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- 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!
- The Top 5 Street Foods in Colombia5 October, 2016When traveling to Colombia, you will find them on every corner of the street: Little stalls of street food selling all kinds of fried delights, creamy drinks or varieties of fruits. As a tourist, you might even not know what exactly they are selling. However, if you are in Colombia, street food is an essential experience – at the end, you only get to know a country‘s culture by eating its street food! So here are the top 5 must-eats when traveling to Colombia. What you have to tryNumber one on the list: Arepas. You can find them anywhere in Colombia and there are at least ten different types in the country. The typical arepa is made of corn flour dough, mixed with water and salt. It is often served with cheese, but there are also stuffed arepas or arepas filled with egg. Did you know that according to roughguides.com arepas count as one of the best street foods on the globe? (See the map of the worlds’ best streetfood on http://www.roughguides.com/article/interactive-map-the-worlds-best-street-food/).Source: Seecolombia.Travel BlogThe all-day snack: Almojabana. The soft baked cheese bun tastes best when it‘s warm. You can see many Colombians eating it on the go, together with a coffee for breakfast or just as a snack during the day. On your journey to Colombia you should at least try them once!Source: Sarepa BlogA Latin American favorite: Empanadas. In contrast to many Empanadas, the Colombian ones are not made out of bread-based dough, they are made out of cornmeal. The deep-fried or baked little snack is filled with potato, chorizo or veggies.Source: Sarepa BlogThe sweet snack: Churros. This fried-dough pastry is sprinkled with sugar and eaten out of a paper bag. Although Churros originally comes from Spain, Colombians certainly know how to prepare them!Source: Sarepa BlogThe healthy alternative: Fruit. There is a huge range of different fruits in Colombia, many of which you might not even have heard of! Carambola, Chontaduro, Lulo, Tomate del Arbol… You can find sliced fruit almost everywhere. Delicious and healthy, the best refreshment on a hot day!Source: Streetfoodplanet.comThis list could go on and on, there is so much tasty food to discover on the streets of Colombia. When traveling to this beautiful country, it is best to just give it a try and figure out your very own favorite street food. Combined in a travel package by Palenque Tours, you can walk down the streets and let your taste buds explore the culinary world of Colombia. What are you waiting for?