During Easter, the Latin American country will hit a new record for international travelers after the pandemic started
Now with simplified entry rules, like test-free entry for vaccinated toursits, more travelers are ready to explore exotic destinations and places with rich cultures, beautiful beaches, and fascinating jungles like Colombia.
The number of international travelers visiting Colombia this Easter will exceed the government expectations and the tourism industry estimations. As reported by Reportur, the number of reservations for this peak season has increased by 230% compared to 2021.
According to a recent study shared by the travel data analyst ForwardKeys, the majority of travelers come from the United States, then Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Spain. Travelers from these nations represent 52,6% of the tickets booked.
“Colombia is faring well in both travel intent and demand according to our data,” said Juan Gomez, the Head of Market Intelligence of the Global Data Partner of the World, and added: “We can see that transatlantic travel in terms of flight searches from the US and Spain is strong while international arrivals from April – June are particularly high from regional neighbors.”
The Colombian government is feeling very optimistic about the recovery of the tourism industry. Flavia Santoro, president of the government agency ProColombia, said: “The 2022 Easter season represents a clear step towards the reactivation of growth for international tourism in the country. We see a clear increase in the arrival of non-resident visitors.”
The data shows that over 80% of the travelers are going for recreational reasons. The numbers are getting very close to pre-pandemic levels and even though Mexico is the leading country in tourism in Latin America at the moment, Colombia has recovered considerably and is gaining popularity.
Travelers’ Favorite Destinations In Colombia
The main destination for international travelers is the capital of Colombia, Bogotá, probably because the main international airport, El Dorado, is located in this city and also because of the interesting attractions in this location.
Those who stay in Bogotá can visit the impressive Gold Museum —one of the highlights of the country— and see the collection of 55,000 pieces of gold. They can also go to the top of the city hill, Monserrate, explore local parks and enjoy the unique sculptures at the Botero Museum created by the talented Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
Cartagena is the second favorite destination in Colombia and it’s easy to understand why: this beautiful colonial village faces the Caribbean and offers tourists spectacular beaches and rich historic culture tangible from its architecture. Its all-year-long warm weather and colorful streets also make it an attractive place for Americans.
And the third place goes to Medellin. This city —the second most populated in the country— made an impressive image transformation, it went from being known as Pablo Escobar’s dangerous hometown to Colombia’s most innovative and technological city, even recognized internationally. It is also known as the city of the eternal spring for its wonderful weather, rich culture, exotic birds, and natural beauty.
Flights to Colombia
Since Colombia’s reopening for tourism last year, more airlines have returned and are currently serving more flights to this Latin American destination.
A few months ago, Avianca announced new routes between the US and Colombia, giving passengers more options on the west coast and more cities in Colombia. Avianca currently offers direct flights from Cartagena to New York and Miami, and also from Medellin to Orlando.
According to a recent Google Flights search, Spirit Airlines is also offering attractive fares from Miami for $157 to Bogotá, $169 to Cartagena, and $170 to Medellin. On Spirit’s website, travelers can find even cheaper flash sale offers.
American Airlines currently offers direct flights from Miami to Bogotá starting at $365 and to Medellin starting at $237. From New York prices start at $392 and the airline also connects Boston to Medellin for $557, Dallas to Bogotá for $716, and Los Angeles to Medellin for $697.
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