Colombia. When you mention this South American country, many folk immediately remember back to the time when Pablo Escobar put it on the map for all the wrong reasons. Fast forward twenty years and Colombia is turning a new leaf and waking up to the world of international tourism.
Voted second best destination for 2017 by Lonely Planet and featuring in a host of travel blogs, now is the best time to visit this vibrant and colourful country. Set firmly on our radar, Colombia is a melting pot for the friendliest people, the most delicious food and breath-taking scenery.
From the colonial architecture of Cartagena to the up-and-coming capital of Bogota and the hipster paradise that is Medellin, Colombia is revelling its new-found fame.
“Thank you for visiting our country,” one local said to me as I walked through Villa de Lleyva.
This is a popular weekend destination for the wealthy Bogota communities and one of the stops on Solo Travellers Group Holidays newest trip to Colombia. And no wonder, with friendly residents like that and picturesque colonial architecture everywhere you look, why wouldn’t you want to go?!
Salento will forever have fond memories for me, partly due to its prevalence within the coffee production industry. Located in the Zona Cafetera region, here you can experience the bean to cup journey first-hand.
Oh, and that’s not forgetting the nearby Valle de Cocora, famous for its wax palm trees. Growing up to 60m tall, these trees make for an ethereal landscape that’s not to be missed.
Saving the best until last, Cartagena will shine like the jewel in Colombia’s crown.
Located on the Caribbean coast, it is a UNESCO World Heritage town and is home to cobbled streets, brightly painted colonial style buildings and an immense fort wall that oozes historical importance (and is also the best place for a sunset stroll).
Built on slavery and gold, this city is the perfect place to explore on your final days of this Colombia tour.
A piece of advice…
If you’re considering joining our trip to Colombia, JUST DO IT! Don’t be daunted by the violent days of this countries past, but look forward to a magical journey through one of the most rewarding destinations in the world!