For decades the beautiful country of Colombia was a danger zone of drug wars and violence. However, this is no more! Since the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement took effect on May 15, 2012, Colombia has been heavily encouraging and promoting tourism from the United States. And since the final disolution of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army) in June 2017, there is no longer a threat to travelers.
Colombia is replete with natural and cultural wonders, and from a cultural perspective, its vibrant and diverse music scene is especially distinctive. Now, music’s influence on travel and cultural understanding, is the motive behind a new initiative lead by ProColombia, the national tourism board. "Music is more than a collection of sounds. For the people of Colombia, our diverse sounds communicate the stories of our culture and our people. Music and dance are essential to who we are and how we see the world”, says Vice President of Tourism, ProColombia, Julián Guerrero Orozco.
ne particular tour operator, Tia Stephanie Tours, is grasping this concept and dancing with it. Tia Stephanie Tours is bringing Americans to Colombia to sing and dance and share Colombia's story through its compelling and inspiring rhythms.
Three sound-centered Colombian Journeys handcrafted by Stephanie Schneiderman, Tia Stephanie Tours' founder, offer opportunities for travelers to feel the lively beats of Colombia and discover the country’s culture, history, and people through sound:
From the marimba rhythms on the Pacific Coast, to the upbeat cumbia and vallenato rhythms of the Caribbean coast in Cartagena - From dance lessons in Cali where travelers from across the globe escape to dance with top instructors, to stops in Barranquilla, the hometown of international superstar Shakira, where the group will visit the Piez Descalzos Foundation that was established by the famed star. And, from dancing the night away under the tropical breezes and moonlit nights to attending music festivals such as the renowned Petronio Alvarez - each tour offers unique and unforgettable cultural experiences from coast to coast.
There is no better way to experience this unique and warm country and culture than dancing and singing with the locals.