Colombia Travel Guide
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- 86%Adventure Travelers
- 75%Green Travelers
- 75%Local Culture
- 74%Nightlife Lovers
- 63%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (25)
- ColombiaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 3Feb 24, 2014
Wild coastal beaches, salsa music, ice cold beer, mountainous jungles, empanadas, and friendly people. These are what should come to mind when Colombia is mentioned.
Still very much off the beaten trail in many areas and this is a good thing. Whether you want to hike through a jungle to a beach in Tayrona national park or see how long you can last during a friday in Cartagena,Colombia should be on everyone's top 5 to see.
- ColombiaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Dec 11, 2013
The natural and cultural diversity is truly staggering. The people are funny, hospitable, mostly honest and full of the joy of life. The memory of years of violence lingers in them and in Colombia's reputation, and there are still guerrillas hiding out in some parts of the country. It's complex, but not as crazy as we've been led to believe, and will infect you with its salsa music and arepas before you can say "divina."
- ColombiaJun 18, 2013
Before I visited South America for the first time, it seemed like everyone was talking about Argentina and how I "must see" Buenos Aires, if I go nowhere else. And yet, surprisingly, once I arrived on the continent, it was Colombia that was at the top of every traveler's list of recommendations. And for good reason. Colombia's unique ecosystems (including the wondrous beaches of Parque Tayrona, the desolate no-man's-land of the Guajira Peninsula and the majestic mountains of Medellin) offer travelers an incredible view into the South American way of life. Whether you're staying with indigenous tribes in the Amazonian town of Leticia or browsing book shops in downtown Bogota, Colombia will find a way to make an indelible impression on any adventurer's wandering mind.
- ColombiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5May 06, 2013
Colombia has a lot going for itself: incredible mountains, dense jungle, ancient archaeology, two oceans, colonial towns, great beaches, and a genuinely friendly population. What might have been an unsafe destination 15 years ago, is now firmly on the tourism trail. Many people who've traveled all over South America will tell you Colombia is their favorite.
- ColombiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Oct 31, 2012
The current tourism commercials for Colombia have totally got it right (the only risk is wanting to stay). Colombia has been dogged by problems with internal conflict and the drug trade, which has decreased the amount of tourism it has received. You shouldn't let this scare you away. Colombia is an amazingly varied countries with spectacular mountain peaks, lush jungles, and beautiful carribean and pacific beaches. The people are super friendly and welcoming. The culture is warm and lively, and for fans of tropical rhythms you will find it hard to pull yourself away from the addictive salsas, vallenatos, pasillos, bambucos and other regional music.
- ColombiaSep 24, 2012
Colombia is one of those countries that captures your imagination. Cobbled streets and colonial-style buildings transport you to another place. Street vendors selling desserts invite you to relax and enjoy your afternoon and eat something sweet. Life moves fast in the cities but moments occur slowly. People are welcoming, inviting. They bring you into their homes and make you part of their family. They are always ready for a party, a dance and a sing-a-long. Whether you love the culture or adventure sports, Colombia is the place to visit.
- ColombiaDec 29, 2013
Colombia is a country of stunning, unexpected diversity. From the hidden colonial villages like Mompox, to the sprawling beast of Bogotá, to the snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada, to the phospoherescent red sands of La Guajira; travel to Colombia is marked by shattered expectations.
And of course, these mistaken expectations aren’t just limited to aesthetics. What many people still imagine as a country torn apart by violence and war is currently one of the most exciting places to live in the world. Yes, there are stil problems that need to be overcome, but we in Colombia are in a moment of great importance.
It’s a time that we can realistically expect to look back on with glowing pride and say: we were there. We were there when Colombia was put on the international economic scene. We were there when Colombia become one of the most talked about travel destinations in the world. We were there when week by week more foreigners appeared and gave hope to those locals that thought they’d never see a real, proper tourism industry grow here. We were there when all that Colombian joy, all that optimism, finally came into fruition and life in Colombia finally began to match the country’s natural beauty.
We might not be there just yet, but it’s coming.
And to me, that’s what Colombia is. I love life in Bogota, I love to travel throughout the country and see the incredible towns, cities and landscapes that define this incredible country. But more than anything I love being here right now. It’s a country brimming with excitement and opportunity. A country that is changing. The youth are creating new types of art, the businessmen are creating new opportunities, the emigrants are returning home. The rhythms of Colombia have a new briskness about them, and those that dance skip with a new energy. This, Colombians know, is their moment.
- ColombiaDec 29, 2013
Colombia is a very beautiful and diverse country, there are all kinds of weather, flora, fauna and people,gastronomy is a delicious combination of cultures. Colombia is a very rich country there are gold, emeralds and coffee. People is warm, friendly and cheerful. I love Colombia
- ColombiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jul 05, 2012
Colombia is one of my favorite countries. It offers some of the friendliest people I have come across. It also offers all kinds of environments for all. There are great mountains to visit, amazing forest, gorgeous beaches and amazing cities. The temperatures are very consistent, which means it is great to visit any time of the year.
Travel through Colombia is mostly done through bus system. If you don't mind long bus rides (that have better seats than most of my air flights).
The food is not for those who are vegetarian or want to eat healthy, especially in major cities (unless you want to a pay a lot). A lot of foods are deep friend. When in small towns there are a lot of great local markets to get organic AMAZING fruits that you have not see anywhere else.
- ColombiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 04, 2012
To be fair, I've only visited Cartagena and the outlying islands outside the city, which are scattered along the Colombian coast. However, I do want to say that the part of Colombia I saw was absolutley lovely. It truly is an undiscovered gem in Latin America. The locals, while not savvy in speaking English (yet), are friendly and welcoming. The prices are cheap, the food is unexpectedly good, the beaches are pristine, and the landscape is varied and great.
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