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On Point! ISSUE 1 |  VOL 1  |  MAY 2018

MAGAZINE

FOR

ADVENTURERS

SKILLS III BOGOTÁ, COLOMBO AMERICANO

PHOTO BY: SARA FERNANDEZ


TABLE OF CONTENTS

4-7 BAHÍA SOLANO: A DELIVERY ROOM FULL OF SONGS SARA ISABEL FERNÁNDEZ

8-11 BOYACÁ, NATURE, FREEDOM AND TRADITION ESTEBAN CÁRDENAS

SKILLS III - MAY 2018

12-15 DISCOVERING ADVENTURES IN COLOMBIA ROBINSON GONZÁLEZ


TABLE OF CONTENTS

16-19 TOURISM OF CARS: THE FUTURE OF COLOMBIA JUAN CAMILO REYES

20-23 SKILLS III -Â MAY 2018

ANTIOQUIA: UNUSUAL AND EXTREME NATURE KATTERIN PAUNA


BAHÍA SOLANO: A DELIVERY ROOM FULL OF SONGS SARA ISABEL FERNÁNDEZ #DISCOVERCOLOMBIA


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BAHÍA SOLANO: A DELIVERY ROOM FULL OF SONGS

Bahia Solano is a great place to visit in Colombia if you like nature. It is located in Choco and it offers to tourists amazing landscapes and a lot of experiences to live. For environmentalists, biologists and all kinds of nature lovers, it is one of the places in Colombia that nobody  should miss.There you can see an extraordinary diversity of ecosystems and species of plants and animals, while enjoying the wales migration. Choco region is unique. It is one of the most diverse places in Colombia, both regarding    natural diversity  and cultural features. This place is part of Ecuador and Colombia and the afro-descendants communities aren’t nearly as plentiful as the white population  in this region. For that reason, the afro-descendant culture in the Choco is so rich and predominant, contrasting with Antioquia or Santander departments, where the principal culture is inherited by the Spanish people. Besides, Choco is located in  the equatorial zone which  is a very wet region, surrounded by The Andes mountain chain and the Pacific Ocean. This aspects create  particular conditions that have allowed the development of ecosystems like forests, jungles, mangroves, wetlands, rivers and oceans, along with the evolution of a lot of species. You would never find a similar place in any other part of the world. 

WHAT YOU'LL FIND INSIDE: SEA PLANS NATURE WHALES


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Location The location between the pacific ocean and the Andes mountain chain creates a kind of capsula and this condition allows some species to evolve in particular ways. For example one of the most characteristic types of plants that you can find in the Choco region are mangroves and palm trees.  We can find several species of this kind of trees like Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) that can sprout on unstable ground, Knight Mangrove (Rizophora harrisonii)  able to grow up 20 meters height, “Platanillo” (Heliconia marginata) a short type of palm tree that produce several colorful flowers or “Yolillo”(Raphia taedigera) a 12 meters height palm tree that you can find in sunny swamps. In the kingdom of animalia, we can find the poisonous gold frogs (Phyllobates terribilis). These colorful and tinyfrogs produce poison segregating the toxins from the insects that they eat and this substance makes it the most poisonous frog in the world.

Wildlife The howler monkey (Alouatta), who generates a very strong sound with his throat and which is considered the loudest animal in the world, also inhabits the Choco region. Another fascinating species is the spider monkey ( Ateles) called like this for the shapes that they create when they moves into the trees with their long and strong tail andhey look like spiders.However,  the most attractive experience that you can find in Bahia Solano is to see the migration of wales. Some kinds of whales arrive there for giving birth to their whale calfs. In this place we can find the Utira’s cove, that is  a geological fault in which some parts of the ocean enter inside a hole and is surrounded by ground. The wales find a safety place in the cove for breeding.  In order to get more information about whales and other endemic species, this place is a paradise for biologist and investigators as well and for that reason, they ask tourists to behold and take care of the nature when they visit this amazing destination,  one of the most diverse places on earth.


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Natural Park One of the most exciting national parks in Colombia is the Utria’s Natural Park. It is located in the Utira’s cove and some people refers to the park like “the delivery room for whales”.The cetaceans arrive in June to October, and this is the perfect moment for visit the Utria’s natural park. They have tours based on preserve the environment and enjoy the marvels of the nature such as bird watch, fauna watch and of course whale watch. Another activities that you can find in the park are practicing kayak and trekking. You can find some hotels surrounding the park like hotel Balboa, Mecana eco hotel, “posada los delfines” among others, however, some travel agencies has plans with diverses tours and hotels to visit this place. The prices of this plans change answer to how many days you will stay in Bahía Solano, but in a range of three to five days, the prices vary between one and tow millions of Colombian pesos.

To sum it up, in Bahia Solano you can enjoy a lot of the most valuables ecosystems in The equatorial zone and the world. It’s located inside a lung of the planet and we can find several species of plants and animals. Because of geographical conditions it’s fundamental for the migration and preservation of whales. Also This place has been transformed in one of the principals destinations for ecotourism in Colombia, and these particularities makes Bahia Solano a marvel of the nature.


BOYACÁ, NATURE, FREEDOM AND TRADITION ESTEBÁN CÁRDENAS #FEELCOLOMBIA


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BOYACÁ, NATURE, FREEDOM AND TRADITION

Landscapes in Sogamoso - Boyacá

Traveling around Boyacá is the best way to find beautiful natural treasures, that could generate unforgettable experiences and communicate a great history  in which real heroes could take you through the path of independence. Moreover, the

WHAT YOU'LL FIND INSIDE: NATURE PLACES TO VISIT FOOD

variety of cuisine that can be found in this department is abundant including several dishes and exquisite flavors. Some important and interesting aspects related to this beautiful department will be introduced in the article you are about to read.

Tota Lagoon - municipalities of Cuítiva, Tota and Aquitania - Boyacá

Boyacá is an ideal place for resting and forgetting the big cities. This department is characterized by its beautiful landscapes, the greatness of its mountains and the green of its fields. The largest lake in Colombia, the Tota lagoon, is 47 kilometers long and 3,015 meters above sea level. It is located between the municipalities of Cuítiva, Tota and Aquitania.


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Emblematic places Some people say Boyacรก is the cradle of freedom since battles were fought and that resulted in our Independence. There you can find emblematic places such as the Boyacรก bridge and the Vargas swamp which played a leading role in important moments of our history. Regarding its architecture, it reflects the time of the colony and those features can be found in houses, churches and chapels which have architectural designs of the Renaissance period.

Boyacรก Bridge - Boyacรก

Farm of Colombia This department is the farm of Colombia since it is a region with high food production. The basis of food are potatoes and sources of protein like beef, lamb and other species, such as rabbit and chicken. In bread products, milk bread, mogollas and corn bread are the products that people prefer. In dairy products, you can find colostrum (it is the first form of milk peasants produce), curds (product obtained by coagulating milk) and cheese.

Products grown in the boyacรก fields


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Gastronomy The gastronomy of Boyacá is very diverse and you can find some typical dishes such as “mazamorra chiquita”, which is a soup made with yellow corn and that could be eaten with sausage (thin chorizo) as dinner. On the other side, “cocido boyacense” is a traditional lunch in days of work in the field, the ingredients are turnips, cubans, rubas, beans and peas and as a meat product you can choose chicken, beef rib or pork. For snacks, “envuelto” is one of the most popular options and it is made of corn dough. It can have sugar, grapes, salt and curd, the mixture is wrapped in cob leaves and then cooked in steam. Boyacá has some popular drinks such as “chicha”, which is made by chewing the corn, then left to ferment in a clay pot with spices and brown sugar. Another important drink is, “agua de panela” and it is made with extract of sugarcane, which is then mixed with hot water.

“Cocido Boyacense”, Typical dish.

Boyacá is a perfect connection between nature, history and culinary, represented in beautiful panoramas, exuberant architecture and delicious food. There you will find a bunch of adventures waiting for you. It is a perfect destination that cannot be missed.

Architecture in Monguí - Boyacá


DISCOVERING ADVENTURES IN COLOMBIA ROBINSON GONZÁLEZ #TAKEADVANTAGEOFCOLOMBIA


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DISCOVERING ADVENTURES IN COLOMBIA

Colombia has a lot of amazing places for practicing different kinds of sports Choosing which sport depends on the place, the person and money they want to invest traveling. Colombia has departments like Cundinamarca, Meta, Santander and other where it is possible to practice some sports that release a lot of adrenaline, but there are other that are just for landscape lovers who want to enjoy nature. In Colombia it is possible to practice a bunch of sports and the selection depends on the physical activity the user is able to do, the location he is visiting and the cash he has in his pocket. In this text you will find some guidelines that could help you deciding which of these places and sports can be better for the kind of traveler you are.

WHAT YOU'LL FIND INSIDE: ADVENTURES IN AIR, EARTH AND WATER EXTREME SPORTS


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In Colombia it is possible to practice a bunch of sports and the selection depends on the physical activity the user is able to do, the location he is visiting and the cash he has in his pocket. In this text you will find some guidelines that could help you deciding which of these places and sports can be better for the kind of traveler you are.

Air Sports Air sports are for people that need to feel adrenaline running their veins, sports like skydiving, bungee jumping and parapent can be enjoyed in places like Flandes (Tolima), Villavicencio (Meta) and Medellin (Antioquia). These sports are for adrenaline addicts who want to release their anxiety and free themselves from their fears; also, the price varies between 200.000 and 1.500.000 approximately. For this reason, these kinds of sports are for people with some of money, passion and time for traveling to special places.

Earth Sports Earth sports are for people who want to have a connection with  nature. Hiking, abseiling, mountain climbing are possible to be found near the principal cities of Colombia. It is only necessary to ask to a local person what the route is and get information about requirements and the price. The plans can be very cheap and in some cases, you only need a bus while in others, it is necessary to pay for the access, or pay for the tourist guide. This kind of sport is better for spiritual people and it is not necessary to have money.  You only need to have a strong desire to be in contact with nature.


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Water Sports Finally, watersports are the combination of extreme and nature sports. Sports like subwing, flyboard, surfing, and other can be practiced in Colombia. The place depends of the kind of sport. For example, practicing Surfing is better in beach areas like Cartagena or Barranquilla, but if you want to try flyboarding, in Santander it is possible to do it. However, it is necessary to have previous experience. The price depends on the sport, transportation and duration; the price is estimated between 1.000.000 and 3.000.000 with the tickets.  Adventurous people just need money and some experience for doing some of these sports.

With the explanation, it is clear that Colombia is a place for doing any sport, but it depends on factors like money, time, experience and, the most important of all, having a traveler soul. Colombia offers a lot of possibilities for enjoying life and nature. It has several options for different travelers and they just need to ask themselves the kind of people they are and what they want to experience.


TOURISM OF CARS: THE FUTURE OF Â COLOMBIA JUAN CAMILO REYES #EXPLORECOLOMBIA


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TOURISM OF CARS: THE FUTURE OF COLOMBIA

WHAT YOU'LL FIND INSIDE:

Pure adrenaline!!!

CAR RACES AUTODROMES TOURISM AND SPEED

Tourism is the future in Colombia because it contributes an important part to the economy of the country, but it is necessary to create new and different activities for the visitors from other countries. The cars culture is a passion around the world and for that reason it is important to improve the tourism in Colombia because we don't have attractive speedways in Colombia for increasing this kind of tourism in Colombia. However, we have the Tocancipá National Speedway and it is an interesting place for understanding Colombian cars style better and the different racers categories that the country has.


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Tocancipá National Speedway The Tocancipá National Speedway, for example, is a nice place in Colombia because it is a symbol and a piece of our culture and the car fans community, but we will could have better and more speedway in Colombia. Races are an important sport around the world and Colombia is also part of this. We have a strange style in truck category and in this race we have to falling down knock down a cone and go in reverse 3 times. The first driver who finishes is the winner. The mayor's offices around the country are working hard to improve this important piece of culture and it is going to be more attractive for visitors from others countries. For example, nowadays we have a speedway in Barranquilla and the local government of Antioquia is planning to build a new National Speedway. These little acts will help to improve the tourism in Colombia If the authorities continues working hard for increasing this kind of tourism and our wealth in culture. This undertakings will drives the country to have better categories and better things to offer to foreigners.

Our own style in cars designs are really attractive for foreigners and the different categories of races we have defined make Colombian races unique. We have our own particular styles of cars designs and categories we have worked hard on are his audio cars. We hold competitions between audio cars the winner is the car that has the better and the highest sound. Another local style is modified trucks and we put a lot of things to customize them adding some lights and other accessories. Finally, we have 90's cars with interesting designs and they are called “tuning cars”. Therefore, our own different styles make Colombian cars fans culture interesting and exotic for foreigners and we can change different styles according to the experience we want to offer to tourists.


The government knows that speedways are a very good inversion and they are trying to promote this culture. Nowadays, a really big movement is taking place around Colombia and it is growing up and with the support of the gubernamental entities, the car fans culture is going to be attractive for tourists.


ANTIOQUIA: UNUSUAL AND EXTREME NATURE KATTERIN PAUNA DÍAZ #ENJOYCOLOMBIA


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ANTIOQUIA: UNUSUAL AND EXTREME NATURE

Welcome to the department with the best coffee in the world! If your plan includes visiting Antioquia, you should know that this department has three unusual hotels that will surprise you. All of them are not only out of the common, but they also allow you to get in touch with nature, great views and the opportunity to do different touristic activities that you will not  forget. It is the perfect plan to escape the routine and the accelerated pace of working life and the city. These hotels are renowned for offering high standards of quality and innovation. Interms of space, they offer different types of rooms to accommodate guests according to their expectations and the number of people they are. Besides that, each hotel has innovative facilities for a complete comfortable experience and, the best of all, are their unusual and irrepetible design features.

WHAT YOU'LL FIND INSIDE: UNUSUAL HOTELS NATURE EXTREME SPORTS


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Pietra Santa Hotel For instance, the Pietra Santa Hotel is located in the municipality of Guatape in Eastern Antioquia. It offers three types of rooms for different types of plans. In this hotel you can book rooms of all kinds depending on the number of people who are with you, especially taking into account the kind of accommodation you need. The Bungalow Room is for couples because it has a romantic atmosphere and privacy. These are separate cabins where the guest can buy different romantic plans that offer whole experiences. Bungalow also offers guided ecological hiking, night campfire, Kayaks, fishing and swimming in the lake. The Chalet is for families that want to spend a meaningful time together. The chalet is not nearly as little as bungalow and it is not quite as big as the floating rooms.

La Montaña Mágica Is located in Santa Elena and its decoration is inspired in the movie The Hobbit. The hotel is inside the Piedras Blancas Ecological Park, and at the same time it is located inside the Arví Park which is approximately 50 minutes away from Medellín. All the accommodation corresponds to the homes of the hobbits of the famous movie The Lord of the Rings. All houses have nature-friendly systems and their operation is based on the principles of permaculture and sustainable development and this could be considered the added value of the hotel. This hotel offers accommodation service, restaurant, spa, hiking, camping and other activities related to nature and it also has vegetarian menus. La Montaña Magica is perfect for you if you are a lover of the Lord of the Rings saga, The Hobbit and nature.


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La Casa en el Aire The last hotel that we recommend is La Casa en el Aire which is located in Abejorral, 2,500 meters above sea level and considered to be perfect for risk lovers. The rooms are located in a house built in the middle of a mountain on the San Vicente hill, originally for climbers, but now it has become a tourist destination offering accommodation in the air. In the hotel, you can make different plans such as camping, canopying, hiking, pendulum and rappelling. All plans and  activities have all the security measures and guides. In addition to traditional services, you can also find other "height" plans outside the conventions, such as camping in the vecinity of the Buey river canyon or spending a romantic night 20 meters high in an unprecedented foam bath. Extreme sports and hotels are compatible, if you like adventure.  This could be  the ideal hotel for you because La Casa en el Aire is one of the most extreme and unconventional hostels in the country.

Therefore... In Antioquia you can find innovation and quality in a single hotel and extreme landscapes with the best touch of nature near Medellin. You will also have an unforgettable vacation if you stay in any of these three hotels and you could be sure you won’t find a similar plan in any other country, the best photos will be yours. These hotels have the possibility to practice extreme sports and enjoy a unique infrastructure in the country enjoying the warm Antioquia climate. All the options of tranquility and rest in the same department!


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SKILLS III BOGOTÁ, COLOMBO AMERICANO

PHOTO BY: SARA FERNANDEZ

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