Podcast conversation with Cristina Consuegra.
Colombia is colorful – the culture, the fashion, the food, and the lifestyle. Cristina gave us a wonderful introduction to the culture of her beautiful and lively country.
Here are some of the things you have to look forward to on a visit:
Colombia has diverse regions:
- Caribbean Coast
- Andes Mountains
- Los Llanos plains
- Pacific Coast
- Sierra Nevada
- Amazon Rainforest
Active experiences abound:
- Afternoon biking or trekking in ARVI park, and take the innovative gondola system back to the city with beautiful views of Medellin.
- In the Coffee Region go trekking, horseback riding, and mountain biking
- In Cartagena go kayaking at sunset along Cartagena’s bays. Take salsa classes with local dancer.
- On your boat, out to the Rosario Islands go snorkeling, SUP, kayak, or scuba dive.
- In Los Llanos go horseback riding along the savannahs and sandbanks of the river. Head out in a canoe in search of pink river dolphins or go fishing on Cravo Sur river,
- In the Sierra Nevada go trekking in search of waterfalls in the cloud forest and finish the day with sundowners overlooking the ocean. Definitely plan a visit to see the colors of Caño Cristales if it’s the right season.
- In Barichara trek along ancient paths to the colonial town of Guane, go sunset horseback riding or biking along the Andes mountains.
- Enjoy seeing some of the beautiful wildlife of this country – over 600 species of colorful birds, fun capybaras, giant ant eaters, pumas, and jaguars. If you are on the Pacific Coast during July to October, take a boat out to see the humpback whales.
- For an OTT experience, take a helicopter to Guatape and rent a villa on the lake for the day. Take a hike up the 649 steps of La Piedra then return to your villa for a spectacular picnic, kayaking, SUPing, and jetskiing.
- If you have soccer fans, take in a professional futbol game.
- Those looking for even more adventure, head to Barichara’s Chicamocha Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, and go white water rafting in level 3 rapids, paragliding, rock climbing, zip lining, or rappelling down waterfalls along the 2,000-meter deep canyon.
Those looking for a tasty culinary scene consider:
- Plan a gourmet picnic lunch in the Cocora Valley or where the river meets the ocean in Tayrona
- Host a private dinner with the chefs of Celele
- Stroll through a local market with a chef – then make empanadas, arepas or other tasty treats
- Explore the coffee region – visit the cacao plantation to learn about the harvesting process, and enjoy a chocolate-making workshop
- Sample Caribbean street food and exotic fruits, enjoy a rum tasting
- Dinner at El Chato, ranked #6 in Latin America’s Top 50 Restaurants
- Dine at El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos, the first Colombian chef to get a Michelin star
- Go restaurant hopping with a local foodie
- In Medellin learn about the social and cultural transformation this city has undergone, from the most dangerous to the most innovative city in the world. Meet fascinating locals, check-out cool street art and visit a collective of creative street dancers and musicians
- In Cartagena take a workshop with a renowned street artist or simply wander the streets of the historic centre
- In Los Llanos – spend the morning with the local llanero cowboys, End the day with a traditional parrandollanero (llanero party) with live music and dinner around a bonfire
- In Barichara visit the ateliers and workshops of local artisans
- On the Pacific Coast visit indigenous tribes and small fishing villages
- Stylish designers are everywhere – Chiqui House Boutique, Cano, Ketty Tinococ, St Dom, Maygel Coronel, Silvia Tcherassi, Johanna Ortiz
- Visit the Botero Museum, home of the personal collection of Maestro Fernando Botero and the many modern art museums
- Meet historians to art curators, chefs, biologists, artists, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things!
Visit some of the most popular cafes, rooftops, music venues. Here is a favorite in each city:
- In Cartagena – Celele
- In Medellin – Carmen XO
- In Bogota – Andrés
- Cartagena – Alquimico Bar
- Medellin – Marquee Hotel
- Medellin – El Cielo