Colombia Is—Surprise!—The Next Big Wellness Destination

by Linden Schaffer,
This article was originally posted on—a wellness travel agency—as "Spotlight: Colombia," and is reposted with permission from the author.  

If you binged watched Narcos this summer you may have noticed the series takes place in the '70s and '80s. Twenty plus years later, Colombia is flourishing and the tourism industry is just ramping up.

While the country continues to struggle to overcome its negative image, now is the time to soak up the sun on the Caribbean coast, trek through the parks to discover ancient ruins or hook up with an NGO that focuses on sustainability before the world rediscovers this gem.

From local vegan dishes in one of Cartagena's fanciest restaurants to the country's first adults-only wellness resort, this South American country wants you to consider its mountains, beaches and forests as your new wellness destination.

Don't miss the chance to tour a Colombian coffee farm

One of my favorite experiential wellness tours can be found with Experiencia Cafetera, a small team who is bridging the gap between responsible commerce and tourism. Spend some time with them on the coffee farms to learn about the cultural significance of the industry, sustainable production and the fair trade practices they advocate for. You'll leave with a better understanding of what it takes to wake you up in the morning.

Linden Schaffer is a wellness travel expert and the founder of Pravassa, a wellness travel agency. 

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