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- Learn why Colombians are so happy22 December, 2016Why are Colombians so happy? One of the things that strike most international travelers going to Colombia is the happiness and joyfulness of Colombians. Colombians are famous for being really friendly and happy people. According to several investigations and surveys Colombia was named the happiest country in the world in the years 2013 and 2014, and this year earned the second place. You might be wondering why they are so happy? Referring to several blogs (http://bananaskinflipflops.com/2014/10/26/why-are-colombians-so-happy/) and articles, we are pointing out a few major reasons why Colombians enjoy their life to the fullest with a wide smile on their face.Struggle to survive In Colombia things don’t just flow to you; you have to achieve it. Whether it’s a political negotiation or an everyday issue, like ensuring your personal security or a homeless man working for pennies and food. Colombians have had a rough history with violence, which forced them to struggle through every day being grateful for their and their families’ lives, and celebrate it. The more work you have to do for your achievement, the more you enjoy when it’s achieved.There’s no defeat In Colombian culture you don’t wave the white flag if you struggle with your achievement. Or at least, you don’t admit the defeat. Things can go very wrong and seem very impossible, but a Colombian reassures you and themselves by saying “things are good, no problem” until they have fought to the last point, figured out a solution and succeeded. On the other hand if a Colombian has to admit defeat, he also understands that life’s never fair and doesn’t expect too much.You are never alone Colombians are not lonely people. They avoid being alone and enjoy the most being surrounded by a lot of people with a lot of interacting. The relationship with the family is very tight, and they have a lot more respect to each other than in many other cultures. A Colombian is filled with love and happiness to spend time with the family, and never takes it as a chore that has to be done every once in a while. For a Colombian it is very normal to live with your family even the rest of your life. Besides family, Colombians always have a one to rely on: God. They are strongly catholic and lean on their religion every day.Improvement Colombia is raising from the bottom and the only way is up. Life and its conditions are improving, economy is improving, cities are growing and more and more tourists are coming to discover Colombia. These improvements impact people as well; they are feeling the change and getting more possibilities. At the same time they don’t expect too much, which why Colombians are easy to make positively surprised. And now with the signing of the peace treaty between the FARC and the Government, future looks even brighter !Surrounding things that makes one happy….Sun Colombia doesn’t have different seasons like winter, fall or spring; just a dry season and a rainy season. This means, that mostly all around the year Colombians enjoy warm weather and sunny days and get a lot of energy and C-vitamin. Who would be unhappy when you have sunshine all day and can walk around in light clothing while eating fresh Colombian fruits?Salsa & Music Music and dancing is in every Colombian’s heart. When a Colombian hears music, he doesn’t hesitate to enjoy it, whether it’s in a bar or metro. It’s just a natural instinct of a happy Colombian who enjoys life, not a cause of alcohol.Holidays & Festivals Colombians believe in resting every once in a while in their hectic life. There are a lot of holidays during the week (usually on Mondays), which gives Colombians a chance to enjoy longer weekends. Besides holidays, Colombians have many festivals to celebrate, for example the Black & White Festival in Pasto, the Barranquilla Carnival or the Flower Festival once a year in Medellin. It is an amazing festival with a big, colorful and dancing parade, and the whole city gathers to enjoy it. This kind of festivals are very popular all over Colombia, and they really make an effort to make it epic and beautiful.Biodiversity & Beautiful places Colombia has an amazing nature with the second largest biodiversity in the world. Colombia offers a lot of different areas to explore, whether you are seeking for a beach holiday with turquoise sea, jungle adventure and exploring the wilderness in the Amazon, or spending a relaxed country weekend at a finca in the countryside of Antioquia’s coffee region. Colombians do even have to exit the country to travel; they have it all.These are just few things out of many, many others that make Colombians happy. Now you understand that it is not a lie, when you hear people talking or read articles how Colombia is the happiest country in the world. You don’t need material to be genuinely happy; you just need good energy, an open mind, social skills and salsa lessons. Be happy like the Colombians ! 🙂
- Why Colombia is one of the Top Destinations 20171 November, 2016For a long time, Colombia was not amongst the top destinations of international travelers. Crime, safety issues and civil war scared away most tourists. Nowadays, however, Colombia is recovering from its violent past and developing towards a very attractive destination. Just recently, Colombia was voted second best country to visit in 2017 (https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/countries). And this is no surprise, because Colombia indeed has a lot to offer. It is the only South American country that has beaches both on the Caribbean and Pacific Coast, it is home to the highest variety of birds in the world and you can find ruins older than Machu Picchu. But this is only to get you started. Let’s take a look at why Colombia truly qualifies as one of the top destinations 2017. Vibrant Culture Colombia’s culture is a mosaic. Indians, Palenqueros, Africans, Mestizos – all put their part into the definition of Colombian culture, creating unique identities and traditions. Although much of the culture was influenced by the Spaniards, there are also numerous indigenous groups and over 60 native languages. This immense ethnic variety and mix creates a cultural calendar full of vibrant, exotic and artistic events. Wherever you travel, you will encounter colorful rituals, tasty food, dances and music. Colombia is a fascinating pot of different identities that together form a strong, passionate and captivating culture.Picture Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2014-01/04/c_133018292.html Warm Hospitality Whoever travels to Colombia will immediately feel welcome. As tourism is still a relatively new phenomenon, especially in the remote regions of the countries, Colombians welcome every visitor with arms wide open. If you are lost, need help or just are up for a little chat – no doubt there will always be a local around to give you useful tips or nice company. And even if you speak only a little Spanish, in Colombia you will feel the warmth in the smiles and gestures of the Colombian people.Picture Source: http://thezeroboss.com/5-reasons-colombia-is-awesome-and-safer-than-you-thinkIncredible Biodiversity When it comes to nature, Colombia is simply unique. It is one of the worlds “megadiverse” countries with an impressive richness in life forms. In fact, Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the whole world. The varied geographical conditions of Colombia have created living space for more than 55000 different plant and animal species. For example, the country is home to the greatest diversity of birds in the world. You can find Andean flora and fauna in the highlands surrounded by glaciers and volcanos, beaches and crystal clear waters on the coastlines, sandy desert in the North and rich rainforests in the South. To break it down, in Colombia there is nothing you cannot find. For nature lovers and explorers, this place is a true paradise.Picture Source: http://www.oneseedexpeditions.com/blog/be-a-know-it-all-7-fun-facts-about-colombia Endless Possibilities In a country so diverse, rich and friendly, there are many opportunities opening up for tourism. Whether you love the outdoors and search adrenaline adventures, whether you like to interact with locals and experience the true and authentic Colombia or whether you prefer relaxing on pristine beaches and stunning natural countries – this country has so much to offer for all tastes. It is this unique combination of culture, hospitality and diversity that makes Colombia undoubtedly one of the best countries to visit in 2017.Picture Source: http://www.thespanishcat.com/learn/index.php/learn-spanish-blog/10-things-to-see-and-do-in-colombia
- Colombia’s Best Beaches13 October, 2016Colombia is blessed with thousands of kilometers of coastline, split between the Caribbean and the Pacific. The beautiful Caribbean coast is home to the country’s very best beaches. There are the famous hot spots around Santa Marta and Cartagena, rarely visited beaches in La Guajira with its impressive dunes, and also the less visited Pacific Coast has a lot to offer. On a tour along the coast, you can explore so many lonely bays, crystal clear waters and wide stretches of sand. Where to go first? Here are some of our favorites. Tayrona Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada lies one of Colombia’s most famous national parks: The National Park Tayrona. Hidden behind lush jungles you can find most pristine beaches. Already the names are promising: “Cristal Beach” or “Playa Bonita” are great spots for swimming, diving and snorkeling. In order to get there, one must take a walk through the jungle, as no car or bus run all the way to the beaches. For the adventurous traveler, there are camping facilities and hammocks to spend the night under the stars. If you prefer to stay in a comfortable hotel, these beaches also make a great day trip from Santa Marta. Palomino Passing through Palomino on the highway you wouldn’t think of much. However, on the other side of the village lies probably one of Colombia’s most amazing beaches. This picture-perfect postcard beach was declared the most beautiful untouched beach in whole South America by roughguides.com (https://www.roughguides.com/article/must-visit-places-in-south-america-youve-probably-never-heard-of/). Located beneath the impressive coastal mountains of the Santa Marta, Palomino is one of the few beaches in the world from which one can see snow-capped mountains. This beach is an absolute must! (Picture Source: roughguides.com) Cabo de la Vela Located far west of the National Park Tayrona and Palomino, Cabo de la Vela is challenging to reach. However, for travelers off-the-beaten-track it is a truly unique destination. Its 5km long beach is bordered by sand dunes instead of palms, and instead of five star hotels you spend the night in hammocks or at a local ranch. One highlight: A hike to South Americas northernmost lighthouse! Definitely one of the best beaches of Colombia (Picture Source: thecitypaperbogota.com). San Andres y Providencia Another famous destination is the Caribbean Island of San Andres. Located more than 700km north of the Colombian coast, it forms a small paradise in the ocean: with just a few square kilometers of extension, this island offers white sandy beaches, beautiful coral reefs and magnificent sunsets. The natural environment makes San Andres not only a good surfer´s spot, but a great place for divers and snorkelers as well. If you like it a little quieter, take a Catamaran or plane to the neighboring island of Providencia. Brightly painted wooden houses and a postcard-like view are what makes this Caribbean pearl a wonderful experience (Picture Source: colombia.travel). Capurgana & Sapzurro This is a true insider tip: The two idyllic beaches of Capurgana and Sapzurro lie almost at the border with Panama, away from all the hustle and bustle of the Caribbean cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta. Hidden away in this isolated corner of the country, these beaches make up two of the country’s most beautiful (and least visited) Highlights Nuqui Nuqui is a small fishing village on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. One can only get there by a small plane. The beaches in Nuqui lure not only with relaxation and tropical ambiance, but also with numerous activities. Why? Because just behind the beach the tropical rain forest of Choco begins! Home to many wild animals, an enormous variety of plants and the perfect place for wonderful hikes. From July to October you can observe whales in Nuqui, as hundreds of humpback whales give birth to their whale babies in the warm waters. In addition, Nuqui is a great surf sport – what else do you need? To wrap it up, Colombia’s diversity in beaches is endless. Travel along the coast and explore the very best beaches yourself – and do not forget to let us know which is your favorite!