A heady mix of the ancient and modern; enigmatic, colourful, and full of surprises, Colombia is hard to define and completely irresistible – like the world-class chocolate produced here! On the northern tip of South America, with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Columbia is blessed with some wonderful beaches. Old colonial and cobbled Cartagena – a Unesco World Heritage Site – is often called the queen of the Caribbean coast for its beauty, while nearby Bocagrande is a popular and trendy beach destination. Sprawling and high-altitude Bogota is the vibrant capital, known for its great restaurants, shopping, and thriving arts and cultural scene. Colombia is also among the top ranking countries for biodiversity and is home to many species of exotic birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, armadillo, manatees, and many more. Sticking up everywhere and helping to create the distinctive landscape of Colombia, are the giant Quindio Wax Palm trees.