10 August 2016

4 Benefits of Taking a Tour in Colombia

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We can all picture the vacation tour from hell: A large group of sweaty, complaining tourists meandering through narrow streets. The overly chipper tour guide who incessantly yells out facts long past the group stopped listening. The cheesy tourist traps that seem to be on every itinerary.

I get it, tours often get a bad reputation. No one wants to fly to a different country only to be shuffled around like cattle. But all tours aren’t bad. In fact, there are many benefits to taking a tour versus traveling on your own in Colombia.

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Gain More Knowledge

I wandered around La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic district, for a week before I took a tour and really learned about the area. It was great meandering around the charming streets alone, but I had no idea what I was looking at. I had no grasp on the cultural and historic importance of the landmarks I passed. Sure, I could have bought a book about Bogotá, but lugging it around seemed like a pain and I didn’t want my nose in a book during the whole experience.

Avoid Language Barriers

There’s nothing more embarrassing than pantomiming asking where the bathroom is located. Language barriers are often a part of travel, but they can sometimes hinder the experience, especially if you are lost or need help and no one speaks your language. A tour guide can bridge the language gap. And since most tour guides in Colombia speak Spanish and English, they can teach you some key Colombian phrases during the trip.

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Cost Efficient

It is sometimes a challenge to get from one major Colombian city to the next. The Andes cross through the heart of the country while the thick Amazon jungle sits to the south. Visitors should definitely visit cities like Bogotá, Cartagena, Medellin and Santa Marta, but doing so requires crisscrossing around the country by plane or bus. Tours that specialize in multi-city trips like this one, are able to transport visitors from city to city at a cheaper price because of special deals offered to those in the tourism industry. The same goes for food and lodging. Plus, with a tour guide nearby who knows how much souvenirs and trinkets should really cost, tourists won’t pay inflated prices on the street.

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Meet People with Similar Interests

Whether you are traveling alone or with a partner, sometimes it’s nice to meet other people, especially when those tours have people with similar interests. In Colombia, bird enthusiasts to get together on bird watching tour and coffee lovers to congregate and sip on samples during a coffee making tour. Plus, you never know what kind of friends you will meet in Colombia. I have met other travelers through a tour, then continued to explore Colombia with them after the tour finished.

 

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Anneliese Delgado,

About the author:

Anneliese Delgado is an American writer living in Bogotá. Her mother is from the United States and her father is from Venezuela, giving her the unique opportunity to blend in on the streets of Colombia, while still viewing the country from the eyes of an outsider. When she’s not writing, she’s playing soccer, wandering around stores with no intention on buying anything and binge-watching Netflix. You can read more about her adventures on her blog at abroadincolombia.com.

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