Cartagena, Colombia: The still relatively undiscovered city of Cartagena is heaven for music lovers. Take in meringue, salsa, or Cuban, and listen to guitarists who stroll the streets or dance to techno in the clubs. Musicians will follow you down the streets, and it’s not unheard of to take one back to your villa to entertain while you and you friends party until dawn.
Santa Marta, Colombia -- La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City). Hidden (literally) in the crevices of northern Colombia’s Santa Marta Sierra Nevada mountain range, La Ciudad Perdida was built by the Tayrona people around 800 AD. Although built approximately 600 years before Machu Picchu, it was “discovered” by looters on the hunt for treasure in 1975 (60 years after Machu Picchu’s “discovery”).