Discover Colombia’s main festivals and events from May to December 2015
Caribbean tourists will be able to find in Colombia a destination full of magical experiences during the most popular festivals and events in the country. The growing number of new routes and frequencies provide an easier connectivity from the Caribbean to Colombia.
Procolombia, the government agency in charge of promoting Colombia’s tourism, investment, trade and country brand, invites travelers from the Caribbean to discover a new tourism destination in South America. Colombia offers an energetic vibe that can be seend and felt throughout its celebrations in every corner of the country. Foreigners will be able to experience a myriad of festivals and events all year long in Colombia.
The Colombian capital is known as the urban and economic center of the nation, but it also offers a wide range of cultural and gastronomic activities for the whole family. Music lovers will enjoy the best artists of every genre at the concert park series in the city, starting with Salsa al Parque (May 30 and 31), Rock al Parque (August 15-17), and Jazz al Parque (September 1-14). Additionally, the gastronomic fair, Alimentarte, (August 16-24) and the International Art Fair of Bogota, ARTBO (October 1-4), complement the range of events in the city.
Likewise, Medellin named the most innovative city in the world in 2013 and recognized in international media (The New York Times and National Geographic) as a must-visit destination in 2015, is also the venue for Colombia’s fashion week. Colombiamoda International Fair, taking place July 28-31, will offer the latest collections and raw materials for clothing, accessories and footwear. In addition, the colorful Flower Fair will be held during the first week of August with a variety of parades, concerts and events for the whole family. In December, the city of eternal spring will hold its annual ‘Alumbrados’, or Christmas lights arrangements, that illuminate the streets of the city and the Rio Medellin with millions of light bulbs in different colors and designs.
Other cities, such as Cali, will also host important events throughout the remainder of 2015. The Cali Exposhow, a fashion event, will take place from October 24-28 and the popular Cali Fair, with concerts and horseback parades, will be held from the25 to the 30 of December. Mompox, a small town on the Colombian Caribbean coast, will celebrate its annual International Jazz Festival from October 3-5.
"Beyond our cultural diversity, beautiful beaches and exciting cities, Colombia is also home to many memorable experiences available to travelers throughout the year," said Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Procolombia. "Our guests can spend their vacation enjoying music, culture, art, fashion and gastronomy in the various events which reiterate why Colombia is magical realism."
The South American country is one of the coolest trending destinations and has been recognized by international media as a must-visit destination for travel enthusiasts. Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 15 Places to go in 2015 and Travel & Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2015 recognized Cartagena; The New York Times’ 52 Places to go in 2015 and National Geographic’s Best Trips 2015 included Medellin on their lists, and Conde Nast Traveler’s Colombia's Culinary Comeback highlighted Bogota for its excellent cuisine.
With over 800 direct flights from 20 different countries and 27 cruise lines that stop at three major ports of call, there are many ways for visitors to experience Colombia. Airlines like JetBlue, Avianca and Copa offer travelers the Caribbean, high frequencies of flights to travel to Colombia.
American Airlines and Caribbean Airways also allow tourists to travel from the Caribbean to Colombia via Miami. Copa Airlines offers direct flights from Punta Cana to Bogota and Insel Air, an airline from Curacao, offers direct flights from the island to Medellin and Barranquilla. Tourists from countries like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and Aruba can discover a unique tourist destination that is close to home this year.
For more information about events in Colombia, please visit www.colombia.travel