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GOLD MUSEUM COLLECTION / BANCO DE LA REPUBLICA, Bogotá, Colombia

With its collection of over 50,000 dazzling artifacts created in pre-Hispanic times, Bogotá's Gold Museum is one of a kind. Now, thanks to a recent government crack-down on crime and corruption, tourists are trickling back to Colombia's capital to gawp at the treasures firsthand.

True, armed soldiers patrol Bogotá's wide, modern streets, and you'd be wise to leave your jewelry in the hotel before you head out — but who cares when all that glittery stuff awaits you in the museum?

Colombia's Indians worshipped gold and used it in their religious ceremonies. As part of...

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