Picture over 500 people parading through the streets of Medellin, each with a giant, decorative mass of flowers on his or her back. Interspersed among these “Silleteros” are bands, costumed dancers and floats. The sidewalks teem with enthusiastic supporters in a swirling rainbow of colors.
You’ve got to hand it to The New York Times, when they spend 36 hours in a place, they really squeeze the most out of every minute. Their whirlwind visit to Bogota is no exception. This article gives you some great pointers for discovering the Colombian capital’s most exciting cafes, restaurants, museums and more. When you’re ready to go, remember LAN / LATAM Airlines Group offers daily flights from Miami, and connections to 23 domestic destinations in Colombia.
Winners of our Colombia Green and Gold sweepstakes, Tom L. and Mary A. are back from their trip to Colombia with rave reviews.
“The arrangements and accommodations were excellent, the guides knowledgeable and personable, and the itinerary flowed smoothly and effectively. It was a terrific vacation for us – educational, entertaining and very enjoyable. All around, a truly pleasurable week in a beautiful and friendly country.” they write.
Tom and Mary report some of the highlights included visiting Bogota’s Monserrate in the evening, a coffee tasting while touring the Museo del Oro and a mountain hike and boat trip in Tayrona National Park. Check out some of their photos from the trip.
Photo: Christopher Kirk
As a traveler or expat, experiencing the holidays outside the U.S. can be an eye opening and life changing experience. As we usher in a new holiday season and begin to reflect upon the past year, on the surface, traditions around the globe may appear very different, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that we’re all just searching for a cause to celebration. With each country having their own interpretation of food, family and fun, you may be surprised to learn at the core just how similar we actually are, despite personal beliefs and rituals.
Photo: Sergio Olivier
Holiday traditions vary wildly around the world from gift giving to elaborate festivals. But in South America, one tradition has stood the test of time no matter where you are—raising a glass of holiday cheer. Here’s a look at six of our favorite South American countries and their spirited holiday offerings.