Colombia: A Must-Visit for 2017

Colombia is stealing the spotlight this year, topping countless must-travel lists in the British and international press. The South American nation boasts stunning landscapes, colourful cities, a fascinating culture and probably some of the friendliest people you’re likely to ever meet, so here at Travel Direct, we’re not surprised to see such massive interest. Below, you can find a breakdown of what some of the biggest names in travel have to say about 2017’s most exciting destination.

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet details the breadth of Colombia’s offering, which includes a vibrant arts and music scene, unspoiled nature and virtually-unrivalled hospitality. The major guidebook publisher also makes reference to Colombia’s vastly improved security situation, describing the troubles of the 80s and 90s as a “dust speck in Colombia’s rear-view mirror.”

National Geographic

National Geographic concentrates on charming Cartagena. The kaleidoscopic Caribbean city was relatively untouched by Colombia’s years of conflict so has attracted visitors – particularly artists and writers – for decades. Visitors can look forward to “brightly painted colonial mansions, bougainvillea-draped balconies, and open-air courtyard cafes filled with infectious rhythms of cumbia.”

Colombia: A must visit in 2017

The Guardian

Colombia’s varied landscape is the main theme of The Guardian’s tribute. The British newspaper admires the “wild rainforests skirting pristine beaches” of the Caribbean coast, the dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and “wild dessert setting” of La Guajira. Salento, “where lonely cowboys in proper ponchos sing ragged harmonies to crackling ranchero” is a definite highlight.


Forbes focuses on the capital city of Bogotá, in particular its excellent offering of hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions, including the highly-regarded National Museum of Colombia. It describes the metropolis as being “on the cusp of becoming the hottest destination in South America”. Get there before everyone else does!

Colombia: A must visit in 2017

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Iconic fashion magazine Vogue is particularly interested in Colombia’s world-class coffee. It suggests aficionados head to the country’s lush interior to explore the coffee triangle. This is a particularly special experience if you are travel between November and March when the coffee harvest takes place: a memorable, delicious and quintessentially Colombian adventure.


“From the sizzling bean-to-coffee scene in Bogota to Medellin’s sophisticated architecture and Cartagena’s defensive fortifications dating back to the 16th century and its packed arts scene, Colombia has arrived” writes CNN. Like Vogue, the American network also pays tribute to “some of the world’s finest coffee beans”.

Colombia: A must visit in 2017

Harper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar describes Colombia as being “like five countries in one”, detailing the immense and distinct beauty of its Caribbean coast, Andean interior, Pacific Coast, south plains and Amazon jungle. The magazine recognises the country’s massive appeal to variety of audiences, such as history buffs, photographers and dance enthusiasts.

It seems like we’re not the only ones crazy about this enchanting South American nation. With so much to see and do, a Travel Direct tour is a great way to get the most out of your trip to Colombia. Our private guided tours include bustling metropolises, tranquil seaside towns, steamy jungle and rugged sierra for the ultimate travel experience. Seen something here you like? Simply mention it to your travel consultant. Each tour can be tailored to your exact needs and wants.

Posted by Rosanna Young

Rosanna is Travel Direct's Content Editor. Though she is Londoner, born, bred, and based, her wanderlust has led her to many far-flung destinations. Rosanna has visited over thirty countries with extensive experience of travelling through Latin America.

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