Longtime Wildland Alumni Carolyn and her friends Eva and James just got back from our Highlights of Colombia adventure, where they explored Bogota, Colombia's coffee region and the coastal city of Cartagena. They shared their highlights and had some recommendations for future travelers to Colombia:
"We chose this trip because I've had many fabulous experiences with Wildland in the past and I was curious about Colombia. I'd been hearing that tourism was becoming a "thing" as Colombia has emerged from its somewhat chaotic past and it offered much in terms of opportunities for hiking and being outdoors. We had a wonderful mix of adventures starting in Bogota, winding our way through the coffee region and then hanging out at the more relaxed Caribbean coast at the end. I wouldn't do it in any other order. I enjoyed seeing the coffee region the most; hiking and biking in the national parks and stopping at hot springs. I also really enjoyed lunch at the Venecia Coffee Estate where they prepared a traditional "workers" lunch of; red beans, fried plantain pancakes, rice, and avocado. it was very simple, but yummy and filling. I also really enjoyed the coffee estate tour. It was very interesting to see the whole process and to see more of the life of a coffee picker" - Carolyn
"Colombia is a spectacular country just having woken up from a national nightmare and just getting its sea legs with regards to tourism. In the coffee region especially, which was breathtakingly beautiful, people are so excited and sincere about showing off their beautiful country. Everyone was genuinely interested in making sure we enjoyed ourselves, and that we saw the beauty that they saw. It was quite wonderful to witness." - James K.
"Casa San Carlos lodge near Pereira and Ananda in Cartagena were both unbelievably beautiful standouts, wonderful in every way. Everything we ate was simple, but delicious and we enjoyed exploring the amazing range of different fruits, and how they are eaten." James
Carolyn's advice for travelers to Colombia