When you grasp the beauty of this semi-arid plateau -- filled with strange geological formations, salt flats, pumice fields, sand dunes and an absurd array of colors --you won't quite believe it's the same country, let alone the same planet.
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"You can plan all you want, but you can't get the same experience as with a well-connected guide," he says. "They know everybody."
It's safe to say that Colombia is well and truly back on the map as one of Latin America's most distinct and wonderfully characteristic destinations.
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