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After living a historical social transformation in the last twenty years that has made it one of the most developed countries in Latin America, Colombia now invites the world to discover one of the best kept secrets in the region.

Since the year 2000, with the improvement of the public order situation and the international reputation of the country, the number of visitors increases every year, now foreigners and even locals are realizing that difficult times are, fortunately, remaining behind.

Are you looking for reasons to come to Colombia? Here are some of our favorites!

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A TROPICAL FRUIT BUFFET

Official partners of lulo, passion fruit and many other tropical delights.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Heritage of one of the most active meeting and transit hostspots of Native Americans, Africans and Europeans.

Colombia is a country where it does not snow. Here the seasons do not exist and therefore you can enjoy different types of climates in all places and this is part of the magic of this place. If you are cold in Bogota, the capital, you can find heat at only one hour away. These characteristics make Colombia a great exotic fruit producer. Here there are many special fruit flavors such as passion fruit, XL avocados or lulos, whose delicious citrus flavor is unique.

Being Colombian means being the proud heir of ancestral traditions and knowledge of different social groups. There are many linguistic families and native communities that inhabited this territory, in addition to those who came from other parts of the world, and that have left their mark on their passage through the country. Proof of this are the majestic statues of San Agustín, the impressive pieces of Muisca and Quimbaya goldsmithing, the mystical constructions of the Taryona in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta or Bantú-based language spoken in San Basilio de Palenque.

TROPICAL WEATHER

Where is the city of the “eternal spring” and where at only two-hours drive you can go from 13ºC to 30ºC.

THE FAMOUS COLOMBIAN COFFEE

Enjoy one of world’s best coffees anytime, anywhere.

Colombia is a tropical country, but that does not mean it's hot all the time. In fact, Bogotá usually has low temperature and constant rain, so it is always recommended that you do not forget your coat when visiting the capital. But, if you go towards the coasts, do not forget to take your summer clothes because the heat is really intense. This interesting climatic mosaic means that there are places with a great variety of vegetation being also awesome spots as La Guajira, where a very dry desert ecounters a beautiful tropical beach.

Drinking coffee in Colombia is not just a morning habit, but it is enjoyed at any time of the day and as an excuse to share a time with family or friends. In addition to being one of the most popular drinks, the country proudly boasts being historically recognized as a producer of one world's best coffees. There is something for everyone: from soft and aromatic grains and recipes, to others with more strength and character. In addition to enjoying the different varieties that are produced in several regions of the country, coffee in Colombia is an excellent excuse to meet people and make new friends around a cup of "tintico".

BIODIVERSITY

No other than world’s second most biodiverse country!

"EL DORADO" LEGEND

And hundreds of other fascinating stories.

10% of world's fauna species are represented in Colombian soil! There's a greatest natural wealth of the country represented also in its flora: there are from 45,000 to 55,000 plant species from which 3,500 are of orchids, equivalent to 15% of all existing in the world. The animal kingdom is extremely diverse, with more than 2,890 species of vertebrates, 1,721 species of birds that are 20% of the world total and 358 species of mammals, which represent 7% of world's species. These numbers increase every year as new species are found in the pristine areas of the country. There will be always a colorful surprise wherever you are enjoying your trip, on the coasts, plains or mountains of Colombia.

Many explorers who came to South America spent their lives trying to find a mythical place where the existing wealth was such that the great cacique was covered with dust of gold wearing precious jewelry. Over the centuries, it was discovered that there were several spaces in which ceremonial acts of this type were celebrated, being the Laguna de Guatavita perhaps the most representative of them. Although today is a site that is worth worth visiting to learn more about these ancient stories, there are still many mysteries to be discovered in these places that were sacred to the ancestral communities that inhabited them.

NICE AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE

The famous Colombian charm.

And finally: ¡NO DES PAPAYA!

Or, what about safety?

The innate celebration of the Colombians is latent both in the great festivals such as Barranquilla's Carnival or Medellín's Feria de las Flores, but even also in the humblest celebration in any small town; in Colombia there are more parties than days of the year and there will always be an excuse for celebrating life. Therefore, meeting a Colombian is an experience. Whether you have a neighbor there in your town, or you match one in a store or an airport, or that you come traveling for several days to Colombia, generally the first thing that you will perceive in him is a kindness and joy that are spontaneous and contagious: discover the famous Colombian charm!

"No des papaya!” (lit.: Do not give papaya!), is a typical Colombian expression that is generally used to alert you about a situation in which you could be at a disadvantage. In Colombia, main cities are relatively safe, but as in any other part of the world, it is better not giving papaya ... Leaving your suitcase unattended at the airport or your wallet in a restaurant, walking through dark and alone passages at night, or exhibiting money and valuables down the street, are some examples of giving papaya. Being always aware and using common sense are the basic rules for not giving papaya and avoiding setbacks during your trip.

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