Hi, my partner and I will be travelling from Venezuela down to Argentina, Brazil then home.
What I want the know, from people who have been there recently is... is it scary when your there?
Part of me really wants to go, the other part is like "what the hell are you doing!!".
I've been travelling before but only to the oh-so-easy south east asia, where we encountered no trouble, even on the "dangerous" road that leads from Vientien (dodgy spelling!!) north through Laos.
Can people please let me know of their experiences, I'd be most grateful.
I am currently in Colombia travelling. I have had no problems, and have travelled all of Medellin and all of Bogota and all of its surroundings--small towns and all.
A very good friend of mine is married to a citizen of the United States, and she is from here. He speaks no Spanish, and she is always afraid when he comes because of how he dresses and how he looks. Their son is four years old, and speaks only English, and is non-stop asking questions in English anywhere they go. They travel to Colombia every year and she tells me that he loves it. They have had no trouble when travelling, even when outside the major cities. He says the best thing is the food.
My suggestion is be careful, just like in any other place you travel, and always check out the situation if travelling outside major cities.
A poll about 10 years ago, I don't know how it is now, polled travellers that had visited all Latin American contries. 9 out of 10 said that Colombia was the most beautiful country. They say that if you want to visit ruins go to Mexico or Peru; if you want to see beautiful beaches go to Costa Rica; if you want to see the Amazon, go to Brazil; if you want to see mountains go to Chile; if you want to see plains, go to Argentina; if you want to see deserts, go to Chile; but if you want to see all of that in one country, go to Colombia. Hope this helps.
Thanks alot. This helps loads and I'm gonna go with the traveller in my (rather than the chicken) and take my sorry ass through Columbia. Although I will be blaming you if I get robbed!! (only joking!)
Any other tips (great places to stay etc) would be great.
...well I don't know where you want to go. Cartagena is the tourist capital here, and it is a beautiful colonial city, with great beaches. To the north is Santa Marta and Cabo de la bela, where you have to hire a guide to show you the desert and the indiginous towns. Medellin is known as the city of eternal spring and its flowers--great weather, food, and hospitality. Bogota is the capital, a bit cold, but Monserrate, Plaza Boliviarian, la Candelaria, and the Museum of Gold are worth a visit. Outside of Bogota is Zipaquira, with its salt mine and Cathedral with in the mine, is known as the first wonder of Colombia. The Gorgona Island, is a great ecological zone, of the Pacific Coast, especially in October when humpback whales stay for months of the coast of the island to feed the new born calves. To the east are the plains, but people say it is a bit unstable. And in the south in the Amazon, where you can find the pink dolphins, and be able to cross into Peru and Brazil. Cali, Medellin, and Bogota have great night life as well. Have fun, and I know that the rest of South America has just as many great places to see.
Amigo, Don't miss the "City of Eternal Spring" Medellin...in my opinion the most beautiful city with outstanding women! I've attached a link to a recent article in the NY Times on Medellin...take a look see. Feliz Dias!
Thanks JamesJames although I'm not that interested in being surrounded by beautiful women but my fiance says thanks. : )
Hi Laura, I´m currently travelling South America with my boyfriend. We´ve only been here some 10 days but I can highly recommend it! Good hostel in Buenos Aires is the "Garden House" in case you will make it down here.
I have been wondering about whether to go to Columbia too, ands so this has been a very helpful forum posting - thanks for asking!