There are definitely a few particular things that come to mind when you mention Colombia, and not all of them are positive, particularly thanks to the popularity of Narcos and the extensive guerrilla warfare which plagued the nation for so long. But the more I read about it, the more I've discovered that the Colombian people are looking to put that all behind them and welcome the world to their beautiful country.
Carly from Curly Bird Travel has written a lovely article about why Colombia is becoming more popular with tourists, which is a pretty good place to start! She's also found some really fascinating videos about Colombia and the changes it has been going through in the last few decades.
I'm a bit of a sucker for architecture, especially when it's so bright and cheerful! I'm kinda in love with the amazing buildings in Guatapè. travelsandmore has a great post by Bryony about the town which was once a regular holiday spot for the infamous Pablo Escobar but is now a big hit with backpackers and tourists, as well as Colombian families. She also has a helpful posts about flying in Colombia, which apparently can be about the same price as a bus ride which takes about 10x longer!
When you've been aptly inspired and are ready to start booking, definitely check out Lia's post about where to stay on Practical Wanderlust! The name says it all, but her practical article about hostels in Colombia is really detailed and some of the places look awesome. There's also a good read about the food in Colombia; I had no idea what it was like so found this really interesting to read. The fruit looks to die for!
One of my absolute favourite things is chasing waterfalls [insert TLC joke here]. So of course, I love this post by Girl Astray's Karin on waterfalls in Putumayo, Colombia. In such a lush country it would be amazing to adventure through the jungle and find some beautiful falls. She also has a really interesting read about how to avoid Dengue Fever, which you may be at risk of if you're chasing waterfalls in the Colombian jungle. Always be prepared!
So, Colombia might seem scary, but after doing some more research and reading about all it has to offer, it sounds like a really fascinating place with a colourful past but bright future. I will definitely not let urban legends and fear mongers stop me from going there one day!