Last 2003, there were tourists who were taken as hostages in Colombia, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world. In fact, you can even hear gunshots fired by guerilla warriors in their rich mountains – a sound that tourists can often hear when hiking. However, these incidents have been long buried in the past, though some may still recall these moments and forever tie the country with such horrifying ideas.
But, the truth is that Colombia is far from the once dangerous country it once has been called. Now, a lot of tourist guides will assure you that these incidents are no longer a threat to their country as the peace agreements that were recently signed kept everything in harmony. If you may ever hear gunshots, it’s just mostly coming from the indigenous Kogi people doing their hunting expedition.
Today, Colombia is known for its challenging and engaging biking trails, especially in Medellin. In fact, Medellin is even hosting the Tour Colombia event where seasoned cyclists from all parts of the world gather and compete. After all, Colombia has some of the wildest, stimulating, and richest roads to undertake.
Not only does Colombia boasts of their natural biking trails, but they’re also keen on encouraging tourists to trek on their trails and village roads. One exquisite example is a local trail from a lakeside village called Guatapé. The village has bright and colorful murals of animals and people on their white walls, making it an enjoyable and pleasant treat for your eyes. You can also climb to the top of El Peñon de Guatapé wherein you can view the mesmerizing lake below and marvel at the verdant and virgin forests alongside.
Indeed, Colombia has a lot of unspoiled destination. While some may be apprehensive of the country’s safety, it’s important that you do your research first and know that Colombia is a safe place to be as long as you know where to go and who you’re going to be with.