Colombia has everything one may look for in life: friendly locals, beautiful destinations, mouthwatering food, affordability and a unique feeling of being at home. With so many gorgeous destinations to choose from within the South American, it’s hard to pinpoint where to visit. Should you go to Bogotá, the booming capital? Maybe spend a few nights in Medellín, the city reborn with art and tourism? Or should you pick Cartagena, the exquisite colonial city on the Caribbean coast?
Whichever destination you choose, Colombia should be the place you have your eye on for your summer vacations. As members of Exotic Travelers, we would recommend Cartagena, where you can enjoy the elegant urban-chic Allure Hotels; yet our affiliations with the top travel companies allows you to enjoy luxurious vacations wherever you choose.
That said here are 7 reasons to visit Colombia this summer:
The Old City at Cartagena
Getting lost in the Old City of Cartagena is one of the most pleasing things to do when visiting the colonial city. The historic inner-walled districts are perfect to wander about. With so many history, culture and arts, Cartagena is a must-visit city for this summer.
Colombia´s Coffee Region
Luckily, Exotic Travelers has two boutique hotels in the heart of the coffee region, allowing coffee lovers and wanderers to stay there. The flagship product goes through an interesting production process, which you can learn about, while taking in breathtaking views of the central mountain range, as well as taste the real coffee everyone brags about abroad.
Great Tourism Infrastructure
Due to Colombia’s violent drug war, it was a definite no on every travel list. However, with efforts from the government, the country has completely turned around. Now is the perfect time to visit as its popularity grows there aren’t as many tourists, yet its infrastructure is near perfect.
The Bright Colors
Unsurprisingly, as a Latin American country, colors are buzzling and booming everywhere. However, Cartagena stands out for its vividly painted colonial houses. The explosion of color doesn’t stop at the houses, you will find it in markets, clothing, arts and crafts, and even in the wide selection of fruits and vegetables.
The Chiva Tours
Old wooden buses used for transport in rural areas have been given a second chance as tour buses in the major cities (Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena). The colorful buses are the perfect way to see the cities. Whether you choose the day-time tour for sightseeing, or the night-time tour for bright lights, loud horns and amazing salsa beats, they are not to be missed.
Gestemaní is the bohemian neighborhood of Cartagena, and every city in Colombia has a hipster-like area such as this one. In these neighborhoods, walls are completely covered with amazing murals that give you a sense of what the history of the place has been like, as well as serving as a killer art exhibit.
The Beaches of the Coast
If you’re staying at the center, you may have to skip on the beaches, but if you’re in one of the coastal cities, like Cartagena, you can soak up the sun at the many beaches. A favorite one is Playa Blanca on Isla Barú, where you can sip on tropical cocktails, swim in the ocean and enjoy delicious seafood.
We think these are enough reasons to visit Colombia this summer, but if you need more, just google the country and look at the stunning scenery, delicious food, and amazing nightlife.