With a diversity of landscapes and cultures that would be hard to find even in countries five times its size, Colombia should by all rights be one of the world’s top travel destinations. Pick a climate, and it’s yours—if you find the light jacket weather of Bogotá cold, drive an hour down through the mountains and sunbathe next to the pool of your rented hacienda. If you don’t want to sit still, head off into the Amazon or any of the country’s other many inland jungles, snow-capped volcanoes, rocky deserts, endless plains, lush valleys, coffee plantations, alpine lakes, deserted beaches. Nightlife, hot Cali is today’s world capital of salsa, claiming that competitive distinction even over Colombia’s other vibrant big city party scenes, which keep the music going long into the small hours of the morning. Relaxing, there are gorgeous tropical beaches along Colombia’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts, but you can find even more laidback and peaceful retreats on the idyllic and unspoilt Caribbean island of Providencia.