7 Reasons to Visit Colombia
If you have not planned your big trip for the year y, I recommend you consider Colombia, a country many say to be one of the most beautiful in all of South America. I hope these seven reasons to visit Colombia will be enough to convince you to take the trip.
The Colombian culture is rich, the people are vibrant, and the food is fantastic. The cost of living is significantly less in Colombia and safety conditions improved. It’s no wonder why many travellers are seeking out famous destinations in Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena.
Tips by an Expat
Recently, Colombia has transformed itself from its difficult past. The cities are alive again and booming with business. And fellow travellers are eager to see what they have to offer. The country has become much safer and is now able to cater to its many visitors.
I have lived in Colombia for the last 3 months and have never felt threatened or in any sort of a danger in every place, I have travelled. I have no doubt you too will find this land of enchantment worth visiting.
Visit Colombia Because of Its Gorgeous Beaches
Some of the most hidden, scenic beaches in the world can be found in Colombia. There are many options for you to choose from. You may want a quiet, less crowded beach like Palomino. Or, if you are satisfied with a more popular spot, you can try Santa Marta, which has many excellent resorts.
Most recently, I travelled to the white sands of Playa Blanca beach which is a ferry’s ride out from the popular tourist town, Cartagena. The beach is spectacular and the water is crystal blue like in the Caribbean. Tropical beaches down south are usually associated with white sand and crystal clear water so it’s no surprise that these Colombian beaches have that island paradise appeal as well.
If you are looking for some rest and relaxation on the beach with fresh margaritas whipped up for you on your beck and call, then I recommend you head towards the Colombian coast of Santa Marta or Cartagena.
Visit the Salt Cathedral
The Salt Cathedral is one of the biggest must-see attractions in all of the country. The cathedral itself is used as a pilgrimage destination for Catholics across the continent and is found underground in the city of Zipaquirá. This underground church was built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters down!
These mines are considered a huge accomplishment in Colombian architecture and a wonderful experience for those who explore it. It is a truly wonderful achievement in the heart of Salt Park which is a museum on mining and geology. I have no doubt you will be blown away by this national gem located a little bit outside of the capital city of Bogota.
See the Colombian Art
Do you enjoy art? If your answer was yes, I most certainly recommend you checking out the fantastic museums and artwork in Colombia. For those fascinated by the artistic culture and integrity of other countries, Colombia has quite a bit to see.
Street art is dotting the buildings in all major cities. Famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero has his work displayed around the city of Medellin, which also houses the Medellin Modern Art Museum. He has world famous artwork showing humans in abnormally large proportions. It is quite the site to see.
The Bogota Museum of Modern Art is also one of Colombia’s most famed museums to take in.
Tayrona National Park
Do you love to go hiking as much as I do? I have travelled through many of the best National Parks in the United States and would easily put Tayrona National Park on the coast of Colombia as one of my favourites!
Nature lovers will find real adventure in Colombia’s protected national park. The landmark is located along the northern coastline and has beautiful points of interest that are thankfully void of any sort of development. The natural beauty is completely preserved and open for visitors to find a peaceful and serene environment. The park covers the hills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
It features many beautiful lagoons and deep rainforests that go for miles and miles. There is a massive variety of plant and animal life that makes this land of enchantment so appreciated. If you want to head to the coast and see the great beaches, I think you would be silly to not try and include Tayrona National Park in your week plans.
Colombia is Perfect for Lovers of Dancing
If you are wondering if Colombia has some sort of bar and club scene, you will be happy to know that they most certainly do!
The city of Cali in Colombia is the most authentic place you can go to see some real salsa dancing. Clubs like Tin Tin Deo and Zaperoco are very friendly towards foreigners and usually go all night long. These are not just performance clubs (which they have), they are local joints where any and everyone can get up and get down.
I was travelling around Colombia in the last couple of years. I can honestly say there is no shortage of great dancing and great music. The people here love to celebrate on any and every occasion and there seems to always be a place to take on new salsa lessons. If you are really bold, try your luck dancing with a local!
Great for Lovers of History
In many major cities, the old style and architecture of Colombia still remain. Cities like Cartagena and Bogota have such an old-style feel to it, it’s almost like going back in time. In fact, the old Spanish fort and city square in Cartagena is probably my favourite tourist spot in the whole country. I always recommend that when my family and friends come in we go to the coast of Cartagena to see the old city.
History is very important to Colombians and being that close to it will make you truly appreciate their culture. Colombia has modernized slowly and has maintained its true cultural feel. For lovers of history, you can get lost in the beautiful cities of Medellin, Bogota, and Cartagena.
What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Colombia? If I had to guess it is probably cocaine (unfortunately) and coffee. Thankfully, Colombia’s sad past is slowly fading away.
Much of the coffee produced in Colombia is exported all over the world due to its fantastic flavour and excellently harvested beans. Colombian coffee is known across the world for being rich in taste and a favourite of many coffee drinkers. Recently, I checked out a local coffee farm in the popular tourist town of Salento and got to see firsthand how the natives process it. It was an enlightening experience and it gave me a greater appreciation for the coffee I drink most mornings.
Beyond that, there are plenty of local cafes across the country to enjoy a fresh brewed Colombian cup of Joe.
Why You Should Visit Colombia
Colombia is a country of culture and beauty. The country has a special place in my heart as I met my wife here while learning Spanish a few years back. Foreigners are always welcomed by local Colombians and have many sights and sound to experience.
Thankfully, the number of visitors is not as overwhelming as in other countries like Europe or popular North American cities. This means you can travel affordably and will not be constantly surrounded by tourists. You will receive a more authentic experience.
Travelling the world can be a life-changing experience. I think you would be silly not to include Colombia on your list of places to see if you want to see what South America has to offer.
The country is proud of how far it has come in recent years, and their progress deserves celebration.
So, why not join them?
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Nate Alger is an avid hiker and traveller who gives top-notch hiking tips and gear recommendation at Live Outdoorsy. He and his wife currently reside in Bucaramanga, Colombia.