucaramanga, is a natural attraction that has been


Fairgrounds Cenfer The Bucaramanga Center for Fairs, Expositions and Conventions, CENFER S.A. is a hub of development for the east of Colombia, serving to bridge commercial relations with other Latin American countries. Cenfer has a Multiple Conference Center, Exposition Center, Auditorium, Patio of Honor, Flag Plaza and a Concert Plaza. Together, they cover an area of 19,731 m² with a capacity to seat 6,500 people in its covered spaces. *Santander has additional venues to host your event. Please refer to the multimedia CD for further information.

Events with magic included Land of adventures that accelerates the beating of your heart Your event will be transformed by the variety of options offered in the social clubs of Bucaramanga, among them, Club Campestre de Bucaramanga. This social club has 8 event rooms, golf course, tennis and squash courts, pools, two restaurants, bars and much more. Your event will be inspired by the love the locals have for their land and their natural surroundings.

Facts Number of rooms: 2,861. Number of beds: 4,499.

Tourist attractions Extreme sports in the San Gil and Fonce rivers. Chicamocha Canyon, one of the most awe-inspiring attractions on the planet. Barichara, known as “the prettiest village in Colombia”.

Additional information Department of Santander www.santander.gov.co Chamber of Commerce Bucaramanga www.camaradirecta.com Cotelco (Colombian Hotel Association) Santander Chapter www.cotelcosantander.org Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies www.anato.org

Courtesy of Efrain Noguera / Vice Ministry of Tourism Barichara, Santander


Climate Colombia has an equatorial climate and does not have dramatic seasonal changes. There is always plenty of light throughout the whole year, and the same number of daylight hours as nighttime hours.

Visas and regulations Passengers from countries that require a Colombian visa need to request a tourist visa at the Colombian consulate in their country of origin.

Flowers / MedellĂ­n


International driver’s license. Yellow Fever and tetanus vaccines. Before travelling to some regions in the country, you must have the yellow fever and tetanus vaccines at least 15 days in advance. Travelers or healthcare insurance. Recent passport size photos. Photocopies of passport, credit cards and proof of insurance.

Emergency numbers (toll free) National emergency: 123. National Police: 112. Civil Defense: 144 or 640 0090 in BogotĂĄ. DAS Administrative Security Department: 153. Colombian Red Cross: Go to www.cruzrojacolombiana.org to find the telephone number for the corresponding department.

Currency Colombia’s official currency is the Colombian peso ($). The flow of money into and out of the country, in this currency or in any other, is restricted and should be declared when entering or leaving Colombia.

Electricity Electricity in Colombian cities is 110 volts. The sockets are American and can take two flat pins, but you can easily buy adapters and electric current converters. The electrical flow in hotels is generally regulated.

International calls International

calls: dial 00 + (9) (5) or (7) + country code + area code + phone number. National calls: dial 0 + (9) (5) or (7) + city code + phone number. *Consult the multimedia CD for more information on flights, hotel infrastructure, events centers and much more.

Cartagena de Indias Palenquera fruit vendor, Palenque Culture Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, UNESCO

Other important documents to bring


Recent events held in Colombia XVII Assembly of the World Tourism Organization XI Summit of Chiefs of State of Non-aligned Countries Latin America Travel Mart World Economic Forum Latin America - 2010 ALTA Leaders Forum III China-Latin America Business Summit IV International Congress of the Spanish Language Latin America Emerging Markets Forum V International Congress on Facial Plastic Surgery Sub-aquatic Hockey World Championship (2010) International Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America Conference 3rd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance Wharton Global Alumni Forum 5th Latin American Conference on Pain 17th Latin American Sessions on Occupational Health and Safety 7th Annual Seminar of the Hemispheric Institute on Performance and Politics 11th Latin American Congress on Social Medicine -11 ALAMES11th Congress of the Latin American Network of Clinical Epidemiology - LatinCLEN V International Conference on Community and Family Violence VII Ibero-American Congress on Food Engineering International Meeting of Skal Latin America XVI ESRI Latin American Users Conference XXI Inter-American Masononic Great Assembly XXVII International Orthodontics Congress 10th Inter-American Conference on Physics Education 12th Ibero-American Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Software Environments -IDEAS’09 29th Convention of the Caribbean, Central and South America Corrugators Association 50th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the InterAmerican Development Bank -IDB

XII AHCIET Summit of Regulators and Operators and XXVIII General Assembly 3rd Latin America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit -LACRMS 17th Congress of the International Association of Agricultural Medicine and Rural Health 29th Latin American Congress of Chemistry 6th Latin American Congress of Endovascular Surgery -CELA11th Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference 3rd Congress of the Latin American Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery 5th Latin American Monobuoy Operators Conference 3rd Latin American Congress of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder 10th Congress of the Ibero-American Society of Gynecological Endoscopy and Imaging 13th International Seminar of the Latin American Association of Technological Management 13th Latin American Conference of Free Trade Zones 8th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference, Cartagena, Colombia 11th Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Jewish Communities and Institutional Directors 6th Inter-American Scout Summit Table Tennis World Cup VII Ibero-American Forum on Communication Strategies 18th International Safe Communities Conference 10th Ibero-American Symposium on Conservation and Use of Zoogenetics 9th Meeting of the Association of Historians of Latin America and the Caribbean 7th International Congress of the Pan-American Federation of Private Security -FEPASEP 10th Inter-American Conference on Physics Education PGA Nationwide Tour 2010, Country Club / BogotĂĄ


Panoramic View / Cartagena de Indias

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