I say Colombia you immediately think of … coffee! Ahh yes – the fabulous smell of 100% Colombian coffee brewing - nothing like it! But did you know that Colombia has a heck of a lot more to offer than just their world-famous coffee beans?
They do and I recently chatted with Alejandra Guzman from TripMedia - Travel Colombia to have her spill the beans – get it? – on the other secrets of Colombia – and that she did. This South American country is full of culture and nature and gastronomy and history and oh gosh – just so much more than most people are aware of.
That being said let’s get this party started! Grab a cup of java – Colombian of course – and breath in that comforting aroma while we take off for Colombia!
Company Background: Alejandra started our conversation relaying to us just what her travel company’s goal is – which just so happens to be the same as one of my four pillars – she is all about connecting travelers to local people while she helps them discover all of the very the best that her country has to offer. That being said she enlists the locals as tour guides to help with this connection and says the people of her country are what makes it so special – specifically their warmth and the way they welcome visitors with open arms. Thus, she wants to provide you with an unconventional way to enjoy Colombia - to share it directly with the locals and see and experience the way they do things on a daily basis – noting that they may not have all the comforts we have but that they are so happy and so friendly and have so much love to give us. Life changing is what I would call her experiences – no?
And yes – she agreed that coffee is a big deal here – but that there are so many other things she loves to educate people on. One thing she said that really stood out was that every city in Colombia is like going to a different country because of each regions culture and diversity. And she and I – when we sit down to curate your Colombian adventure - will ask you what you want to see or perhaps find out more about there – and together we can help accomplish the goals of your trip. As she said - it’s important to ask the client what they like to do so we can show them how we do it in Colombia and they can enjoy it in the Colombian way!
Country Overview: So when Alejandra and I started discussing itinerary and tour ideas – I chimed in that I think ten to fourteen days minimum would allow you the amount of time needed for a great there to take in of all of the different experiences Colombia has to offer. However, Alejandra actually recommends fifteen to twenty days as being a more appropriate length to make your way around the country and get a complete cultural immersion.
One neat thing in particular that she pointed out was that there are actually different weather conditions in each city, even though there are no seasons in Colombia. Meaning – you can travel from the autumn to the spring to the summer just by city hopping!
Just to give you an idea these are some of Colombia’s most popular destinations and as you can see there are so many different, unique areas to be seen in this marvelous country. You have cosmopolitan cities such as Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, Cartagena and Bucaramanga. Then you have rural areas such as Armenia, Filandia, Pijao, and Montes de Maria. There are areas filled with naturel like Parque, Tayrona, Minca, San Gill, Choco, Guaviare and Amazonas and charming town’s like Mompox, Salento, Villa de Leyva and Barichara. And yes – they have beach areas too where you can take in the turquoise sea including the Archipelago de San Bernardo, the Rosario Islands, San Andres and Providencia.
Destinations, Sightseeing and Activities
Outer Region Towns
Updated COVID-19 Information: As of this writing the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Colombia.
For the CDC’s most up to date information on COVID-19 click here. And for the most up to date entry requirements for Colombia click here.
And that brings our amazing journey through Colombia to an end. As Alejandra said - after visiting Colombia you will not come back to your country the same person. And you know I 100% agree and it’s why I am so deeply passionate about travel. That’s what travel does - it really opens up a lot of personal doors so as you get to know other cultures and you get to know yourself as well.
For more details on things to see and do in Colombia, where to stay, it’s price points and more - contact your Travel Guru! Oh, and if you need a payment plan to fund your travel adventure – we got those too!
During the shutdown of Covid19, Loulu Lima began interviewing many tourism boards, destination management companies and suppliers whom BHGH works with in the curation of your itineraries.
Here you will find the videos as well as written summary of each. Summaries are transcribed by Carole A. Peck.
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