Cali, Colombia. Santiago de Cali, known to all as simply ‘Cali’, is the major city in the southwest of Colombia, famous as the capital of salsa dance but also having a reputation as a bit of a rough area. Most backpackers that stop at Cali only do so for a day or two en route … More Cali, Colombia.
San Agustin, Colombia. San Agustin with its rolling green hills and lush countryside should be high on anyone’s list visiting Colombia. I loved the place! It’s slightly off the beaten track as though it’s only a 4 hours (slow) drive from Popayán in the south of Colombia, the road to get there is a bit … More San Agustin, Colombia.
Popayán, Colombia. Known as ‘The White City’ due to the colour of the stone used in the construction of the buildings in the historic centre, Popayán, for us, was all about extra Spanish lessons and an epic downhill bike ride! We stayed at Hostel Caracol which is well placed in the historic district and is also … More Popayán, Colombia.
Zona Cafetera (Manizales & Salento), Colombia. Leaving Guatapé, we had to come back on ourselves and head again to Medellín to to catch a bus south to Colombia’s coffee region. Our target destination was Salento but given it was about a 9 hour bus journey from Medellín, we decided to break up the trip and … More Zona Cafetera (Manizales & Salento), Colombia
Guatapé, Colombia. Only 2 hours drive north of Medellin, Guatape is a small colourful town famous for the huge rock Piedra del Penol which towers above the thousands of islands and waters surrounding the town Guatapé and neighbouring El Peñol. It’s a beautiful, chilled place and was one of my favourite places that we visited in … More Guatapé, Colombia.
Medellin, Colombia – Ashleigh’s first post! We arrived in Medellin at around 10 at night after a really quick flight from Bucaramanga. I think it was 40mins in total which meant the flight was much quicker than both the bus journey preceding the flight and getting from the airport into town! The flights, booked in … More Medellín, Colombia.
San Gil, Colombia. San Gil is a few hours north of Villa de Leyva and best known as the adventure sports capital of Colombia. And so, we did no adventure sports whilst there… I’ve done rafting before (down the Zambezi in Zambia/Zimbabwe) and Ashleigh did it in Thailand, and we had just done caving … More San Gil (+Barichara & Guane), Colombia.
Villa de Leyva, Colombia. Getting to Villa de Leyva from Zipaquirá took about 3.5 hours vi a 4 buses (if I remember correctly) with changes at Choconta and Tunja. As you arrive at Villa de Leyva, you are greeted by a massive main square Plaza Mayor, lined with bars and restaurants and dotted with people … More Villa de Leyva, Colombia.
After four nights in Bogotá we headed an hour north to a smallish city called Zipaquirá for the night. We stayed in a shabby chic hostel called Enjoy Zipaquirá Hostel and ended up eating burgers at the restaurant ran by the young couple that also owned the hostel. Food and shelter were okay and decent … More Zipaquirá, Colombia.
Bogotá, Colombia. We flew from Miami to the Colombian capital Bogotá with budget airline Viva Colombia. We had to have proof that we would be leaving Colombia so we had a bit of a faff at Miami airport and ended up paying $10 to hold seats on a flight back from Bogotá to Miami. We … More Bogotá, Colombia.