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Colombia: Thoughts on Leaving

A smiling soldier in La Candelaria, Bogotá
Colombia in a nutshell: it has an image of violence on the outside, but is all smiles underneath

Colombia is an easy country to like. Not only does it have a large variety of great attractions, but the people are genuinely friendly; other passengers strike up conversations with you on the Transmilenio, and if you ask strangers for directions or help, they're really happy to help. Even with the language barrier, the Colombians are a delight, and that on its own would be enough to make this country worth visiting. Add in the Caribbean beaches, the colonial towns, the cosmopolitan cities and the sights you won't see anywhere else in the continent, and you're onto a winner.