Exploring Colombia

The two months I spent in Colombia were arguably my most adventurous months throughout this Remote Year experience. I took on the challenge of hiking, spelunking, horseback riding, paragliding, repelling and finished it off with an ayahuasca ceremony.

 

The nature in Colombia is breathtaking. It’s one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. The country has a wide variety of different ecosystems including 10% of the Amazon rain forest. It’s also home to the most diverse bird population in the world with over 1800 different species of birds. It was definitely the best place to take on all our outdoor activities.

I stayed in Bogota and Medellin for a month each and passed through Guatape and Salento. It’s been over 20 years since the height of Colombia’s drug trafficking days, but to the outside world, that is still the first thing people think of when they talk about Colombia. Fortunately, times have changed. The people of Colombia are actively working to improve their neighborhoods and switch to a more positive lifestyle. There are tours available through some of Pablo Escobar’s old property as well as many of the neighborhoods that were heavily affected by the drug wars in the past. These tours don’t just tell the story of a difficult time in their history, but they also show the resilience of the people and how they’ve managed to rebuild their communities and continue to move toward a brighter future.


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