Photogallery: Colombia: A Drug Land Turned Tourist Paradise
Colombia: A Drug Land Turned Tourist Paradise
heading (paragraph): States
No. of pictures: 46 pictures
Increasing number of travelers aim for Latin America. Today, we visit Colombia, a country of relax, diverse culture, habits and interesting inhabitants. Until the year 1993, Medellin was effectively ruled by the drug tzar Pablo Escobar. Now tourists crowd the city and it has been emerging as a hub of digital nomads. Bogota is about modern borroughs with skyscrapers and historic parts of the city. Hidden in the mountains, Salento is a nice change from busy big cities. Santiago de Cali is a great place to learn salsa. Well, see for yourselves how beautiful Colombia is.
Text: Lenka Bauerová
Photos: Tomáš Novák
Medellin could have wished for tourists to come there in the early 1990s. It was the cocain capital and the murder capital of the world.
Panama is a relatively bland country that lies in the shadow of Costa Rica's increasingly touristy tourist destination, with the infamous Colombia on its other side. Nevertheless, a large number of flights to Central America are conducted through Tocumen International Airport, which is located 24 kilometers from the capital city of Panama. And because there are good land and air links between Central American states, there are more to visit in one trip. They accept classic US dollars everywhere (although with a worse exchange rate), so there is no need to exchange money and the Panamanian Balboa has the same exchange rate.
Bogota is the capital and Colombia's largest city. The country is diverse, multicultural, and one can even say that you will experience sort of time travel there. The latter happens when you leave the district of high skyscrapers and walk into La Candelaria district with its colonial architecture.
Over seven thousand professional salsa dancers, many dance schools, bars, and salsa clubs - this all is Cali, or Santiago de Cali as it full name sounds. It is the city of salsa. Salsa is not just entertainment here. It is the way of life of the Caleños, the local dwellers.
It has been a UNESCO area since 1984 Its historical center with paved sidewalks, flowers on balcons, colonial, republican or modern buildings - this all is hidden behind 11 kilometers of preserved ramparts built by the Spaniards.
A city in the mountains, palm trees, coffee plantations, well-preserved houses and their colorful balconies and flowers - this is Salento. A paradise frozen in time.
The town of San Gil was founded in 1705. It is one of the most important places for sports in Colombia. There are many agencies focusing on adrenaline activities, however, you can have more tranquil of a stay in this town.
San Juan de Girón was founded by Francisco Mantilla in 1631. The historic center was declared a cultural landmark which helped it to be preserved. Therefore we can admire beautiful paved streets and houses with lime facade.
We reach Santa Marta on a bus. We enjoy the scenery around us. There are many poor houses and villages. and interesting coastline. It is quite strange that you then reach a beautiful colonial city, a popular sea resort of the Colombians.
Tunja is a well preserved colonnial town founded by Gonzales Suárez Rendón in 1539. We were surprised how cold it was there. Well, no wonder. We are at 2820 meters above sea level!
Beautiful and preserved colonial town. Temperatures are nice - around 25 °C. This makes this area great for walks in paved streets lined with white houses with their colorful window shutters and doors.