Colombia is rapidly becoming a major tourist destinations thanks to the increase in flights to the country from America, Europe and the rest of Latin America. While working teaching English in Colombia teachers should take advantage of seeing as much of this beautiful country as possible.
Colombia is rapidly becoming a major tourist destinations thanks to the increase in flights to the country from America, Europe and the rest of Latin America. Colombia is a biodiverse country with a Caribbean coastline, Pacific coastline, Amazon Rainforest, deserts, flat savannahs, and extensive mountain ranges. While working teaching English in Colombia teachers should take advantage of seeing as much of this beautiful country as possible.
Whilst teaching English in Colombia individuals can travel around the country over Christmas break or on one of Colombia’s large number of long weekend holidays. Depending on which city individuals decide to teach English within, the number of short weekend breaks vary. Bogota, Medellin, Barranquilla and Cali all have a large number of destinations located within 3 hours of them and in these places you can discover new landscapes and sometimes even a dramatic change in climate.
Some great places to visit while teaching English in Colombia are the following:
If you decide on an alternative destination to begin teaching English in Colombia rather than Cartagena, the city is definitely a must visit destination. Located on the Colombian Caribbean coast, Cartagena is an historic colonial city surrounded by a wall that was built in the 16th century to protect the city from pirates and invaders. Cartagena has a large number of attractions including: historic monuments and landmarks such as the San Felipe castle and the Popa, museums, lively plazas, streets full of life, and is close to a collection of 27 Caribbean islands with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters- the ideal place for day trips.
If the city of Medellin isn’t your chosen destination to start teaching in, it’s a city worth spending a weekend visiting. Medellin has a negative reputation; Narcos has put Medellin on the map for all the wrong reasons. The city has moved far away from its 1990’s reputation and has reinvented itself using urban development as a key factor in changing the city’s reputation. Medellin is now known as ‘the city of eternal spring’; the city’s year-round spring style climate means it’s a great place to visit year-round. Medellin has many attractions including: museums, parks, markets, and festivals. In the picturesque surrounding countryside you will find the colourful town of Guatape and its El Penol rock.
If you choose a city other than Barranquilla to begin teaching English in Colombia, Barranquilla should be on your list of places to visit, specifically in its carnival season. Barranquilla is a port city located on the country’s Caribbean coast. Each year, four days before Ash Wednesday, the city holds the second biggest carnival in the world after Rio. It’s a festival and carnival of floats, parades, bright colours, costumes and lively street parties. The Barranquilla carnival is an experience unlike any other in the world: full of traditions and culture the carnival is a must visit.
For those teachers who are of an adventurous nature, a trip to the Amazon rainforest is a must for a short break outside of the cities. Leticia (the capital of the Amazonas) can be reached from the major Colombian cities by a, at most, two hour flight. Leticia is a built-up city with a large number of hotels and restaurants which makes it a great base for Amazon trips. Within the rainforest area, visitors can experience treks through the rainforest, learn about the indigenous communities that call the area home, learn more about the ecology of the region, take a boat trip, and even visit a monkey island. The Amazon is a unique sight and definitely one not to be missed while teaching English in Colombia.
Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park is a picturesque National Park Reserve area on the Caribbean coast; people believe the park contains the best beaches in the country, surrounded by rainforest, unique plants and wildlife. Tayrona National Park has a large number of beaches, hiking trails, coral reefs, archaeological sites and lots of areas to relax. Tayrona National Park is located 34 kilometres (21 miles) from Santa Marta. The park covers an area of 58 square miles (150 square kilometres) and is backed by the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
While teaching English in Colombia, it’s worth taking a trip to discover how Colombia’s vast coffee industry is sustained. Colombia’s coffee triangle covers area in the departments of Caldas, Tolima, Quindio, Valle and Risaralda. Within this region it is possible to visit coffee farms and discover the coffee making process from seed to cup. Salento is a small colourful colonial town within this region that’s famous for its coffee production and artisanal products. The Valle de Cocora, located in Los Nevados National Park, is an endless mountainous valley that contains the Colombian National Tree – the Wax Palm. It’s also a great place for hiking or horse riding.
As you can see, while teaching English in Colombia there are a large number of places to visit around the country that will allow you to make the most of your time there.
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