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Colombia - Jeff Azoudis - Gallery of Photography

Colombia took me by surprise. It is the most underrated Country I have visited, and I look forward to returning one day soon.

I visited Colombia in February of 2014. Prior to my arrival, I had to arrange for armed security detail to be with me during the entire trip. In 2014, Colombia is still considered a high-risk destination, and in fact several Countries have travel alerts for Colombia, including the UK and the USA.

The fact is, I felt completely safe in Colombia despite going to some of the extremely rural areas in the Santander Department; one of the few remaining areas where Guerilla fighters are located. We did not face any security issues in the two weeks I was in the Country.

From the modern cityscape of Medellin, to the Cartagena resorts on the Caribbean sea, the mountains of Bucaramanga, the valleys of Barranquilla, the remote villages of Villanueva, the purity of Neiva, and the fast pace of Bogota, Colombia had a lot of everything to offer.

As has become expected in Latin America, the people were extremely friendly. My Spanish is non-existent, and thankfully most people in the cities were quite happy to speak English.

Colombia has intense natural beauty. Cities like Medellin and Bucaramanga are built in valleys and extend onto the surrounding mountain ranges that rise thousands of meters in the air. The weather is spectacular and there is no bad time of the year to visit. These photographs only capture a fraction of the beauty I witnessed. I’m already looking forward to going back!