Cartagena: a Port City and One Hot Mess

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 […]

Santa Marta and the Beaches

Reading Time: 8 minutes 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.

The Best Caribbean Beaches in Colombia are near Santa Marta

Reading Time: 7 minutes 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 […]

Travel to the beaches of Tolu’

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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 […]

Capurgana and Zapzurro: Caribbean villages and the Darien Pass

Reading Time: 7 minutes 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 […]