Colombia’s colourful charm

Colombia’s colourful charm View Gallery
La Candelaria, the lively centre of Colombia’s capital Bogotá

Forget the clichéd boilerplate about narcos and cocaine: the South American nation is a much safer place these days and huge swathes of it are a feast for the eyes, writes Sean Sheehan

La Candelaria, the photogenic heart of Colombia’s capital city, is a neighbourhood in full-on tourist mode: striking graffiti, craft shops, colonial-era buildings, tree-lined squares and pedestrianised boulevards with sunny coffee shops. It’s a perfect introduction to polychromatic Colombia, free of touts and coachloads of tour parties, and home to at least one art gallery that should not be missed.

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