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WHY COLOMBIA

Traveling and exploring the world is our top priority. The Infinity Travels family understands how massive of an impact experiencing a new culture can be and we want nothing more than to share these life changing adventures with any and everyone!

So why Colombia?

 
We see this country as more than it’s affiliation with negative contexts of drug trafficking and violence. We have seen the true beauty of the land and it’s inhabitants and want to share our findings with you!

Here’s a small bit of some of the places we travel to and why we love it so much.

Ciudades (Cities)

 


Medellin, Colombia’s most popular tourist destination and rightfully so for many reasons. If you want it, Medellin's got it.



Comuna Trece (Community 13) was Medellin's most dangerous neighborhood in the world. Comuna 13 has reinvented itself to become a peaceful community, influenced by colorful, symbolic public art. These changes transformed Comuna 13 into a space that reunites neighbor with neighbor and welcomes locals and travelers alike. Comuna 13 currently offers free English and yoga classes, as well as women empowerment gatherings for the inhabitants as a means to keep the positive progress in motion. Donation based walking tours are available so be sure to learn more about this beautiful neighborhood while in Medellin.

Downtown Medellin is a great place to practice your Spanish skills and bargain with Paisas (Colombian slang for people of Medellin). Get up close with the sculptures of Fernando Botero, stroll through the lush Joaquín Antonio Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the bounty of ‘The City of Eternal Spring’. Colombia is home to over 130,000 different plant species, as well as the largest number of Orchids in the world, of which, only 1,542 can only be found in Colombia!

The Medellin Metro and Metrocable may not seem all that exciting but it has revolutionized how locals commute from boroughs into downtown. The trains appear cleaner than any subway I have seen and is much quieter than BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The Metrocable is an urban gondola transportation system that takes you high above the districts of Medellin. You will find all demographics of Medellin utilizing their public transportation, which is great for people watching. If you transfer at the Acevedo station then again at Santo Domingo Metrocable in route to Paque Arvi, Medellin's National Forest reserve, you can explore the rivers and forests of the surrounding mountain range. This is a beautiful way to escape the city and relax in one of the many natural environments of Colombia.



Cartagena is a history-rich colonial city known for it's vibrant colors, colonial style buildings, scorching beaches and Caribbean vibes. You can’t go wrong when relaxing beachside and Cartagena’s beaches are notorious for escaping the heat. Wandering inside the fortress walls and historic city center is a must. The colors alone are mesmerizing! Stop in the art shops, check out the street performers, refuel at a restaurant and freshen up at a fruit stand. The views from within the San Felipe Castle are more than picture perfect.



When you are told that Cali is the salsa capital of the world, that was no exaggeration. Although, salsa dancing may be the most enticing passion of this lively city, there is plenty more to see and do. This colonial founded city was made for exploring, lets dig in.

Salsa clubs are an absolute must when in Cali. Dance lessons are highly encouraged and taught from some of the best salsa dancers in the world. Practice your new (Cali) steps with the locals at any of the legendary salsa spots: La Topa, Tin Tin Deo, Espacio 10-60 and Malamaña. You can find professional dancers on the floor, any night of the week, no matter the venue.

La Galeria Alameda is a popular produce market in the heart of Cali and is packed with the life-changing native fruits and vegetables of Colombia-Lulu, maracuya, guanabana, granadilla, papaya, pitahaya, avacates, carambolo, cherimoya, guama, mangosteen, and tomate de arbol...just to name a few. This market is another great place to practice Spanish and bargaining skills with the Caleños, Colombian terminology for the people of Cali.

Rio Del Gato is a great location for a leisurely stroll with plenty of pitstops. The Cali cat statues are fun to scope out and attempt to interpret. Colombian artists have painted and decorated the statues to represent the different cultural backgrounds and personalities of the Caleños. The river flows next to bamboo foliages where you will find local photographers and models hard at work. Parque de Simón Bolívar is along the Cali river and across from the La Inglesia Ermita, the iconic blue church. This energetic neighborhood is lined with vendors, street artists and makes for a warm introduction into the city.



The San Antonio district emits a hipster vibe complete with street art and a number of artisan cafes. Another popular church in Cali is Lamo de Cruz which is located at the top of Colina de San Antonio, a lively public park. Meander up the hillside streets, stop inside the local art studios and rest at the top of the park for a view of the entire city and the surrounding countryside.

Pueblos y Naturales (Town and Nature)



Tayronna National Park is Colombia's most distinguished national park with beautiful landscapes, wildlife and ocean views. Travelers enter by foot or horseback to one of many distinctive beaches to camp a short walk away from the crashing waves. Hike in, camp out, wake up and swim with schools of tropical fish as a daily itinerary! Do prepare for the heat, mosquitos and sand flies. You can physically be eaten alive whilst roasting alive!



Salento is just a small town with a lot to offer. You can downhill mountain bike on the rocky paths which trace the mountainsides, barhop and explore the vibrant street of Calle Real all the way up to Mirador Alto de La Cruz for view over the entire pueblo. You can also hop on the back of a Jeep en route to one of the many coffee farms. Learn all about the history of the Colombian coffee industry as well as the processes behind every cup of Colombian gold. If you go just 30 minutes outside of Salento you will find yourself in.

Just east of Salento is the esteemed Valle de Cocora, home to the world's tallest palms that can reach 60 meters/200 feet high! Most visitors hike the shorter trails that loop around the lush covered valley but there are longer treks that require camping. You will find almost as many local Colombian travelers here as you will adventurers from overseas so make sure to leave early, bring a camera, hiking boots and keep an eye out for the Condors soaring side by side the palms.



Guatapé is a beautifully decorative pueblo just two hours outside of Medellin located in the vast, man-made Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir. Taste some of Colombia's best coffee while wandering the colorful painted cobblestone pueblo streets and climb the 740 stairs to the top of La Piedra Del Penol 'The Guatape Rock' for a one-of-a-kind view of the bubbling terrain that remains in the reservoir.

Colombia is incredibly rich with food, diverse environments and culture. Although these may be just a few favorites from our experiences, Colombia's potential for adventures and exploration is endless. Colombia will invite you with open arms, send you back with a full belly and will leave the door open for when you return. Join us and see for yourself!