If you ever wondered about what you've been missing, Colombia Photo Gallery will provide you with an answer and will hopefully be a nice introduction to it as well.
For decades, internal conflicts have cast a shadow over the beauty and diversity Colombia has in essence, failing to attract international visitors mainly for that reason.
Fortunately, that's is over and it's time to fully enjoy it as it deserves.
For many reasons, it's an easy country to love, and you may find it difficult to depart when your vacations are over.
The country's diversity and attractions spans a wide range. From gorgeous Caribbean beaches and national parks to Colonial cities, from archaeologial sites and high-mountain trekking options to Amazon safaris, from whalewatching to scuba diving and surfing. And the list goes on.
Officially the first neighborhood of Bogota, La Candelaria is where Colombia's capital was founded in 1538 by Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada y Rivera in a spot known today as El Chorro de Quevedo. Full of Spanish Colonial, Baroque and Art-decó architectonic styles, it's a jewel of a place to visit, a walk through the history of South America with a Colombian scent.
To list all of its attractions it would be too long here, enough to mention Plaza Bolivar, 400 year old churches, Botero Museum (Fernando Botero, figurative artist and sculptor born in Medellín in 1931) and Luis Angel Arango Library. With 1.1 million books it's the most visited public library in Latin America.
The city of Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena of Indias) offers a wealth of architectural gems and churches. Being one of the most popular destinations in the country, the Old City is a marvel, particularly the inner walled town. It was founded on June 1, 1533 by Spanish sailor Pedro de Heredia.
Amongst the main sights not to be missed, include Convento and Iglesia de San Pedro Claver - named in honor of Spanish-born monk Pedro Claver (1580-1654), the "Apostle of the Blacks" - Convento de la Popa - its official name is Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, founded by the Agustine fathers in 1607 - and the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas , the greatest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies, whose construction began in 1630.
Colombia Photo Gallery is an eclectic selection of images where traditional "straight" photography is combined with other photo software and filters in order to create a different representation of reality.
The dreamlike quality of some of them brings another dimension to the world of travel photography, one that is almost surreal, untouchable, like a tale or fable we were told as kids.
All images shown are part of the creation of Pedro Szekely. Please have a look at his Flickr Photostream and the Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) under which he's chosen to share some of his photography. Contact Pedro at his own website for any questions or specific needs that you may have regarding his work.
For now, let's enjoy Pedro's pics and begin to explore Colombia through images...