Colombia In Full Color

April 17, 2017

If you’ve never considered a Colombian vacation, think again.

Quite honestly, when I booked my 11-day vacation to Bogota and Cartagena, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into — Colombia had never been at the top of my list of travel destinations. But when a close friend booked an extended trip, I  thought I’d see for myself what Colombia had to offer.

Turns out, quite a bit. Here are a few reasons to move Colombia to the top of your travel list:

It’s a walking museum. Into art? Simply walk down the streets of Bogota and you’ll be able to enjoy more street art than you could possibly take in. A two-hour, locally led graffiti tour will run you just $5 to $10. From beautiful murals to 12-foot-tall political statements, Bogota is an art and history lover’s dream.

And it’s cheap as hell. Looking for a gourmet four-course lunch? That will be $15 U.S.! How about a 30-minute cab ride across town? That will set you back a whole $5. Or you could just grab an arepa on the street for pocket change. Your dollars will go a long way in Colombia. Honestly, the most difficult decision you’ll make is which restaurant you want to go to next.

The architecture is out of this world. From centuries-old houses and churches to cobblestone streets leading up to open-air restaurants filled with lush greenery, you’ll be surrounded by architecture just as diverse and breathtaking as anywhere in Europe.

It’s a food paradise. From street food to high-end restaurants, Bogota has everything you could ever need. I ate some of the best meals of my life at restaurants and coffee shops like El Bandido BistroPrudencia and 7 Cabras.

The beach is just a short flight away. For a cheap flight, you can hop on a plane from the mountains of Bogota to see the stunning coastal city of Cartagena, where you can take a day trip to a private island for just $50. After seven hours on the beach, you’ll be 100 percent sold on the Colombian experience.