The Beautiful Colonial Villages of Boyaca

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Boyaca is a picturesque department of green fields, glacial lakes and charming Spanish colonial villages; popular with Colombian tourists, rarely visited by foreigners.

The region of Boyaca reminds me of  the European Alps with its vast open plains, green pastures and backdrop of lofty mountains.

And while Villa de Leyva and Mongui are the most visited towns in Boyaca, there are over a dozen more beautiful mountain villages, rarely visited, but waiting to seduce travelers with their underrated charms. Continue reading “The Beautiful Colonial Villages of Boyaca”

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’”