Here are 7 reasons Colombia should be your next travel destination.
1. It’s not as dangerous as you think
Don’t trust what the media tells you about Colombia. Over the past 10 years, the crime rate has decreased, kidnappings are at an all-time low, and most regions are perfectly safe for traveling. With a street-smart attitude, you will have no problems.
2. There is a great chance to see the unknown
Due to the general misconception that Colombia is “dangerous,” it’s not as popular with travelers as other countries in South America. Thus, Colombia is a paradise waiting to be explored, devoid (for now) of huge tourist crowds and monotonous gringo trails. It’s relatively cheap to travel in Colombia, and there’s almost always a room available in hotels and hostels.
3. It’s the perfect place to practice Spanish
Colombians, in general, tend to speak slowly with clear pronunciation, making them easy to understand. Also, most Colombians can’t speak English, so you will have plenty of opportunities to practice your Spanish. I recommend that you study a bit before your trip so that you can take advantage of Colombians’ favorite pastime: talking. This way, you’ll be able to understand more about their remarkable culture and make your trip that much more enjoyable.
4. The people are passionate and genuinely awesome
Colombians are beautiful people, and not just in terms of looks. They possess an inner beauty that explodes with a passion that is evident in everything they do. Whether it’s a friendly “Buenos días!” on a bus or an excited crowd outside a tienda watching a football match, the people of Colombia are always look to go out of their way with acts of kindness and hospitality.
5. Authentic culture exists
It’s still possible to experience the true Colombian way of life: real cowboys and their skills as horsemen; the African descendants who have kept their homeland traditions and beliefs; the indigenous peoples still living in protected mountains and jungles; and of course, the Spanish-influenced culture.
6. It is a paradise for adventure seekers and nature lovers
Perfectly wedged in the tropics and along two seas, Colombia offers travelers the chance to experience a range of climates in just one holiday. Choose from exquisite beaches for the idle and lazy, the untouched mountains for the fit and brave, the rainforests and jungles for the explorers, and extreme sports for the adrenaline-seeking junkies. Home to about 10% of the planet’s biodiversity, with more than 314 different ecosystems, Colombia is a magnificent country bursting with life and rich natural resources.
7. There is incredible, preserved architecture
Visiting many of Colombia’s towns and cities will take you back to Spanish colonial 17th century, from cobbled narrow streets and huge squares to Baroque-style architecture and restored, walled-in cities. The cathedrals are especially astounding. I recommend the underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and the Las Lajas Sanctuary, which is built into the side of a canyon.
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