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Best Life-Changing Trips 2010

Cox & Kings

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Colombia: Rediscover Lost Cities

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The Highlights: A five-day exploration of Cartagena’s Old City, Spanish-colonial architecture, and buzzing neighborhoods—with a private villa decorated by Colombian fashion designer Hernán Zajar as your base—is only a prelude for the real showstopper: an expedition to the Lost City of the Sierra Nevada, founded in A.D. 800. Whereas most people hack through thick jungle to get there, you’ll chopper in and hike 90 minutes to the mountainside site, a series of 250 stone terraces still inhabited by indigenous tribes. Through December 2011; from $6,135 for five days. —Peter Frank

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