There is only one country on the South-American continent that has shores on both the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. You guessed it: Colombia! As we welcome a new country on this platform, we would like to take the chance and tell you a bit about this incredible country.
Let’s start with its capital, Bogotá. Bogotá is located right in the centre of Colombia. It is a huge metropolis and is definitely worth a visit. Its center is very old, since it dates back to Colonial times. La Candelaria, as this area of Bogotá is called, is well-preserved and holds plenty of sights, such as a cathedral. Small alleys with emerald- and craft-selling shops form the heart of the city. Colombia is famous for emeralds, so you can buy them at souvenir shops. But make sure to buy them at verified vendors so that you will not end up with a fake emerald.
Socialbnb tip: Visit the church Monserrate. It is located on top of Mount Monserrate and visible from all over the capital. From there you will have an incredible view across Bogotá. You can decide whether you would like to walk, to climb along the pilgrimage climbing trail, or to simply use the funicular.
Colombia is also known for its coffee. Since the weather is pleasantly stable, coffee beans can grow under perfect conditions. Because of the entire coffee industry, Colombia’s infrastructure is well developed. Obviously, coffee is a very important part of the Colombian culture. There even is a theme park that’s dedicated to coffee: Parque Nacional Del Cafe. If you want to learn more about coffee, then this is the place to go. Afterwards, you can ride one of the roller coasters that the park offers.
During your stay in Colombia we advise you to taste a typical Colombian dish, called “Ajaco de Bogotá”. It is a soup that consists of chicken, three different kinds of potatoes and a special type of herb, called “guasca”. It can also include capers or cream. Typically Ajaco de Bogotá is served with rice and avocados. It is such a delicious dish!
Colombians are very open-minded towards tourists. They gladly help you find your way around town. If you don’t know where you should have dinner, ask a local and they will guide you to their favorite place. Furthermore, Colombia is still home to a lot of indigenous people. They often sell their wares such as crafts and colorful bags on markets in touristic areas. These crafts are completely handmade and mostly consist of natural resources. If you are looking for a sustainable souvenir, we can dearly recommend their wares.
But of course all of Colombia’s different facets cannot be written down in one small blog text. You know what? You should visit Colombia and experience all of it yourself! Feel free to reach out to us and tell us about your experiences!
Written by: Sophie Fritzen
Edited by: Robert Beahr