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Scenes From Colombia + Tips

April 8, 2017

 

The vibrant culture, the delicious food, the humble faces and did I mention... the food?

 

Every country I've visited (so far) has a special place in my heart and Colombia is no different. It is a street food, Latin music, nature lover's dream. The best part was being able to witness the vast diversity of environments that exists within each city. We had the pleasure of visiting Bogota DC, Cartagena and Medellin. If you plan on visiting anytime soon, check out some of my tips for making the best out of your trip!

 

 

 

Here are a few of my suggestions:

  • Use Uber! Getting around in a taxi can be pretty expensive, (especially if they can tell that you're not from there). Uber is safer and cheaper. However, there is a huge rivalry against the taxis and the Uber drivers, so be mindful of the area in which you get the Uber.  

  • Do not be afraid of street food! It's delicious, quick and of course, cheap. It was nice to not have to sit down in a restaurant to eat well. Plus, when you have so many places to visit in a day it helps to find an empanada or arepa stand in just about every corner. In addition to the food, we loved buying tinto from street vendors, it's Colombian homemade coffee and it'll keep you up through all of your sightseeing.

  • Do try Aguardiente or as the locals call it, "Guaro". It is a Colombian liquor consisting of sugar cane molasses, anise essential oils, and water. Yes, it is very very strong but come on, it's traditional!

  • Try exotic fruits! Pitaya and guanabana were my favorite.

 

  • Do visit the outskirts. You'd be surprised at the beauty of the lesser known towns. It also helps to find a tour, they typically include lunch and admission to historical sites. Some of the towns that I recommend are: 

    • Peñol-Guatape, Antioquia, it is about 2 hours away from Medellin. You can explore the narrow streets and traditional bas-relief artwork displayed on the outside of the homes. There is an enormous reservoir which you can take a boat ride on, rent jet-skis or even zip-line across.Take a hike up the Peñol Rock it is a 740 step climb, with breathtaking views once you reach the top.

    •  Anapoima, Cundinamarca. Located roughly 1.5 hours from Bogota, it is the ideal place to rent an inexpensive finca. We used Airbnb and got a great deal for a home with 5 bedrooms, full-kitchen, swimming pool and barbecue area. I can't forget to mention, the views where nothing short of spectacular. Just imagine, swimming in an infinity pool while looking out to breathtaking mountain views. 

    • Villa de Leyva, Northeast Bogota. Although I have not personally visited, it has definitely been added onto my list. Villa de Leyva is a colonial town, known for whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets. Some call it a city frozen in time.

 

 

 

 

If you have ever traveled to Colombia, be sure to leave any suggestions below. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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