TOURISM IN COLOMBIA Tourism in Colombia is regulated with the functions of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia government, sometimes in association with the implementation of politics of the Ministries of Culture and Finance to promote the country's economy and an employment generation for Colombian society.
The government's emphasis on tourism is done in seven sectors, sun and beach and is on the shores of the Pacific or Atlantic, or on the pacific , rivers, lakes and ponds; exalting history and culture, agro tourism, ecotourism and adventure sports . With the cultural framework fairs and festival´s and departmental capitals to promote local economic development potential sites ´like Capurganá, Bahia Solano-Nuquí, Nemocón and Vaupés.
Main cities of tourism Cartagena, Vaupés, Bahía Solano Nuquí, Eje cafetero, Santa Marta, San Andrés y Providencia, Medellín.
Over time, Cartagena has developed its urban area, preserving the historic and becoming one of the most important ports in Colombia, the Caribbean and the world as a famous tourist destination.
Main tourist sites Santuario del señor caído de Monserrate (Bogotá), Acuario de Medellín, La Cocotera (Cartagena de indias), Parque de los Poetas (Cali), Mariposario Andoke (Cali)
Castillo de San Felipe de Bajaras
El Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is a military fortress in the city of Cartagena de Indias built by the Spanish during the colonial period in what is now Colombia. It was the largest of the Spanish forts built in the Americas. Construction began in the year 1536 with the name of Castillo de San Lazaro, enlarged in 1657.
Baru â€œPlaya Blancaâ€?
These white sand beaches are in the south of Cartagena. This place is almost 2 hours away from the city and can be reached by bus, car or boat. Playa Blanca offers the most beautiful sea of Cartagena, with blue and green hues. The particularity of this beach is that it is fairly deserted by their remoteness from the city and hotels.
COMMERCE Cartagena has a rising commercial vocation, to be tourist destination, the city offers a wide range of shops where they are recognized chain stores, department stores, international franchise and specialized trade areas.
ECONOMY Cartagena has a strong economy multifaceted because it has a diversified production structure in sectors such as industry, tourism, trade and logistics for international maritime trade is facilitated due to its strategic location on the Caribbean Sea to the north and South America in the center of the Americas.
MUSIC Long before the widespread "champeta" Cartagena has distinguished itself as the cradle of great musicians and source various musical expressions. It is considered by some the leading original music culture Cartagena today, named for more than 20 years, which is then translated to a type of dance and finally to a musical genre.
S o l a n oâ€“N u q u Ă
It is one of the best preserved natural areas of the country because of its isolation. The forest dominates the landscape and because of the high rainfall is amazing biodiversity. It highlights the immense beaches, freshwater streams and the beauty of the forest to meet the sea.
Economy The economy is produced by artisanal and sport fishing, farming and agriculture in small-scale
Tourist sites It is considered one of its kind to contain a variety of ecosystems, ranging from the ocean to the jungle. Framed by the vastness of the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of the Serrania del Baudo, is estimated as one of the most biodiverse national parks not only in Colombia but in the world.
SAN ANDRES Y PROVIDENCIA
San Andres y Providencia Economics Department of San Andres and Providencia is based mainly on tourism and trade; daily come to the islands several aircraft from different Colombian cities and some from abroad, in search of relaxation and rest, the above activities are complemented by own agriculture and subsistence fishing, which is insufficient to supply the islands and this makes the interior of the country must import most of the food for daily consumption, both natives and tourists.
Festivities Carnival Coco: Starts in the month of November 27 to 30, marks the birthday of San AndrĂŠs and carry out a "Reign of Coco" contest in which several countries participate in the Atlantic Coast and neighboring islands. To this is added the Green Moon Festival (The green moon festival) largely devoted to reggae and calypso music. Carnival is also celebrated coconut to celebrate the birthday of San AndrĂŠs.
V A U P Ă‰ S The beauty of its natural scenery and rich wildlife offer some attraction, including unique species of fauna and flora.
V a u p é s Vaupés Department bases its economy on agriculture and mining. The climate is warm Vaupés department humid with average temperatures in the region above 27 ° C. Vaupés has retained its natural beauty, perhaps because they are in the heart of the Amazon jungle, without any land to connect you to the rest of the country.
ECONOMY Activity economic is largely agricultural, with the main crops manioc and sweet cassava, maize, plantain, yam and wild fruits. Inside are exploited mineral resources like gold and you can find the ilmenite, tantalum and coltan in a small percentage of content
Artisanal Craft production in VaupĂŠs was formerly used for each family household. Each group has a product that differentiates it from the other, hence, the need for exchange of products to complement its usefulness and respond to different priorities. Thus the barter system allowed a simultaneous change of products depending on the needs of each group. Currently the products are not only exchanged but sold at a price which reflects the amount and quality of the products.
Santa Marta Santa Marta is located in one of the most beautiful bays in the world and is home to a rich land in its historical potential, ecological and tourism that make it one of the most desirable cities in the country and the all the continent.
The tourist sites in Santa Marta as El Rodadero, Parque tayrona, Castillo de san Fernando, La catedral, CafĂŠ del parque House indigena, Museum Chairama and the others.
Festivities Among local cultural events include The International Theater Festival of the Caribbean, the Feast of St. Agathon (Home of the Carnival), the Festival of the Sea (July 29 to August 4) celebrating the Virgen del Carmen (July 16)
Gastronomy The cuisine of Santa Marta was created around factors like: Your location on the Caribbean Sea, the variety of climates of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the cultural mix of indigenous, Spanish and African. As in the entire Caribbean region of Colombia are common seafood, fritters, egg arepas, enyucados, yam and coconut candies. For example, in Taganga, a small fishing village, you can find several restaurants serving delicious dishes based on exotic seafood.