Colombia Travel Advice And Activity Guide

Colombia travel advice seekers should be prepared for a sensory assault that will entice and thrill visitors. Columbia has a great deal of diverse attractions and activities, with two coasts facing the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It has everything from deserts to glaciers, steaming rainforests, secluded islands, pristine beaches and modern cities. Western tourists and visitors will probably want to fly in by plane to Bogota, which is the capital. Depending on the itinerary, it’s also possible to hop over by plane to other destinations like Cartagena, Cali or San Andres. Visitors entering from Ecuador or Venezuela can come in by bus or car, and those coming from Panama can take a boat. In terms of safety, the country is a whole lot better now. All the metropolitan areas are just as safe (or not) for tourists as any other city anywhere else in Central and South America. Just take common precautions such as not heading off alone into isolated regions, and try to stay away from unfriendly neighborhoods after dark.

Colombia Travel Advice And Activity Guide

Colombia Travel Advice And Activity Guide

The real draw for visitors is the variety of the destinations and the natural beauty. The choices range from Bogota’s flesh pots to the Salsa clubs in Cali and the Carnival in Barranquilla, among others. Visitors can spend many days & weeks enjoying all this, not to mention the tropical rainforests, majestic humpback whales in the Pacific, and the pristine beaches and coral reefs near Caribbean coast islands like San Andres, Santa Catalina and Providencia. In fact, scuba diving in these reefs is one of the top attractions for visitors from every corner of the world. In addition to the aforementioned Caribbean islands, there are dive spots just as good on the Pacific coast too. Let’s take a look at which destinations on both coasts are good for visitors where scuba diving can be combined with a holiday and sight-seeing. San Andres and Providencia probably offer the most popular dive spots on the Caribbean coast. Isla Gorgona and Malpelo Island on the Pacific Coast are quite famous and popular among both tourists and expert divers. Visitors need to choose from amongst these locations based on their taste for adventure, diving skill and travel logistics.

For instance, San Andres is 700 km from the mainland but has an airport. Another advantage is that scuba divers get to explore dive sites in Santa Catalina and Providencia too, since the long coral reef straddles all three of these places. Logistics and tourist attractions aside, the main reason why the dive sites here are so popular is simply because of the variety of marine life, evidenced by the fact that San Andres is famed for its ‘sea of 7 colors. Pacific coast divers at spots near Malpelo Island or Isla Gorgona tend to be more adventurous. A trip here involves a flight to Guapi from Cali, followed by a boat ride to the island. Crystal clear and cold waters await divers, along with whale sharks and hammerheads. Isla Gorgona is an especially tourist-friendly place with nature tours, whale watching and beaches, and a history as an old prison island like Alcatraz. To end this healthy dose of Colombia travel advice on a general note, visitors are advised to consider longer stays. It’s not possible to drive-thru or jump from one airport to another over a quick weekend. Every destination has to be considered as a mini vacation by itself that needs to be explored and enjoyed at its own sweet pace.

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