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Incredible things to do in Jardin Colombia: A hidden gem in coffee country

View of Jardin Colombia from a hiking trail nearby

It’s early evening in Jardin Colombia. I’m sitting at a sidewalk cafe in the central plaza, chatting in makeshift Spanish with a coffee farmer wearing a cowboy hat. In the background I hear the clip-clop of horses pacing cobblestone streets. As the sun sets behind the snow-capped peaks of nearby Nevados National Park, the plaza […]

3 days in Medellin Colombia: The perfect Medellin itinerary

This post is a guide for how to spend 3 days in Medellin Colombia, including Botero Plaza (pictured)

Medellin, Colombia is a surprising place. It was once known for being the “murder capital of the world,” constantly mired in conflict thanks to Pablo Escobar’s narco-terror regime. But in the last 20 years the city has undergone a remarkable transformation. Today, it’s one of the most pleasant cities I’ve ever visited. Most travelers instantly […]

Best restaurants in Poblado Medellin for vegetarians: The ULTIMATE guide

The best El Poblado Medellin restaurants for breakfast often include a serving of fresh fruit.

Let’s face it: Colombia is not a great country to travel in as a vegetarian. Meatless meals frequently consist of beans and rice, and even then you can’t be 100% sure the beans weren’t cooked in pork fat. Communicating about your needs is a constant struggle. The good news is, Medellin is a refreshing break […]

Guatape Day Trip: Visiting Guatape and the Piedra del Peñol without a tour

The main reason to tour Guatape is to see the colorful houses.

Surely you’ve seen the photos on Instagram — brightly colored houses. Cute plazas filled with cafe tables where old men wearing cowboy hats sit gossiping and drinking coffee. A giant rock offering spectacular views over the surrounding lakes. Given the town’s proximity to Medellin, a Guatape day trip has quickly become one of the most […]

Best Medellin walking tour: Don’t miss the Real City Tours free walking tour

Medellin is one of the best places to visit in Colombia. It's undergone a fascinating transformation. The best way to learn about it is to take a free walking tour.

Medellin is a fascinating place. Less than 30 years ago, it was the “Murder Capital of the World.” You couldn’t walk down the street in the city center without risking getting shot. But today, you’d never know it. With a year-round perfect climate, incredibly friendly locals, and fantastic dining scene, it feels more like a […]

Medellin to San Gil by bus or plane: Travel to San Gil, Colombia

The bus from Medellin to San Gil Colombia takes you through beautiful landscapes like the Chicamocha Canyon

There’s no denying that Medellin is one of the greatest cities on the planet. Nearly every traveler falls hard for the former “Murder Capital of the World” – turned – “City of Eternal Spring.” But if you’re backpacking around Colombia, you can’t stay in Medellin forever. Sooner or later you’re going to have to tear […]

Paragliding in San Gil Colombia: Adventure in Chicamocha Canyon

Paragliding San Gil is one of the best activities in Colombia

San Gil, Colombia is an adventure traveler’s dream destination. This small town in the hills of northeast Colombia is a short drive from the incredible Chicamocha Canyon. It’s a gateway to waterfall hikes, rafting down rushing rivers, exploring caves, walking ancient Indigenous peoples’ trails, and more. But the best way to experience the natural scenery […]

Barichara Colombia: Day trip from San Gil to Colombia’s prettiest town

Barichara Santander is known for being the most beautiful town in Colombia

Barichara Colombia is one of the country’s most beautiful towns. You can’t help but fall in love with its iconic architecture — from its white houses with red roofs to the atmospheric central plaza. In fact, Barichara is so beautiful that telenovela producers from all across the Americas come here to film.   What’s more, […]

How to take a bus from Bogota to San Gil Colombia: A step-by-step guide

Many of the hotels in Barichara has spectacular views of the mountains.

San Gil is the adventure capital of Colombia. This friendly little town is the gateway to paragliding over the world’s second-largest canyon, rafting down class IV white water, caving, canyoning, bungee jumping, trekking and more. But it’s also out on a limb in the northeast of the country — far from the other destinations on […]

Safety in Bogota: The solo female travel guide to deciding, is Bogota safe?

Bogota Colombia safety for solo women is questionable. But with a little common sense, you can easily protect yourself.

Bogota is one of Colombia’s most exciting cities. It has incredible street art, fascinating museums, beautiful architecture, and epic nightlife. But unfortunately, like many large cities in South America, it also has a reputation for being dangerous. So if you’re planning a visit — especially as a solo female traveler — you’d be right to […]