Category Archives: Colombia

The Most Overrated Country in South America – It Might Surprise You!

Sometimes a place really takes you by surprise.  Sometimes it’s amazing – filled with unexpected highlights and memories that will stay with you forever. And sometimes you get to Colombia and just don’t understand what the fuss is all about! Having travelled from Chile and Argentina, heading North over five months, it felt like all […]

Plan the Perfect South America Travel Route – We Don’t Mind if You Pinch Ours!

After months of planning, talking to countless travellers, researching our hearts out and finally spending six months on the road, we’re pleased to be able to share our very own South American travel route. We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to! If you’re headed to South America (specifically Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, […]

The Best of the Best in South America – 12 Experiences You Can’t Miss!

With a landmass of 17.84 million km², there’s no denying that South America is a big place; in all honesty, the continent is massive!  With so much to explore and so much land to cover, itinerary planning can very quickly start to feel more than a little overwhelming. After six months spent covering a great deal of South […]

Backpacking South America: The Best Hostels – Tried and Tested!

If you’re planning a long-term trip through South America, or are simply travelling on a budget, you’ll need to keep an eye on your accommodation bill.  Thankfully though, backpacking doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be scraping the bottom of the barrel – quite the opposite! Throughout our six months in South America, we were delighted to […]

Six Months on the Road: Colombia and USA – San Francisco & Hawai’i

After countless night buses, flights, dorm beds, hikes, new friends and once-in-a-lifetime experiences our six month adventure throughout South America is over!  As I sit here, back in New Zealand, it’s hard to believe how many miles we’ve put behind us and just how much we’ve seen. How lucky are we? … but now we’re […]

A Guide to the Cocora Valley – Salento, Colombia – Home to the Tallest Palm Trees in the World!

One of the most recognisable tourist attractions in Colombia, the Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora) is home to the country’s national tree and symbol, the towering Quindío wax palm.  An easy trip from Salento, the region was our favourite and a must-see on any Colombian itinerary. Formed in 1985 (which might I add, was a mighty […]

Five Months on the Road in South America – Ecuador & Colombia

Our penultimate month in South America (that’s right, five down, only one to go!) was a welcome change from the backpacking we’ve been enjoying for the majority of our trip.  We returned to our Abu Dhabi roots and soaked in the more luxurious side of Ecuador – after all, nobody has the budget for five-star hotels […]

Comuna 13: Touring What Was Medellín’s Most Dangerous District

Violence and lawlessness was rife in what was one of the most dangerous barrios (districts) of the most dangerous city in the world.  Citizens were short on money and opportunity and were often left with nowhere to turn. Life was tough in Comuna 13. This was the most dangerous barrio in Medellín.  It was impossible […]

Salento Travel Guide: Buses to/from Medellín and Bogota

If you’re travelling to Medellín or Bogota and have a little extra time up your sleeve, you’ll want to include a visit to Salento – the only question is how you’ll get there.  Regardless of which city you’re travelling from, this guide will help ensure you make it to and from the quaint town of Salento safely, […]