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8 places that are no longer off-limits to travelers

Bocagrande beach in Cartagena, Colombia

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Colombia

Once in the news only for its rebel groups, kidnappings and ruthless cocaine cartels, Colombia is much more peaceful today than it has been in a long time. Some rebel groups still operate in remote jungle areas, but most of the country is safer than it was even a few years ago. The Caribbean beaches and atmospheric Old Town of Cartagena, the salsa beats of Cali, the history-filled avenues of Bogota, and the endless menu of natural landscapes and different ecosystems make this a truly wonderful country for a diverse travel experience. Decent domestic air service and comfortable long-haul buses make it possible to see different parts of Colombia even if you have just a week or two to spare.