Colombia, the second most biodiverse country and a leading nature and adventure tourism destination, is preparing to highlight its charming regions at the upcoming 'Travel and Connectivity Week' at Expo 2020 Dubai taking place from January 09-15, 2022.
In line with Colombia’s efforts to strengthen its position on the global tourism map and reactivate its economy, the Colombia Pavilion will share the country’s immense business and investment prospects available in the tourism sector. Furthermore, it will showcase Colombia’s initiatives to foster collaborations with regional and international business entities to strengthen its tourism sector and position the country as an ideal travel destination. It will also highlight the significance of its six touristic regions and how these are vital to the nation’s response to the latest global tourism trends and demands.
The charming regions - Amazon-Orinoquía, Western Andes, Eastern Andes, Greater Colombian Caribbean, Massifs, and Pacific - make Colombia one of the world’s megadiverse nations. These multicultural, high biodiversity regions with unique attributes are highly accessible thanks to their state-of-the art infrastructure.
Colombia's pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai features its cultural diversity, natural ecosystems, ancient culture and history, and urban tourism of its regions. Due to its diverse and rich natural environment, the country is an ideal holiday destination for travelers with a variety of interests, from those seeking sandy beaches to those wanting an adventurous excursion through the forests.
The exhibition at the Colombia Pavilion features the immense potential of the country’s touristic regions. It aims to attract travelers with its wide variety of destinations, as well as foster new collaborations to aid the growth of Colombia’s tourism sector.
The Greater Colombian Caribbean is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world, with its sandy beaches, traditional cuisines, historic cities, cultural and natural diversity. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a world heritage site by UNESCO, Tayrona National Park, the sea of seven colors of San Andres and Providencia, located in the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, one of the most important marine ecosystems, Barranquilla, known for the world-famous Carnival of Barranquilla, and Palomino beach are some of the major attractions in this region.
The Pacific region in Colombia is a biodiversity hotspot with its vast stretches of beaches and lush forests. In this part of the country, travelers can spot humpback whales, snorkel in Nuqui, and learn traditional African culture in Tumaco, enjoy salsa in the city of Santiago de Cali and relish the cuisines of the Pacific.
The Andean region is the most populated in Colombia, and it comprises West Andes, Central Andes, and East Andes. This region is also known for its vast stretch of Andean Forest and diversity in birds and coffee production. Medellin, known as the City of Eternal Spring, La Miel River, Los Nevados National Natural Park and Cocora Valley, are a few of the important destinations in the Western Andes, which is known for its urban and coffee culture.
The Eastern Andes is another region in Andean that includes places such as Gallineral Natural Park, Chicamochar river, El Cocuy National Natural Park, Paramo of Iguaque, Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Chingaza National Natural Park and Bogota, to name a few.
Colombian Massif, known for agroecosystem and xerophytic vegetation, also has many incredible places that offer remarkable experience such as Tatacoa Desert, Puracé National Natural Park, Cocha Lagoon and Las Lajas in Nariño. Black and White’s carnival, one of the largest celebrations in Colombia, is held each year in Pasto, in this region.
Τhe last of the six regions that will also be showcased at the Expo 2020 is Amazonia-Orinoquia. Tuparro National Natural Park, Eastern Plains, Sierra de la Macarena, Mavecure, table mountains of Serranía del Chiribiquete, waterfalls in Jirijirimo, and Amacayacu National Natural Park are some of the attractions that make it a major travel destination.