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[Visited: January, February 2009]

To be honest, I was a little apprehensive when I was on my way to Colombia. Years of mostly negative reports had given me the impression that I was about to enter a country of bandits, thieves and drug traffickers. Already at the airport, however, I met a nice immigration officer, and when I then took a cab to the city of Cali, the driver and I just had a nice talk and he did not in any way try to trick me. In the weeks that followed, I discovered that Colombia was actually full of very kind, genuine, honest people, always willing to help, always striving to make your stay a memorable one.

Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombian man with hat

Often, people in the street would approach me, warning me to watch after my belongings. Instead of making me feel at danger, it actually gave me the feeling that I was safe. On the second day, while talking to a woman who had warned me about thieves, I ended up attending to a birthday party where I was received very well. Colombia is a beautiful country with many places to visit, but what really shaped my image of the country is the very warm, and heartfelt, welcome that was given to me by its people. Added to that, Colombians are a beautiful people, although I could not agree with the fame of beauty of the women from Cali: I saw beautiful Colombian women everywhere in the country!

Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Young Colombian girl posing for the photographer

I did notice a change, though, when I went to the north. This is a more touristy region of Colombia, the people are more used to dealing with them, and yes, there are cases where people try to take advantage of the foreigner. But overall, even here the experience is mostly one of friendliness. When I finally left Colombia, and had a nice chat with the security officer who urged me to come back to his country, I realized that my image of the people of this beautiful country had changed completely from the moment I arrived.

Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombians looking at the pictures of their baptized baby
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombian girl in a pensive moment
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Genuine Colombian smile from a girl
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Taking a rest at a cross
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombian girls posing for a picture
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombian man walking in the street
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Indigenous woman in Colombia
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Taking the girlfriend for a ride
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombian boys on an early morning in a street
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombian men on a cart
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Old Colombian women chatting at a window
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombian boy posing for a picture
Picture of Colombian people (Colombia): Colombian boy dragging a wheelbarrow through the mud

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