Author, writer, journalist, producer and Getsemanense. Co-founder and editorial director of This IS Cartagena, the only real-time guide to Cartagena, the hottest destination on the planet, Nelson roams Colombia and Latin America from his base in Cartagena de Indias looking for stories and places to fall in love with.
As a freelance journalist and writer, Nelson has travelled extensively throughout South America writing about presidents and their palaces, its addiction to football, the hottest places to eat, drink and be merry and some of the best design and architecture going. His work has been published in Wallpaper*, Wallpaper City Guides (Brasilia, Bogota and Santiago), The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Vice Magazine, Ojo de Pez, Don Juan, FourFourTwo and The Green Soccer Journal amongst others.
He moved to Cartagena, Colombia in 2002 with his Colombian muse, now wife, Liliana. In 2007, he started the restoration of a house in Getsemani. He hopes to finish it by 2020.
As well as work as a travel writer he is also the author of the history of the world's most famous drug smuggler/gangster: The Memory of Pablo Escobar and has worked as creative consultant for the BBC documentary: Pablo's Hippos. Nelson moonlights producing documentaries for VBS.TV.
You can eat very well in Cartagena. It isn't cheap but there are some excellent restaurants to take your pick from.
Here's my top 5.
NO. 1 | LA PERLA
This contemporary Peruvian specialist has established itself as one of the first stops for gourmet visitors taking in the romantic charms of Cartagena's Old town. As well as the culinary ...
Everybody, without exception, should make it their New Year Resolution to visit Cartagena, Colombia in 2013. If it’s not already on your list of things to do before you die it should be.
In case you were looking for a good reason to visit here’s This Is Cartagena’s Top 10 Reasons to Visit Cartagena in 2013.
A tropical paradise with a unique arc ...
I’ve been fortunate enough to do my fair share of travelling in style on luxurious commissions for This Is Cartagena, Wallpaper* magazine and Jetsetter but the Global Rally guys starting out on a truly remarkable 7,000 mile voyage from Cartagena de Indias to Ushuaia, Argentina take it to another level completely.
Cruising through Colombia in a ...
As the capital C in CIVETS, the group of emerging economies singled out for stellar growth in the coming decade, Colombia has put much of its violent and painful past behind it.
A new more confident country is shaping up for a brighter future reflected in ever more ambitious architecture. Travelling around Colombia over the last ten years it has b ...
The rest of the world could learn a thing or two from the uplifting story unfolding in Colombia’s second city, Medellin.
This mountain metropolis of 2.6m people perched at an altitude of 1,500 m has slowly buried a traumatic past by building a more optimistic vision of the future shaped from intelligent and socially enlightened architecture paid f ...
Marcela was born in Bogota and started travelling through the country along with her family since she was very little. During a trip to Egypt, after graduating in Business Studies in the London Metropolitan University, she takes the chance to work as a tour guide through South America for English Company. When she realizes that Colombia is not part of the South American circuit, she decides to go back to her home country and work to promote Colombia as a world class travel destination, first through her blog and later by founding See Colombia Travel, an incoming tour operator in Colombia.
Born in Peru, Jose Luis is in close contact with countries of the five continents since childhood, which instilled a natural passion for both traveling and cultural diversity. As an expert in Corporate Marketing, he leaves his career in Telecommunications to co-own during seven years one of the most important incoming tour operators in Latin America … until he decided that Colombia was where he wanted to finally settle. He is currently the Communications Manager at See Colombia Travel, the Colombian tour operator he founded with his wife Marcela.
We recently reached a huge landmark in our See Colombia Travel Blog , with our 500th post so we thought we should share it with all of you our Official Colombia Travel Bloggers' readers, here's probably the longest post you've ver seen :)
This took a lot of time, so we hope you enjoy it. The truth is, there are hundreds more reasons to come and ...
We all know that Colombia is making huge strides forward, and today those of us here enjoy one of the most diverse, culturally rich countries in the world. For many, however, all they've ever seen is negative news coming out of the country (no matter how much positive press is being written right now). It has always interested me just what these pe ...
I was staying with a couple of Colombians and a friend of mine came to visit us from Scotland. Keen to know everything about Colombian culture, she sat listening intently as our hosts unloaded hours of information about the country’s history of the country, and how things are now. Having explored what I thought was every corner possible, my friend ...
Very occassionally a trip comes along that reminds you why you fell in love with travel in the first place: the sense of adventure, the overwhelming feel of amazement with the world and the excitement of encountering new cultures you didn't know existed.
I was recently given the incredible opportunity to visit La Guajira by the C ...
Music is central to the Colombian experience. It’s in the blood of every person from here, and you won’t be able to escape hearing the blaring beats of reggaeton or the swinging sound of salsa as you wander the Streets, take a bus or even a taxi.
So with that in mind, we thought we should give you a quick introduction to the different sounds you’r ...
My name is Diana and I was born in Miami, FL to Colombian parents. Even though I lived many years outside of Colombia, I was partly raised here in Bogotá and I’ve always had a strong connection with the country and its gastronomy. After travelling for several years studying culinary arts, gastronomy and international development, I decided to return to Bogotá in hopes of reconnecting with my roots and letting people know a bit more about Colombia through its cuisine and culture. My blog, Bogotá Eats & Drinks, was born in 2008 as a hobby and has been growing ever since, attracting a variety of readers from around the world.
A few days ago a friend asked me to recommend a good Colombian breakfast and a lot of things immediately came to mind: caldo de costilla, tamal, changua, huevos pericos and hot chocolate, but in the end I suggested calentado and he loved it - now he's on a mission to hunt down the best calentado in town.
Calentado paisa with a lot of ...
Usaquén's colonial district has always been one of my favorite places in Bogotá, especially during the popular flea market held on every Sunday and holiday. In addition to the market, this area has several great restaurants, a large beautiful plaza, and a lot more history than you'd imagine.
The Plaza at Usaquén
Usaquén has ...
Recipe: Oatmeal Banana energy bars
There's a natural park just 30 minutes outside of Bogotá where you can enjoy one of Colombia's most beautiful ecosystems. It's called Chicaque and it was founded in 1990 thanks to private conservation efforts. The most suprising (and saddest) fact is that only 4% of Colombia's "Andean Cloud Forest", like this one ...
Have you ever heard of Diego Moreno? Turns out he's a guy from Bogotá who is travelling around South America by bike in order to learn more about the gastronomy of Latin American countries, starting and ending in Colombia, and based on the origin, variety, cultivation, use, selection and preparation of food, dining preferences, eating habits, cerem ...
Bogotá’s Ciclovía is the weekly event when dozens of city streets are closed off and people take over mile upon mile of open roads for biking, skating, jogging and walking. It's a rare and amazing event which many cities have tried to copy. Why wouldn’t they? It’s such a good idea and without a doubt one of the best ways to get to kn ...
After almost a decade working as a Sales Director for a large internet companies in London, I though it was time to have a break and focus for a while on the things I love in life: travelling and learning about other cultures.
With Michael, my partner in crime and travels, we decided to go straight away to Colombia after recommendations from fellow travellers. As soon as we got there, we decided to launch a travel portal to record our Colombian trips and help other travellers willing to explore the country. Off2 Colombia was born and is now the largest independant source of information for travelling in Colombia. I have been in Colombia 2 years now and I am loving every day of my life in my new adopted country.
It’s been more than two years since I started calling Bogotá home. After the initial excitement and honeymoon with the city, reality slowly but surely started to creep in. The pollution, the horrendous traffic, the overpriced beers in Parque 93… It felt a bit like I was no longer living in Colombia but just in another soulless megalopolis.
So what ...
When you think of Colombia, what comes to mind? Hot-weather, Shakira, coffee, the infamous Escobar… Obviously when talking about a country that’s more than 5 times the size of Britain, there’s bound to be a lot of other stuff. And sure enough, there is, and for me one of the most striking things about Colombia is its nature.
Colombia is a true ...
I thought a lot about my first article for the Colombian Official Bloggers. Shall I talk about myself? Why I decided to settle down in Colombia? Maybe pick my favourite places? Surely after more than 2 years of extensive travelling in the country I can consider myself an expert. Those would be natural options, I could even make something interestin ...