Colombia is a destination ready for discovery. From its beautiful landscapes, rich heritage, cosmopolitan cities, and mouthwatering cuisine, Colombia is THE destination in Latin America. We have listed the top 15 reasons to fall in love with the passion of Colombia, and a million reasons for wanting to stay. What inspires you?
Adventure: The country’s varied geography is the perfect setting for numerous recreational activities. From sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, and kayaking in the country’s ocean’s and rivers, to rock climbing, hiking and horseback riding in the Andes Mountains, Colombia caters to all adventure junkies. Work up a sweat, and cool off with tropical drink in hand.
The Amazon: In a land where the earth breathes, The Amazon is the traditional destination of scientist and scholars who want to learn to talk with nature. Containing the world’s second longest river the largest tropical jungle on the planet, Colombia’s shares the Amazon Rainforest with Brazil and Peru. Enjoy the fauna and flora of the jungle by zipping between trees, or hiking along the forest various jungle paths.
Biodiversity: Colombia contains the world’s largest collection of amphibians, butterflies and flowers. It also holds the title of containing the world’s second highest number of bird species (containing 1,865 bird species). From June to November the country turns into the homes of hundreds of bird, whale, and marine turtle species that visit the Colombian Pacific coast to mate, feed, and take rest on their migratory journey.
Coasts: As a destination where the sand is caressed by two oceans, Colombia’s privileged location allows its visitors to enjoy over 2,900 km of coasts on two oceans and the Caribbean Sea. Talk about the ultimate beach vacation! Long, tranquil beaches between jungles and the sea line most of the Pacific coast, while the Caribbean coast contains wide beach beaches, large resort complexes, and various shops and restaurants.
Coffee: Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2011, Colombia’s Coffee Triangle is known for producing the world’s best coffee. Let the aroma and the taste of coffee surround you, while getting to know the beauty of the key regions.
Cities: Colombians take pride in the rich cultural life contained within their cities walls. From cosmopolitan Cartagena, modern Bogota, passionate Cali and progressive Medellin, each one of Colombia’s cities offers its guests something different and unique.
Diving: Go to the depth of Colombia’s colorful seas. Bordered by both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, there is a world that is designed for the delight of divers under the sea. The famous Seaflower Biopsphere Reserve around the Island of Providencia contains the world’s third largest reef park, and is a global haven for spotting the sea’s shiny starfish, crabs, angelfish, corals, sponges and various other species in strange shapes and vibrant colors.
Fairs, Festivals & Feasts: Colombians are festive by nature, and always seek opportunities to celebrate their cultural heritage. From the colorful Barranquilla Carnival every February and Medellin Flower Fair every August, to the much acclaimed Cali Fair, there is always a reason to celebrate.
Gastronomy: Keeping in tradition with its diverse culture and landscapes, Colombia pays tributes to its roots by containing food that is a mixture of Indian, Spanish, African and Arabic cuisines. Every region is has its own gastronomy, related to its natural resources. Delight in the ocean’s bountiful harvest in the Caribbean region; Savor the meats, potatoes, beans and corn in the Andean region; Enjoy the Pacific Coast’s abundance of rice, lentils, and rice; and appreciate the veal, manioc and various fishes in the Orinoco River region.
Golf: Nestled on the northwestern tip of South America, Colombia enjoys a pleasant climate year round and offers the perfect environment for the practice of golf 365 days a year. Nominated as the “Destination to Discover” by the 2010 International Golf Travel Market, Colombia contains over 50 certified golf courses, and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Karibana Beach Golf Condominium, opening later this year.
Nature: 90 percent of Colombia is Nature, while 10 percent of Colombia’s territory is protected by nature reserves– including 37 national parks, 12 fauna and flora sanctuaries, two natural reserves, and one parkway—11,000,000 hectares that encompass beautiful scenery, a variety of climate and soils, floras and fauna, and 230 civil society natural reserves.
Nightlife: Join the party that is Colombia. Containing a celebratory energy that vibrates throughout the entire country, it is impossible to stop your feet from dancing. Cities such a Bogota, Cali, Barranquilla and Cartagena, move to their rhythmic beats all night long. True favorites include African and Jamaican rhythms on San Andres beaches’ night parties.
People: Known for their warm and friendly spirit, the people of Colombia are ready to open their arms to the whole world. Seeking to show the world its true face, Colombia’s passion for developing its global status in the world is the ultimate driving force for their authentic energy and dynamic spirit.
Romance: Colombia– a country to fall in love with, and a country to fall in love in. A destination that envelops magnificent scenery, sites and activities, Colombia holds a soft spot in its visitors’ hearts. A popular destination for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways, couples can enjoy the seductive cities, passionate people, and majestic landscapes.
Salsa: Nicknamed the “Salsa Capital of the World”, Cali’s pure energy can be found within its authentic evening night clubs. Even the less inclined move their bones to Colombia’s rhythm.
There’s ever more to be discovered in person. With a booming tourism sector, Colombia is ready for discovery.