In yet another huge boost for Colombia’s burgeoning tourism industry, Lonely Planet, the world’s largest and perhaps most respected travel guide, has named the country the 2nd best country to visit in 2017. Whilst Colombia regularly features on the the ‘Top 10’ list of major newspapers and magazines, this is probably the most significant endorsement yet from a reputable and well-respected travel expert such as Lonely Planet.
As the only South American country on the list (and second only to Canada on the overall list), this marks a huge stamp of approval for Colombia and its tourism industry, particularly in the wake of the potentially damaging fallout from the recent peace plebiscite, and major Colombian newspapers, as well as the government itself, have been sharing the news across social media and in the pages of the nation’s press.
Lonely Planet notes the country’s lack of “world wonders” (*ahem* something we’ve been saying for a few years now), but then describes Colombia as a “mix of vibrant culture, nature and hospitality is a rich tapestry woven by welcoming arms,” which is enjoying a “dramatic about-face” after “[d]ecades of civil war and violent crime meant Colombian passport stamps were once for hardcore travellers only.” You can read the full entry about Colombia on the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2017 page.
Colombia’s magic and incredible travel potential is something we’ve been banging on about for years here at the Colombia Travel Blog, but it’s great to see more and more recognition for our adopted homeland by major travel companies such as Lonely Planet – and it’s surely only a matter of time before we see Colombia in the No. 1 spot!