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Where to Stay in Cartagena

Where to Stay in Cartagena

A visit to Colombia’s Caribbean coast is not complete without a stop in the vibrant city of Cartagena. If you want to experience beaches, culture, and history, then Cartagena is the perfect mix of all three. This city of nearly one million residents is less than three hours from Miami, making it an increasingly popular destination for many travelers, especially North Americans. When deciding where to stay in Cartagena, there are several cool areas with some of the best hotels in Cartagena. With choices for every budget and travel style, we’ve found some of the best places to stay in Cartagena.  We will cover off all types of Cartagena accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Cartagena hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Cartagena, the best Cartagena hotels, best places in Cartagena to visit, the best places to stay in Cartagena, hotels near Cartagena attractions, Cartagena neighborhood…
Where to stay in Medellin

Where to stay in Medellin

Medellin Colombia was once named the most dangerous city in the world, but those days are long gone. The capital of Colombia’s Antioquia department is booming with tourism as more travelers want to see what Medellin is all about. Colombia’s second largest city is putting itself on the travel map, thanks to a hip foodie scene, fun nightlife and the best coffee in the world. Of course, there are still some no go areas in Medellin, so we want to help you find the best place to stay in Medellin, with Medellin hotels to recommend for every budget. Keep reading to decide what is the best neighborhood to stay in Medellin. We will cover off all types of Medellin accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Medellin hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Medellin, the best Medellin hotels, best places in Medellin to visit, the best…
Top 10 Beaches in Colombia

Top 10 Beaches in Colombia

So you’ve made the right decision to spend some time exploring beautiful Colombia. Whether enjoying a vacation from work or making your way through the region as part of an extended trip, you will find that Colombia is a country that has so much to offer. From the Amazon rainforest, to the Andes mountains, to the Caribbean Coast in the North and the Pacific Ocean in the West, Colombia would be the most biodiverse country in the world (if it wasn’t for Brazil)! You can spend your days exploring one of the culturally rich cities, or learn anything and everything about coffee in Zona Cafetera, the largest coffee region in the world. For most of us, our dream Colombia vacation also involves relaxing on white sand beaches, surrounded by a forest of palm trees, and looking out into crystalline blue waters. With 3,200 km of coastline, and the only country…
10 Places to Visit in Colombia

10 Places to Visit in Colombia

Planning a trip is exciting and overwhelming at the same time, especially when your destination has so many different experiences to offer. Colombia is just that. The country is the second-most biologically diverse place on earth, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the Andes mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Coast, and the largest coffee growing region in the world. Not to mention the fact that Colombia is also home to some of the most culturally rich cities in Latin America: Cali, Cartagena, Bogotá, and Medellín. Colombia truly has something for everyone, no matter what style of travel you prefer. You’ll step out of your comfort zone without even realizing it. The people and culture of this country are so hospitable, you’ll feel at home from the moment you take your first taxi ride. Here are ten different places that I recommend including in your itinerary. Plan…
The Ultimate Guide to Medellin

The Ultimate Guide to Medellin

The spotlight has recently focused on Medellin, Colombia for two contrasting reasons. First off, Netflix’s series “Narcos” revealed the monstrosity of Pablo Escobar and his impact on Medellin in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. During those years Medellin was the homicide capital of the world, which is why people shudder when they hear of their friends or family planning a trip to Colombia. However, Medellin’s transformation is the other reason the city has been in the spotlight recently. In 2013, Medellin was named the most innovative city in the world by the non-profit Urban Land Institute. Access to public transportation, lush green spaces, and innovative social programs have made Medellin not only a great city to live in, but an impressive place to travel to. Paisas, or locals to Medellin, are relaxed, carefree people whose attitude is contagious. Medellin is full of tourist attractions but the main appeal is…
The Ultimate Guide to Colombia

The Ultimate Guide to Colombia

I love recommending people to visit Colombia for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s hand down my favorite country in the world. More on that in a bit. Second off, everyone always seems to be astounded that Colombia is a safe place to visit. Yes, I’m not going to deny that the country has had a violent history. But it’s for that reason that I think Colombia has become so hospitable to foreign visitors. Colombians are eager to change the outsider’s perspective of their country and are quick to denounce the men, like Pablo Escobar, who gave their country such a bad reputation. In fact, Colombia tops Gallup’s “Happiest Countries List” year after year. I struggle to find the words to nudge someone towards Colombia, and usually just fall back on saying something like “the vibe of the country is contagious.” The energy of the people is one of…
The Ultimate Guide to Cartagena

The Ultimate Guide to Cartagena

 Each country in South America is known for offering something unique in regards to tourism. For example, Perú is known for its rich indigenous history, Chile for its stunning national parks, and Argentina for its modern cities. Colombia, however, doesn't have just one claim to fame. Instead, the country is booming with tourism because of the variety of experiences to be had in its cities, mountains, and beaches. Without a doubt, Cartagena is the most popular city to visit. The colonial architecture of one of South America’s first cities will take you back in time. The beaches and fresh ceviche will make relaxing on your vacation simple. The locals will invite you in to experience their culture, and you’ll spend nights dancing with strangers until the early morning. Cartagena is a raw experience of what makes South America special. There are simply so many things to do in Cartagena that…