1 of the most surprising points I discovered lately is how diverse the landscapes and experiences are in Colombia.
You can have urban experiences, commit time with indigenous and Afro-Colombian cultures, see wildlife, take pleasure in beaches on quiet islands, have river adventures, loosen up in hot springs, see a volcano, commit time in the mountains, see canyons, have cowboy experiences, take pleasure in nature reserves, commit time on coffee farms, hang out with musicians, have a rum immersion, marvel at art, go on a graffiti tour, dine in fantastic restaurants, have a wellness retreat, keep in safari-like camp… all in this little nation.
Here’s a bit extra information on just a handful of of the top rated experiences you can have in Colombia.
If you are into cities, Bogotá’s meals, art, and style scene will capture you. I LOVED my current check out to Bogotá! The city has a youthful, hip vibe manifested by way of its masterful chefs and bartenders (be certain to check out Salvo Patria, Villanos en Bermudas, and Leo Escocina), inventive designers, wonderful architecture (even some colonial structures stay), impressive museums (Botero and Gold Museums are a have to), and dynamic galleries (Fragmentos tells a fascinating and touching story and there are a handful of extra secret galleries undertaking astounding perform).
For me, the city’s vibe feels like that of an up-and-coming cosmopolitan city … it has just sufficient grit to make it fascinating, but is sophisticated and sophisticated in its concentrate on all the things one particular seeks when going to a city. I wouldn’t be shocked if Bogotá becomes the New York City of Latin America in the close to future. I enjoyed it so a lot that I strategy to check out once again in the subsequent handful of months. Retain an eye on Bogotá and get there quickly!
two. Coffee farms and coffee culture
Hands down one particular of the very best tours I’ve had in my life was the complete day we spent on the Café de la Cima organic coffee farm. It is fascinating and amazing to hear about the history of coffee. (Did you know … for decades the very best Colombian coffee could only be located outdoors of Colombia mainly because the very best beans and grounds had been exported to nations like the US. Proponents of very good coffee are attempting to modify that now by educating locals on the perfect methods to develop coffee, displaying them how to make a scrumptious cup of a coffee, and coaching palettes to realize how very good coffee seriously tastes.) Following hearing the history of coffee, commit the day observing and participating in the coffee improvement approach from seed to tasting… hear about why coffee grows very best in the Colombian climate, discover how to figure out when beans are prepared to be picked, essentially get in and choose the beans, see and smell the roasting of the beans, taste the beans themselves, and taste coffee roasted from the beans of numerous farms (yum).
Essential tip: do not check out just any coffee farm. Do your investigation in advance and check out a family members-owned farm not supported by massive corps. This will give you a possibility to completely realize the plight of the coffee farmer and the immense quantity of perform that goes into your coffee. You will also get to take pleasure in a scrumptious, residence-cooked, Colombian lunch ready with meals grown correct there on the farm.
This beautiful region is not pretty properly recognized to these outdoors of Colombia, but is a hot spot for Colombians wishing to get away and commit some quiet time on the water. Whilst there you can get in some exercising by climbing 700 methods (220m) to the top rated of Piedra del Peñol, take in the wonderful views of this oh-so-green region from the top rated, check out the quaint, downtown region (exactly where you can locate some good chocolate, leather, and jewelry boutiques), then loosen up and take pleasure in cocktails and snacks although sailing about Guatapé. This can be a good day trip from Medellin or take some added time and commit a evening.
four. Understanding Narco history
Whilst absolutely a dark stain on Colombia’s previous, understanding Pablo Escobar’s function in the history of the nation is critical to grasping its resurgence as a location to check out and its rise as a thriving portion of Latin America more than the final 15 years. For these interested, there are tours focusing especially on this or you might ask your guide to briefly touch on it in the course of tours in Medellín and Guatapé.
five. Graffiti in Medellín
You will locate bits of graffiti art in a handful of of Colombia’s top rated cities, but Medellín is seriously exactly where you will really feel the heart of the graffiti movement. Take a tour of Comuna 13 (a Medellin neighborhood filled with graffiti art) and listen to the stories of the neighborhood’s previous, present, and hope for the future … in some cases told by way of rap, hip hop, breakdancing, and of course graffiti.
six. Music and dancing
If you are into either of these, Colombia is a good location to get inspiration for your personal performing arts pursuits OR just really feel the rhythm and have a enjoyable time! Colombia is filled with excellent tango clubs exactly where you can watch tango performances and salsa clubs exactly where you can dance the evening away like we did! If tango and salsa are not your issue, take into consideration going to Palenque de San Basilio for a taste of how African cultures have impacted the Colombian music scene.
7. Beaches, water adventures, and whale watching
No we’re not speaking about Cartagena. 1 of the points I discovered from locals is there is a widespread misconception amongst outsiders that Cartagena is a beach location. In truth, these in-the-know are conscious that it is not. For pristine sand, clear water, and sunshine, head to the islands just outdoors of Cartagena for whale watching, make your way to the Pacific Coast and for boating/sailing, check out Guatapé.
A city with beautiful, colonial architecture – producing a romantic atmosphere excellent for a location wedding, honeymoon, or just a romantic, weekend getaway with your companion.
9. Ancient culture
An ancient culture when inhabited the San Agustin region of Colombia. Small is recognized about this civilization, but they did leave getting hundreds of impressive statues worth seeing.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and commit time relaxing on a retreat-like home in the mountains, in the rainforest, in the desert, or in any of the other picturesque places in Colombia. In addition to relaxing, you will be in a position to take pleasure in horseback riding with cowboys, bird watching, or basically listening to frogs.
I only scratched the surface in the course of my current check out. However I found that Colombia is wealthy with superb experiences. I’m currently pondering of returning in the subsequent handful of months, and I hope you also make it to Colombia prior to it requires off as a significant tourism spot!
Tisha Neufville is a Luxury Travel Advisor and Founder of Neufville Travel. Neufville Travel is an independent affiliate of Brownell, a Virtuoso member.
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