This South American country is crowned as the second most bio-diverse country in the world. With 1,821 species of birds, 467 species of mammals, 3,200 species of fish and an amazing 51,220 species of plants, there is a lot to see during your journey. Cultural influences from Spanish, Muisca, Quimbaya, Africans, Europeans, Tairona and Middle Easterners blend into one dynamic lifestyle. The culture, biodiversity and mind-blowing experiences of Columbia are no longer a secret. Relish the true Southern American magic.
Begin the trip with Bogota; the capital and a charming cosmopolitan attraction. Sitting 8,000 feet above sea level, with its skyscrapers standing tall next to the colonial churches it has history, architecture and modern indulgences. If you love the historical colonial ambience that still runs deep in the city, check out Villa de Leyva or Cartagena. Alternatively, you can head out to Medellin,. a great city that is blessed with eternal spring. Although, it has the biggest outdoor flower parade, you might want to follow the trail of adventure and get some adrenaline pumping.
You won’t witness real Columbia in the cities; you will unravel it in the unique and fascinating corners of the country. Visit the Tayrona National Natural Park and the lost city where the vibrant and fascinating flora and fauna blooms. How about the famous Coffee triangle? Reputed to be the world’s best coffee producer, this stunning landscape is where coffee is not just a drink, but a lifestyle. Enjoy the Caribbean rhythm and lazy lifestyle of San Andres and Providencia Islands. Marvel at humpback whales off the coast of Gorgona Island or the colourful Macarenia Clavigera under the azure waves of the Cano Cristales, each is a miracle to behold.
Yet, you cannot dismiss the fact that the mind-blowing experiences in Columbia include a brush with the wild side. The devoted football fans won’t hear a word against their football gods. Cali is truly the dance capital of Columbia and music pulsates in the veins of the city. Columbian cuisine is wild: vegetarians may suffer a bit but non-vegetarians can feast on Lechona, Sancoho, Ajiaco, Fritanga, Bandeja Paisa, Hoago, Chunchullo, Pandebono, Temales and Empanadas. Do find out what meat is used before you put it in your month as It may suit your stomach, but not your sensibilities.
As you can see, the best way to witness its wild side is through the adventure sports that are present across the country. San Gil is the adventure capital. So indulge in white river rafting for the need for speed or enjoy about 30 minutes with the birds as you parasail across. You can go kayaking in San Gil, cycling in Boyacá, scubadiving in the Caribbean Sea and most of the water sports in Calima El Darien. Comb though these choices to find your true indulgence for the perfect memory.
Don’t get blind-sided with this charismatic landasthe past can bring forth violent strides. The food can stir your digestive system and adventure sports can affect more than your adrenaline. Caution is a must. Flexicover could be the ideal choice because as a leading travel insurance industry specialist, the understanding of the ground realities is impeccable. So, you have the entire support to make the best decision possible.
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