Mention the Amazon and most people’s minds will immediately jump to Brazil or, maybe, Peru. With only two per cent of the Amazon within its borders, it is easy to see why Colombia is often overlooked in discussions about the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
However, the Colombian Amazon is no less rich in flaura and fauna than its neighbours and the secret is quickly getting out, so be sure to visit before mass tourism takes over.
The two-hour flight from Bogota to Leticia is worthy of a trip in its own right, with dense, thick rainforest stretching for miles in every direction, carefully dissected by the majestic rivers that run through. The journey gives the sensation of exploration, of visiting uncharted territory, all wrapped up in the stunning realisation that, below you, there lies hundreds of miles of land that no human being has ever set foot in, the wonders that lurk beneath totally unknown to man.
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After 7 years of growth as a leading tour company in Colombia, Mantaraya Travel founder Camilo Gomez decided to take all that he has learned and apply it to a South American scale. Our travel advisors have been busy researching the top destinations in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile, and you can find all the best info on these hotspots in our new South America section on mantarayatravel.com
On each destination in this section you will find orginal info broken down into an overview, main attractions, best time to go and getting there. We´re looking forward to adding more photos and videos in time, as well as writing posts on our Colombia travel blog.
So what are you waiting for? Book a trip to South America now with Mantaraya Travel!
Hotels our booking out fast for the Medellin Flower Festival 2012 – Colombia´s most fragrant and colourful yearly celebration. Colombia is the world´s second largest exporter of cut flowers and during this ten day celebration locals and tourists use the innocent beauty of the blossom as an excuse to celebrate life, nature and rich Paisa culture. The official event calendar is yet to be released, but the festival will take place in the beginning of August.
The fair is made up of over 140 events. The most famous of these is the flower bearer’s parade (silleteros parade), for which rural flower farmers, called silleteros, make elaborate floral arrangements on giant circular contraptions that they carry on their backs. These mobile displays can weigh up to 70 kg´s and measure up to 5 meters in diameter. As many as 70 different types of flowers are used to make a single ´silleta´, and the patterns made represent the silleteros history, land and culture.
Go to our blog to find out about the other big events at the Medellin Flower Festival 2012
With the growing global awareness about the importance of environmental protection, ecotourism in Colombia is becoming increasingly important and many travel companies who offer trips to natural places now call themselves ´sustainable´ or ´eco-tourism providers´. But the reality is that if these trips are not coordinated with care as well as local knowledge and support, they can easily be just the opposite.
At Mantaraya Travel we try to keep our ecological footprint to an absolute minimum by working withlocal guides who are trained and passionate about protecting the local ecosystem. We always try to work with small providers, such as family run boutique hotels over large multinational chains, and many of the hotels that we work with have a wide range of ecologically friendly practices, such as Palmari Resort in the Colombian Amazon, which insists that visitors do not bring harmful chemicals onto the resort such as those found in most shampoo´s and insect repellants.
Read the rest of this article on ecotourism in Colombia.
Colombia´s turbulent past mean that it´s never been a hotspot for family travel, but as national security and safety continue to increase and the country re-invents international image, this is all beginning to change.
Colombia is in fact a perfect destination for family travel. It´s incredible diversity mean that there are activities and destinations for people of all ages to enjoy. On top of this, the Colombian culture is centralized around a strong family unit, so children are almost always welcome in all types of establishments.
See our article on Family Travel in Colombia for 5 things that the whole family can enjoy:
Many would say that travelling to Colombia is adventurous in itself, but for those who love fresh air, gorgeous natural scenery and addictive outdoor activities, then Colombia just about has it all.
Colombia´s astounding geographical diversity creates the perfect playground for adventurous travelers.
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1. Is it safe to travel in Colombia?
2. Is it safe to travel as a single female?
3. Can I travel without a guide?Preparation
4. Do I need a visa?
5. What do I need to pack?
6. Do I need vaccinations and malaria pills?
7. How is the weather?
8. Do I need to learn Spanish?
9. How is the public transport system?
10. How do the Taxi´s work in Colombia?
11. How are the hotel standards?
12. Do I need to leave a tip?
13. Where and when are the best festivals?
14. What is the currency and exchange rate?
15. What is the cost of traveling in Colombia?
Check out the answers to these Colombia Travel FAQs on our blog
Colombia´s terrific diversity of landscapes, ecosystems and cultures results in a whole continents worth of activities concentrated in a single country. Here is just the top of an endless list of the best things to do in Colombia!
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If there´s one thing that foreigner’s just don´t get about Colombians, it´s their love of arepa´s. In a guest post last month Irish expat and Mantaraya Travel Advisor Gordon Hanlon wrote of them: ´I cannot think of a blander or more dull thing to eat… It seems that I am doomed to be forever stuck in this endless cycle of flowery fancy & doughy disappointment.¨
These flat breads, made from toasted corn flour and water, are to Colombians and Venezuelans what tortillas are to Mexicans and baguettes are to French. They are a staple of the regions diet and have been since over 600 years ago, when indigenous tribes ground moistened maize between stones to make the first nourishing arepa´s.
So where does all the controversy come from? How is it that the humble arepa has forced so many Colombians into snack-break debate, having their patriotism probed to the point that they become culinary evangelists?
The answer is simple…