As Colombia’s tourism star continues to rise, tripling its number of foreign tourists from 2006 to 2018, so too does the risk of overtourism in its most popular destinations. True Colombia Travel (TCT), a locally owned tour operator offering custom cultural, culinary and environmental tours aims to help travelers lessen the strain by discovering the hidden treasures within this still-emerging destination.
“Second city travel”—the trend of traveling to lesser-known cities—is skyrocketing. As Booking.com reports, more than half of global travelers want to help reduce overtourism and would choose a lesser-known, similar alternative to more popular options if it reduced their environmental impact.
Here are True Colombia Travel’s top picks for Colombia’s 2020 lesser-known spots to see:
Swap Caribbean Vibes for Pacific Wildlife
If you think everyone’s visiting Cartagena, you’re right: This preserved colonial city receives over a million visitors a year; noise complaints from the city’s plethora of night clubs are common; and nearby coral reefs have been devastated by beach developments and litter.
For an adventurous beach vacation, look to the country’s other coast—the Pacific—which remains among…