Colombia’s capital received high praise as a top tourist destination from newspaper USA Today, which published an article Friday claiming that Bogota has moved “beyond its bad-boy image.”
The newspaper praises the capital city for the changes made to its reputation, from narco-hotspot to tourist-friendly culture capital.
“Strange and wonderful doings are afoot in this city,” writes travel journalist Jayne Clark, “that not so long ago was a touristic no-man’s land.”
Clark lists the city’s most appealing attractions, such as its wealth of art installations – like the ants that swarmed over Colombian Congress last month – and the weekly Ciclovia, when “traffic on 75 miles of normally jammed thoroughfares miraculously vanishes, making way for thousands of free-wheeling cyclists.”
The author praises Bogota’s impressive architecture and exciting theatre scene, as well as the city’s high level of security.
Credit for Colombia’s changed reputation can be given to the country’s current government-sponsored tourism campaign – the slogan of which is: “Colombia – the only risk is wanting to stay.”
Both the international and domestic tourism industries are growing in Colombia, and Bogota receives the country’s highest number of foreign visitors per year, according to recent statistics.
To read the full USA Today article, click here.