Tag: Colombia

Sailing from Panama to Cartagena

Sailing from Panama to Cartagena

The Pan-American highway runs for 47,958 km (29,800 mi) from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. But… is not complete. A 87 km gap exists between Panama and Colombia. 87 km of rainforest, swamps, guerrillas, called the Darien Gap that was crossed for the first time only in the 1960! So, there´s no road between Panama and [...]

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5 things to experience in Medellin

5 things to experience in Medellin

After some days in the same city something magic happens, you feel like you’re not visiting anymore: you’re living it. You know the surrounding, how to move around, directions. You get more comfortable and soon you notice things you couldn’t grasp before, when your nose was on a map or on a guide. And it [...]

April 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Couchsurfing in Colombia

Couchsurfing in Colombia

Couchsurfing in Colombia is huge! If you still don’t know couchsurfing.org, go check it right now. It’s a community of people for hospitality exchange: hosts and guests meet each other on the website, check their respective profiles, and if they like it, bingo, one has the accomodation for free with a local person, the other has [...]

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-1 day: minimal packing list completed

-1 day: minimal packing list completed

OK it took more than I thought but I finished packing. The reason it took long is that I like to travel light. I got used to it while traveling for work and I wanted to have the same approach for this 3 months. The bad news is that 3 months are not 5 days. [...]

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Visiting Salento, in the Zona Cafetera of Colombia

Visiting Salento, in the Zona Cafetera of Colombia

After a weekend of parties, a visit in a nice village is a very nice cure: it gives at least the illusion of some relax and early nights… Salento is a little town in the Eje Cafetero, the area of Colombia producing the biggest (legal) export of the country: good coffee beans. There you’ll find [...]

April 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Feeling unsafe in Colombia?

Feeling unsafe in Colombia?

Now that I’m back to the amusement park called Netherlands, when I tell people I’ve spent almost 3 months in Colombia the first questions I get are about safety. Did you feel unsafe? How dangerous really is? Did you have scary moments?  First of all, I consider myself fortunate as I didn’t had any real bad [...]

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Where to dance Salsa in Barranquilla, Colombia

Where to dance Salsa in Barranquilla, Colombia

The Lonely Planet guide to South-America says pretty clearly to skip Barranquilla because is too dangerous, too dusty and uninteresting. But in the city of world-famous Shakira, Salsa music is more popular than anything else and if you’re a Salsa lover would be a terrible mistake not to stop for a weekend here!! The Barranquilla [...]

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5 days in the jungle, hiking Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

5 days in the jungle, hiking Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

The Ciudad Perdida (Lost city) has an history interesting enough to make me hike for 5 days in the rain forest. And I never did an hike longer than few hours before in my life. This pre-Colombian settlement of the Tayrona people, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains surrounding the city of Santa Marta, Colombia, was unknown [...]

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Where to dance Salsa in Cartagena, Colombia

Where to dance Salsa in Cartagena, Colombia

Salsa in Cartagena means places like Donde Fidel and Cafe´ Havana, and famous artist Joe Arroyo… In this post I´ll talk of all of them, experienced in the very hot and humid days I spent in the beautiful colonial city of Cartagena de Indias.   Donde Fidel This is how the Lonely Planet describes this [...]

April 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
11 things from 2011

11 things from 2011

As anyone in the blogosphere, I should write a post looking back to 2011 and another one listing the resolutions for 2012. Maybe I should say that “end of the year is always a good moment to stop and analyze” or something like that. But truth to be told – I spent a fair amount of [...]

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