Top 5 Myths About Traveling to Colombia

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” –Aldous Huxley

Colombia is evolving into one of the world’s top travel destinations with its breathtaking mountain views, tropical rain forests, and opportunities to explore its rich political history and architecture on bike or by foot.

Adventures in Voluntourism has designed the perfect itinerary to best immerse travelers in Colombia’s culture in its beautiful Caribbean coastal city, Cartagena. This group travel tour is a way to learn about Colombia’s culture, while helping to preserve the environment.

Previously, Colombia was known for being a country with a great deal of political issues, due to its complex yet interesting history, but as it takes steps towards a positive direction, travelers are beginning to celebrate the country’s countless possibilities and people are moving away from the many saddening travel myths.Colombia was once considered a dangerous place. Now it’s a brilliant, bustling tourist destination.

Here are 5 myths about traveling to Colombia that we’re debunking:

Myth #1: Colombia is a dangerous travel destination.

Despite Colombia’s previous reputation for disorder, improved security measures have been put in place and this has led to an increase in foreign and Colombian tourism. Colombia is considered to be just as safe as other countries, and the locals are known for being friendly and warm towards all foreign visitors. People of all ages can feel safe touring this special country, even if they do not speak the same language.

Myth #2: Cocaine is Colombia’s largest export.

When people think of Colombia, they are reminded of cocaine, previous drug smuggling days and of course the famous Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar. However, following the death of Escobar in the 90’s the cartel environment died too. Colombia has taken advantage of its unique climate and is now famous for exporting some of the world’s freshest coffee, fruits, flowers and other produce.

Myth #3: The mafia runs Colombia.

Colombia has had a long, unfortunate history of drug abuse and gang related crime. There was a time where the media portrayed the mafia as a group that dominated areas of the country. However, the country has greatly changed and nowadays most Colombian cities are known for being free from drug, gang, and/or mafia related problems.

Myth #4: There is no reason to visit Colombia.

Colombia is becoming known as a traveler’s rediscovered gem. It is the one and only country in Latin America that borders the Pacific Ocean as well as the Caribbean. It is home to the Amazon rain forest, unbelievable snow-capped mountains, and tropical islands. Colombia is also known for its perfect temperature. It is a place where neither heaters nor air conditioning is often required. Those are definitely more than one reason to visit this secret paradise!

Myth #5: Tourists get taken advantage of in Colombia.

Colombians are known for being some of the happiest and friendliest people in the world. They are enjoying an increase in tourism and meeting new people. As with any tourist destination, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and belongings. It is important to read about the area you are visiting beforehand, but it is safe to use taxi’s and easy to explore various Colombian cities by foot.

This New Year is the perfect time to consider Colombia for your next adventure trip. Embark on a millennial travel journey where you explore its extraordinary Latin American flare and sustainable travel opportunities. Travel in Colombia in 2018!

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