If you’re the type of traveller who walks the opposite way to the crowd, you should experience the sophisticated cities, the marvellous beaches and equatorial rainforest on a tailor-made holiday to Colombia.
Sometimes, when experienced travellers are gathered around a dinner table, the ‘where’ve-you-been-what-did-you-see’ chat can be quite competitive. Quietly dropping ‘Colombia’ into the conversation tends to stop everyone in their tracks.
Especially when you start talking about the sizzling modern cities with their chic restaurants, the vivacious clubs and bars and the thriving arts and cultural scene. Mixed in with an unspoiled region of Amazonian rainforest and a tantalising Caribbean coast.
Tell them about the colonial streets and squares of Cartagena, or the fading gentility of Mompox on the Magdelena River, or the beautiful artistry in gold on display in Bogota’s Gold Museum. Or you could try describing the Vallenato music that originates from the tropical north.
Then show them the photographs. The astounding desert landscapes, the rugged but beautiful mountains, Tayrona National Park, the fantastic Easter parades in Bogota and the carnival in Barranquilla.