With coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Colombia is an interesting place to visit. With a mix of history and natural heritage, you can escape to a new destination and find a place of tranquility. Or you can travel to the city of Bogota and find streets full of markets, shops and even the locals dancing.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Colombia is from December to March as this is the high season – full of sun and nature bursting with life. It is also an ideal time for visiting the small towns, coffee district and spending time on the beach. They also have the festival of lights in early December to get you in the spirit.
The Colombian cuisine takes influences from cultures of Spain, Africa and Arab countries, creating dishes rich in flavor and versatility. Some of their popular dishes are Bandeja Paisa which is one of the most popular dishes in Colombia. Tamales, Pescado Frito (fried fish) and Lechona Tolimense are traditional Colombian dishes.
History and Culture
Colombia is named after Christopher Columbus as, even though he did not visit Colombia, one of his companions suggested it and did visit Santa Marta – he was astonished by its wealth and fell in love. Although they went through a big rough patch as to the Spanish domination and gaining independence in 1819, they have come out the other side and now face a massive boost in their economic future.
Much of the Colombian culture comes from Spain from when the Spanish first arrived many years ago. They boast a rich cultural and artistic heritage, and because of the diversity of Colombia, the way in which people do things can vary from place to place within Colombia.
Things to Do
- Visit coffee farms
- Go hiking and swimming at the Tayrona National Park
- Relax on the beaches
- Go horse riding in Valle de Cocora
- Scuba diving in San Andres clear waters