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Empanadias, Colombian snacks
Culture & Society

🇨🇴 10 Colombian Snacks You Need to Try

Colombia is full of surprises. This is true not only about its diverse landscapes but about its gastronomy as well. Since taking our first steps on the Colombian soil, we were keen to have a taste of the local cuisine. Because we love munching on street food several times a day, the flock of food carts and little shops kept attracting our eyes constantly. I know you are curious as much as we were: what are those yummy things locals keep nibbling all day long? Here’s a list of Colombian snacks you’ll often see on the street and you should …

The best view on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park, Colombia
Great Outdoors

🇨🇴 A Hiker’s Guide to the Best National Parks in Colombia

Let your mind wander through the diversity of the Colombian landscapes. From lush forests to stunning beaches, from savannas to colourful rivers, from remote islands to mountains and even an active volcano. Although not the largest country in South America, Colombia is one of the most biodiverse, with about 60 national parks on its varied territory. It’s a patchwork of fascinating places and unique ecosystems, the Mecca for wildlife lovers of all stripes. We’ve teamed up with other travel bloggers to present you here with some of the best national parks in Colombia. All prices expressed here are in Colombian …

View on Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Great Outdoors

What is your favourite South America trek?

Sore legs and contented soul – nothing beats a good hike. In the sand, the snow or on the rocks, through the forest or along the sea, we feel happier outside. If the body’s moving, the mind is too, and the wonders of nature are the best inspiration. When it comes to hikes and treks, South America is just shy of paradise. We’re telling you here about our favourite hikes on the continent, but we’ve also turned to 10 fellow travel bloggers who share our love for the outdoors and our passion for Latin America; and we’ve asked them this …

Colourful facades of colonial houses in Cartagena, Colombia
Travel Resources

🇨🇴 [Itinerary] 2 or 3 Weeks in Colombia

Life is full of memories, and the ones that are made in Colombia have a suffused light to them. Wherever you wander in the country, the bright smiles of its people, and the bright facades of its towns, and the bright light of its nature, will cast a spell on you that you won’t be able to shake off anytime soon. If you’re a first timer in Colombia, you can use this itinerary for 2 or 3 weeks of discoveries and fascination; two or three weeks to catch the 1st notes of a lifelong melody; 14 or 21 days to …

Travel Resources

🇨🇴 Cartagena to Santa Marta or Vice Versa: Travel by Bus with a Clear Head, Stress-Free

All those beaches! Travelling along the Caribbean coast of Colombia was one of our best beach experiences in South America. We spent a little over 2 weeks just in this strip of coast between Palomino –and the Tayrona National Park– and Tolú, the gateway to the San Bernardo islands. You can experience Colombia’s Caribbean beaches based on your preference, as there are several beach towns offering very different experiences. The two main spots are of course the large cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta. But regarding how you travel between them, there are also a few alternatives. In this travel …

Great Outdoors

🇨🇴 What You Need to Know Before Camping in Tayrona National Park

If you LOVE secluded beaches with crystal clear water, choose Tayrona Park (or Parque Tayrona in Spanish). Anthony and I are not particularly beach people but Tayrona mesmerised us with its lush palm tree forest and its perfect combination of rocks and empty sandy beaches. Despite the high entrance price, this place is a no-frill site where high-end accommodation doesn’t exist and most overnight visitors camp on or near the beach. In this post, we give you practical travel tips and recommendations on how to go camping in Tayrona Park and how to fit this visit into your budget travel. …

Anna looking over the tatacoa desert, Colombia
Travel Resources

🇨🇴 Backpacking Colombia: Tips & Destinations

When we prepared our South American trip, we were very excited to learn that backpacking Colombia was now possible. One of the former most violent countries in the world is now safe to roam. And what a treasure box it is! Warm Caribbean beaches for the sun-worshippers; deep Amazon rain forest for the adventure-seekers; hidden ancient sites, colonial UNESCO sites and wonderful nature sights. Everyone has a reason to visit Colombia. But remember to keep your wits about you and follow the rules of common sense; some cities might steal more than your heart. We’re giving you here all our …

One of the best beaches in Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Great Outdoors

🇨🇴 The Penultimate Guide to the Best Beaches in Colombia

When people think about South America, they often depict crystal clear water with palm trees and white sand. We guarantee that beaches like this do exist in South America, although less often than we would have thought. In any case, some of the best beaches are definitely in Colombia. There are many places one can hit for a few days of beach life on the Caribbean Coast. Apart from the few famous places there are also less expensive spots with less people. This guide aims to help backpackers with all kinds of budget and those seeking off-the-beaten path experiences to …

Carnival of blacks and whites in Pasto
City Visits

🇨🇴 Pasto, the Well-Kept Secret of Colombia

Who wants to stay all the time on the beaten path? Pasto, the westernmost biggest town in Colombia, hardly features on any route plan. Truth is, the places in the north take the fame: postcard-perfect Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, the tropical paradise Tayrona Park or backpackers’ favourite Medellin. But in fact, Pasto is blessed with amazing nature around, Colombia’s most beautiful churches and laid-back vibes. So don’t miss this hidden gem, especially on your way to or from Ecuador. Well, I know most travellers have limited time: that’s how I’ve been in the past…erm…many years. But imagine a city …

View from comuna 13, medellin, colombia
City Visits

🇨🇴 You Should (Really) Spend More Time in Medellin

Medellin is a very special place, to say the least. The 2nd most populated city in Colombia and the capital of the Antioquia department, it only vaguely resembles its counterparts Bogotá, Cali or Barranquilla. Scratch under the surface of brick-coloured hills and bodies lying on the pavements and you will surely get a different feeling. Medellin has risen from its terrible past to become the safest, friendliest and most innovative city in Colombia. Of course, alongside the colourful graffiti the city is famous for, not everything is pink. But there is a vibrant life and a city charm that get many …