Here are 10 reasons to enter Colombia:
1. Spectacular Views and Beaches
If it means vacation, sea, sand and sun triple for you, it is exactly the right place. Colombia has more than 300 plazas, including the Caribbean and the Pacific coast. It is also possible to set up a paradise corner on untouched beaches in the islands of San Andres and Providencia. Besides the beaches, you will also be greeted by beautiful landscapes where you can take lots of photos. With virgin forests, Tayrona National Park displays all the shades of green. Besides rare animal and plant species.
2. Country of Dances
Colombia is a complete paradise for lovers of dance. You can see many Latin dances like Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Vallenato, people dancing crazy in streets, in front of houses, in nightclubs, in dance schools. We also recommend you to study salsa in the future. This is the best way to feel the spirit of Colombia! We also recommend you not to miss the salsa and acrobatics show named “Delirio Salsa Show”.
3. Friendly People
You will be amazed at the warmth of the Colombian people. You will have met many different ethnic roots such as Africa, Spain. It is no doubt that you will encounter a sincerity that immediately embraces you. The Colombians, who are very satisfied with everything that comes to their country, will be your biggest guide in your journey to Colombia, even if they do not speak the same language as you.
4. Delicious Dishes
In Colombia you can taste as many different flavors as you will not find in many parts of the world. The traditional Colombian cuisine is very different from the others. While consuming roasted ants in a region, it is not found in other areas. The ant eating tradition goes back to ancient times. They believe that the ants are “aphrodisiacs” and are given as wedding gifts. In coastal areas, fish prepared with coconut milk sauce, lobster and seafood are also naphtha. The most famous dishes are Bandeja Paisa and Ajiaco. Of course you have to taste exotic fruits also.
Colombia is one of the growing coffee markets in the world. Do not forget to follow the delicious coffee smells when you step in here. Especially the “Eje Cafetero” region offers you wonderful aroma coffee in the green. You can even meet coffee farmers here and learn the delicacies of coffee.
6. Adventure and Nature Sports
If what you’re looking for is adrenaline, they’re all in Colombia. You can dive in the beautiful sea, try the paragliding on the lush green nature. Trekking in virgin forests will be quite enjoyable to do.
7. Night Life
In Colombia, the extravagant and colorful night life comes to mind. Especially you will love nightclubs, restaurants and bars in Bogota. The people of Colombia love to have fun, dance and sing.
8. Colorful Festivals
Colombia is also the address of the world’s most colorful festivals. Carnaval de Barranquilla, considered the most colorful carnival after Rio Carnival, is gathering all different people in Barranquilla. Stunning parades, interesting costumes and of course salsa.
9. Rich History
There are not only natural beauties in Colombia. You will love Bogota, an indispensable city for tourists with colorful buildings, museums, colleges and libraries specific to Spanish colonial architecture. Bogota, where the ancient traces of Spanish and South America come together, is a colorful, exciting metropolis that has migrated from different parts of the world. At the beginning of the places to visit in Bogota is the Monserrate Monastery. You will see Bolivar Square, Primada Cathedral, respectively.
Cartagena, a key area between the 16th and 18th century Caribbean ports, is a major reason for visiting Colombia! With its colorful houses, walls and people, this city is today the most visited city in Colombia! You can see many museums, palaces, churches and colonial architecture here.
Tourism in Colombia
Colombia is one of the most popular countries of South America. In 2017, 5.7 million foreign tourists arrived in Colombia.
Most tourists to Colombia come from Venezuela. Venezuela is followed by United States of America, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Ecuador. The most tourists from Europe come from Spain.
Best Time to Travel to Colombia
Colombia, known as the capital of Salsa, is home to the Barranquilla Carnival, the second largest carnival in the world after Rio.
If you want to experience the colorful culture and entertaining atmosphere of the country, we recommend to follow the carnival and festival calendars in Colombia:
- The Flower Festival, organized in the city of Medellin in August every year, is among the festivals you can attend.
- In January, the Black and White Festival in the city of Pasto lasts for 3 days. The festival is dedicated to the country’s colonial period.
- During the World Salsa Festival, Colombia has one of its most active periods. The festival takes place in August in the city of Cali.
Weather in Colombia
The climate of Colombia shows climatic variations due to its proximity to the equator and its geographical structure. In the lower parts and valleys, tropical climate and temperate climate features in high parts.
The climate is basically determined by five natural regions:
- tropical rainforest
- tropical savannah
- tropical steppes
Tropical rainforests are hot (average 27 degrees), rainy and humid. In tropical savannah, there are arid and rainy periods. Due to its proximity to the equator, the average temperature is constant throughout the year and is around 24 degrees. Therefore, you will need to control the climate of your destination in Colombia.
Indeed, each region has its own climate characteristics. However, to mention a more specific period of travel to Colombia, we may recommend December and February.
Seasons in Colombia
- Spring – March, April and May.
- Summer – June, July and August.
- Autumn – September, October and November.
- Winter – December, January and February.