We all know Colombia has had a troubled past. Known by many simply as the cocaine capital of the world, 20 years ago this could have been as popular a tourist destination as Afghanistan. However there has been a huge crackdown on the drug barons; the government is keen to promote international investment and tourists are flocking to this beautiful country.
Colombia is an ideal place to visit from the US. I flew from New York on a direct flight which takes about 5.5hours and there is no time difference. You also have direct connections from other major hubs such as Houston and Atlanta. From the US you can fly into Bogota for around $600-$1000.
Colombia is on of the most convenient countries in South America to get around. Very good and cheap low cost airlines mean you can fly from Bogota to all corners of the country, whilst clean and reliable coach services can be used for shorter distance trips.