Why visit Colombia? I think the question should be, well, why not? Yes, Colombia has a reputation for political instability, and one’s safety may be in question due to this. But things have been changing in Colombia over the past twenty years, and the country has a lot going for it.
Needless to say I had an amazing time in this country. I actually found Colombia to be one of the most beautiful countries in South America that I had visited on my six month trip. The people were so friendly, the street art intriguing, and many of the buildings were so beautiful. Okay, I must admit that old churches are a weakness of mine, like this one called Santuario de las Lajas.
Medellin, once the drug capital of the world, has now cleaned up its act. While we were advised to not go out alone at night at the outskirts of the city (something we wouldn’t do in most other cities anyway), it has become obvious that Medellin is saying goodbye to its troubled past.
And since I am a fan of Botero’s work, this I just had to get a shot of this “Adam” on Plaza Botero. Fernando Botero is one of the most important artists in the country, and you can see his works all over Medellin, where he came from, although the Botero Museum is actually located in Bogota.
El Penol de Guatape
Guatape Lake is really beautiful. I took this photo from the top of nearby La Piedra, or the Rock, after climbing more than six hundred steps to the top.
The Lost City–Ciudad Perdida, was discovered only in 1976, can you believe that? I love mysteries, and so I wanted to come here especially. It’s a long and difficult trek to the heart of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, but it’s really worth it.
Cartagena, below, is one of the prettiest cities I have ever been to in my life. As unfortunate as this city’s history is (a particularly ugly one with slavery and gold), it doesn’t changed the fact that it’s unusually attractive.
Colombia is well known for the beauty of its diving spots, but unfortunately, there was no time for diving for us on this trip. It was enough to see the beautiful cities–even the lost one–Botero’s artwork and the Parque Nacional.