It is likely that most of your friends, parents, coworkers (that dude you hate in shipping, or the VP you can’t stand because she thinks she knows everything from skimming the front page of the WSJ) have misinformed opinions about how safe it is to travel in Colombia. They’ll also probably think it’s spelled “Columbia”.
Has Colombia had its struggles with drug lords and militant communist freedom fighters? It has, but there is a very real feeling that those days are in the past, or at the very least they’ve moved out of where you and I would want to ride our bikes. Turns out cocaine production is suited to a thick, wet jungle, the kinda places you go to film Predator or Aguirre, The Wrath of God. We’re talking the mosquito-heavy, snake-ridden, millipede-infested, dank, dark, writhing parts of the country. Hey, we’re all for adventure, but give me a volcano in space over jungle fever any day. But seriously, for the most part this place gets a bad rap11Disclaimer: we haven’t taken a single dollar from a tourism board or any form of private sector resort conglomerate so don’t go telling your friends that Yonder Journal sold out to Embassy Suites because we haven’t. This is the truth, this is coming from the heart and based upon our in-country on-the-ground experience.
We’d like to encourage you to take a trip to Colombia. There are so many reasons to visit this place that we could spend all day just running through the list, and we know you want to get on to the photos and story below, so we’ll confine ourselves to listing three.