Colombia is the only country in South America with coastlines on both the North Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. With Panama to the north, Colombia is surrounded by Venezuela to the east, Brazil to the southeast, and Ecuador and Peru to the southwest.
The country is ripe for a new kind of tourism. After years of struggle with violence related to narcotics trade, there has been a remarkable turn-around. People are trusting the peace and enthusiastic about the future. Government and industry are determined to welcome foreigners — Americans, in particular — and the commitment to a secure tourism climate is palpable. A Colombian-sponsored media campaign in the U.S. promises potential tourists that “the only risk is you’ll want to stay.” We concluded it wasn’t hyperbole.
Colombia's varied topography, pleasing climate, wealth of water, variety of wildlife (more bird species than in any other single country), and cultural zest make exploration here a pleasure for seekers of beauty, lovers of Latin culture, photographers, hikers, birding and botany afficionados.