Colombia is one of South America’s trendiest destinations, with tourism only recently taking off from outside the region. This is the perfect time to visit and become one of the few that have. Unlike most countries, it is Colombia’s wonderful people, and not a world-known site, that have grown the country’s reputation as a unique destination. Of course, the country has also amazing sites waiting for tourists such as the Cartagena, its stunning natural areas, its exciting adventure destinations, and its modern cities.
A huge draw to Colombia is its people, vibrant and full of life, the Colombians are passionate and their jest and love for life is intoxicating. Always ready with a smile or a salsa lesson, the Colombians are proud of their beautiful country and are more than welcoming to any visitor. Life bursts out of this country like a jack in a box and a visit here is sure to give you a new spring in your step! Music fills the streets and hearts of the Colombians and no visit here would be complete without dancing the night away, trying to keep up with the fantastic (and intricate!) salsa that the country is famous for.
Cartagena de Indias is the jewel in the coastal town of Colombia. This port city perched on the balmy Caribbean Sea is a blur of color, sound and sights that will leave you breathless for all the right reasons. Its year-round soaring temperatures match the vibrance of the old town, housed in the towering colonial walls. Here you will feel like you have stepped inside a Picasso painting as colonial buildings of every color imaginable with balconies covered with cascading bougainvillea decorate everywhere you look. Cartagena is not only the place for culture, but is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. With sand whiter than snow and waters as clear as glass, you are sure to catch a glimpse of the many species of fish that live in the coral reef below the waves.
Colombia has some of the most pristine natural destinations in South America due to the small number of visitors hosted in the past and because of the large number of protected areas, 59, throughout the country. These protected areas are home to 15,000 indigenous species of plants (2nd in the world for Biodiversity), 28 species of mammals (3rd), 367 species of amphibians (1st), 167 species of birds (1st), and many other beautiful animals! Colombia will offer you a once-in-a-lifetime natural experience!
Colombia is also a paradise for adventurers due to all the active tours they can experience throughout the country. Rafting, kayaking, trekking, and mountain biking attract a large number of tourists. Road cycling is the most important adventure sport due to its global recognition. Tourists from all over the world book road cycling tours because of the country’s routes and facilities.
Nevertheless, no description of Colombia would be complete without mentioning its cities, from Bogota to Medellin and Cali, these names perhaps found their fame through less desirable means but nowadays provide a snapshot of urban life in Colombia and are well worth a visit.