Myth Busting for your next Colombia Trip



Thinking about exploring Colombia? Heard lots of opinions but want to separate the fact from the fiction? We are here to help! Colombia is AMAZING. With its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and kind-hearted people, it is a dream location that is SO worth adding to your bucket list!. Let's debunk some myths to help with planning your next Colombia trip.




Colombia is Unsafe (FALSE!)


This one makes us sad! One of the most common myths surrounding Colombia is that it's super dangerous! While the country has had its share of challenges in the past, massive changes have been made to improve security and stability of the country. Today, Colombia is a thriving tourism hub and places like Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena, are super safe spaces for people to explore and discover the incredible vibes! Like any destination, being self-aware and being sensible is advised, but you know that! Colombia is much safer than its outdated reputation suggests and this false rumour should definitely not put you off!



Colombia is Just About Drugs and Violence (FALSE!)


Thanks to OTT media portrayals, Colombia has long been associated with drug cartels and violence - and the recent TV Show Griselda (great show btw) doesn’t help these stereotypes at all! While these issues have historically existed, they do not define the country anymore! Colombia has undergone an amazing transformation in recent years, with big efforts to combat drug trafficking and promote peace and reconciliation. Today, travellers are more likely to encounter the country's rich cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, and warm hospitality than anything related to its troubled past.



Colombian Food is Only About Arepas and Empanadas (FALSE!)


While arepas and empanadas are beloved staples of Colombian cuisine, they represent just a fraction of its amazing food selection. From coastal ceviches to hearty bandeja paisa, Colombian food has an epic fusion of indigenous, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences. Don't miss the opportunity to indulge in fresh tropical fruits, aromatic coffee, and insane street food delicacies.



All of Colombia is Hot and Tropical (FALSE!)


While Colombia is known for its tropical climate, its diverse geography has so much more to offer. From the Andean highlands to the Amazon rainforest and the cool cloud forests of the Sierra Nevada, Colombia offers a range of climates and ecosystems to explore. Pack accordingly, as temperatures can vary significantly depending on the region and elevation. It is worth checking local forecasts for the specific areas you're visiting - and if in doubt just bring a rain mac!



Speaking Spanish is essential (FALSE!)


While knowing some Spanish can certainly make your travel experience in Colombia even better (or should we say ‘mucho mejor’), it's not essential for enjoying the country's hospitality. In major tourist destinations and urban centers, you'll find many English speakers, especially in hotels, restaurants, and tour companies. That said, learning a few basic phrases can go a long way in fostering connections with locals and immersing yourself more deeply in Colombian culture.



Colombia is a country of endless beauty, diversity, and warmth, waiting to be discovered by adventure people like you! By fact-checking these myths, we hope to inspire you to add a Colombian adventure to your bucket list! So pack your bags, grab your passport, and get ready for an insane journey through South America. See you on a beach very very soon!




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