I took a one month trip to Colombia that turned into five, that's how good it was.
Colombia is a country unfortunately burdened by a reputation of drugs, danger and civil war. Sure, the country has its fair share of issues, but alternatively, Colombia also boasts a reputation of coffee, music, dancing and the warmest of cultures. The secret seems to be out these days as every backpacker journeying through South America will tell you that Colombia is the continent's best kept secret. Incredible beaches, outstanding hikes, innovative cities, food and friendly locals are the things that make every travellers mission to personally promote Colombia as a top tier destination. If you are traveling through South America you know what I mean.
There is no denying the trials and tribulations Colombia has faced as a result of politics, drugs and of course Pablo Escobar himself. For a period of time those events deposited a dark cloud over the warm culture of Colombia. Hidden for too long, the people of Colombia now see those events as an opportunity to educate both foreigners and locals alike. Colombia is progressing forwards, accepting their past, learning from it, and moving towards a very bright future, especially in tourism.
Sit on the back of an original WWII 4x4 Willie (jeep?), cross lush green landscapes of wax palms and coffee fincas. Stop to pick your own berries and roast your own brews. No surprise, the coffee culture in Colombia is to die for. On the coast, perfect Caribbean beaches with turquoise waters and a never ending stream of coconuts promote lazy days and backpacker vibes. Experience the welcoming culture of Colombians as you sit in local parks with cowboys, share a bottle of Aguardiente, and join them in a game of gun powder Tejo in the evening. Also awarded the notoriety of ‘most innovative cities in the world’, technology, public spaces, and delicious foods lead the way. Find that the reputation of Colombian cities match their reality. Learn to dance, enjoy colourful street art, and watch a world of smiles go by.
Colombia is one of those destinations that are hard not to fall in love with. Something happens when you visit this country. Whether it is the charm of the people, the music, the history…the overall tone, I am not sure, but a short time in Colombia will have you feeling proud, as if you are an honourary Colombiano yourself.