Since 2008, I’ve been spending a month each year in Colombia. My wife, Liliana, is Colombian and we spend this time enjoying the holidays with her family who live in various parts of Medellin. I’ve also had the opportunity to do some traveling around the country.
Since my first trip things have changed quite a bit. In fact, things have changed drastically since the bad old days of outlaw Pablo Escobar and revolutionaries roaming the countryside.
Escobar is long gone and the revolutionary group known as the FARC has laid down their arms and become a political party, as opposed to an ever present national menace.
The country has made great strides in establishing itself as a safe tourism juggernaut in Latin America. And it has every right to be considered so.
Colombia is a land with a little bit of everything. Amazing cultural variety, breathtaking and even snow-capped mountains of the Andes chain, jungles with bio-diversity that even exceed those of Costa Rica, and, like Costa Rica, two coastlines (Pacific and Caribbean) that boast some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, make Colombia a country of amazing tourism potential.
Colombia is a land steeped in tradition and culture and you will feel those vibrations during your entire visit.
In short, it’s a place that offers something for just about everyone, as long as you have that tinge of adventurous spirit lurking within.
I’ve spent most of my time in the Medellin area and the Departamento (or province) of Antioquia. I’ve had the good fortune of visiting the Amazonian region as well.
Here are a few of my Colombia photo albums from Flickr. Take a look and you’ll see what all my fuss is about…
So, for your next adventure vacation, why not try Colombia on for size.
Like Costa Rica, I’ll guarantee that you’ll be coming back for more!