I am American and traveled around the world, but never to South America. Once upon a time I worked in Central America about an hours drive from a major civil war. I'm trying to now travel safer as I have a family back at home to be accountable to plus I'm a little older now without that "fearlessness" that comes with plain ol' youth.
If there are cities in Colombia that you know of that are high risk to Americans, let me know. The State Department and other US agencies usually just "blacklist" the entire country, if there have been recent kidnappings/ homicides/ etc. or retaliation against Americans for whatever reason, i.e. recent DEA or CIA entanglements with Cartels.
My spanish is not good enough to blend in there, so any safety tips out of the usual let me know. Mostly seeking current advice within the last year, as how you may have traveled there five years ago may have little bearing on safety today.
Any even small advice on "areas" to avoid or do further research on will be of the utmost benefit--thanks in advance for any kind reply!!!