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Colombia continues to grow as a favorite travel destination. With over 1.8 million tourists arriving in the country in 2013 alone, Colombia is certainly well positioned to keep on welcoming new visitors.
Canadians in particular are steadily coming in larger numbers to Colombia. In 2013 alone, more than 41,000 Canadians visited the country.
Answering this higher demand for Colombia, Contiki Holidays, one of Canada’s largest tour operators, has announced the inclusion of Colombia in its 2015-2016 brochure. Contiki’s official release describes Colombia as one of the “World’s hottest travel spots.” The new 11-day tour is called “Hola Colombia,” and it includes visits to Bogota, Armenia, Medellin, Santa Marta and Cartagena. Guests will explore the local cuisine for themselves with cooking lessons conducted by locals; go zip-lining in stunning natural landscapes, and take a carriage ride on the streets of the walled city in Old Cartagena.
Other major North American tour operators are also offering new exciting tours to Colombia.
National Geographic is offering the National Geographic Expedition to Colombia. This is an extraordinary trip that takes tourists through some of the most dazzling and historical parts of the country. The expedition offers the opportunities to: venture into an underground cathedral carved out of salt; see pre-Colombian artifacts at the renowned Gold Museum; visit a coffee plantation and look for exotic flora and fauna in lush cloud forests; learn about the work of native artists Fernando Botero and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; and explore the colonial walled city of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Metropolitan Museum offers a travel program that takes visitors to Bogota, Cartagena, and Panama. The excursion takes tourists to explore the history of Cartagena’s old city and visit heritage buildings in Bogota like Casa de Nariño, where the President of Colombia lives and works, and board a private vessel through the Panama Canal. The tour is guided by Jacqueline Terrassa, managing Museum educator for Gallery and Studio Programs.
International Expeditions, which specializes in nature travel, also offers an exceptional voyage through Colombia with guided tours. The tours are explorations of the country’s premier natural areas led by Expedition Leader Greg Homel, an ornithologist, award-winning international nature photojournalist, documentary film producer and lecturer. The tour takes guests to Bogota, Armenia, Pereira, Otun Quimbaya, Manizales, Los Nevados National Park, Rio Blanco Reserve, Manizales, Minca, Parque Isla de Salamanca and Proyecto Titi, and ends in Cartagena.
SmarTours is offering SmarTours: Discover Colombia, providing those wanting to travel to Colombia with a wonderful journey through Bogota, the Coffee Landscape, Medellin, and Cartagena. The trip highlights the beauty of Colombian architecture, the delectable coffee and how it’s made, Colombia’s geographic diversity, and the beautiful beaches in Cartagena.