South America

10 Reasons To Make Colombia Your Next Destination

 1. No longer the country known for its Narco history

Since the death of Pablo Escobar in 1993, Colombia has made great strides to separate itself from its notorious drug trafficking history.  Now focusing on the creation of a thriving economy through tourism, it has become the next “must see” destination for South America.

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Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota

2. Bogota is Thriving

New restaurants, boutique hotels and even craft breweries are popping up all over the capital city.  With 56% of Colombia’s tourism even local tour guides have dug in deep to bring the most exciting walking/biking tours that include the best Art, Architecture and Politics.  Don’t forget to take the cable car up the mountain and see the Cerro Monserrate, one of Bogota’s famous landmarks.  Stay in the center of Bogota at this well reviewed hotel!

 

 

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Medellin was voted the most innovative city in 2013

 3. Medellin will come with smiles

Historically ground zero for the drug cartels of the 80’s and 90’s, Medellin has turned to corner and is ready to prove it!  The locals bring bright smiles and happily welcome tourist to their city.  They have built an impressive cable car system that has to be experienced.  And if you’re lucky and happen to be in Medellin during late July/early August you’ll be in awe from the internationally famous Festival of Flowers.  Colors galore!  Look for a hotel in the El Poblado neighborhod.

 

 

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The historic center of Cartagena is home to many street vendors

4. The Caribbean Jewel, Cartagena

No way you won’t be captivated by the beautiful colonial architecture the city is known for.   Inside the walls of the old city hold a blend of cultures that have created some dining experiences you won’t forget.  Upscale restaurants seamlessly blend in with modest al fresco cafes all specializing in local Caribbean seafood.  Don’t forget, the weather averages 80F degrees plus year round so you can grab a drink and sit down anytime.  Have a delicious lunch at La Mulata! You won’t be sorry.

 

 

 

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Ciudad Perdida is 650 years older than Machu Pichu

6. The lost city

Ciudad Perdida was only rediscovered in 1972.  It consists of 169 terraces carved into the mountainside, a network of tiled roads and can only be accessed by climbing up 1,200 stone steps.  Six day return hiking treks are available from the nearest town of Santa Marta.  Many river crossings, dense jungle and stunning views, the journey is just as much as the destination.  I’ve even heard some people say it was the best experience of their lives. Check out some hotels in near by Santa Marta!

 

 

 

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Tayrona National Park

7. Tayrona National Park

It has some of the most beautiful coastline in Colombia, and in fact, all of South America.  There are tons of hiking trails and infinite swimming opportunities for you to enjoy.  Or you can simply rent a hammock for the day and relax under the palm trees.  If you get hungry while at the park, I’d recommend fresh ceviche washed down with a cold beer. Book yourself transport or a tour to Tayrona in advance.

 

 

 

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The view from La Piedra in Guatape

8. Guatape

Guatapé is located in the outskirts of Medellin.  It is home to La Piedra de Penol, a 200m high rock formation that can be seen across the countryside.  If you’d like to see the view for yourself you’ll have to climb over 650 steps to the top.  You can also reward yourself with a Colombian michelada from the bar that awaits you at the summit. This is the place to stay in Guatape! Check out the Pool!!

 

 

 

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Fruit market in Bogota

9. The fantastic fruit

There are a wide variety of fruit in Colombia, many you’ve never seen or heard of.  Of course you can find some of the best oranges, bananas or guavas at the local markets, but why not try a Lulo, or an Uchuva, or a Guanabana?  Make it a goal to try as many as you can while visiting.

 

 

 

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The coffee couldn’t be fresher

10.  The coffee of course

Did you know Juan Valdez was a fictional character?… Well what’s real, is really good coffee.  Colombia is practically synonymous with coffee.  It’s world famous for its smooth, well-balanced coffee beans that grow in the mountains.  Historically Colombia has been more interested in exporting it finest beans but these days, local coffee houses and roasters are getting the first pick.  Do yourself a favor and start your day with a delicious cup of coffee.

 

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