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Safety in Colombia
Our Latin America specialists are often asked ‘how safe is Colombia?’. And whilst there is no doubt that the country’s turbulent history is still very much at the forefront guests’ conscience before travelling there, the reality of the Colombia we know and love today is very different to that of its chequered past. With one of the fastest growing economies in South America, a host of reinvented cities, incredibly friendly locals and a wealth of natural wonders, Colombia has found its place as one of the most fascinating destinations in the world to visit.
For many years, Colombia’s reputation has preceded it. Its socio-political history has been plagued by conflict between guerrilla groups, wracked by drug wars and blighted by armed insurgency and as a result, was unsafe to travel to up until around a decade ago.
Nowadays, Colombia’s cities are resurgent with new restaurants, boutique hotels, craft breweries and a vibrant art and music scene. Bogota, the capital, is home to fantastic museums, eateries and top notch hotels whilst born-again Medellin is fast becoming one of the most hip cities in South America. Once dubbed the most dangerous city on earth, Colombia’s second city is one of the greatest stories of reinvention on the continent.
Whilst Colombia is much safer than it was a decade ago, it is always worth keeping your wits about you, brushing up on some basic Spanish phrases and learning the local dos and don’ts before you travel.