02 September 2016

Why Everyone Should Visit Colombia

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Colombia, South America is one of the most exciting up and coming tourist destinations in the world.

For many years Colombia was considered a dangerous place to visit, but in the last 10 years the country has changed: the violence has been reduced and the government is in the process of signing a peace treaty.

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"Colombia, the only risk is wanting to stay", the previous slogan to promote tourism abroad is 100% true. Everyone who visits has their stereotypical views of the country proved wrong. Colombia has the best of everything and there is no country more biodiverse, aside from Brazil. Colombia has the Amazon Rainforest, Andes Mountain range, plains, a Caribbean and Pacific coast, deserted Caribbean islands, spectacular coffee regions and vibrant cities.

Colombia is an up and coming country and its cities are becoming more established and well built. Colombia is a country on the Equator, giving it a year round thermal climate (only varying with different regions and altitude). Colombia has a lot to offer: the year round climate gives it some of the best and freshest food in the world and the people are helpful, friendly, kind, full of national pride and welcoming. Colombian's love their country and they also love sharing their country with others and showing them how great it can be. Colombia has been voted the happiest country in the world for the last two years in a row (with 87% of Colombians stating that they are happy).

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Colombia is a country with a low tourist rate giving it some speculator assets, including unspoilt beaches, non-commercialised villages and historic towns. Many of the beach towns are also free from high-rise hotels so offer exclusive locally run hotels and hostels. Many big food chains are yet to move to anywhere other than the big cities and, due to this, smaller towns, beach areas and villages offer traditional restaurants and locally run cafés.

There are a large number of activities and things to do in Colombia including white water rafting in San Gil, visiting the Caño Cristales (the river of 5 colours), walking around Cartagena's old city, exploring secluded beaches on Providence Island, discovering diving reefs off San Andrés, staying on a secluded island in the Cartagena's Isles de Rosario, trekking in the Amazon Rainforest, staying with communities in the Amazon, visiting Colombia's sacred Lake Guatavita, horseback riding in the countryside, touring a coffee plant, walking up 250 steps to see the beautiful view in Guaptape, walking through Barichara's colonial streets and spending the night in Tayrona's National Park as well as many more things.

Colombia has a large number of natural features that have been preserved over time. Colombia is home to the Lost City, a natural indigenous city, which was first discovered in the 1970s and is located deep in the mountains near Santa Marta. The Caño Cristales, otherwise known as the river of 5 colours, is often referred to as the most beautiful river in the world and is full of bright colours including blues, yellows, greens, black and reds.

So forget the stereotypes and take a visit to one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

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Anny Wooldridge

About the author:

My name is Anny, I am from a small village in the East of England. Since graduating University and realising I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, I started travelling and working abroad. Travelling was always a passion of mine and I managed to turn it into a career. I have worked as a water ski instructor in Greece and America, a nanny in a snow ski resort in France and I am now embarking on a new adventure to teach English in Bogota, Colombia. You can read more about my adventures at annysadventuresblog.wordpress.com