When I was a kid, Colombia was thought as the most dangerous country – rife with crime and cocaine.  I was lucky to visit in 2009 when most of the danger had subsided.  I could see myself visiting Colombia again some day.  Visiting in December is a great time – there are great Christmas lights in all the cities, a party atmosphere, and the wonderful Salsa festival in Cali.

Medellin (Bright Lights, Big City)

Cartagena (Muddy on the Coast)

Santa Marta & Tayrona Park (How I Really Lost My Swimsuit Top)

Bogota (A Change in Plans)

Manizales (A White Pre-Christmas in the Tropics)

Salento (Wax Palms & Trout)

Cali (!SALSA! until you drop)!

Colombia at Christmas