The Wines and Wineries of Colombia – A Bright Future

Reading Time: 10 minutes Colombia is not one of the South American countries known for its wine. It has a tropical climate and is more famous for producing coffee, flowers, sugar and drugs. But a number of wine estates have been springing up in Colombia’s Andean mountains as a national consumer demand for wine has been steadily increasing since […]

Colombia’s Hass Avocado Boom – Mining the New Green Gold

Reading Time: 7 minutes  The production of Colombia avocados has grown by 600% in the last 5 years as the country begins cashing in on an international avocado boom.  Foreign ag industries are moving into Colombia,  buying up land, planting avocados and mining the new ‘green gold’.  But satisfying the world’s growing appetite for avocados is reshaping the country’s […]

Chiva Bus – Rural Transportation and a Colombian Culture Icon

Reading Time: 4 minutes Chiva buses are those brightly colored open air buses you see parked outside of the markets in Colombia. These sturdy buses have been crawling over the mountainous roads of rural Colombia since the beginning of the 20th century, hauling farmers, animals,  sacks of coffee, plantains and  construction materials to and from towns and isolated rural […]

Pijao – the ‘slow city’ in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle

Reading Time: 4 minutes Pijao is a small town 31 kilometers (19 miles) to the south of Armenia located in Colombia’s famous coffee triangle in the Quindio province. Along with Salento, Calarca and Filandia, Pijao is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the department. Only an hour bus ride from the city of Armenia it can be […]

Simple and Easy Do-it-Yourself Cocktail Recipes to Make in Colombia

Reading Time: 5 minutes Traveling in Colombia works up a thirst. And for those of us who like to kick back at the end of the day and enjoy an adult beverage there are plenty of accommodating bars and restaurants. Some lounges and clubs in the major cities have mixologists who inoculate wonderful infusions of Colombian spirits and exotic […]

Colombia Travel During Covid and the Protests of 2021

Reading Time: 5 minutes After being stuck in a cold, grey Michigan all winter for the first time in years,  I finally got my second covid shot in April and after two weeks took a flight to Colombia. But when the government advises against traveling abroad, what do you do? Only a few destinations  are level 3 – “reconsider travel” […]

15 Best Destinations in Colombia

Reading Time: 10 minutes Seasoned South American travelers say Colombia is the continent’s best kept secret – beautiful, affordable and relatively undiscovered by tourism.  Though large, Colombia is easy to travel with plenty of low cost internal flights, comfortable cross-country buses and taxis everywhere.Travelers can easily visit more than 2-3 destinations in a week with an ample selection of […]

Travel in Colombia / What to Expect/ What to Pack/ How to Stay Safe

Reading Time: 10 minutes Couldn’t be a better time to see Colombia Reading the travel guides on Ecuador – they talk about it how tourism has changed the country. ‘Should have been here 10 years ago when it was quaint and undiscovered,’ they say. ‘Now there are big hotels, boutique shops, robberies all over the place.’ Well, that’s not […]

Medellin: the Land of Eternal Spring

Reading Time: 10 minutes  Medellin (pronounced Meda-jean) Is a dynamic, contemporary, prosperous city of 2.6 million people in Antioquia, Colombia – the heart of Colombia’s famous coffee triangle. Known as the land of the eternal spring it has a temperate climate – hot during the day and cool at night.