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5 reasons why it’s not dangerous to travel to Colombia

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Colombia has been reborn from years of conflict due to narcoterrorism and illegal militias. Colombia stands firmly in search of new economies such as tourism.

That is why we can see that during 2010 we received 2.6 million foreign tourists, but in 2018 we received 6.5 million foreign tourists. This represents an increase of 150% in less than 10 years.

Here are 5 reasons why it’s not dangerous to travel to Colombia:

  1. Peace Agreements between the Colombian Government and the FARC

In 2016, the Colombian Government and FARC (Extreme insurgent and terrorist organization in Colombia) signed peace agreements ending a 50-year conflict. Because of this agreement, President Juan Manuel Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize that same year.

  1. International recognition of the tourism sector of Colombia

  • The New York Times included Colombia in its famous list “52 Places to go in 2018”, as one of the places to visit, highlighting its hotels, natural paradises, biodiversity, and treasures.
  • In 2017, Lonely Planet awarded Colombia second place in their ‘Best in Travel 2017: Top 10 countries’ article.
  • Trip Advisor included the Gold Museum in Bogota as one of the 25 best museums in the world.
  • The World Travel Awards recognized Colombia as the best tourist destination in South America for the LGBT Community. In addition, Cartagena won as the tourist destination of South America for honeymoons.
  • TIME Magazine included two Colombian restaurants among the 100 best restaurants in the world. Leo, by chef Leonor Espinosa, and the “Interno”, in San Diego Cartagena prison.
  • Colombia is the champion of eBird’s Global Big Day (A bird spotting event to support conservation) with 1,546 species of registered birds, Colombia is called “The country of the birds” because it has the greatest diversity of birds in the world.
  1. Foreign investment

  • Many investors believe in Colombia as a nation with great growth potential for their businesses in the region. That is why multinational companies such as Amazon, Mercedes Benz, Furukawa, Stanley Black & Decker, and Johnson & Johnson have decided to set up their business in Colombia, due to its strategic geographical location, quality workforce, favorable commercial environment, access to diversity and growing markets.
  1. Colombians love tourists

  • The rise of tourism to Colombia has allowed a whole country to rise and smile with the heart to whoever decides to visit our lands. We, Colombians are passionate about helping and making our culture known, so you will always find someone who will give you help, guide you and show you the best of our roots. In addition, we love if you travel with your family as well.
  1. Health services, vaccines, and water

  • Colombia has one of the best health systems in all of America, has state-of-the-art hospitals, medical standards are quite rigorous, affordable and have a high quality of care.
  • The vaccinations you need depend on the places you go to visit, but basically, you do not need any unless you visit the Amazon region.
  • You do not have to worry about loading your water bottle, the water in Colombia is completely drinkable and you can take it directly from the faucet.

Many travelers and investors have believed in Colombia, now it is time for you to discover why millions of people want to discover this magical destination.

We invite you to be part of a new magical experience in which the geographical diversity, human warmth, wide cultural offer full of flavors, aromas, and sounds are at the forefront of your experience; And it’s further proof that the advances in infrastructure and the increase in foreign investment put Colombia in the sights of the world.

In addition, the country has things for all tastes: from beautiful beaches such as the Tayrona National Park, to heritage villages such as Barichara and magical places like Caño Cristales, the most beautiful river in the world. Passing through the mountains of the three mountain ranges and the charm of the landscape make it worth knowing every corner of the country.

There are still many problems to solve and you should still take the necessary precautions should have when traveling anywhere in the world. But, that should not stop you from having an amazing and magical travel experience in Colombia.

10 Dishes to taste on a trip to Colombia

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The best way to embrace the tastes of Colombia is to book a flight to Bogotá and set off on a culinary adventure around the country.

Packed with rich flavours, hearty ingredients and unusual taste combinations, Colombian food is as diverse as it is dazzling. Although it’s yet to really shine on the international stage like the cuisines of some its near neighbours like Brazil and Argentina, the food scene in Colombia is exciting and unique.

The best way to embrace the tastes of Colombia is to book a flight to Bogotá and set off on a culinary adventure around the country. The friendly locals are proud of their local dishes and will happily assist hungry tourists navigating their way through the options, of which there are many.

But it always pays to do some forward planning, so here is a list of 10 dishes you should sample:

01 – BANDEJA PAISA

The jewel in the crown of Colombian cuisine, this is the much-loved national dish, and an absolute must try. Bandeja Paisa is basically a selection of local flavours, a taste of Colombia on a plate, and generally features rice, avocado, plantain, beans and a LOT of meat including sausages (both chorizo and morcilla, or blood sausage), chicharrón (fried pork rind) and minced beef. It’s nourishing and delicious – but be warned, you need to bring a good appetite to the table.

02 – EMPANADAS

On the snack end of the spectrum, the delicious South American pastries known as empanadas are particularly good in Colombia for one simple reason: they’re deep fried. Think flaky pockets of pastry filled with a range of fillings depending on the region, including various meats, potatoes, rice, vegetables, crispy fries, different kinds of peppers and even peanut sauce. They are often served with a squeeze of lime and a spoonful of the spiced relish known as ají, making it the perfect quick bite, provided you can stop at one…

03 – FRITANGA

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and in a carnivorous mood (vegetarians, look away) then fritanga is the way to go. A great big plate of various types of grilled and fried meats all mixed together, it often features a variety of offal and is terrific for sharing. Not for the faint of heart, it’s a true Colombian experience and best enjoyed with toothpicks (to pick up the juicy morsels) and an icy cold local beer.

04 – SANCOCHO

For something a little lighter but just as full of meaty goodness, try a bowl of sancocho. This soup is full of treasures, usually chicken but often other meats as well, plus corn on the cob, plantain and beans. Like many Colombian dishes, it varies depending on who is making it, so you can enjoy different versions around the country, all served with rice, avocado and ají dipping sauce on the side.

05 – AJIACO

An alternative and equally excellent local soup is ajiaco, which is particularly popular in the central region of Colombia. Made with three types of potatoes from the Cundiboyacense Plateau, it also features chicken, cream and capers, as well as a special daisy-like grassy herb known as guascas that is found in the mountains and is high in minerals, giving the soup a distinct and delicious flavour.

06 – AREPAS

Another excellent snack option, often enjoyed for breakfast, are the cornmeal pancakes known as arepas. Frequently served on the side at meals, they can also be picked up at street stalls throughout the country where they are split open and filled with a tasty mix of cheese, meat and fried eggs.

07 – PATACONES

Colombia has a wide and glorious array of bananas and the locals are incredibly creative in their uses, making them an essential item to try when you’re travelling around the country. A popular way to eat them is as patacones, which are green plantains flattened and twice fried then served as little patties topped with anything from beans to meat or the tomato-based relish called hogao. Bananas are also often transformed into cayeye (a breakfast dish made from mashed guineos, a type of green banana), as well as little fried plantain balls known as marranitas when stuffed with pork and aborrajao when filled with cheese.

08 – LECHONA

For a feast, try ordering the fabulous lechona, a luscious pork roast filled with rice, onion and vegetables. The slow cooked meat and spectacular crackling, combined with the deeply flavoured rice, offers an epic dining experience usually reserved for special occasions and feast days, and best shared with a large group.

09 – FRUIT CANDIES

Sweet treats are an important part of Colombian cuisine and there are plenty of sugary delights from which to choose. Due to the vast array of fruit available in Colombia (supposedly enough to enjoy a different one every day of the year) it’s not a surprise that they feature highly in desserts and are particularly popular when made into “candies”, which are a reduction of candied fruit and sugar. The best flavours include papaya, breva, blackberry, cape gooseberry, coconut, rhubarb and guava – and working out your favourite one is the best part.

10 – OBLEAS

This street stall staple is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth: thin brown wafers (a bit like flat ice-cream cones) are sandwiched together with gooey fillings including arequipe (the local version of caramel), jam and chocolate. The flavours and toppings are laid out at each stall so you can mix and match to create your very own tailor-made Colombian dessert.