Long considered a dangerous country to travel due to decades of civil war and bloodshed, Colombia has only recently become a safe haven for travelers. As a result, there are a wide variety of opportunities to be taken advantage of in this country, ranging from modern cities with accommodations to rival the most luxurious within the West, to pristine Caribbean beaches, safaris in the Amazon jungle, colonial architecture and history, coffee plantations, archaeological treasures, and much, much more. Still, despite recent increases in safety and security, cautious travelers should always be aware of the dangers in any country, regardless of its location in the world.
Colombia boasts a versatile range of climates and topography. With borders on both the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean there are a variety of beaches to choose from, as well as the Amazon jungle and river, and the rugged northern reaches of the Andes Mountains. An equatorial country, Colombia is generally humid and tropic, although the furthest reaches of the mountains can be a bit more arid.
Bogota is arguably one of the most famous Colombian cities for visitors, and it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Latin America’s urban life. Home to more than 7 million people, the capital boasts a historic center featuring a wide range of churches and museums, and a dizzying array of cafés and restaurants will have your tongue dancing to the Latin American beat within moments. However, Colombia isn’t just about cities or colonial history. The country is home to some of South America’s most prestigious national parks, which are the perfect opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts.
Accommodations and transport will vary depending on what part of the country you’re in, but as a general rule of thumb it’s wise to avoid renting a car, and instead rely upon public transportation. Still a bit rough around the edges, Colombia is moving into the modern world after decades of being held back.