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Colombia: think nature


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.

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    Josian Chevallier says #
    Completly agree with you,thanks for sharing your experiences and guidig us o know more and love more our country. Important role f...

Silvia or Colombia's ability for the Unexpected


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 interesting out of it. But no, not the first post. For this post, I would like to share an emotion, something unexpected that deeply touched me. After all, this is what Colombia is about.

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    Hi, I am from India, I heard in pure Colombia Emerald gemstone are available. Do you have any idea about it. Thanks...

The tempting diversity of beaches along the northern Colombian Caribbean Coast


Traveling the northern Caribbean coastline from Cartagena, Bolívar to Cabo de la Vela, la Guajira you can find an incredible diversity of beaches.

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    Paige Poole says #
    Gracias, Marcela! Hago lo que puedo para demostrar el amor que tengo por Colombia y para demostrar lo agradecida que estoy por tod...
  • Marcela
    Marcela says #
    Paige eres la mejor embajadora de nuestro pais!... Lo haces mejor q los propios colombianos! Eres una gringa con corazon Colombian...

Santa Marta City


You might think that after my time in Tayrona it’d be a bit of a downer to go back to the city, but frankly, though I loved the park I wasn’t at all disappointed because Santa Marta is a pretty charming place to “have” to come back to.

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El Parque de Tayrona


Some destinations loom large in the collective imagination. Leading up to my trip to El Parque de Tayrona, everyone who I mentioned it to had the same reaction: It’s gorgeous, it’s amazing, can we come too? I admit to going into it rather blindly, excited by everybody else’s excitement, but other than that pretty clueless as to what exactly made Tayrona so special.

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    Eva Laura Siegel says #
    Hi Genevieve! All of the arrangements for the trip were made by Proexport because this was a blogtrip organized by them, I should ...
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    Genevieve Guay says #
    Hi Eva, could you please tell me how you booked your cabin at Arrecifes, how much did it cost and if you had a private bathroom? T...

500 Reasons we love Colombia

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 :)

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    Rosalba Consuegra says #
    Hurrah, I'm the first one to post a comment here? I'm soooooo thrilled to hear so many beautiful things about my country I'm read...

December in Colombia


December in Colombia means several things with names that are quite likely as of yet unrecognizable to you: novenas and alumbrados, natillas and buñuelos, though if you spend any time in Colombia during this time of year you will quickly become well acquainted with them.

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Breathless in the Quindio


The Quindio is Colombia's smallest “departamento” or province, but it is without a doubt one which is packed with many attractions. Every village in Quindio is worthy of a day trip. Recently I visited Salento, with side trips to nearby Cocora valley and finishing up in Filandia.

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Art in La Candelaria


While most of Bogotá's art galleries are located in the Zona Rosa and Macarena neighborhoods, the last few years more galleries have opened in La Candelaria, the city's historical center.

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Lo que más se vende - Empanadas


I’ve written here about the sacred 4 pm. merienda (afternoon snack) in Colombia before, the beloved fourth meal of the day between lunch and dinner. Merienda (also called “el algo”, “the something”) is often something sweet, along the lines of a pastry, or maybe one of the numerous cheese-based breads that Colombian bakeries excel at.

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Colombia's Forgotten Conquistador Alonso de Ojeda


My thoughts are elsewhere as I clutch at tufts of grass and haul myself up the steep hillside, sweating profusely in the soporific heat all the while desperately trying to keep up with my guide. Each dry discarded or felled tree appears in my line of sight as a possible lurking place for some venomous creature or another, and risking increasing the distance between the guide and me, I skirt around the edges rather than suffer the possible consequences. And then we arrive at the hillcrest, and below us the claustrophobic confines and still Caribbean waters of the Gulf of Urabá open out with clear views west onto the famed Darien region and from up here I can understand why, in 1509, Spanish Conquistador Alonso de Ojeda, chose this spot.

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Defining a“rumba”

The first time I went to Colombia, in 2008, I stayed with my friend Carolina and her family. It was December, and people were already gearing up to celebrate. In daily conversations with friends, the word "rumba" kept coming up over and over again in the context of going out at night, but I could never pin down what it actually meant. “Hay rumba?” “Vamos a rumbear?” Is there a rumba? Are we going to rumba? I tried asking Carolina: -Rumba is like fiesta? -Sort of....-It's going out dancing? -Well, kind of...

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    Carlos says #
    Great post seems you finally started realizing what rumba really means,i stronglly recommed you visit barranquilla where " rumba" ...

(Not So Secret) Secrets of the Colombian Kitchen

As is probably pretty obvious by now around here, much of my time in Colombia has been spent in people's kitchens, principally my boyfriend's mother's. Though the fact that most ovens in Colombia lack any form of temperature control drives me crazy, Colombian kitchens come standard with a fair amount of ingenious gadgets that aren't seen in the states but that I think would be equally as useful for many households.

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    Eva says #
    Petra, I'm so glad to hear that it worked out for you! Thanks for writing back with your update!
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    Just a quick update to say that after a bit of trial and error with heat settings, timings and salt quantity I am now turning out ...

Coffee Culture

Colombia is known world-wide for its great coffee. But it can sometimes be hard to find a good cup of coffee here, because the best coffee is exported, while inexpensive coffee is actually imported for domestic consumption.

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Learning Salsa in Colombia

Learning to dance salsa was the last thing on my mind when I arrived in Colombia. I'd taken lessons at a studio in Washington, DC a few years earlier, but I was far too shy to start asking strange women to dance outside of the classroom.

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    Edgar RODRIGUEZ says #
    Hello there I use to live in the US and frequently go out for Salsa dancing. There I learned that americans are not bad dancers, ...

The Amazing Cocora Valley

 

When I visited England this past Christmas, there was général bewilderment at my lack of a tan. For people back home, Colombia is a sun-drenched paradise where we all drink coconut milk on the beach. Now, as lovely as that would be, I’m a Londoner and so I’m thankful to be living here in Bogota where I can indulge in that great English activity: complaining about the rain, even though it’s an unavoidable, inherent part of living in England (or Bogota).

Bogotá's Great Graffiti

Bogotá's colorful and opinionated graffiti - perhaps more appropriately called street art - turns plain and boring walls into canvases. Four prominent Bogotá graffiteros recently published a book called Calle Esos Ojos and created a website: www.BogotaStreetArt.com, to display their work.

San Andres and Caribbean Idyll

“You live in Bogota? How do you manage it? I have heard that in Bogota it gets so cold that sometimes smoke comes out of your mouth.” A conversation with a San Andresano.

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    Richard says #
    Hey, we didn't worry about the breakdown, we were relaxed and took it all in our stride!
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    Hector Henry says #
    The aidea of San andres or the life there its: Cool and flex like soka leaf. Soka leaf it's a caind of platain. Bad that you had a...

The Best Beaches in Colombia

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Amazon River, and full of countless other rivers, lakes and streams, Colombia has no shortage of places to get your feet wet. Mostly I love a good adventure vacation where I can raft down a river, swim in the Amazon, kayak on the Pacific Ocean or go caving. However, every once in awhile you just need a good beach vacation. Unfortunately short of leaving the mainland for San Andres Island, the beaches in Colombia leave something to be desired. Many of the public beaches get quite dirty, some of them filling with trash due to the tides, and even the nice ones are full of people trying to sell you something at any given moment. Not exactly relaxing.

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    Kristin says #
    Hi Lyda - I recommend talking with a company named Aviatur. They have offices all over Colombia and are a well-run tourism agency....
  • Lyda
    Lyda says #
    Great advice. I will be going to the arrecifes area in a month and have been trying to find a phone number for finca el paraiso wi...

The Tatacoa Desert (Desierto de la Tatacoa)

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 don’t run on a timetable, they go when they’re full. It was recommended to me to go early so I wouldn’t have to wait too long and I only ended up waiting about 15 minutes. The trip to the town took around 45 minutes.

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    Inge says #
    Hey Renee, nice story. I am very curious about where did you stay for the night? You slept in the desert or in Neiva? Greetz, Inge...
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    William Pinilla says #
    The story is wonderful, but I miss the best experience in Desert Tatacoa is a night watching the stars at the Astronomical Observa...

Should’ve Been there, Reflections on the 40th Vallenato Festival

In the background the famed Vallenato accordionist, Alfredo Gutierrez was hammering out a tune with his foot whilst held aloft on the shoulders of five of his band members.

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Chicaque Natural Park: A walk in the clouds

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, still exists. Over the years people have destroyed it to clear land for grazing and growing potatoes.

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    Diana Doing an 'Amazing Race' today in Seattle... Sure could use some of your Oatmeal banana Bars!!! Joe

7 Essential Tips for Partying in Colombia


The nightlife in Medellin is one of the city's strengths, and a major reason why I decided to live there for a year and a half. Colombians love to party, yet walking into a typical discoteca (club) can be a little confusing for Western tourists visiting the country for the first time.

The good news is the locals are generally quite friendly, especially after a few hours of drinking rum and Aguardiente.

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Mompox – A trip into Colombia’s Heartland – Saints, Sinners and Masons

“As they sailed down to the coast the river had grown more vast and solemn, like a swamp with no beginning or end, and the heat was so dense you could touch it with your hands.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – The General in His Labyrinth.

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    A delightful read which brings back wonderful memories of our recent stay at Richard's fantastic place in Mompos and really captu...

Welcome to the Coolest 'Hood' in Colombia - Getsemani

People are finally catching on to the barrio that This Is Cartagena calls home.

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    Makes me wish I was there now!
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    Vini Brasil says #
    Te quiero Getsemaní. La mejor parte de la ciudad ...

Ciudad Perdida

La Ciudad Perdida is a five-day hike in the Colombian jungle. A few summers ago, three friends were coming to visit me and I convinced them that this trek was something we needed to do together. They went for it and so, in addition to visiting Cartagena and Taganga, I made arrangements for us to trek to the "The Lost City" in the Sierra Nevadas of Santa Marta.

Colombian Gastronomy on Wheels

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, ceremonies and rituals.

 

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    Diana says #
    Hi! Thanks for your comment. You are absolutely right about the rain. Hopefully he'll have good weather for most of his trip. Not ...
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    Jameson Blake says #
    This is just! It sounds like a dream biking and eating good food. What could go wrong... the only thing I know that ruins both of ...

Enjoying Colombia’s Fluvial Route 66

Gushing, unstoppable and intrinsically linked to the creation of this country, the Rio Magdalena, Colombia’s most famous river essentially divides the country in half and makes for a varied itinerary along a course cut through its Andean spine. I guess if I could I would pen my fluvial inspired version and compilation of stories in homage to Kerouac’s “On the Road”. 

Why did I choose to live in Colombia?

Hello all!

I get asked this question a lot. A lot. Why did I choose to live in Colombia? Why did I give up the successful Latin America incoming tour operator (with offices in many countries of the continent) that I co-owned to venture to this apparently “tough to sale” country? Why Colombia of all the countries I could have chosen?
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    cooknclean says #
    my esposa es colombian she wants to live in usa but i love bogota is that not wierd ?
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    José Luis Pastor & Marcela Mariscal says #
    Hi Tatiana , thanks for writing ..... we have plenty of everyday pictures and everyday type post in our blog, take a look and let ...

Make the Most of a Weekend in Salento

Right in the heart of Colombia’s Eje Cafetero (Coffee Axel) there is a highway, which runs between the cities of Pereira and Armenia. Each lovely in their own right, the real gem of this region comes when you deviate from this road and dip down into the pleasant mountain town of Salento.

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    Tony Thumption says #
    hi, so nice post.. Camere Salento
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    Ana Aponte says #
    OMG I love this post about Salento. I Had the opportunity to go there couple of years ago unfortunately just a couple of hours but...

Escape to Copacabana

Fincas are the Colombian version of country homes, and it's common for paisas to escape the big city atmosphere of Medellin for fincas in nearby pueblos on the weekends.  My friend Rodrigo had generously invited me to stay at his family's finca in Copacabana one such weekend.

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Volunteering for ‘Un Techo para mi País – Colombia’

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 houses in the south of Bogota, helping numerous families in need on the weekend I was involved.  It wasn’t an easy weekend by any means but the feeling of achievement and the gratitude from the family I helped was definitely worth the hard work.

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    Hi, I am from Australia but lived in Colombia for 1 year. I heard about this program towards the end of my stay in Colombia and r...

Colombia es la gente

Coffee in place, good Colombian coffee, tipo exportacion, on my desk, I settle down to write a journal entry. Hopefully there’ll be no interruptions here in Mompós. And why should there be in this sleepy town that has captivated my imagination since 2007. Everything about Mompós is literary and almost as beckoning me to put pen to paper.

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    richard says #
    Thanks Kristin, it represented a great deal to me as you can imagine
  • Kristin
    Kristin says #
    Love this! Speaks beautifully to the people of this country and their amazing kindness.

Loving Medellín

I’ve been here for less than a day. But I can already say: I love Medellín.

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  • Luz
    Luz says #
    Hi! Thanks for talking so well about our country, but in my opinion your article seems kind of rude. It'll be nicer to talk about...
  • Joaco
    Joaco says #
    oh, and that new trend of giving a lot of weight to public places, cycling roads or parks, or the idea of opening huge libraries -...

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