5 reasons to fall in love with Colombia

Five (among many!) reasons to fall in love with Colombia.  Such an awesome country!

Last month I visited Colombia for the second time. While I only had around 10 days to explore, I travelled from Salento to Medellin to Cartagena to Bogota and the country really made an impression on me.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll know that I shared loads of pictures and reflections from my trip.  You’ll also know that I had an exceptional time.

I’ll say it again, Colombia is glorious and it is changing. Don’t let what you’ve seen on “Narcos” or (outdated, erroneous) news reports about how dangerous the country is dissuade you from coming.

I rarely have good luck with weather when I travel. I went to the Philippines during a typhoon, was snowed in in Berlin, and had torrential downpour nearly every day of my honeymoon in Austria. So, I wasn’t surprised when it ended up being rainy and grey 2 out of the 3 days we were in Cartagena. It’s tradition…? Not to mention that the roads were flooded due to the time of year– locals told us that in November the tide of the Caribbean Sea gets super high and the sewer and drainage system in the city simply can’t keep up. D’oh! Still, despite the soggy and dull weather putting a kibosh on our plans for the beach, Cartagena is vibrant (especially outside the touristy historic center), so we had a great time! After all, the views from the San Felipe Fort, one of the largest and complex ever built by the Spanish, were even more impressive and mysterious under grey skies… Or at least that’s what I kept telling myself! ? Have you ever had a rainy or bad weather vacay? What did you do to cope?

A photo posted by Oneika Raymond (@oneikatraveller) on


Colombia is safer now than it was even 5 years ago, and the FARC’s signing of a peace agreement with the Colombian government just last month means that more positive changes are on the horizon.

Colombia as a tourist destination is enchanting, it’s extremely budget-friendly, and the people…oh the people! Colombians are SO friendly and warm and happy that you decided to spend your time and money in their country, despite the bad rap it gets worldwide.

While there are so many reasons to fall in love with Colombia, here are my top 5.

If you’ve ever been, what would you add to the list? What are your reasons to fall in love with Colombia? And for those who haven’t been, would you consider going?

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    December 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I really want to move to Colombia! Maybe after I finish grad school. I need to live somewhere I can use my Spanish! Are you going to write more specific entries about Colombia? (where to go, what to see, etc)

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    Selina Barua
    December 22, 2016 at 2:36 am

    I agree! I’ve lived in Colombia almost a year and the people are warm, sharing and welcoming. I lived in Popayan and hope to revisit. I really don’t love very hot weather so Cali is not going to be a favorite but further south gets more climate bearable and I love the climate in Bogota. Love the arepas and Empanadas pipian that’s native to Popayan.

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    Victoria @The British Berliner
    December 22, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I’ve never been to Columbia. In fact, I haven’t reaaaaally been to South America! Does the Dominican Republic count?

    I do however know students who came from Columbia, and they were all quite warm people, and absolutely hilarious. One of them was a spitting ringer for Benjamin Blatt. So there’s that! 😀

    Nice one Oneika!

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    December 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    So many reasons to visit Columbia! I would really love to so glad to read it is safer than I believed and that the people are friendly. Narcos is a great show though!

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    December 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I always heard great things about Colombia though it’s never been a place I thought to visit, minds changed!
    Maya Not Mya

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    December 31, 2016 at 8:05 am

    after leaving there for a year, a part of my heart will always be there. so glad you loved it as much as I did. watching this video just made me want to go back! oh and I would add dancing! Colombians know how to party!! 😀

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    Linda E. Emanuel
    January 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Columbia is so nice and cool place that’s why it’s one of place I want to go.

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    Stefania - the Italian Backpackers
    January 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Colombia is obviously really worth visiting: the landscape of the first picture is gorgeous! And that cathedral as well, similar and yet so different from European architecture.

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    Aron G. Foster
    December 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    In 17 years of travel to over 35 countries there are 2 where the reaction was ‘why would you ever go there??!! The first was Israel and the second was Colombia. At the end of this month I’m going to ring in 2018 with the beautiful people of this country. So often I have compared a country to a race of people if a certain percentage are violent well that must apply to all and if a country has a violent past it still must be the same in the present.

    People have no idea of what they are missing in this amazing country and all it has to offer from museums to the arts and its history. Its culture and some of the nicest people I have ever met with a nightlife that puts NYC to shame.

    But it is the people that truly make this country what it is, so proud of their culture, history and are ready to welcome the world. Thanks for the posting I could not agree more. People have no idea of what they are missing out on.

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Loved Colombia and excited to return for a 3rd time!

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