Respect and Ethnicity
The section on Respect should be updated to give consistent advice about pointing out your country or ethnicity, regardless of your region of origin or ancestry.
Currently, this advice is inconsistent. In the current version of this article, the advice to east and southeast Asians is that pointing out one's ethnicity is difficult to do. At the same time, the advice to Europeans and white people from other world regions is that pointing out one's ethnicity is pretty easy to do.
This advice ought to be updated to tell tourists of all regions that a gentle explanation of one's country or ethnicity is fairly easy to do, and will easily be understood by most people right now in Colombia. -- 18.104.22.168 12:31, 22 January 2010 (EST)
I will add a small note saying that the 'chino' used for kids has a completely different origin, just to help Chinese tourists be more confortable.22.214.171.124 17:42, 24 September 2007 (EDT)
I made several minor corrections. This page could be moved, almost in its entirety, to a new one called "Tourism in Colombia".
Thanks, Jpatokal. I deleted my rant, feeling it was stupid. I did not even know Wikitravel existed... another newbie example for the records.
Although there is still a certain amount of violence in remoter areas, the government now has a greater presence in the country and guerrilla attacks, which used to occur on a regular basis, are now far less common. It is now possible to travel by road and explore areas that would have been closed to tourists in the past. This is particularly true during the longer vacations, when the government organises convoys, escorted by troops, along popular routes.
And travelling in Colombia is definitely worthwhile. From Bogota and its temperate climate 2,600 metres above sea level, a drive of one or two hours North, South, East or West can take you to landscapes which are as diverse as they are beautiful. To the East are the oriental plains which stretch out far beyond the horizon with little modulation. To the North are the more rugged contours of the higher Andean region. To the South the weather is sub-tropical and has flora and fauna concommitant with this, and to the West one also finds hot weather with corresponding vegetation.
What is meant by "Whites and Creoles" and "Natives" in this statement: "Most Colombians are laid back regarding race issues, since white or creole persons blend naturally with natives and Afro-Colombians in everyday life"
Are Colombians solely of European/Near East (Whites) not natives? Or do you mean Native Amerindians?... because they don't usually interract much with the general Colombian society.
I don't know where to put San Gil. I'll fix it later.
Removed Administrative divisions
I removed the Administrative divisions. I don't think they are much of a added value for travellers -- Ronald 20:27, 26 Nov 2005 (EST)
"absded" is unintelligible, and "haner" could be "harder" or "handed", neither of which makes sense. Anyone have a clue what this means? -phma 23:56, 6 Jan 2006 (EST)
On second thought: "haner" may be a sentence splice, from something like "handed to the victim in order". -phma 23:59, 6 Jan 2006 (EST)
A question: isn't Chile another country that is limited to both oceans? If you look well on the map, you can see some islands that are clearly in the Atlantic Ocean.
Scopolomine is a widely available deliriant that is found in european and american plants. If it was so effective as a weapon of attack, why would its use be specialised to colombia. Furthermore, putting someone under the influence of halucinogens and then creating a situation in which they are both angry and confused seems to the benefit of the drugged person. The attacker would put themselves at risk of a violent and unpredictable response. Further to that, people are capable of walking around, talking running etc while under the influence and if you simply search for the effects of datura on erowid you will see that it frequently makes people wildly (in some cases) criminally independent of the considerations or suggestions of others.````
We definitely don't need to divide Columbia up into 30-some parts, even if they are the official divisions... It's not that big of a country, dividing it up into 4-5 chunks would make it much more digestible to the traveler. If one or more of those chunks is then too large, it can be further divided... Anyone know the country well enough to take a stab at that? – cacahuate talk 16:18, 1 April 2007 (EDT)
I removed a few of the cities to get the list down to 9, per WT policy - if you think others are more deserving than the ones that I left, feel free to swap them out, but please don't let the list get larger than 9...
For reference, here are the ones that I removed:
Ports and harbors:
How are you going to remove cali, it is one of the most visited cities in colombia and its known as "la capital de la salsa".
Manizales was just added today. We cannot have more than 9 cities listed, but I think Manizales is worth having there—more so than Barranquilla, which I will remove. Other than its carnival, it's not an important touristic city, while Manizales most certainly is. --Peter Talk 13:28, 19 October 2011 (EDT)
you also forgot to mention
you forgot to mention that even though most people are taught English in schools most student don't even know the basics, they don't even want to learn it. i used to live in cartagena and trust mee very few people will talk in english and the ones that do,do it jokingly without even trying to sound correct or just say words that they can not even pronounce.
I think the warning box should be put into the "Stay Safe" section rather than right at the top. Colombia has issues but it is a great place to visit. A great big red warning sign right at the top of the article is quite imposing and deterrent. Aidan 16:43, 3 February 2010 (EST)
Can you expand the sections - not only American or Irish travel/wish to travel to Colombia
Sources. US DOS is not a valid source.
After talking to Colombians about how their country is dealing with the drug problems I noticed a gigantic difference in what people actually experience and what the US Department of State reports. This can also be seen in the Department of State's Cuban Travel section which dramatically differs from all other accounts, whether it be the Canadian government, British government, Lonely Planet, or any other source. Their Colombian section is out of date and is not being updated to reflect the improvements. I highly recommend not using their travel section. It is propaganda and not a valid source for the reality we are trying to convey. This will be posted on Traveller's Pub.Stidmatt 13:14, 16 September 2011 (EDT)