Why You Should Visit Colombia


Why You Should Visit Colombia

When I was reading the recent news reports about Colombia’s terrible rains and floods that have been ravaging the South American country for the last few weeks, it made me think back to my own trip there almost two years ago to the date. I was there in late November, and then too a weird rain system moved in — a once-in-a-lifetime phenomena I was told at the time — flooding the streets and washing out entire roadways.

But rain aside, Colombia’s still an amazing country to visit, not the least of which because of its notoriety for its thankfully lack of tourists. Of course, the reasons people have been hesitant to visit Colombia have been long gone for more than a decade now — drugs violence, kidnappings, political instability — and you’re far more likely going to run into an unforgettable Antioquian meal in a small cafe on the outskirts of Medellin than you are to ever stumble into a member of FARC.

Go Mad Nomad recently explored the country, offering up nine reasons why you should visit the country now, including the opportunity to explore some colonial gems — the Spanish began settling the country nearly 500 years ago — including Cartagena, Barichara, Villa de Leiva, Popoyan, Giron and Mongui. Go Mad Nomad also points out that Colombia is home to the Lost City (or Ciudad Perdida), which is increasing in popularity for travelers looking to avoid the crowds of Machu Picchu. Throw in the incredibly friendly and boisterous population, pristine Caribbean (and Pacific) beaches, and relatively cheap travel costs, and it’s a wonder there’s still a stigma attached to traveling there. Get there now before there’s a stigma attached to having never been.


Published on December 10, 2010

  • Josefina A.

    There are many undiscovered reasons why foreigners should visit Colombia .

    The weather averages about 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit year round in Cali. There is rarely a need for air-conditioning or heat. Medellin is similar, but a little cooler. Bogotá is cool to cold at night; Not what you would expect close to the equator.
    Colombia is not as dangerous as it was a few years ago, or as bad as you view on TV.
    There are many beautiful beaches; many of the most popular on the mainland are located near Cartagena and Santa Marta, and on the offshore Island of San Andreas.
    Colombia is known for its beautiful women.
    Colombia’s cost of living is less than most countries.
    Colombia is known for its rich biodiversity. It ranks in the top 2 or 3 countries in the world for species of birds and butterflies. The national tree, the Quindío Wax Palm, grows in the Andean high altitude valley of Cocora. Over 160 feet tall, it towers over other vegetation, making a very unique landscape scene.

    There are many reasons to visit Colombia. If you visit once, you will want to come back.

    Happy travels,

    Josefina! – a href=”http://www.seecolombia.travel/”>Colombia travel

  • http://www.mantarayatravel.com ernesto

    Thanks Matt for sharing your insight and trying to motivate people to visit Colombia or at least trying to be open to a new image of Colombia. I am working for small colombian travel agency and we really like to see people from around the world to share the new face of colombia. Keep it up i will check more regular your blog. cheers ernesto

  • mukuba2002

    whenever i think of Colombia i normally think of holywood colombia. i have always wanted to see a different view of Colombia, thanks for the tips