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Colombia: Drugs Barons and Banditos?

Colombia: Drugs Barons and Banditos?

Drugs barons and banditos are what Colombia is famous for, but we don’t spot any obviously suspicious candidates in the immediate vicinity of the border. Maybe they’re all further up-country? We’ll keep our eyes open for them as we head north. On our way, our Colombia...
Colombia: Lo que Silvia nos contó

Colombia: Lo que Silvia nos contó

Este pueblo con nombre de madre está enclavado en un valle y rodeado de montañas de varios tonos de verdes en el departamento del Cauca. Los diarios dicen que es “La Suiza de América” pero nadie en el pueblo nos la describió así. En Silvia hay un lago muy concurrido...
Ecuador

Ecuador

  Ein SO diverses interessantes Land. Und dabei ist Ecuador so klein im Vergleich zu Kolumbien oder den noch kommenden südamerikanischen Ländern. Und dennoch wussten wir, dass wir wahrscheinlich wieder das Visum aufs Maximale ausreizen würden. Mit einem Viertel...
Giron

Giron

Giron is another colonial town listed on the national heritage list of Colombia. It was on my way with a planned overnight stop so might as well shot some frames. The colonial town centre is part of the big amalgam of Bucaramanga and its like a miniature colonial...
Barichara

Barichara

Barichara has the nickname of ‘the prettiest small town in Colombia’. Sure, it’s a great place to take some awesome photos. As for me, El Jardin of Antioquia still tops the chart. While not questioning the awesomeness of Barichara, somehow the...
Hold that thought

Hold that thought

Casa de Terracota: ‘Since its origin and concept, the Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza Morales seeks to promote an alternative and harmonious lifestyle for the individual and the community, as well as for the surrounding environment.’ Let’s...
Cómo renovar la estadía en Colombia

Cómo renovar la estadía en Colombia

Colombia es, hasta ahora, el único país en el que pedimos renovación de la estadía para extender los 90 días que nos otorgaron al entrar al país. Este plazo se puede renovar solamente una vez por año calendario, es decir, uno puede estar 180 días al año dentro de...
Mercado

Mercado

Villa de Leyva has a poor lineup of stores, although they seems to be everywhere the selection of produce is low around the historical area. The only good source of fresh produce is the Saturday market (mercado) about 3 blocks from the center. The selection is fairly...
Colonial vibes

Colonial vibes

Villa de Leyva definitely has some colonial vibes left even these days. Walking the cobblestone streets you will not be disturbed much, it’s a pretty quiet place and the whitewash buildings are quite simple, nothing sophisticated. It might be a good hideaway if...
Dia de la virgen del Carmen

Dia de la virgen del Carmen

Villa de Leyva celebrated ‘Dia de la virgen del Carmen’ and the town was packed with tourists. Basically the setup was the same as the previous two days: drink, food, music stage, rides, vendors, street dogs, crowd, fireworks at the end of the day.That...
Honda

Honda

Honda, Tolima takes its name from the indigenous people of the region which are called Ondaimas. Founded in 1539 and it was the main river port of the country for a long time. For us was a quick stopover on the dive between Zona Cafetera and Villa de Leyva. We...
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva

Time stood still in Villa de Leyva for a long time, but not anymore. Nowadays I think is Colombia’s most visited colonial town especially that Bogota with its 10 million population is 3-4 hours drive away. The streets are paved with cobblestones, the buildings...
Buga

Buga

Guadalajara de Buga, Valle de Cauca is one of oldest towns in Colombia.  It is known for it’s famous Basilica del Señor de los Milagros, cattle industry and the crash of American Airlines Flight 965, the highest death toll caused by an airplane crash in...
Palmira

Palmira

Palmira, Valle de Cauca the capital of sugar boom is not ranking high on places to visit in Colombia. For now is listed on the top ten most dangerous cities in the world. We paid a short visit to the central area of the city and took a close to two hours stroll with...
Transfer point

Transfer point

Popayan is the capital city of the Cauca department of Colombia. It is a real colonial city, founded in 1537 by the Spanish conquistadors. Not to be confused with colourful tourist traps as Salento or Guatape. What is a colonial city? According to Britannica...
Colombia: vuelta al Eje Cafetero

Colombia: vuelta al Eje Cafetero

Hace ya casi dos meses que nos despedimos de Medellín para adentrarnos en tierra cafetera, una de nuestras áreas preferidas de Colombia. Dimos tantas vueltas entre el Quindío y el Valle del Cauca que pareciera no tener sentido, pero es parte de la no planificación que...
El arte del buen café

El arte del buen café

Juan David tiene un indudable espíritu emprendedor. Fue por eso que después de haber crecido en Bogotá y estudiado en Buenos Aires, decidió aprender más sobre el café y establecerse en la región cafetera de Colombia para fundar su propia empresa de turismo que ofrece...