Smithsonian Festival to Highlight Colombia in Washington, D.C.
2011 Folklife Festival DetailsEach year over a million people attend the outdoor festival on the National Mall. Held annually since 1967, this year's festival runs from June 30 to July 4 and July 7 to 11. In addition to Colombia, other featured exhibitions this year include the Peace Corps and Rhythm & Blues. Like the many great Smithsonian museums nearby, the event is free! Learn more about the Folklife Festival.
Classic Colombia Highlights: The Nature of CultureThis is a unique opportunity to learn about traditions direct from over one hundred Colombian artisans, like a 3rd-generation silletero who carries on the family's tradition of elaborate floral displays for Medellin's Annual Flower Festival. Other demonstrations range from singing and dancing to coffee growing and cooking—be sure to try the delicious arepas (corn cakes). In addition to special areas on three main cities, Medellin, Cali, and Bogatá, the festival will also highlight different eco-systems, from the Andes to the Amazon. With the highest number of bird species in one country, the bio-diversity of Colombia is one of its biggest tourist attractions.
What's New in Colombia: Thinking about Visiting?A lot has changed in the last twenty years as Colombia has transformed itself from a destination known for kidnapping and violence into an emerging economy with more foreign visitors from the U.S. than any other country. While narcotic violence is still present in rural areas, major cities and tourist areas are much safer now thanks to a concerted effort by the government. Visitors should practice basic safety precautions and avoid areas without established tourist attractions. Another issue to be wary of today is the danger of flooding due to recent heavy rains. Before your trip and on the go, stay informed with news updates and be sure to read to the U.S. State Department warning. Your travel destinations are ultimately a question of your personal comfort level and interests. The rapidly transforming cities like Medellin may have more or less appeal than the popular cruise destination of Cartagena with its walled colonial city and the Caribbean coast's Tayrona National Park, where the mountains meet the sea.
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Wow when will this take place?
I went to Colombia last year and it was great! I did not feel unsafe at any moment, and it is indeed a beautiful country.
Look at that scene! A view of the ocean is always exhilarating - I can stay there for hours and hours. Great post with great photos.
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