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Side Trip to Guatape


Trust the people of Medellin to make a super weekend retreat around the base of an artificial lake and a huge anomalous boulder. Guatape is fantastic. Climbing out of the stifling Aburra Valley the air clears and a slight chill sets in and this is a welcome relief from the bustle and closeness of Medellin. With the bare corrugated iron rooftops and the stark bricks of the city’s outer-lying communas disappearing beneath the lip of the hill the winding roads past Rionegro give way to Marinilla and on to the town of Guatape and its views over the impressive Embalse de Guatapé as the lake is known.

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My Colombia Travel Wish List


Who doesn’t want to follow the in Simon Bolivar’s footsteps along the Ruta Libertador, kayak in the Magdalena River, ride the brujita to San Cipriano, stargaze in the Tatacoa desert or watch Falcao scoring goals in the Campin in Bogota? I put this to you? There’s too much on offer in Colombia.

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The Concurso Nacional de Belleza in Cartagena: A Colombian Institution


The madness has already begun but if you rush you can make it to the unstoppable party in Cartagena that is the Concurso Nacional de Belleza or the Miss Colombia Pageant taking place right now.

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Getting Married in Cartagena


Walking through the supermarket in Bogota this morning I couldn’t help but notice the number of “gringos” accompanied by Colombian partners. It seemed odd, as if this number of Colombo-Gringo marriages and partnerships is increasingly on the rise. I guess, it shouldn’t be that strange, after all I am one of the crowd who has settled and married here in Colombia. In fact, given the internationally recognized beauties in Colombia I should imagine the practice has been going on for a great deal of time and long may it continue!

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  • Katherine Gordillo
    Katherine Gordillo says #
    Hi Richard, Do you have any recommendations on wedding officiants? We will be having a civil wedding and we want someone who is b...
  • Richard
    Richard says #
    Carla, thank you for your comment, indeed I do have recommendations on wedding planners, please contact me through my website www....

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