Colombia is a country where the people and their various cultures are ready to blend with yours, inviting you through a charming song-like language that will make you want to dance. Where entire communities greet you from their balconies, and where you’ll be welcomed, wherever you come from, with warm smiles and open arms. Where the world’s most beautiful river flows and embraces you with five stunning colors, and a seaside snowy peak is ready to surprise you. Just picture more than 1,920 bird species greeting you with their beautiful colors and songs, and humpback whales breaking the waves to wave at you.
Colombia is ready to welcome you once again; we have safety protocols in place and several air routes back in operation.
BIOSAFETY ABOVE ALL
In Colombia we care deeply about our visitors, and we are certain that tourism will play a key role in overcoming the challenges posed by the current Covid-19 situation. For this reason, Colombia has worked very hard in creating a safe and enjoyable environment for visitors, by encouraging and enforcing safety protocols. The Colombian Government has created and implemented the Tourism Biosecurity Certification Certified Check In and Safe Travels, with the support of both the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). In fact, Colombia was officially the first country in Latin America with these types of certifications, which has been adopted by all airports as well as most hotels and service providers.
COLOMBIA, REASONS WHY
Colombia is ready to welcome back visitors to their country in a responsible way. Here are four reasons why you should consider Colombia for your next unforgettable trip:
Firstly, Colombia has a breathtaking natural richness waiting to be discovered. It stands out as the second most biodiverse country in the world, and the first per square kilometer. As of now, 15.6 percent of Colombia’s national territory has been designated as protected land. The country also has 21 sustainable tourist destinations certified by the Colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism as well as a newly approved Sustainable Tourism Law, which will help us preserve our natural wealth for future generations.
Secondly, Colombia’s cultural diversity, expressed through its 16 Unesco cultural heritage listings, its gastronomy and music, is reason enough to pay a visit. In fact, Colombia has been repeatedly called the country of 1,000 rhythms.
Thirdly, the country recently became a founding member of The Future of Tourism Coalition, joining organizations like Green Destinations, Tourism Cares, and The Travel Foundation, to prioritize the needs of locations and their communities in the post-pandemic travel era.
NATURAL AND CULTURAL DESTINATIONS
With over 1 million square kilometers, 2 oceans (Pacific and Atlantic), the Andes mountain range and the vast Orinoco and Amazonian plains, Colombia offers one of the richest travel experiences in the world. From vibrant modern cities to well-preserved historic sites and heritage towns, all surrounded by magnificent landscapes, here are some of Colombia’s essential destinations:
The exciting cosmopolitan capital of Colombia, with a population of about 11 million people, and the main hub for international connectivity with Colombia (more than 700 frequencies before COVID, and on recovery since then).
Bogota is a vibrant city with an incessant offer of art, history, gastronomy, and nightlife. The following are some of the experiences you can have with local curators:
• Live the history and urban art of La Candelaria, the historical neighborhood founded in 1538 and one of the sustainable tourist destinations certified by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism.
• Visit the most amazing museums and organize private events in their wonderful venues, such as the Gold Museum, with the richest pre-Columbian gold artifacts collection, the Botero Museum, displaying a large collection of the famous Colombian artist, the National Museum, and the Planetarium, among others.
• Visit exquisite local markets like Paloquemao, with well-recognized chefs, and live a sensorial gastronomic experience while learning all about our unique, local ingredients.
• Immerse yourself in the local street food, and in some of iconic restaurants that are part of the 50 best restaurants in the world LATAM list.
• Get privileged access to artisans and well-known designer workshops, an opportunity to meet one on one with original creators.
Once one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Medellin has now become one of the most innovative cities worldwide (awarded as such by the Wall Street Journal in 2013). As a well-developed tourist destination, Medellin offers a unique experience of its social transformation, urban art, gastronomy, and music. These are some of the experiences you can have with local curators:
• Explore the city through guided tours with local experts such as art curators, historians, or architects.
• Experience the shocking social transformation in Comuna 13 and Moravia neighborhoods.
• Liberate your adventurous soul, through trekking, biking, paragliding, ATV, and other experiences in the surrounding areas of Medellin.
• Stay at private villas or haciendas and feel the immensity of the region’s landscapes.
An imposing colonial city founded in 1533 and declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Cartagena is located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. Its Walled City, certified as a sustainable tourist destination by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, is adorned with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings, and inspired some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ literary work.
With a tropical climate, the city also has an exceptional offer of paradise islands such as Barú, Rosario Islands and Múcura.
With 365 days of pure tropical weather, this destination is perfect for romantic gateways, cultural escapes, and relaxing holidays by the sea. The following are some of the experiences you can have with local curators:
• Experience the history and culture of Cartagena de Indias and learn about the stories behind the building of the walls, their military strategies back then, and the independence from the Spanish crown.
• Walk through the old city and Getsemaní neighborhood with an expert, to witness and learn about its architecture and design.
• Travel to the past, with the amazing literature of Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer and Nobel Prize winner.
• Stay at colonial private villas in the old city of Cartagena and travel through time.
• Experiment cooking classes at non-traditional gastronomic venues and visit local markets with recognized chefs.
• Try one of the many private tastings (coffee, rum and chocolate, wine, tobacco, exotic fruits).
• Explore the city through its gastronomy: street food tours, private dinners with chefs in clandestine sites, restaurant hopping.
• Escape to the islands: relax on private villas or high-end hotels, dive into one of the most extensive coral reefs, play water sports such as kitesurf, windsurf, and paddleboard.
• Support touristic sustainable experiences with local projects that work for women empowerment, education support, conservation, and recycling.
The Coffee Cultural Landscape
One of Colombia’s most iconic landscapes, the Coffee Cultural region offers not only breathtaking views of the Andean mountain range, but also an immersive experience in the culture of the country’s famous grain.
Composed by three main cities, Armenia, Pereira and Manizales, the region is easily accessible and offers a great number of experiences:
• Visit a Coffee hacienda and learn all about the process behind the best coffee in the world. Finish the experience with a private coffee tasting at a private villa or hacienda.
• Travel through coffee plantations on a Jeepao, the traditional vehicle used by farmers in the region.
• Immerse yourself in an iconic and historic village, such as Salento and Filandia, to taste its multiple flavors and discover its crafts.
• Experience one of Colombia’s most revered landscapes at the Cocora Valley, a mountainous park crowned by massive wax palms, Colombia’s national tree.
You can visit the following link to explore many other exceptional Colombian destinations, such as Villa de Leyva and Barichara, beautifully preserved heritage towns in the middle of the Andes; Santa Marta and the Tayrona Park, a colonial Caribbean city adjacent to one of the most astounding natural parks; San Agustin and Ciudad Perdida, our most remarkable archeological sites.
EXPERIENCES YOU CAN’T MISS
If you go to Colombia, there are many experiences you will not want to miss. Here, far from opulence and material eccentricities, luxury is all about changing the lives of those who visit us through unforgettable experiences with social value.
• Private helicopter expeditions to remote destinations and flying through the most amazing, biodiverse hotspots (Ciudad Perdida, Chiribiquete, Tayrona, San Agustin, among others).
• Glamping experiences in exotic and remote places.
• Humpback whale watching in the Pacific Ocean.
• Diving expeditions in the most important and biodiverse hotspots (Malpelo, Rosario Coral Reef, Providence Island Coral Reef, among others)
• Motorcycle private tours.
• Extreme & Adventure travel experiences (rafting, Kayaking, rappeling, speleology).
• Community and native tourism.
• Private Gastronomy and music experiences (visit to local markets with local chefs, private cooking classes, private dancing lessons on our more than 1,000 rhythms).
• Private islands and farms visits (haciendas).
• Nautical charters of super yachts trough the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
PROCOLOMBIA is the entity that promotes international tourism, foreign investment, and non-traditional exports in Colombia.
Through its national and international network of offices, PROCOLOMBIA offers support and integral consultancy to clients through services or instruments aimed at facilitating design and execution of its globalization strategy, which seeks to generate, develop and close business opportunities.
If you want to know more about the experiences and outstanding, off-the-beaten path destinations for discerning travelers in Colombia, you can visit the following link: colombia.travel/en/blog
If you want to know more about Colombia’s response to the COVID crisis you can click here: https://colombia.travel/en/covid-19-information
Colombia is ready to welcome you again !