11 January 2017

Colombia Continues to Rank on 2017 Travel Lists

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The accolades keep rolling in for Colombia, and it really should come as no surprise. Bloomberg recently added Colombia to its list of places to go in 2017, as did The Guardian. This comes after Lonely Planet, one of the most popular travel publications, gave Colombia the number-two spot in its Best in Travel ranking for 2017.

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If you’ve visited Colombia in recent years, you probably understand why Colombia is being showered with praise. The hipster part of you may even feel inclined to tell people you went to Colombia before it was “mainstream.” But for people who have never been, or for people who still believe Colombia is that cocaine-riddled country in constant turmoil, the idea of it gaining recognition for tourism might be perplexing. Let us explain:

Touching on Safety

Both articles began by noting Colombia’s historic peace agreement. Safety conditions in Colombia have steadily been improving since the ‘90s, but it seems only recently that the rest of the world took notice. Better late than never. Of course, even with numbers showing a decline in violent crime and a fresh peace agreement, some outsiders are still weary of traveling to Colombia. The truth is, tourists need to practice as much caution while visiting Colombia as they would in any other foreign country. But the days of drug cartels terrorizing cities and crippling corruption remain firmly in Colombia’s past.

Bogotá is Worthwhile

This is what Bloomberg had to say about Colombia’s capital city: “Don’t disregard the capital, either. Bogotá is embracing its position as a booming financial hub and has become deft at catering to the jet set.” We couldn’t agree more. Too often, travelers only view Bogotá as a place to crash after an arriving flight or before a departing flight. But the capital has so much more to offer than its airport. Free and extremely cheap museums are clustered in Bogotá’s picturesque historic district called La Candelaria. The capital is home to exciting nightlife including chic bars and Salsa clubs. Plus, it’s located near many great day trip destinations such as the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira or sprawling nature reserves.

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Sharing the Glory

Both articles also mentioned other South American countries in addition to Colombia. Bloomberg highlighted Peru, while The Guardian noted Bolivia and Chile. If you want to visit multiple South American countries in one trip, you’re in for a grand adventure. Consider starting this adventure in Colombia, then working your way south. The exchange rate and hostel accommodations in Colombia will help you stay on budget and save cash for the next leg of your trek. Plus, Colombians are known for speaking very clear Spanish. So if your high school-level Spanish has gotten rusty, Colombia is the ideal destination to re-familiarize yourself with the language.

Since travel publications and blogs continue to recognize Colombia as a great place to take your next trip, it’s no doubt the tourism industry will grow. Plan your trip to Colombia now before dads wearing socks with flipflops unknowingly photobomb your Instagram-worthy shots of this beautiful country.

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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