Dec. 25, 2012 — -- Colombia has not only become a popular destination for certain types of tourism, as the Secret Service scandal in April of this year suggested.
With its reputation for beautiful women, Colombia is also cashing in as a prime spot for "romance tours" that help American men find younger Colombian women faster than you can say The Bachelor.
How does it work?
You get 10 to 20 American men on a plane, find a hotel for them, and set up parties where they meet 150 to 200 Colombian girls. That's a phenomenal guy-to-girl ratio, which is almost guaranteed to get a guy a new friend, and perhaps a wife, according to agencies that organize such tours. The charge: $20,000 a pop.
Earlier this year The Daily, followed a group of men on such a tour of Medellin, which, along with Cartagena, is the Colombian city where most of these trips take place.
"It's overwhelming" said one Brooklyn native, who did not want to be identified.
How do the women feel? According to a Colombian journalist, most women sign up for these events in the hopes of getting a visa to the U.S. and for the handsome amount of money they get paid.