Magical realism was not accidentally born here. With the breeze of the Pacific cools the coast and hinterland, the coffee beans sparkle from the sun, lacy beaches spread out in the Caribbean, the Amazon and the ancient cities, the imagination is allowed to run wild and build transcendent stories, with the first and main narrator Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Bogota center, Colombia
The journey starts from Bogota, located roughly in the center and it is offered as a starting point for any direction. Safer now, it invites visitors to explore its every corner. Rent a bike, since it is renowned for its bicycle lanes, or walk and get free guided tour. Parks and squares, as the typical Plaza Bolivar, elegant churches and buildings, and about 60 museums and galleries that are concentrated mainly in Candelaria, quaint cafes and restaurants and strong artistic events setting the pace.
Bogota Tour Bus
Colombian people are cardial and polite. They have a holy word tinto, which is a cup of hot black coffee, which they offer to visitors. Those of you interested to indulge the production of black gold you have to visit the Triangle of brown areas which are Quindio, Caldas and Risaralda, where you will see hundreds of coffee farms. Colombia is the ultimate destination for nature lovers.
Colombia, Coffee Triangle
If you visit during the summer months, you should not miss a sight that is breathtaking. Whales arrive in the warm waters of the country to give birth and raise their young ones and teach them how to swim. First in biodiversity birds, ideal for bird watching. A must is the green paradise of Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) where you will see the architectural wonder of a state amid the forest dating from about the 8th century.
Finally, there are dramatic fluctuations in the temperature of Colombia, as it is near the equator. However, the best time to visit is the period between December and March and between July and August. These months have the most festivals and many other cultural events.
By Nicole P.
Colombia photos: McKay Savage, Benjamin Guez, STUDY TOURS Colombia.