Category Archive: Colombia

Jun 15 2015

Colombia: conclusion and tips

16 days + 32 days; 2 + 2 domestic flights; traveled by bus, plane, willy, truck, shared van, metro, cable car and motorbike; visited valleys, mountains, big cities, the jungle, the coast and the desert, from 0m to 4.500m with temperatures from 0C to 35C; 4 colonial cities visited; 2+1 failed volcano hikes + 1 …

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Jun 13 2015

Tierradentro

I could not leave Colombia for the second time without visiting Tierradentro. This is the second most important archaeological site in Colombia, famous for its hypogea (underground tombs) unique in America. But Tierradentro was far from Bogotá so I did a technical stop at Villavieja, to visit again the Tatacoa Desert. Technically speaking, Tatacoa Desert …

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Jun 08 2015

Some days in Bogotá

Bogotá is not my favourite city in South America but if you are travelling around Colombia it will be difficult to skip it. That said there are some interesting sights that can keep travelers busy for a while. As usual, I was staying in la Candelaria, the tourist neighborhood where all the hostels and restaurants …

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Jun 05 2015

Back to the mountains

After considering all the possible options and more, I decided to go up to Bogotá again through the West. Even if I tried different times, Colombia’s volcanoes were still a “pending subject” for me and I did not want to leave the country without visiting at least one of them. I took a flight from …

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Jun 02 2015

The Caribbean Coast

In 2012 I spent a couple of nights in Santa Marta but it was only on the way to other places. That was a pity because the oldest colonial city on the Caribbean Coast offers a couple of nice sights and plenty of restaurants and hotel options. I arrived to Santa Marta late in the afternoon, …

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May 30 2015

On the way to the Caribbean Coast (Medellin and Cartagena)

Colombia is a big country and the Caribbean Coast was far away from Salento so Medellin looked like a nice stop to cut the trip. Medellin is the capital of Antioquia department and the second largest city in Colombia. Once known as “the most violent city in the world”, Medellin has changed a lot since …

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May 25 2015

Zona Cafetera (again and again)

The next stop on this Colombian trip was Salento, in the heart of Zona Cafetera. Salento is a small town with typical architecture paisa, a “far west” feeling and with beautiful views of the surrounding valleys, a must of Colombia! In this region, a coffee tour is almost compulsory so I decided to visit the …

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May 21 2015

Western Colombia

I arrived to Colombia by land, crossing theTulcan – Ipiales border and after one night spent in the (forgettable) city of Pasto, I reached Popayan, my first Colombian stop. Popayan is a nice and quiet colonial town. It is called “la blanca” because most of its buildings are whitewashed and if the sky is blue …

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Aug 19 2012

Happy birthday in Bogotá

During the trip in Colombia, we passed by Bogotá many times but never stopped to visit the city until the last day, before taking the flight back to Paris. There is no need to say that a capital city of almost 8 million of inhabitants cannot be visited in some hours but that’s life! Our …

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Aug 16 2012

Tatacoa Desert

After freezing in the mountains, it was time for a little bit of desert. Tatacoa Desert is an area between Bogota and San Agustin where the elements sculpted a fantastic landscape of pinnacles and small canyons. Scientists believe that maaaany years ago it was a garden with thousands of flowers and trees that little by …

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