Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas

I had heard mixed reviews about the trip to the northernmost tip of south America, generally either five stars like at this blog or one star*, with few in between. So it was with a slight sense of defiance that our group of seven intrepid explorers set out on this journey to the end of the... Continue Reading →

Minca – clouds, bugs and waterfalls

Minca was a cool place and worth a couple of days, it is super easy to get to from Santa Marta; you just hop on a collectivo or you can arrange for one to swing by and collect you from a hostel. We paid $10.000COP per person for the hair-raising ride along steep winding roads... Continue Reading →

Santa Marta Dreamer Hostel – home from home

At Santa Marta I stayed at The Dreamer Hostel. A place I have been hearing about for months and an absolute must if you are staying in the North of Colombia. It's not cheap, with rooms costing upwards of $30.000COP (10-bed basic with fan). $33.000COP per night will get you air-conditioning - the first I... Continue Reading →

Guatapé – a grand day out

You ever decide to do something and before you even get there you realise it's gonna be awesome?! Today I visited La Piedra, a giant rock that you can climb up near a tiny town called Guatapé, a 2-hour bus journey from Medellín. You take the bus from the North Terminal, just outside the Caribe... Continue Reading →

Medellín – first impressions

I can certainly understand why so many people end up staying here indefinitely, it's an intriguing place. I wonder if I will end up joining them. I've decided to write this after my first day in the city to see how it compares to my thoughts after more exploring. El Poblado One of the main... Continue Reading →

3 Days in Bogotá – it’s a must

The bus arrived into Bogotá central station at 1:30am, much earlier than we expected. The other girls managed to get a reservation at a hostel in La Candelaria district which is the ideal place to stay and I managed to get a bed at an awesome hostel called Masaya. Dorm beds are $32,000COP per night... Continue Reading →

Tejo – the best game in the world

I couldn't love this game any more!! Los Amigos Tejo in Salento is where I first played, it usually costs around $3.000COP to play and you're expected to buy a beer (practically part of the rules!). The game itself is simple. Each player picks a lead weight which they then throw from an agreed distance... Continue Reading →

Cali – Salsa capital!

I returned to Cali for almost a week to take salsa classes and go out to the famous salsa bars. I had a fantastic time! First things first - Salsa and a Place to Stay I stayed at Hostal El Viajero, which isn't cheap but it's a great hostel with a nice atmosphere, plenty of... Continue Reading →

Quilotoa Loop – finally some fabulous weather!

A group of five of us set out from Secret Garden to hike for three days to a volcano crater (Paul joined us on the first night). We stayed overnight in Latacunga at Hostel Tiana which was actually a fairly decent hostel with interesting split-level rooms, costing $10.50 per night including breakfast.We had breakfast, bought... Continue Reading →

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