WHAT DO TRAVELLERS THINK ABOUT COLOMBIA?
People are falling in love with this country… Here are some comments from travellers worldwide… Do you like to leave your comment here too? Send an email to [email protected]
For about four weeks I travelled throughout Colombia with a friend. What I liked most about Colombia is that there is a great variety of things to see (and therefore to do): cities, beaches, mountains, rainforest as well as deserts. Besides that, the people that we met were all really friendly and we haven’t felt unsafe for a single moment. Absolute highlight was the Lost City trek, it offers beautiful sceneries, you get to know a lot about the locals and it is really well organized. The city we liked most was Medellin, a very lively city with lots of things to do and see, among others the memorial museum, Comuna 13 and the nearby Guatape). Cartagena is even more beautiful but was a bit too touristic in our opinion, at least when we were there in December. Overall, a fantastic country to visit! Giel from The Netherlands
The country is still a hidden gem, a sleeping beauty waiting for you to come and explore! So Many different kinds of nature in one country is simply unbelievable. Tropical Paradise, lush jungle, steep Andes mountains, desert, lost kingdom cities and modern metropolises, you can find and enjoy each of them! Isabel from The Netherlands
My love for Colombia always made me dream of returning someday to my country of origin. – I’m from a Swiss father and a Colombian mother. Nicole
Message from a young Argentine tourist who visited Colombia: My dear friends,
I’m leaving Colombia with an image 100% different from the one I had in my head. What a wonderful country! What fantastic people! What a fun rumba! I’m leaving Colombia, loving Colombia. Wanting to meet with you again. And I leave with the impression of what for me, and only for me, is Colombia.
– Colombia is: kind people with an endless good day greeting: How do you do? How did it go? I keep asking myself if one has to answer each question or that a simple “good” is enough.
– Colombia is the best-spoken Spanish in Latin America. How else is it explained that there are such beautiful words to pronounce as vaina, chicharrón, berraca, bacano.
– Colombia is education. Colombia is please and thank you very much. A la orden… With pleasure: Si señora, but I’m not a señora because I’m not old neither am I married.
– Colombia is the culture of forgiveness and suffering. What a pity for you! Why will they be sorry for me? But I got used to it being a polite way of saying things.
– Colombia is music, salsa, rumba forever and in every place. No matter the time, or the reason, or how many people there are, or if it is dark or there is a lot of light… For no apparent reason, there is always a good reason to move the hips. Or you dance (= you adapt and integrate) or you are out of the system.
– Colombia is the country of the taxi with radio Candela / Tropicana. That’s why I feel that I live in the middle of the Caribbean.
– Colombia is perfect hair. Impeccable nails. Immovable makeup. I wonder if it is that Colombian women sleep at some point or… How they get to work (every day) as if they were arranged to a marriage!
– Colombia is the people. Good people. Wonderful people With a perpetual smile on the face. People willing to help you. You have it. Everything is real or invented.
– Colombia is the kingdom of “do it”. With will and with much faith, everything can be done. You just have to ask for it with a please, a smile and the impossible will be done. The risk: what is the word? Make it mine!
– Colombia is the country of the diminutive. I wonder if saying aguardientico makes the burning effect on the throat of an undisputed alcoholic product less harmful. Could it be that the diminutive is a defence mechanism that enables the consumption of “aguardientico” (which translates into thousands and thousands of small glasses that are taken, ‘but they are tiny, look!’).
– Colombia is the country of flour and carbohydrates and God helps you with the kilos. Papa, yucca, rice like Japanese culture, pandebono, cheese sticks (return to diminutive).
– Colombia is the world of banano, banana, plátano, plátano maduro, plátano verde, platanito and all imaginable derivations to speak. From my point of view, all from the same fruit.
– Colombia is magical realism. They say it is a genre of literature, but for me it is the country itself.
– Colombia is the country that taught me again to say: please, thank you, with pleasure. It’s the country that taught me to re-evaluate the simple things of each day.
– Colombia is a spectacular country! It has incredible places and people. One of the paradises of the world!
Gis from Mexico
Living and travelling in Colombia is like eating a bag of sweets, each one has a different flavour, they are all super rich and when you realize that they have finished you just keep on wanting more!!! – Jonathan Schmidt from Belgium and living in Bogota since 2011.
Pristine beaches on the Pacific coast, extreme sports, the best coffee, mountainous landscapes, deserts and the beautiful region of the north coast! Like Colombia there are not two! – Fien from Belgium.
Travelling in Colombia is discovering in a country full of magic. Colombia is a country full of surprises, resources and diversity, where its landscapes and its people are the best combinations. – Maria from Colombia.
I do not need to go far to look for the most beautiful landscapes … Colombia has them all! Snowy peaks, beaches … and snowy peaks next to the beach, incredible. – Estefanía from Argentina.
Travelling in Colombia is simply wonderful! And the food makes the experience even more incredible. – Sophie from Chile.
Colombia, a place where surprise and beauty reigns. Here nature smiles, oceans bathe you, the jungles shelters you, and people fill you with human warmth… A paradise for body and soul. – Anonymous.
I would say that Colombia was a place of inspiration to create paradise! That’s why everyone wants to stay… – Jaime from Colombia.
Colombia is a paradise for the adventure traveller! From the coasts to the Amazon or passing through the Andes, the traveller always finds a special place to know and enjoy. – Hernando from Colombia.
Colombia, the world in one country – Juan de Barcelona, Spain
Last week I returned from my 7-week travel through Colombia. It was wonderful to travel through this country. So diverse landscapes, so many friendly and helpful people… The Colombians are also more cheerful than the Ecuadorians. – Hubert, a German who lives in Quito.
Meanwhile back in Belgium I have a phenomenal adventure behind me in a fantastic country, Colombia! I’m very impressed and will definitely go back! – Tim from Belgium.
The warm-hearted people, the immense variety in nature, colonial towns… Colombia has stolen my ♥ and gave me unforgettable experiences! – Elina from Belgium
From the sandy beaches of the Caribbean coast to the peaks of the Andes, from the lush jungle to rolling plantations of the Zona Cafetera, from ancient towns to metropolitan Bogota: Colombia has many faces. For now only cruise ships anchor in Cartagena, elsewhere in the country tourism is just about to get started. There are still lots of discoveries to make. – Magazine WeekendKnack from Belgium.
What I find the most amazing thing in Colombia is that the country offers something for everyone. For young and old and for every type of traveller. I also think it is wonderful to be able to surf on the Caribbean coast with snow peaks on the background! And above all that planning a barbeque NEVER falls in the water because of the endless summer phenomenon! – Inge from Colombia Fácil, Belgium.
Colombians are so friendly and welcoming. I planned a 6-week trip and ended up staying for 10 months! It was the trip of a lifetime that involved trekking in the jungle, deep sea diving, Carnival madness, sunbathing on the Colombian Caribbean coast, learning salsa, understanding the culture, partying and chilling with the locals. Whether it was in a night club, chilled beach or at a lush waterfall, I enjoyed every minute. I made some friends for life. A worthy experience. – Paula from Ireland
A country where you can enjoy every facet of tourism still in a pristine natural beauty surrounded by the most hospitable people in the world. – Filip from Belgium
My first time in Colombia! The nature, the people, the sun, the vibes…..waauuuw… The only thing that I can say is….. I have to go back and see more!!!!!!!! SOON!!!!!!! – Ruth from Belgium.
The most pristine beaches in the world and the beautiful unknown places touched me the most… This country with the most variations and its unique fauna & flora made me stay longer than planned. The food was a bit disappointing but the warmth of the locals made it up immediately. I still haven’t seen everything yet because there are so many things to do. I definitely need to go back! – Celine from France.
Colombia is a magnificent country to travel through. It’s got a lot of variety to offer: mountains, adventure, fantastic beaches, great diving, interesting cities… Getting around is very easy and straightforward and if necessary, there’s always somebody around to help you out. The food is really delicious, from local dishes to international classics. You can almost eat anything, even salads and ice cream, without getting sick. And YES, this beautiful country is safe to travel. We never experienced any problems. – Joke & Roland from Belgium
* Colombia really is as they promote themselves: The risk is you´ll want to stay.
* Colombia in 5 words: amazing, safe, opportunity, authentic, adventure.
* Colombia: Sssst …. don´t tell anybody or the whole world wants to visit it.
* Colombia: in all its beauty and diversity as it is, not as they show it on TV news.
* Colombia is the past and the future at the same time, covered by a delicious Latin sauce!
* Colombia is every day discovering some new this rich country and culture offer you.
– Filip, a Belgian who lives in Colombia.
Colombia ROCKS, beautiful nature, mountains, jungle and empty beaches, friendly people, excellent rum, dancing all night with beautiful women or just read a good book in the hammock: this is PARADISE!!! Go check it out! – Torsten from Belgium, Antwerp.
Nature and people are so lovely. Medellin was our favourite, lots of culture, great atmosphere and perfect climate! Amazing country, go go go! – Toon & Ina from Belgium.
Colombia is difficult to put into words, fantastic landscapes with contrasts sea/ mountain/ desert/ jungle and combinations, wonderful people with an innate entrepreneurial spirit, beautiful women (although not my “cup of tea”), land of many small villages and even towns who come straight from a movie set, mundane beaches at the Caribbean or Pacific coast or climbing snowy peaks… Far too many reasons to mention! So you need to come over to check them out yourself. You want to stick longer than planned? No problem: A company registering is organized in 24 hours, tax & VAT controlling companies are not giving you a hard time and recruiting staff is here still outstanding! In short I would like to speak up for those people to start your own business so you can help this country to build up a future! – Greetings, Peter from Antwerp who lives in Antioquia / Colombia
8 Weeks Colombia means 8 weeks of relaxation, fun and adventure. The beautiful landscapes, nice and friendly people and the awesome Caribbean Coast & Sea gave me impressions which I will never forget. I recommend everyone to spend more than 8 weeks in Colombia, because less is too short: Too many things to do! Next visit is coming soon. – Leo from Germany, Hamburg.
I travelled 14 days around the Caribbean Coast and loved it! Most of the time I stayed at Barú which is now my favourite place – I enjoyed the sun, the beach, the awesome crystal blue water and snorkelling at the corals. – Jule from Germany, Hamburg.
I travelled all over Latin America and Colombia is for sure the most interesting and divert country of them all. The people are very friendly and helpful and they are doing there best to improve the bad image Colombia unfortunately still has in Europe and the USA. – Georg from Berlin, Germany
I have wonderful memories of San Agustín. We went with friends on a long journey, first by plane to Cali, where we rented a small bus with a driver and drove to Popayan, where we stayed in a convent and then drove along the Magdalena valley. We have also been to the beautiful Purace National Park, close to Popayan. We stayed there for several days and celebrated New Year’s Eve in a cosy environment. We came back to the origin of the river Magdalena where the river was still very small. We were together with three other couples and a few children. But this was a long time ago, about 35 years ago. I can recommend Villa de Leyva, and then of course the Bogota Gold Museum and Zipaquira, the salt cathedral. Then I know the coast of Cartagena until after Maicao very well and I love it! – A German who lives in Barranquilla since 1955 and is 85 years old.