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 […]

Travel Safety in Colombia

Reading Time: 9 minutes Why am I not surprised to find the most widely downloaded sites on Colombia travel raise the question: Is Colombia Safe? It’s a question I’m always asked when I talk about my travels in Colombia. I don’t pander to those insecurities. Years of travel in this Colombia have led me to believe the question is […]

Popular Destinations in Colombia – Tourist Traps or Mandatory Stops?

Reading Time: 18 minutes There are dozens of lists on the web of tourist destinations in Colombia. Most of these lists are redundant outlining the most popular destinations nearly every tourist visits when traveling to, or through, Colombia. But are these must-see destinations tourist traps deserving of your precious time and hard-earned money? What’s the difference?

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 […]

Bogota – What to See and Do in a 1-2 Day Stay

Reading Time: 7 minutes People are divided when it comes to Colombia’s capital city of Bogota: they either love it or they hate it. A large cosmopolitan city of 8 million people sitting at an altitude of 8,660 feet, it has a cool climate throughout the year. Colombians call Bogota “the refrigerator of Colombia”.  Overcast and often rainy, but […]

Bogota and Zipaquira’- are they worth seeing?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Bogota I’ve been to Bogota more times than I care to count, so many times that when traveling in Colombia these days  I’m doing my best to avoid it.  It’s not that I don’t like Bogota, I just don’t particularly like it either. For me, Bogota, with a population of over 7.5 million people, is just […]

Travel Southern Colombia: Cali, Popayan, Pasto

Reading Time: 8 minutes Southern Colombia, while on the Pan American Highway heading to Ecuador, is often overlooked, done in a transitional hurry – a night in Cali, a night in Popayan a night in Pasto –brutal trip really – then onto Ecuador. But there would be so much to see and do in this area.