July 6, 2020, 4:56 pm
As Colombia continues to distance itself from its tumultuous past, it's becoming an increasingly desirable vacation destination. A visit to Colombia means getting to know a country that still flies under the radar of most tourists, so you'll get an authentic experience. With that in mind, the tourism industry is developed enough to accommodate international visitors.
Get ready for our top 10 reasons why you should visit Colombia!
Most people are unaware of the vast differences between Colombia's regions. Some know about the tropical beach vibes that swirl around Cartagena and the rest of the Caribbean coast, but Colombia boasts other breathtaking landscapes. The Coffee Region is home to vibrant green mountains where Colombia's famous coffee is cultivated. The capital Bogotá and second-largest city Medellín also are tucked between the mighty Andes Mountain Range. To the south, visitors will enjoy exploring the Amazon. Colombia also has beautiful sweeping plains and unique ecosystems.
Colombian culture is vibrant and fascinating. It almost seems stereotypical to describe the passion most Colombians have for soccer, how most are eager to grab a partner and show off their salsa dancing or how many Colombian families are tight-knit, but that's just how it is here. Moreover, Colombians are known for being warm and welcoming. It's not unusual for Colombians to invite visitors to partake in a homemade dinner, especially in smaller cities.
Range of Luxury Levels
Whether you're a backpacker, seek the crème de la crème or something in between, your needs will be met during a vacation to Colombia. As more tourists are discovering this South American gem, more luxury hotels and boutique lodging spots are popping up around the country. There are also plenty of hostels and modest hotels to accommodate budget travellers.
Fun Tour Activities
There are so many day-to-day activities visitors will enjoy on a tour around Colombia. There's whitewater rafting, rock climbing and parasailing near San Gil. Coffee lovers can get an up-close look at the coffee production process on a tour of the Coffee Region. Plus, other tours to destinations like Sesquile, the Amazon and the Lost City lets visitors learn about Colombia's indigenous people with local guides.
Starting Point in South America
If you want to explore multiple countries in South America, Colombia is an excellent place to begin. Its location in the north of South America means it is closer to the United States and Europe so visitors can start in Colombia, then work their way south to other countries either by plane or bus.
Plus, Colombia is a good starting point if your Spanish isn't the best. The Spanish in Colombia is said to be clearer and easier to understand compared to other Hispanic countries, so it is a nice place to tune your ear to the language before setting out to explore other countries.
Street art culture
If you want to learn about Colombia's Culture differently, you should have a look at its Street art! Now legal in many parts of Colombia, artists are free to create stunning works of art. For most of them, it's a way to make themselves heard, tell stories and talk about their culture and lifestyle. Street art has the power to bring people together, integrates those who often suffer from stigmatization and gives the city a sense of community.
And if you still have doubts, you should have a look at this website to admire some incredible artworks.
Are you interested in discovering this fantastic street culture? We have the perfect tour for you!
Visit a coffee plantation
You can't wake up without a cup of coffee and don't even know how it's been made? Well lucky for you, Colombia is the perfect place to learn!
With its ideal geography, Colombia can brag about being the land of some of the best coffees in the world. Indeed, its delicious taste comes from a perfect soil, a correct temperature and an optimal amount of rain.
Visiting a coffee farm in Colombia gives you the opportunity to learn more about the growing and harvesting process. But also, allows you to connect with some farmers who will happily share their knowledge and stories with you.
The hospitality and generosity of Colombians
Honestly, one of the best reasons why you should visit Colombia is for its people. For a long time, Colombia was known as one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Fortunately, the safety situation has improved drastically over the past decade. And today, locals are doing their best to compensate by creating a friendly and safe environment for foreigners. They're thrilled and excited about sharing their culture with tourists and will welcome you with open arms! Their kindness, warmth and generosity bring meaning to your travel.
If you want to learn more about them, have a look at this article.
The amazing food
The constant climate in Colombia makes it the ideal place to grow fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce all year round and Colombians know how to use them to prepare delicious dishes! They also use a lot of meat, and the plates are quite filling and flavoursome. Their recipes are a blend of Latin America, Spanish and African cuisine and are usually passed down from generation to generation.
Colombian food is very diverse, thanks to the range of climates from each region.
If you like an introduction to Colombian food and learn how to cook a traditional dish, this day tour is perfect for you!
Nature and wildlife
Finally, the last reason to visit Colombia but not least! Colombia is the second most biodiverse country on the planet and number one in biodiversity per square meter. It hosts more than 6600 species of animals and 51 220 species of plants and has the largest number of endemic species. It's a paradise for nature lovers.
The geography is very varied, and there are many opportunities to experience unique wildlife throughout the country. Especially by hiking in the different National Parks as the Tayrona National Park, Chingaza, Lo Nevados etc.
We hope this article gave you all the reasons you were looking to travel to Colombia. And now, have a look at our exciting tours in Colombia, we can't wait to meet you!
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