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  • Bogotá's Popular Pigeons

    Posted by Mike Ceaser
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    Wander onto almost any Bogotá plaza and you'll be struck by the multitude of pigeons. Love 'em or hate 'em - and lots of people do hate them - you can't miss them. While some cities try to eliminate them, in Bogotá, pigeons are well-loved. You'll see people vending corn to visitors, who scatter the grains onto their arms and shoulders and pose w ...
    May 19 Tags: Pigeons
  • The Bookstores of Central Bogotá

    Posted by Mike Ceaser
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    With the annual bookfair going on in Corferias, I decided to tour the bookstores of central Bogotá, where you don't have to pay admission, can hang out as long as you like, and can pick up hours of entertainment or a piece of immortal literature for less than the cost of a beer in La Zona Rosa. Books on Colombian history on display in the Knight ...
  • La Recreovia, Working Out Together

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    La Recreovia is sort of La Ciclovia's little sister. During La Ciclovia, which happenings almost every Sunday and holiday, hundreds of people swing, jump and shake it up in mass aerobics classes held in the Parque Nacional and other location.   La Recrovia, much less known than La Ciclovia, is another effort by the city to get people to do ...
  • El Pasaje Rivas: 120 Years of Colombianness!

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    The Pasaje Rivas, a central Bogotá market which offers the essence of Colombianness, commemorated its 120th anniversary this week. The L-shaped pasaje connects Carrera Decima to Calle 10, and is full of souvenirs, furniture, clothing and lots more. Its vendors are proud that the pasaje pioneered the retail trade in Bogotá.   Walk through t ...
  • Green stones from Colombia, Bogotá's Emerald District

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    Colombia is known for its coffee, but it plays a much bigger role in the world emerald market, where it produces more than half of the stones - and some of the best ones.   A round emerald, known as a colchon, or pillow.   If you're looking for an emerald, all you have to do is wander through the city center, where emerald ...
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  • Loving Medellín

    Posted by Peter Martin
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    I’ve been here for less than a day. But I can already say: I love Medellín. This city is beautiful, it’s fun, many of its great attractions are free or cheap, and it’s everything Bogotá isn’t. Bogotá’s streets are a mess of pavement and mud, even in nice neighborhoods. Medellín’s are well paved, even attractive, through all the parts of the cit ...
    Feb 18 Tags: Medellín, colombia
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  • Gourmet Cartagena - 5 Great Places to Eat in Cartagena Featured

    Posted by Rainbow Nelson
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    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 ...
  • Top 10 Reasons to Visit Cartagena in 2013

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    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 ...
  • Travelling in Style from Cartagena to Ushuaia

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    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 ...
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  • Smart Colombian Architecture

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    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 ...
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  • Medellin's Architectural Revolution

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    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 ...
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  • The Tatacoa Desert (Desierto de la Tatacoa)

    Posted by Renee Van Trier
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    To break up the bus trip back to Bogota from San Agustin, I made a stop into Neiva and the Tatacoa Desert for a couple of days. I visited the desert as a day trip from Neiva, the capital of the Huila district of Colombia. Starting off bright and early in the morning at the bus station in Neiva, I caught a collectivo bus to Villavieja. These buses d ...
  • Road trip through Meta

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    It was a work trip and we were off to see some properties in the state of Meta, located in the centre of Colombia. It would be 2 days of working, followed by 2 days of holiday at a farm/ holiday home (in Spanish called a ‘finca’) close to the town of Villavicencio.Meta is a region of the plains. Long, straight, seemly unending roads with long grass ...
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  • Volunteering for ‘Un Techo para mi País – Colombia’

    Posted by Renee Van Trier
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    An unforgettable experience I’ve had in Colombia was volunteering for 'Un Techo para mi País - Colombia', an organization that sends volunteers into the poorer areas surrounding Bogota and throughout the country to help construct emergency housing and implement social programs into these communities. We had close to 800 volunteers building 100 new ...
  • Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) Trek

    Posted by Renee Van Trier
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    We’d been walking along a slightly muddy path, up and down hills for about 2 hours when it dawned on me what exactly I’d signed up for. A 6 day trek through the jungle of Colombia! I’m not a trekker, I had a terrible fitness level and had just spent the last 2 weeks partying in Bogota, what was I thinking!? But it was too late, I was ...
    Feb 18 Tags: Untagged
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