03 November 2016

Why Colombia is Ranking High on Travel Lists

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Something happened recently in the travel industry that has a lot of us enthusiastically saying “Yeah! It’s about time!” The popular travel guide publisher Lonely Planet gave Colombia the number-two spot in its Best in Travel ranking for 2017.

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The recognition, while well-deserved, probably won’t come as much of a shock to anyone who has been to Colombia because it’s such a uniquely wonderful country.

In recent years, Colombia has only been known as the travel destination for “adventurous types” who yearned to get away from the tourist traps. Pair that illusion with Colombia’s reputation for being dangerous and it’s no surprise why people weren’t eagerly scribbling “Go to Colombia” on their travel bucket lists. Now with Colombia’s tumultuous past becoming more distant with each passing year and the tourism industry starting to cater to all types of travelers and budgets, it’s about time people around the world started recognizing Colombia for what it truly is – an unforgettable destination that offers a variety of landscapes, welcoming people and charming culture.

Here’s why it’s no surprise Colombia is a sought-out travel destination:

The Beaches

Colombia sits in the northern part of South America and touches both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Those who like to soak up the sun and feel sand in between their toes will enjoy miles of Colombian coastline. Many of the beaches are located in nature reserves that also offer opportunities to view wildlife.

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The People

It’s typically in bad form to lump a whole group of people together, however it is often said that Colombian folks are friendly and we would agree. Of course, not every person on the street is going to comically shake your hand and dance through the streets like in an old-timey musical, but Colombians in general have a way of making visitors feel accepted and welcomed. Most people are genuinely curious about the travelers they cross paths with and want to make sure your trip goes well.

The Prices

You don’t have to be rich to travel to Colombia. The Colombian peso is worth about 3 U.S. dollars. This exchange rate means a trip to Colombia won’t break the bank. There are also many lodging accommodations for people who want to travel cheaply such as hostels and budget hotels. You can also cut costs on food if you stick to traditional Colombian meals. A traditional lunch at a restaurant where locals go will cost anywhere from 3 to 5 USD.

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The Weather

Whether you enjoy the brisk mountain air or you prefer a more tropical feel, Colombia offers a variety of different climates no matter when you visit. Cartagena and Santa Marta are popular cities along the Caribbean coast that boast warm and sunny weather. Medellín is said to experience Spring all year long because of its mild climate while Bogotá is known for being chilly with an average temperature of only 14.5 °C or 58 °F.

Colombia will surely continue to top travel destination lists. So plan your trip to Colombia before the masses come flocking.

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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