I just returned from a trip from Bogota, Columbia. After decades of civil conflict, Colombia is now safe to visit and travelers are discovering what they’ve been missing. The diversity of the country may astonish you. There are modern cities with skyscrapers and nightclubs, gorgeous Caribbean beaches, jungle walks and Amazon safaris. There are interesting colonial cities, archaeological ruins, high-mountain trekking, whale watching, coffee plantations, scuba diving, surfing, the list goes on. The city also has a thriving nightlife and many cultural attractions.
Three of Bogotá’s premier cultural institutions are clustered in the Candelaria district. The Botero Museum holds the personal art collection of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, which includes works by Renoir, Monet and Picasso, not to mention full-figured works by Botero himself. In a city whose colonial influences are apparent, the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, across the street from the Botero, includes a collection of musical instruments that are indigenous to the region. Nearby, the Gold Museum traces the history of the precious metal and how it shaped Columbia.
Colombian culture, like the country’s weather, varies by altitude. The essence of Colombia resides in the mountains in the alpine cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cali and the smaller cities of the Zona Cafetera. This is the industrial heartland of the country. The infrastructure in the mountain region is good, the water drinkable, the roads well maintained. In the heat of the Caribbean coast, life is slower, and the culture more laid-back.
Santa Marta – Beach City
Santa Marta’s grace as a colonial city has faded under newer concrete buildings, but its proximity to the sea still makes it an attractive destination. For Colombians, this is one of the most popular tourist towns in the country, offering liberal amounts of sun, rum and long stretches of sandy beachfront property.
Exploring the Coffee Triangle of Columbia
The Coffee Triangle is prosperous and generous. It seduces the visitor with the aroma of the coffee plantations and the delightful scenery. Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda are known as the Coffee Triangle, and they produce the best coffee in the world. This area is a prime destination in Latin America because of the way it has adapted the coffee mansions and farmhouses of former times to accommodate tourists. You will have a unique and marvelous experience while exploring the Coffee Triangle. If you travel around the Coffee Triangle, and you will find all kinds of buildings, theme parks, golf courses, coffee plantations, landscapes dotted with wax-palms, places for extreme sports, and ecological trails. If you want to understand the secret of the coffee culture, you will have to take a trip around the region, experience a variety of climates, and appreciate the scenery.
In darker days people used to say, ‘if only it weren’t for the violence and drugs, Colombia would be paradise.’ Well the drugs may still be here but the violence is gone, at least for now, and it is, indeed, paradise. It is an easy country to fall in love with, and many travelers do. It could well become your favorite country in South America.
My trip to Bogota, Colombia was wonderful and exciting. If you are interested in hearing more about this wonderful country or have an interest in any other destination, contact us at 301-989-1654 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.ColesvilleTravel.com.