When we talk about Colombia first thing come across is the problems that they have with criminal groups. But Colombia has many more to offer. Amazing rain-forest and idyllic beaches , when you combine with vibrant urban cities Colombia at the end is country that has something for everyone.Spend time exploring some of Colombia’s more unexpected urban delights, such as the glittering nightlife of Bogota, the romantic cobblestone streets and bougainvillea-covered balconies of Cartagena or salsa dancing in Cali, the so-called salsa capital of the world.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN COLOMBIA
These days, Colombia’s capital offers travelers a chance to see a sparkling, modern side of Bogota. The city is Colombia’s economic capital, and shimmering skyscrapers tower over the town, trendy restaurants line the streets, nightlife options seem endless and high-end shopping abounds. Still, most visitors will want to spend their time exploring historic La Candelaria, a charming neighborhood with an artsy vibe, filled with cafes, museums and churches. In particular, stop by the Museo Botero, dedicated to the Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
The Islas del Rosario, also referred to as Corales Islas del Rosario, is an archipelago located off the coast of Colombia, approximately 100 kilometres from Cartagena. It is one of the 46 Natural National Parks of Colombia.
Lake Guatavita is a small body of water in a forest-fringed crater, northeast of Bogotá in central Colombia. It was a sacred site to the Muisca people, who cast elaborate gold offerings into its depths, inspiring the legend of El Dorado and several ill-fated attempts to drain the lake. The area has trails and many birds. Nearby, the town of Guatavita has a craft center. Tominé Reservoir is a hub for water sports.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain range separated from the Andes chain that runs through Colombia. Reaching an altitude of 5,700 m just 42 km from the Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada is the world’s highest coastal range.
Hotels in Colombia vary widely in size and quality; they range from pocket-sized hospedajes (guest houses) in humble homes to huge 5-star establishments. It is advisable to choose hotels recommended by the official Colombian Hotel Association (COTELCO). There is a star grading system similar to that operating in Europe.
Bed and breakfasts in Colombia usually take the form of hospedajes or guest houses, which will generally offer a room with or without breakfast – it depends if you want to pay a little more. These can range from extensions of people’s houses to small hotels. They are usually good value.
Camping is not necessarily available throughout Colombia, as certain areas would be far too dangerous for camping. But there are certain areas in which you’ll find campsites, including along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts (most famously within Tayrona National Park, where hiring a tent is the cheapest form of accommodation) and around Lago Calima. You will also find yourself camping if doing a multi-day hike, such as to the Lost City, but tour companies will provide camping equipment in these cases.
Youth Hostels: Colombia now has an established youth hostel trail throughout the country, with a chain of hostels all providing excellent services, facilities and information about the local areas. This attempt to make Colombia more accessible has helped travellers immeasurably. The locations included in this hostel scheme are Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Mompox, Salento, Santa Marta, Cartagena, Manizales, Bucaramanga, Villa de Leyva and San Gil.
There was a time when travelers avoided the country due to its ugly association with cartels and violence. That has largely disappeared and what remains is a vibrant country with spectacular scenery, friendly people and a rich culture. In fact, some areas in Bogota, like the sophisticated and electric Zona-T, feels like any other cosmopolitan city from the developed world. The public transportation of Medellin, a city that has emerged from the shadows of drug cartels, the Medellin Metro is a thing of beauty and is one of the most successful in the world.
Violence should not be a reason you are avoiding that trip to Colombia. But, having said that, it is wise to be aware of your surroundings. Practical safety considerations, same as any other unfamiliar city, are essential. Stick to largely crowded place – on your first trip, consider popular tourist destinations or the cities of Colombia. Colombia is still struggling to with economic disparities so it is better to refrain from ostentatious displays of wealth and branded accommodation.