One of the stunning issues I discovered lately is how numerous the landscapes and experiences are in Colombia.
You possibly can have city experiences, spend time with indigenous and Afro-Colombian cultures, see wildlife, take pleasure in seashores on quiet islands, have river adventures, loosen up in scorching springs, see a volcano, spend time within the mountains, see canyons, have cowboy experiences, take pleasure in nature reserves, spend time on espresso farms, hang around with musicians, have a rum immersion, marvel at artwork, go on a graffiti tour, dine in wonderful eating places, have a wellness retreat, keep in safari-like camp… all on this small nation.
Right here’s a bit extra data on only a few of the highest experiences you may have in Colombia.
Should you’re into cities, Bogotá’s meals, artwork, and vogue scene will seize you. I LOVED my latest go to to Bogotá! Town has a youthful, hip vibe manifested by way of its masterful cooks and bartenders (make sure to go to Salvo Patria, Villanos en Bermudas, and Leo Escocina), inventive designers, lovely structure (even some colonial constructions stay), spectacular museums (Botero and Gold Museums are a should), and dynamic galleries (Fragmentos tells a captivating and touching story and there are a couple of extra secret galleries doing superb work).
For me, town’s vibe looks like that of an up-and-coming cosmopolitan metropolis … it has simply sufficient grit to make it attention-grabbing, but is subtle and superior in its concentrate on all the things one seeks when visiting a metropolis. I wouldn’t be shocked if Bogotá turns into the New York Metropolis of Latin America within the close to future. I loved it a lot that I plan to go to once more within the subsequent few months. Regulate Bogotá and get there quickly!
2. Espresso farms and occasional tradition
Arms down probably the greatest excursions I’ve had in my life was the complete day we spent on the Café de la Cima natural espresso farm. It’s fascinating and fantastic to listen to concerning the historical past of espresso. (Do you know … for many years the perfect Colombian espresso may solely be discovered exterior of Colombia as a result of the perfect beans and grounds have been exported to international locations just like the US. Proponents of fine espresso are attempting to alter that now by educating locals on the best methods to develop espresso, displaying them the right way to make a scrumptious cup of a espresso, and coaching palettes to grasp how good espresso actually tastes.) After listening to the historical past of espresso, spend the day observing and taking part within the espresso growth course of from seed to tasting… hear about why espresso grows greatest within the Colombian local weather, discover ways to decide when beans are able to be picked, truly get in and choose the beans, see and scent the roasting of the beans, style the beans themselves, and style espresso roasted from the beans of assorted farms (yum).
Key tip: don’t go to simply any espresso farm. Do your analysis prematurely and go to a family-owned farm not supported by massive corps. This will provide you with an opportunity to totally perceive the plight of the espresso farmer and the immense quantity of labor that goes into your espresso. You’ll additionally get to take pleasure in a scrumptious, home-cooked, Colombian lunch ready with meals grown proper there on the farm.
This beautiful space will not be very well-known to these exterior of Colombia, however is a scorching spot for Colombians wishing to get away and spend some quiet time on the water. Whereas there you will get in some train by climbing 700 steps (220m) to the highest of Piedra del Peñol, take within the lovely views of this oh-so-green space from the highest, go to the quaint, downtown space (the place you will discover some nice chocolate, leather-based, and jewellery boutiques), then loosen up and luxuriate in cocktails and snacks whereas crusing round Guatapé. This could be a good day journey from Medellin or take some further time and spend an evening.
four. Understanding Narco historical past
Whereas actually a darkish stain on Colombia’s previous, understanding Pablo Escobar’s position within the historical past of the nation is crucial to greedy its resurgence as a spot to go to and its rise as a thriving a part of Latin America during the last 15 years. For these , there are excursions focusing particularly on this or it’s possible you’ll ask your information to briefly contact on it throughout excursions in Medellín and Guatapé.
5. Graffiti in Medellín
You’ll discover bits of graffiti artwork in a couple of of Colombia’s high cities, however Medellín is admittedly the place you’ll really feel the guts of the graffiti motion. Take a tour of Comuna 13 (a Medellin neighborhood stuffed with graffiti artwork) and take heed to the tales of the neighborhood’s previous, current, and hope for the long run … generally informed by way of rap, hip hop, breakdancing, and naturally graffiti.
6. Music and dancing
Should you’re into both of those, Colombia is a superb place to get inspiration to your personal performing arts pursuits OR simply really feel the rhythm and have a enjoyable time! Colombia is stuffed with excellent tango golf equipment the place you may watch tango performances and salsa golf equipment the place you may dance the evening away like we did! If tango and salsa aren’t your factor, contemplate visiting Palenque de San Basilio for a style of how African cultures have impacted the Colombian music scene.
7. Seashores, water adventures and whale watching
No we’re not speaking about Cartagena. One of many issues I discovered from locals is there’s a widespread false impression amongst outsiders that Cartagena is a seaside vacation spot. In actual fact, these in-the-know are conscious that it isn’t. For pristine sand, clear water, and sunshine, head to the islands simply exterior of Cartagena; for whale watching, make your option to the Pacific Coast; and for boating/crusing, go to Guatapé.
A metropolis with beautiful, colonial structure – making a romantic ambiance excellent for a vacation spot wedding ceremony, honeymoon, or only a romantic, weekend getaway along with your companion.
9. Historical tradition
An historical tradition as soon as inhabited the San Agustin space of Colombia. Little is thought about this civilization, however they did go away being lots of of spectacular statues price seeing.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and spend time enjoyable on a retreat-like property within the mountains, within the rainforest, within the desert, or in any of the opposite picturesque areas in Colombia. Along with enjoyable, you’ll have the ability to take pleasure in horseback driving with cowboys, chicken watching, or just listening to frogs.
I solely scratched the floor throughout my latest go to. But I found that Colombia is wealthy with unbelievable experiences. I’m already pondering of returning within the subsequent few months, and I hope you too make it to Colombia earlier than it takes off as a serious tourism spot!