Colombia

Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 15th, 2013

Monserrate is one of the most iconic tourist sites in Bogotá. The mountaintop sits high atop the already sky-high city that can impact anyone altitude challenged. Bogotá sits at 2600 meters/8530 feet above sea level, while Monserrate sits at 3150 meters/10,300 feet. Once you ride up on the gondola or funincular, you’re treated to the views [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: December 7th, 2012

After my trip to Monkeyland in South Africa, I became a fan of the squirrel monkey. Although they are native to Colombia and can be seen in the wild in the south of the country, I found this little guy at the zoo in Cali (not very adventurous I know). Mischievous, loud and occasionally aggressive [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 30th, 2012

I had the chance a while back to take a road trip around Colombia a while back. While in Cali, everyone kept telling us that we had to go to the zoo. So, just for shits and giggles we went. Actually, it wasn’t too bad and I typically don’t like zoos. Like many zoos, there was [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 23rd, 2012

It’s hardly a secret that Colombia’s identity is tightly interwoven with coffee. Juan Valdez may be the country’s most positive, identifiable image. And, if you travel to Colombia it won’t be long before you have your first cup. One of the joys of traveling through Colombia is visiting the coffee region, known as the eje [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: June 29th, 2012

Most people who travel to Colombia cover Bogotá, Cartagena and maybe Medellin. But, one of the true secrets of the country is the coffee region, called the eje cafetero in Spanish, and is being branded as the Coffee Triangle in English by the tourism folks. One of the things to do is to head to [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: June 22nd, 2012

The old walled city of Cartagena is a mix of the old with the new. Restoration and preservation are the backdrop for the modern traveler exploring the city. There’s a lot to see while traveling in Colombia, but Cartagena gives you a chance to rest and relax in its outdoor cafes and restaurants. I don’t [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: June 15th, 2012

In a remote part of  southern Colombia lies San Agustin, the hub of an ancient tribe that little is known about. This area is also a UNESCO world heritage site. because it is home to ¨the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America.¨ Luckily for those traveling around Colombia, you don’t [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: June 8th, 2012

The center of the La Candeleria district in Bogota is the Plaza Bolivar, one of the most visited sites for people traveling in Colombia. In addition to the Congress and Supreme Court, the Primary Cathedral of Bogota is the most striking landmark. Behind it, you can look up to see the church atop Monserrate accessible [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: June 1st, 2012

No, he’s not Juan Valdez.  If you go visit the National Coffee Park near Armenia while traveling in Colombia, you will meet this guy and learn about the arrieros. An important part of Colombia’s coffee history, the arriero is the guy who took the coffee from farm to port through the Colombian mountains. One arriero [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: April 20th, 2012

If you travel to Colombia, there’s a good chance that you are planning to go to Cartagena, or at least you will want to return to see the city. On my first visit in 2008, I couldn’t believe this place. I felt transported back to the 1700s. Old architecture, hanging plants, street vendors, narrow cobblestone [...]

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