As a developing and expanding tourist destination, the lovely country of Colombia is frequently ignored on a South American bucket list, as travelers prioritize top places such as Peru, Patagonia, or Costa Rica. Traveling to Colombia was not encouraged until recently, and the country’s lasting unfavorable image makes travelers wary of picking Colombia for their next international experience.
In actuality, many sections of Colombia have been designated safe for travel. While it is best to stick to well-known tourist destinations, a trip to Colombia can be a gratifying experience. Visitors to South America frequently cite Colombia as the highlight of their journey. So, what are the attractions of this rich country, and why should you include them on your vacation itinerary? Here are a few examples of what makes Colombia so unique.
People are vacationing abroad in more significant numbers than ever before, and mass tourism has resulted in crowds in some of the world’s most beautiful and culturally intriguing locations. While Colombia is now off the beaten path for tourists, it is unlikely to stay that way for long. Now is the best time to see Colombia’s various picturesque regions, which are still largely undiscovered by tourists. The Tayrona National Area on the Caribbean Coast, for example, is blessed with stunning sandy beaches and a forest backdrop, as well as a significant indigenous cultural history. Still, the park has only a few places to stay and little infrastructure.
Travel is generally more rewarding if you have the opportunity to interact with local people and cultures. Colombians are among the friendliest people you’ll meet; they greet guests with open arms and relish the chance to propose areas they might appreciate. Dance and music are fundamental components of Colombian culture, bringing together African, Indigenous, and European roots. Colombia is the birthplace of salsa and cumbia. The majority of Colombians are skilled dancers, and whether you join in or not, watching Colombian dance is uplifting and engaging.
Colombia features a diverse range of scenery, from jungle to snow-capped mountains, lush valleys to sun-drenched coastal. Visit one of the world’s best coffee areas, visit the Cocora Valley’s towering native wax palms, or stroll through calm colonial villages with brightly painted buildings and bustling marketplaces.
Colombia has a diverse culinary landscape, as it befits a country with so many immigrant and indigenous cultures, and a trip to Colombia allows foodies to sample cuisines that aren’t readily available elsewhere. While some meals, such as empanadas, tamales, and patacones (green plantain patties), are famous across Latin America, others are specific to Colombia. Bandeja paisa, a massive platter loaded with various meats, rice, beans, avocado, and a fried egg, is a must-try delicacy in Medelln and the nearby Antioquia area. Cornmeal arepas, which come with your choice of filling, are a lighter snack.
Cities in Colombia may be just as appealing as national parks. The vibrant alleys of Cartagena’s old town are undoubtedly the most attractive, although Medellin, Bogota, and other Colombian cities are equally photogenic. Medellin, in particular, has seen a considerable transformation in recent years and is noted for its inventiveness, pleasant environment, and amiable residents. Both Medellin and Bogota have fantastic museums and historical sites to visit, as well as street art, festivals, vistas, athletic events, and entertainment.