Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia – A Weekend Guide

By Megan Stetzel | June 6, 2016

Cartagena has been growing steadily as a popular destination within Colombia, a country that has been struggling to overcome its bad reputation for some time. Cartagena proper is a rough, bustling, dirty, screeching mess of a city but a weekend in the Centro Historico district or neighboring Getsemani will leave you in awe, plenty stuffed, […]

Colombia: The Best and Worst

By Steph | December 6, 2011

Trying something new here, let me know if you like it…. Total Days in Colombia-59 Total Days it Didn’t Rain: 8 Amount Spent: $2254 Average Cost per Day: $38 (when you factor in the free accommodation we got for house sitting for 3 weeks, I think $50 a day is probably a more realistic number). […]

Southern Colombia in Photos

By Steph | December 4, 2011

We breezed through the South of Colombia pretty quickly, which is a shame because it is, in my opinion, the prettiest part of the country. Here are the highlights: Salento Salento is in the heart of the Zone Cafeterra, the coffee region of Colombia. It rained most if the time we were there so we […]

A Tale of Two Cities: Cartagena and Medellin

By Steph | November 29, 2011

Cartagena and Medellin are two of the most popular cities in Colombia for very different reasons. Cartagena is the most popular tourist destination in the country; a historical resort town on the Caribbean Coast. Medellin might be Colombia’s most liveable city; it’s incredibly popular with expats (particularly men, for reasons I’ll get to later). Walking […]

Six Steps to Bliss At Tayrona National Park

By Steph | November 22, 2011

Camping in Tayrona, perched on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, has been the highlight of my travels in Colombia so far. It’s a gorgeous swath of jungle and beaches that’s totally removed from the real world. Like so many things in life though, it’s a reward you have to work for. It’s not easily […]

Street Art of Bogota: A Photo Essay

By Steph | November 13, 2011

In many cities, ugly scribbles of graffiti are a sign of decay and neglect. This isn’t true in Bogota, where dozens of colorful “street artists” are repainting the city in creative ways: The street artists of Bogota all have serious day jobs. They are college professors, graphic designers and authors. They don’t alway work under the cover […]

Move Less, See More

By Steph | November 6, 2011

A lot of things about travel are counter-intuitive: when you travel alone you meet more people, when you spend less money you experience more and the more hidden, dingy and local a restaurant looks, the better the food is guaranteed to be. The hardest travel paradox for most people to grasp though is that the […]

Zipaquirá: the Underground Salt Cathedral

By Steph | October 30, 2011

Zipaquirá is a small city about 35 miles out of Bogota in Colombia. It’s a really popular day trip for visitors, and not just because it’s an absolutely lovely city: The main attraction in Zipaquirá isn’t the beautiful church or the old town. It’s actually what’s happening below the surface that people care about. You […]

The Weird World of Colombian Fruits

By Steph | October 18, 2011

Most people think of cocaine and coffee when considering Colombian agriculture, but in actuality Colombia is a spectacularly fertile place. Not only does Colombia grow a large percentage of the flowers imported to the USA, it’s got an incredible diversity of fruits. Seriously, Colombia has fruits you’ve never even heard of, never even dreamed of! […]

Monserrate: High Above the City

By Steph | October 11, 2011

It was one of those spontaneous Sunday afternoon plans. We were having a leisurely brunch with our new friend Marcela and JL. As travel bloggers and Bogotaños, they were eager to show us the city and it’s charms. Since it was a rare sunny day, Marcela suggested we head to Monserrate, the mountain that towers […]

Bogota: First Impressions

By Steph | October 9, 2011

I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into Colombia. Everyone I’d met who has been there said wonderful things: that it was beautiful, interesting and diverse. Everyone I’d met who hadn’t been there immediately started talking about cocaine and narco-terrorism. Although I patiently explained that Colombia is much safer now then it was ten […]