About Colombia Fácil
Inge, Belgian founder of Colombia Fácil, moved to Colombia in January 2011 because of her husband's job opportunity on the Caribbean coast. She started traveling and fell in love with this country. From April 2011 till 2016 she has been working on Colombia Fácil. At June 2017, Dutch journalist Edith took over the baton. She already travelled years through Latin America and the last 1,5 years through Colombia with the idea starting a travel agency offering special, adventurous trips. But Colombia Fácil fitted even more in her plans.
WHY A TRAVEL GUIDE
Colombia is a beautiful country with magnificent and varied landscapes. It lacked a fun yet practical and comprehensive guidebook with accurate information. Colombia Fácil writes not only in English but also in Spanish so that Colombians themselves can start to discover their own country. Colombia Fácil´s purpose is to serve as the ’missing link’. In addition there is an online guide that combines with the physical offline guide thus providing the perfect mix so that you the traveler can enjoy it all!
Colombia Fácil makes travelling in Colombia much easier, more comfortable and more exciting. It shows the real Colombia in all its beauty in a very straightforward way! Tourism in Colombia needs an extra push, Colombia Fácil purpose is to render accessible the country and its many splendours so that people can experience it for themselves. Sadly most of the time backpackers who are exploring South-America, are simply skipping out Colombia because of the dangerous image that the country still unfortunately has. This handy pocket guide will show the positive, young and energetic vibe and the thousands of possibilities that this amazing place has to offer. Tales of great experiences will soon become common knowledge and Colombia will at last enjoy the attention it truly deserves.
Mountain ranges, inter-Andean valleys, jungles, deserts, mangroves, paramos, marshes, coastal (Pacific and Caribbean) and other ecosystems… No wonder Colombia belongs to the world leaders in biodiversity. Colombia Fácil considers it’s our duty to encourage tourism maintaining this beauty and even contribute to a better situation, for instance giving an example to locals of not littering. When choosing participants, we strongly prefer to give publicity to companies that develop ecotourism and – for travel agencies – which are members of Acotur (Colombian Association of Sustainable Tourism, www.acotur.co).
Tourism is very, very important for Colombia, recovering from armed fights for so many years. However, tourism can be very dangerous as well. As Colombia Fácil we distance from sex- and drugs tourism and - further - financial exploitation of Colombia. We love to encourage tourism with fair prices, from which the local population and you can benefit. LET’S ENJOY TOGETHER FROM THE BEAUTY OF COLOMBIA!
WHERE DID COLOMBIA FÁCIL FIND ITS INSPIRATION
-> ’Coast to Coast’ – South-Africa (already in existence for 20 years).
Here you can read the guide online.
-> ’Get South’ - Chile, Argentina & Uruguay (already in existence for about 10 years)
Here you can read the guide online.
WHERE CAN YOU GET COLOMBIA FÁCIL?
You can find the guide for free online here or buy the guide for 6.000 cop in all participating places in Colombia (hostels, tour operators, Spanish schools... ). With the hard copy of Colombia Fácil in your hand you can claim some discounts…
WHY THE COST OF 6.000 PESOS
Only 6.000 cop!!! This is a very favorable sum for foreign tourists; it is less than 2 Euros and about 2 USD: equivalent to the cost of a good beer! These are the references that a tourist will have in mind when making the decision to buy the guide.
For the price of just 1 beer this guide can literally take you anywhere and everywhere!
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO SET UP COLOMBIA FÁCIL
Colombia Fácil has inevitably experienced some near ’nervous break downs’, disappointments and lots and lots of work when tackling supposedly ‘simple’ things like organizing a work visa or getting the right documents for whatever. But, bit by bit, Inge found her way and Edith is doing the same. It is very pleasant to wake up and start a new working day with the goal to make COLOMBIA FÁCIL!
WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE
Every year there will be a new guide with a different design and new information so that Colombia Fácil will always be up to date. At the website you'll find the latest hot news!