Whether or not you have a particular interest in Colombia’s liberation hero, the hacienda and sugar plantation 5km south of town where Simón Bolívar spent his last agonizing days makes for a great visit. The lush grounds, complete with an enchanted forest of twisted trees and creeping vines, are a pleasure to wander and you are very likely to spot numerous giant iguanas perched on the trees. Peek into the various mustard-coloured buildings for a glimpse of the Libertadór’s personal effects – an Italian marble bathtub, miniature portraits of the Bolívar family and military badges. Just to the right of the imposing Altar de la Patria memorial, the Museo Bolívariano features contemporary works by artists from countries liberated by Bolívar – Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.

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