All too often when we look at South American destinations, Colombia is left off the list. There’s no telling why, but I suspect it’s because of the country’s history with violent drug trade, which has been documented again and again in films, documentaries, and television series. This history is real, but it’s been fictionalized to an extent, and things have gotten better.
To be clear, the U.S. State Department does still issue a travel warning, noting a lingering threat of violence in the country (though specifying that Americans are not targeted). It is important to do the relevant research and exercise caution if you decide to go. As noted by Globetrotter Girls, however, citing a previous iteration of the State Department notice, tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Colombia each year for tourism. So, while there are still risks, it is a vacation destination for those looking for a less traditional South American getaway.
But why would you specifically want to go? Generally speaking, the country offers a fascinating blend of adventure, beauty, history, and culture that can be captivating for travelers. But here are five specific reasons to consider putting it on your list.
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