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What to do in Bogotá

Posted by in Colombia, Travel

Go here if you like: big cities, buzz, history TOURS IN BOGOTA: Guided tours are well regarded in Colombia and I found them a great start to understanding the complex history and fascinating culture of the country. Bogotá Cycle Tour – thanks to being on a bike, you travel further afield, stopping to hear interesting snippets about each place. Beyond visiting the main historical points, you also park your bike to try whacky tropical fruits, check out the graffiti scene and the zona de tolerancia (a few square blocks dedicated to…read more

What to do in Cali

Posted by in Colombia, Travel

A bit of context: City of salsa – a bit crazy and not much to see  Places to visit: –       Cerro de Las 3 Cruces – can walk/ run up from San Antonio. Considered safe (I did it alone but there were lots of other people walking as well. Plus there is police presence). At the top there are juice stalls and an open air gym. An approx. 3hr roundtrip. –       San Antonio Park in the early evening is fun to relax in –       Petronio Alvarez festival in early August…read more

What to do in Medellin

Posted by in Colombia, Travel

Staying at Galería Estación Hostel in the cool Poblado barrio, in August 2016, we spent four days seeing the sights, taking the cable car up to Parque Arví, going on the unmissable free walking tour with Pablo from Real City Tours, heading up to Comuna 13 with Medellín Graffiti Tour, salsa dancing at Son Havana and Octavo Bar and sampling the cafés on carreras 34 to 37 in Poblado. Loved the city and would love to spend more time there. Update: Went back for another four days in February 2017 and love the city even…read more

A teaser of Colombian music, festivals and books

Posted by in Colombia, Travel

  Colombia has a wealth of culture inspired by a multitude of influences affecting each of the regions differently. You’ll find a starter guide of music, books and other bits and bobs here to give you a teaser of what to be excited about when you land in-country: (header image is by Stinkfish, a Colombian graffiti artist, who you’ll see a lot of in Santa Marta) MUSIC SUGGESTIONS Bomba Estereo – cool electro vibes e.g. Somos dos, To my love, Fiesta, Algo está cambiando Choc Quib Town – pacific coast afrobeat…read more

Over to you – tips for travel in Colombia

Posted by in Colombia, Travel

It’s not for no reason that I have chosen to spend five months in Colombia thanks to my work helping organise Colombia International Marathon and the associated Impact Week. I managed to get to know the country a fair bit during the three months spent working and travelling in Colombia from July to October 2016. There is still lots more to explore but for now here is the low down on the places I got to know, as well as a teaser for Colombian music, festivals and books. What to do in…read more

What to do in Bogotá

Posted by in Colombia, Travel

  Go here if you like: big cities, buzz, history TOURS IN BOGOTA: Guided tours are well regarded in Colombia and I found them a great start to understanding the complex history and fascinating culture of the country. Bogotá Cycle Tour – thanks to being on a bike, you travel further afield, stopping to hear interesting snippets about each place. Beyond visiting the main historical points, you also park your bike to try whacky tropical fruits, check out the graffiti scene and the zona de tolerancia (a few square blocks dedicated…read more

What to do, where to eat and stay in Cartagena, Colombia

Posted by in Colombia, Travel

Go here if you like: Colonial architecture, old history, boutique hotels, humidity A bit of context: Cartagena has had a fascinating history. The old part, probably the only part you will visit, is walled from the days of pirate invasions. It is a maze of pretty streets, and it took me a few days to get my bearings. ACTIVITIES: The 2hr Old City Free Walking Tour Cartagena sets sail from the Naval Museum, Plaza Santa Teresa at 10am and 4pm every day of the week. I thought it was great;…read more

How to get to Cabo San Juan in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Posted by in Colombia, Gentle, Hike, Swim, Travel

Go here if you like: Beaches, nature, hiking and hammocks (but be warned, it can get quite busy and may not the deserted paradise you may be craving) A bit of context: Respecting the indigenous presence in the area, Tayrona National Park is a concession managed by the Tayrona people. Tourists are allowed into the park though they do shut the park every now and again for indigenous ceremonies so check ahead. Tayrona is beautiful and as a result popular for both national and international tourists. By no means is it crowded…read more

What to do in Minca in the Sierra Nevada, Colombia?

Posted by in Colombia, Gentle, Hike, Other, Travel

Why go to Minca? o Up in the Sierra Nevada mountains 15km behind Santa Marta is Minca, a little village with rivers, waterfalls and jungle. o A cooler climate makes this a fresher place to be than Santa Marta City. It’s a relaxing place loved by backpackers, with a language school, massages, yoga and meditation. What do do in Minca? o Relax, watch the sunset from your hostel (see recommendations below) o Visit Pozo Azul, a couple of swimming holes with little waterfalls a 45 minute walk from Minca pueblo…read more

Ciudad Perdida / Lost City Trek

Posted by in Colombia, Hike, Medium, Organised events, Travel

At the end of August 2016 I set out to hike to La Ciudad Perdida, a 4 day excursion known at the Lost City Trek. It was a great hike, a sweaty affair with lots of river swimming, and the mysterious Colombian Ciudad Perdida as our destination.    The Lost City Trek is an out-and-back guided 4 – 5 day hike.  Meeting in Santa Marta in Colombia at 9am, you take a jeep to the start of the hike. After a quick lunch, you start the trek, reaching the Ciudad Perdida early on the…read more

What do do on Isla Providencia in Colombia

Posted by in Colombia, Swim, Travel

Go here if you like: Caribbean islands, beaches, diving, snorkeling, piña coladas, eating fish and coconut rice  A bit of context: The archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina is a department of Colombia located in the west of the Caribbean Sea, 750km from Colombia, 230km off Nicaragua and 770km from Jamaica. The islands have three recognized languages: San Andres Creole, Spanish and English. The area, called Seaflower, has been a UNESCO biosphere site since 2001 owing to its incredible marine life. San Andres is the main hub and…read more

What to do in Santa Marta, Colombia

Posted by in Blogs, Colombia, Travel

Go to Santa Marta if you like: Laid back cities, sunsets, hot temperatures, beaches and mountains on your doorstep. How long to spend there? A night or two to relax and enjoy the cafés, bars and restaurants and branch out to the surrounding beaches. You may find yourself using Santa Marta as a base for all the trips you can do from the city. As this review became quite long, here are the contents – scroll down to find: A BIT OF CONTEXT BEST CAFES WITH WIFI IN SANTA MARTA? WHERE TO EAT…read more

And boy did we reggae

Posted by in Blogs, Colombia, Travel

Getting into the swing of Colombian life, my third month was dedicated to the arduous task of exploring the beach scene. You can’t spend 3 months in Colombia, most of which living 300m from the coast, yet only spend 1 afternoon on the beach. It was an imbalance I had to right: 16 days is more like it, right? Right. Lucky for me, remote working life was helped considerably by whatsapp being omnipresent in Colombian society – work or play. In fact, if you were to ask me to draw a…read more

Solo backpacking with friends and a wheely bag

Posted by in Blogs, Colombia, Travel

The tail end of Hurricane Matthew is whipping its way along the Caribbean Coast and with drainage and electricity grids up in arms, I have found some peace and quiet to catch up on travel updates (like 3 months of them…). In two days I come to the end of an incredible few months in Colombia. A unique mix of work, play and travel, has enabled me to connect with a huge range of people and I have felt extremely welcome here. My quick(ish) summary below takes you through the highlights….read more

Colombia: 10 adventure activities you can do in the South American country

Posted by in Blogs, Colombia, Travel

The allure of Colombia is increasing by the day and with the developing peace negotiations, there is no time like the present to visit the country. While any travel to Colombia will be exciting, you can add to the thrill with these top adventure activities. Direct flights from London to Bogotá with Avianca and a good network of national flights and buses mean that can see a remarkable amount of Colombia’s biodiversity and culture even in just a 2 week break from work – you’ll want to stay for longer…read more

Making waves in Colombia

Posted by in Blogs, Colombia, Travel

After a few months of radio silence (how is it September already?!), I am finally capable of articulating and summarising the life less ordinary I find myself living since leaving The City. Now working in Colombia, as you can see from my instagram posts, I think it’s safe to say that the country is treating me pretty well. While my current lifestyle could not be much further away from my past 5 years, you’ll be relieved to know that I have adjusted remarkably well! In July I started working with Impact Marathon Series, setting up running events with…read more

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