Cartagena: a Port City and One Hot Mess

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Cartagena is a hot mess:
On one hand it’s a vibrant beautiful port city where cruise ships also dock. It has a beautiful historic center and is the major tourist destination for Colombia. The city has the feel of a touristy city in Spain. On other hand, outside of historic center it’s so congested with traffic you can barely cross the street. It’s loud and dirty, sweltering hot with pesky peddlers. Continue reading “Cartagena: a Port City and One Hot Mess”

Barranquilla throws the second largest Carnival Party in the World

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Hands down the Carnival of Barranquilla is the biggest folkloric tradition and best party in Colombia with more than 2 million people participating every year. Continue reading “Barranquilla throws the second largest Carnival Party in the World”

Santa Marta and the Beaches

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Santa Marta is a 5 hour bus ride from Cartagena past Barranquilla driving up the Atlantic coast. Santa Marta is at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains clearly visible from a city sitting in the foothills. Continue reading “Santa Marta and the Beaches”

The Best Caribbean Beaches in Colombia are near Santa Marta

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The best Caribbean beaches on the mainland of Colombia are in the north, around the port city of Santa Marta. SM is a small, easy and accommodating city one can easily get the hang of in an afternoon stroll. It’s an easy city to feel at home in and a good city to use as a base for visiting numerous beaches nearby. And the climate is cooler and much less humid than other cities on the coast. Continue reading “The Best Caribbean Beaches in Colombia are near Santa Marta”

Travel to the beaches of Tolu’

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Looking for beaches off the beaten path I came upon the town of Tolu. It’s a sleepy little tourist town 3 hours south of Cartagena on the Caribbean Gulf of Morrosquillo. It’s a $50 plane ride from Medellin, or an 8 hour bus ride from Medellin and/or Bogota. The town caters to middle class Colombian tourists during holidays and the weekends and it seems  they want to keep this place to themselves. Continue reading “Travel to the beaches of Tolu’”

Capurgana and Zapzurro: Caribbean villages and the Darien Pass

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Village of Capurgana

is a small village on the Caribbean on the Colombian – Panamanian border.  There are no roads to get here; either one flies in  ($100 from Medellin to a small airstrip outside of the town) or comes in by boat – $20 from the city of Turbo on the mainland.

The difficulty getting here makes this place one of the best kept secrets in Colombia. Continue reading “Capurgana and Zapzurro: Caribbean villages and the Darien Pass”