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Colombia - a paradise for travellers or a taboo due to civil war? Tell us your opinion about Colombia!
Background
A military conflict between the Colombian government and the guerilla threatens the country since the 60s. The rate of homicide and kidnapping has risen mainly in the 90s. Nevertheless, is it safe to visit the country after the recent developments or would it be better to stay away from the country? The opinions vary. Federal foreign offices of various countries advise against traveling through the country. On the other hand, many travelers returning from Colombia report that it is safe enough to visit. The purpose of this forum is to get a general idea about travel experiences in Colombia.
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My general rating concerning Colombia (Is it save to travel in Colombia?):

The security situation is better than its reputation, as long as common rules are respected and certain areas are avoided, Colombia is a save place to explore.

The security situation does not permit to visit the country. Therefore my opinion corresponds to the warnings of foreign ferderal offices of various countries.


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My experience in Colombia: The security situation is better than its reputation, as long as common rules are respected and certain areas are avoided, Colombia is a save place to explore.
My experience in Colombia: The security situation does not permit to visit the country. Therefore my opinion corresponds to the warnings of foreign ferderal offices of various countries.
Maritza Diaz, USA, wrote on 06.09
My relation with Colombia: Both parents are from Bogota, Colombia

I'm 26 years old growing up my family would send me to visit and the experiance is unbelivelable. I saw so many beautiful things people being so sweet and polite. The scenery so spectacular the mountains the ocean of the coast of cartagena. I would recomend anyone to go and visit such a wonderful place.
Laura Cifuentes, , wrote on 10.07
My relation with Colombia: I live here

Well, as not to get off topic, my opinion on my country is that it\'s THE best country ever, but it\'s MY country after all, so I\'m pretty biased. Still, you should come and see it for yourself. You won\'t be dissapointed.

I really just wanted to say THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH to all the foreing people that wrote good things about my country. You don\'t know how happy you\'ve made me. Thank you.

It\'s hurtful when every single sentence you hear from a European or American (and even other South Americans) about Colombia has the words Guerrilla or Coke, sometimes both, as part of it. That\'s not what tjis country is all about. In fact, is what it\'s LESS about.

It\'s true, you have to be careful at night in bad neighborhoods (especially the down town areas) but I lived in the states for 3 years and it\'s the same thing over there.

Unless you got to a jungle, you won\'t have any unfortunate encounters with the Paramilitares or La Guerrilla.
Nicolas Marquez, USA, wrote on 19.06
My relation with Colombia: My wife is from Medellin, I\'ve spent a lot of time there

Colombia is a very beautiful country. 99.9% of the people there are wonderful. Its fun. There is lots to do. It has wonderful food. Its got great weather. US dollars go far there. Definately worth going.

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There are kidnappings by the guerrilla. But, the chances of that happening are very slim and next to nothing in the cities. They are only in a few regions which are known and easily avoided. If you see military (Policia) don't worry, they are good guys, the area is safe.

Only petty crime in big cities. Colombians have a saying, "dar papaya" which basically means, making yourself a target. Dont walk around scared, dont try to show off jewelry. Dress nice, but dont look like you have a lot of money on you.

Travel with someone you know who is from there. If that isnt possible find someone you can trust who speaks enligh if you dont speak spanish. Treat them right and they will help you find your way around and avoid the bad
Deborah Hall, USA, wrote on 19.04
My relation with Colombia: I was there for a tour because of my job

Colombia is a beautiful place, its a paradise, you fall in love with this country inmediatelly, they are nice with foreign people, very nice, Its truth that its known as a drug place but its like other countries, just that people dont have other thng to talk about Colombia when you havent been there, its about drugs but its not all, its a problem as around the world we can see. So I invite everybody to visit Bogota Colombia, Soacha, also, its located at southern of the Capital of Colombia, but people is nice very nice.

People who lives at north sometimes is racist with people who lives at south of Bogota, its a shame but htis has to change, all us are the same and it doesnt mean because you have a better place to live or the best house dont make you different.
Steve Dickerman, USA, wrote on 20.03
My relation with Colombia: Here is the link, I had the wrong one, my bad.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TRAVEL/DESTINATIONS/03/17/colombia.tourism.ap/index.html