I am back in Bogotá after being home in the States for 3 weeks for vacation. Bogotá right now is delightfully empty, as many people leave during the holidays, often to Cartagena, Santa Marta, San Andres, and the US. Businesses are still open, but most people get a decent amount of time off over the winter holidays. Tomorrow, however, things will be back to normal.
Well, it’s a new year, and, hopefully, a new international image for Colombia. Most of you, the Dear Readers of this blog, probably know at least a little bit about Colombia and are aware that it is not the drug and violence filled jungle that so many foreigners often believe it to be. It is sadly an image that has permeated the media for years. However, tourism is at a high point, and this negative image is slowly changing.
In fact, the international tourism agency in Colombia has been awarded the Jim Woodman prize by the Tourism Association of Central and South America (SATA) for its successful efforts in positively and accurately promoting Colombia and changing people’s perception of this beautiful country. If you’re debating about where to spend your next holiday, Colombia should definitely be on your list!
Here is a great article by Adam Seper on Why You Should Ignore Everything You’ve Ever Hear and Go to Colombia. I hope to see you in Colombia in 2012!