Colombia: Now Safe to Travel

Up until a few years ago, Colombia was widely regarded as basically unsafe to travel by backpackers and world travelers. Around 2008 the country had finally gained ground on cleaning up street crime and implemented an impressive ad campaign promoting international tourism. The past several years tourism has grown and continues to grow exponentially as word spreads of this country’s amazing beauty, friendly people, and huge list of sites to see. There are still some potential hazards traveling in Colombia however with a good guide you can travel safely and have the trip of a lifetime.

The most important aspect of traveling in Colombia is knowing where you are safe and where you are not. Unfortunately there is really no way to know this without hiring a professional guide. With a guide and appropriate research you can travel safely and experience the country the way the people want you to see it. As a general rule, Colombians are extremely outgoing and proud of their country. They are known for great hospitality and cheerfulness while entertaining their foreign guests. It is very common to have people you have never met or seen before watching out for your safety while exploring in Colombia. Most of the time you are not even aware you are being protected. The reason is simple. Colombians love their country and strongly desire to change the country’s image. They are fully aware the benefits foreign tourists bring to the economy as well as their way of life. As a result, despite what most people think, these days Colombia is one of the best countries on the continent for a foreign adventure vacation.

The word from today’s travelers in Colombia is shining. Most travelers leave Colombia utterly amazed at the treatment they received during their journey. The country has one of the best transportation systems in the world with modern buses and mini-buses going virtually everywhere. There is rarely any need to worry while navigating bus stations and airports as there is generally more security present than in the United States. There are various airports around the country providing several options when looking for reasonable airfare. Flights into Colombia are actually some of the most reasonable on the continent as well.

While in Colombia there is no shortage of things to do and sites to see. Many of Colombias greatest treasures are still basically unknown to the world….. for now! The country has it’s own personal and unique history of indigenous cultures and lost civilizations in addition to being one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Colombia has several distinct regions to explore including beautiful islands and beaches, Andes Mountain coffee country, high mountain plains, and the Amazon region. From the Amazon region it is possible to travel to Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru by boat and small plane. For those wishing the ultimate explorative trip, well, these passages are simply amazing.

Colombia has an almost unlimited number of things to do during your stay. One of the most popular and rapidly growing areas is coffee country. In Colombia coffee country visitors can embark on coffee tours, visit and stay on coffee plantations, and visit the official national coffee park. While staying on a plantation guests learn all about coffee cultivation, harvesting, and roasting coffee. In this region there are distinct colonial towns preserved almost as they were one hundred and fifty years ago surrounded by gorgeous mountain terrain filled with rainforest fauna, countless waterfalls, and mountain streams.

Another rapidly growing area of exploration in Colombia are the lost indigenous cultures. These cultures left little to know them by other than enormous stone statues carved periodically over several thousand years up until a few hundred years ago. There is still much to learn about these cultures attracting archeologists from around the world to visit. One popular place to visit is San Agustin, a small town about eight hours from Bogota. The area is amazingly beautiful with enough to do to keep a traveler busy for a week. Many travelers end up staying several weeks just enjoying the balmy climate and serenity of the area. This is one of the best areas to visit for those having only a week or two to travel.

Another aspect of Colombia is an abundance of original and highly creative artists. For the artist or want to be artist, it is possible to find Colombian artists in virtually every area from working with bamboo to watercolor painting. As well classes can be found in natural materials jewelry making. While taking art classes guests can study Spanish and a variety of Latin dances including Salsa and Merengue. The Colombian teachers of these arts are renowned for their eagerness and attention to detail during classes. For the traveler looking to immerse in the culture and make new friends, this is the ticket!

One of the best adventures of all in Colombia is exploring the mountain rainforest. There are guides to take guests up in the mountains with only a machete where they learn to make an emergency shelter, find things to eat, and survive with only their machete! For those wishing to experience the real art of survival while learning about the rainforest this can’t be passed up.

All in all Colombia has evolved into one of the best, yet relatively unknown destinations for the adventure traveler. For those who have been pondering the idea of visiting Colombia, now is the time. Just be sure to hire a professional guide. It is well worth the extra money to guarantee your safety and assure a fun, well rounded trip.

Exploring Borneo Tropical Rainforest

The Tropical Rainforest is earth’s most complex biome in terms of both structure and species diversity. It occurs under optimal growing conditions: abundant precipitation and year round warmth. There is no annual rhythm to the forest; rather each species has evolved its own flowering and fruiting seasons. Sunlight is a major limiting factor. A variety of strategies have been successful in the struggle to reach light or to adapt to the low intensity of light beneath the canopy.

The Tropical Rainforest has always been one of the most mysterious and adventurous place to visit. Throughout the whole world, only a few tropical countries are lucky to have tropical rainforest with them, these are Amazon tropical rainforest, Cameroon, Congo, Nigeria, Indonesia and Malaysia.

When travelling in the tropical rainforest, it’s adventurous and mysterious; we definitely want to think about our own safety. Amazon and Africa Tropical rainforest system are similar to the one in Malaysia and Indonesia, but for safety reasons, we always encourage visitors or tourists to visit the 3rd largest island in the world – Borneo.

What is in Borneo?
Sarawak in Borneo, the best place in the world for visitors or tourists to explore the wonderful Tropical Rainforest, you get to experience living inside the tropical rainforest, seeing Orang Utan, experience the local tribes and their local cultures and even to experience the tropical rainforest weather.

How to get to Sarawak, Borneo?
Sarawak is part of Malaysia. You can use any airlines to reach the 2nd largest airport in Asia – KLIA, and use either Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia to transit to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak.

How to get around Sarawak, Borneo?
One of the reasons to travel in Sarawak is because of their multi culture, majority of their populations speaks good English. They do have Taxi and public transport, or you can rent a car or even appoint Borneo Explorer Travel Agency to plan everything for you.

Is it safe?
Yes, Sarawak, Malaysia is safe enough for you and your loves one to travel. Remember to ask about the visas before entering the country, read more at the resource box below.

What is the exchange rate?
Currently the exchange rate is around USD 1 = RM 3.2. There are plenty of Banks and legal money changers around town.

How are the hotels and conditions?
Sarawak is one of the best developing states in Malaysia, they are the 2nd most tourists visited state as well. You get to see some big names like Hilton, Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Somerset Gateway etc, they are all rated at 4 stars and above. You also get to enjoy local resorts which is not too far from Kuching at very reasonable price.

What are the attractions in Sarawak, Borneo?
Borneo Sarawak tropical rainforest – The most complex tropical rainforest in the world, very safe for travelers.

Mulu & Niah Cave – One of the world’s largest cave systems and one of the oldest known human burial sites in Southeast Asia.

Orangutan Sanctuarys – The orangutans are two species of great apes known for their intelligence, long arms and reddish-brown hair. They can only be found in Borneo Island and Semengok orangutan sanctuarys are the best place in Borneo to watch the semi-wild orangutans.

Bidayuh Longhouse tour – Take a visit to the local tribes, known as the Borneo head hunters, but they stop doing that decades ago, so don’t worry about them. Learn their cultural and how they live in the tropical rainforest for centuries.

Satang & Talang Island – Other than the tropical rainforest, Kuching is famous for the beaches, stay in one of the best resorts in Sarawak for a few days before ending the trip in Sarawak. Go explore the turtle conservation and hatchery area, this is one of a few places in the world that allow tourists to visit.

Sea Kayaking, diving or snorkeling – While staying at the resort, always remember to go for sea kayaking or diving. Borneo has always been one of the best place to dive in the world, no shark, warm water, it’s just perfect for a romantic, adventurous and mysterious trip.

Who’s suitable and is it expensive?
The living standard in Sarawak, Borneo is cheap. You only pay USD0.50 to get a 325 ml of Diet Coke, that’s how cheap it is. Anyone is suitable to explore the tropical rainforest in Sarawak. We use romantic, adventurous, mysterious, fun, relaxing to describe Sarawak, Borneo.

Always feel free to browse the link at resource box to see more photos of the tropical rainforest and Sarawak. Plan a trip there and experience the beautiful mysterious tropical rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest Excursions!

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most unique and delicate ecosystems in the world. Its uniqueness and specialty make it quite popular among travelers around the world. You can come here and enjoy a lot in your most favorite destination. You will find dense vegetation here with a vast supply of oxygen throughout the levels of the forest. The Amazon River is situated in the center of the rainforest which spreads around in 4,080 mile long area. The river comprises of thousands of rare species of mammals, insects and birds. Interestingly, the river serves the interest of about 200,000 people of the South American origin. Thus, like a true mother, the Amazon is providing life to so many living organisms of the continent.

Tourism in the Amazon:

Over the last few decades, the Amazon tourism has changed a lot. With better facilities and more awareness, thousands of people are coming here every year. With better amenities, tourists are now reaching to far distances along with the forests region of this great river. Promoting ecotourism, many countries has constantly growing and evolving major industries in their boundaries. Also, seeing the current trends, betters tourism laws have been implemented that ultimately helping in generating funds to secure the future of so many rare species in the rainforest region. With so many modern facilities and convenience, travelers can actually make their bookings from their home via using the internet technology. Upon booking, they can choose their own class of service and pay accordingly.