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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.
New routes and opportunities to visit Colombia are now available. Avianca, the national carrier, has a new route connecting passengers in the U.S. to Colombia: Pereira- Cartagena- New York (JFK), with a frequency of three times per week. The route, which will officially open on July 17th, has capacity for 12 passengers in Business Class and 107 in Economy.
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. This 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.
There are many other planned trips to Colombia to choose from. For example, The Metropolitan Museum offers a travel program that takes visitors to Bogota, Cartagena, and Panama. This excursion explores the history of Cartagena’s old city and visit Casa de Nariño, where the President of Colombia lives and works in Bogota, 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.
The tour operator SmarTours is offering SmarTours: Discover Colombia, providing those wanting to travel to Colombia with a wonderful journey through Bogota, the Coffee Cultural 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.
Contiki Tours also offers an expedition for those looking to experience Colombia’s magic. They assure tourists that they will “Get a taste of everything from the Andean Mountain Ranges and Amazonian rainforests, to pristine beaches hugging the Colombian coastline with everything you can only imagine in-between.” Locations visited include Bogota, Armenia, Medellin, Santa Marta, Tyrona National Park, and Cartagena.