October 12, 2020, 6:18 pm
Perhaps 2020 was supposed to be full of discoveries and exciting plans. The year you would overcome your fears and go trekking in the middle of the rainforest, paraglide over the breath-taking Sierra Nevada or paddle with whales. But thanks to COVID-19, that went out the window!
Instead, you ended up learning how to make banana bread while sadly thinking about all the plans you cancelled, believing you had all the time in the world to do it later.
So, if there is one thing that we can learn from this year is that we need to stop overthinking and live as many adventures as we can, when we can.
And why not start this good resolution by planning your next trip to Latin America, and specifically to Colombia?!
In this article, we will give you the best reasons why you should travel to Colombia in 2021 plus some ideas of activities and places to add to your bucket list.
Wide-open spaces and breathtaking landscapes
You can't wait to travel but don't want to end up in the middle of crowded touristic places? Don’t worry, we can relate! Whether you're longing for natural wonders, unique wildlife, wide-open spaces or all of it combined, Colombia offers everything you're looking for!
With its 60 National Natural Parks, Colombia is part of the world’s megadiverse countries and offers some great possibilities if you want to reconnect with nature.
Tallest wax palms in the word, pink dolphins, mystic lakes and endemic species are just a few of all the wonderful things you'll encounter while visiting some of the National Parks in Colombia!
You can also have a look at our Outdoor Expeditions for some inspiration!
Colourful villages to get off the beaten path
If only the thought of having to stay in a small flat in the middle of the city sends shivers down your spine, you're not the only one. Thank you, dear lockdown. But it's ok because Colombia is full of wonderful and charming villages.
Colombia played an important role in South America history and in our opinion, there's nothing better than getting off the beaten path to start learning about it.
You will also have the chance to meet locals, discover their ancestral technics and even buy some artisanal handicraft.
Some of our favourites are Villa de Leyva in Boyaca, Leticia in the Amazon, Guatape near Medellin and Mompox on the Caribbean Coast.
Some of the best coffee you will taste
Definitely one of the main reasons to visit Colombia is to taste the best coffee in the world. Sorry did you just say best? Indeed, The coffee region benefits from an exceptional climate, and when combining with great expertise and perfect geography, you get a rich and tasty coffee.
You will enjoy visiting a coffee farm and learn about the coffee cultivation process. From understanding how to identify ripe coffee cherries and harvesting them, to pulping, drying and brewing the beans, you'll know everything about it!
Yes, we know, very useful to impress your colleagues during coffee breaks!
Enjoy paradisiac beaches
I think we can all agree that this year was very stressful and we all deserve a long and relaxing vacation. What's better than lazing around on the hot white sand of one of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia?
With its ideal location, Colombia benefits from two incredible coasts, the Caribbean and the Pacific. On the first one, you'll get the closest version of what you can see on postcard pictures: white sand, turquoise water and endless palm trees. But also, they're more touristic. The second one is wild, with extremely virgin beaches and luxurious vegetation.
Whatever you choose, you'll find plenty of things to do. Exploring Tayrona National Park, diving in San Andres, whale watching in Nuqui or spending the day in a traditional fishing village are just some of the few things waiting for you!
Generous and flavourful food
If there’s one tip we can offer here is: Don‘t start counting your calories when you go to Colombia. In fact, it’s the kind of country where you need to discreetly unbutton your pants under the table and tuck in for something delicious because great food is around every corner.
Colombia is highly diverse, and you can easily savour it through the food. It's a perfect blend of Afro-Caribbean, European and Indigenous influences. Between, Bandeja paisas, Empanadas, Buñuelos and Sancocho there is surely something that will tickle your tastebuds!
And if you’re tired of all the new recipes you’ve done over and over since lockdown, you can even learn how to cook like a local! You'll walk through the famous Paloquemao Market to choose your own ingredients; then you'll learn how to make a traditional Colombian dish under the guidance of a skilled chef.
As we said before, we understand that you don't want to get caught in the middle of a massive group. You are after unique experiences and want to know the country on a more personal level. And for this, there is nothing better than community-based tourism.
In addition to giving you the opportunity to live an unforgettable trip, participate in hands-on activities, discover hidden gems and connect with locals, it's also beneficial for the country.
It helps protect the environment, improve the living conditions of small communities and allows locals to showcase unique cultural aspects of Colombia.
If you want to learn more about this concept, have a look at this article.
Experiences you can only have in Colombia
If you're not yet convinced and ready to book your tickets for Colombia, this is a non-exhaustive list of all the things you can only do there:
- Visit an underground salt cathedral: nestled more than 650 feet underground, this cathedral will blow your mind with its unique architecture.
- Walk around the tallest palm trees in the world: whether you choose to hike or horse ride, the magical Valle de Cocora will offer you a breathtaking experience.
- Swim in the river of five colours: Cano Cristales has been called the most beautiful river in the world for its extraordinary colours so you should definitely add it to your bucket list.
- Discover Las Lajas Sanctuary: built on a side of a cliff right at the heart of the Andes mountains, The neo-Gothic basilic is a stunning work of architecture that will amaze you.
- Mud-bathing in Totumo Volcano: if you're looking for an unusual experience, taking a dip in the crater of a small volcano might be a good one!
- Trek to the Lost City: for the most adventurous, this very difficult hike is so rewarding. You'll learn about Indigenous tribes History while discovering a unique landscape. End your trip in Santa Marta for a good rest.
Can’t wait to go? Drop us an email and we will help you to prepare the trip of your dream to Colombia!
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