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Colombia

We enjoyed Colombia’s big cities like Cartagena and Medellin, but also became enchanted in small towns like Jardin and Salento, where time seemed to stand still and where watching the sunset in the mountains became all that mattered.

Find soul in this South American country rich in musical beats, stunning landscapes and reinvented cities. In Colombia, you can learn to dance the salsa, hike among the world’s tallest palm trees, swim in the Caribbean Sea and climb hundreds of steps up the Guatape monolith all in the same trip.

Explore 17 Travel Guides In Colombia

  • 30 Things to Do in Bogota: Travel Guide & Itinerary

    What’s best to do on a trip to Bogota, and is Bogota safe? See our unique things to do in Bogota, where to stay, what to see in Bogota and the best cafes for Colombian coffee.

  • A Santa Marta & Taganga Travel Guide for Any Type of Traveler

    Should Santa Marta or Taganga be on your Colombia itinerary? Our travel guide outlines top tips for where to stay, what to see and where to watch a beautiful beach sunset.

  • Cartagena Travel Guide: Best Things to See and Do

    An epic destination for a Colombia trip, here are our essential Cartagena travel tips for safety, solo travelers, the best times to visit, what to do and what to avoid.

  • Azahar Cafe Review: Authentic Colombian Roast in Bogota

    Azahar Cafe in Bogota, Colombia, is regarded as one of the top places to try an authentic Colombian roast in a beautiful cafe.

  • Review of Coffee House Cultor in Bogota

    We had the pleasure to visit Cafe Cultor in Bogota. We enjoyed trying the americano and espresso. By far, the most interesting drink we had was the nitro cold brew.

  • Colombian Coffee at Colo Coffee, Bogota

    Of many Bogota coffee shops, we found Colo Coffee to have some of the best Colombian coffee in the city. Having found the Colo Coffee Instagram account via a recommendation, we located their Zona T location and started our first full day in Bogota with a visit to Colo Coffee, Calle 70a, Bogota.

  • Plan a Trip to Santa Fe De Antioquia from Medellin

    One of our favorite day trips from Medellin, Colombia, is the historic town of Santa Fe de Antioquia. Buses to Santa Fe de Antioquia run often, so you can go for a day or an overnight trip. There's no shortage of things to do in Santa Fe de Antioquia, from taking a tour to enjoying the warm weather.

  • Staying at Green Nomads Hostel Santa Fe De Antioquia

    Green Nomads Hostel is the best place to stay in the mountain town of Santa Fe de Antioquia, which makes for a perfect two-day getaway from Medellin. The hostel has a lovely location on a whitewashed cobblestone street, with close access to all the historical sights to see!

  • Why Pergamino Is The Best Cafe in El Poblado, Medellin

    Call us opinionated, but Pergamino is the best cafe in El Poblado, the most popular neighborhood for expats and visitors in Medellin, Colombia. We’re taking you with us to this awesome cafe, which opened its second location in El Poblado in late 2018, for a range of tastes and smells.

  • 7 Best Things to Do in Guatape, Colombia

    Discover things to do on your day trip to Guatape or where to stay overnight with this list of things to do and what to see in Guatape for backpackers and travelers.

  • The Best Free Walking Tour in Medellin

    We don't typically like city tours, but the Real City Walking Tour in Medellin is top-rated for a reason. The Free Walking Tour is a commitment, and we're so glad we went on it. Learning about the city from our guide was an unparalleled experience!

  • How to Get to Guatape From Medellin

    Going to Guatape from Medellin (or Medellin to Guatape) is one of the simplest day trips or short overnight trips! We’ve gone to Guatape from Medellin for a day trip and also for a weekend trip. Follow our step-by-step outline of how to reach Guatape from Medellin, by bus.

  • What to Expect on Medellin’s City Transformation Tour

    The Medellin Transformation Tour was one of the most important things I did during my first week (back for our second time) in Medellin. Most people know that Medellin had a dark and tragic recent past, but how did Medellin transform itself from the most dangerous city on earth to a forward-thinking and hopeful metropolis?

  • Travel to Jardin Colombia

    Travel to Jardin to get a sense of a colorful, quiet and authentic town in Colombia. We were enticed and we had to find a way to get there.

  • What to Do in Medellin in 2 Days

    We rounded up the best things to do in Medellin if you have two days. Want to check out the best cafes in El Poblado? Looking for an easy Medellin itinerary? Check out this list of things to do.

  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Salento, Colombia

    So you want to hike among the world’s tallest palm trees in Salento, Colombia? And you want to play a sport with explosives? You’ve come to the right place.

  • Why We Recommend La Serrana Hostel Review

    La Serrana charmed us from the beginning. Our first morning was something special when we awoke to a scene from a painting - rolling hills as far as the eye could see, steaming with morning mist.

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    There’s more to this giant country than its steak and wine, once you start exploring. From the peaks of Patagonia to the posh cafes of Buenos Aires, it’s hard to get bored in Argentina.

  • Chicago

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  • Czech Republic

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  • The Dominican Republic

    Find out what to see in the Dominican Republic North Coast with our North Coast itineraries featuring Cabarete and Sosua, and discover what to know about traveling in the DR regarding local tax, money, safety and backpacking.

  • England

    This is England, land of castles and countryside, and rugby and royalty. Get lost in London and feel out the hip scenes and the history. Then, take a train to get out of the cities and experience simpler life in villages, historic sites and nature.

  • Estonia

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  • Guatemala

    As one of the most diverse countries in Central America, Guatemala is a favorite for backpacking, adventure, culture and food. With landscapes from volcanoes to jungle, and beaches to forest, Guatemala both packs a punch and never ceases to amaze travelers.

  • Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is a dense island metropolis jam-packed full of culture, innovation, unique scenery and of course, its mouth-watering cuisine. Hong Kong is a melting pot for Asia and for the world, where people of all cultures feel comfortable and welcome, and where having Pakistani or Korean food for dinner is as easy to find as some good old Cantonese dim sum.

  • Iceland

    There's an unlimited number of things to do in Iceland, if you let yourself get off the beaten path. Explore Iceland by renting a car and taking a road trip -- this way, you'll be able to get on roads less traveled, get national parks to yourself and avoid all the crowds. The beauty of Iceland lies in its magnificent nature, which is where you'll find yourself documenting the trip through travel photography.

  • Ireland

    Beyond the Guinness pints and the countless characteristic pubs, and beyond the rain and the driving on the left, is spectacular untouched nature, locals who will always crack a joke and, well, lots of sheep.

  • Israel

    Kick back by the Mediterranean Sea with falafel or lose yourself in the narrow alleyways of one of the most historically-important cities on Earth. Check out how four cultures share Jerusalem’s Old City, and then spend the next day floating in the saltiest body of water in the world.

  • Latvia

    Sandwiched between Estonia and Lithuania, and sharing borders with Belarus and Russia, Latvia is still forming an independent identity. Try the dense and flavorful bread varieties, the Baltic Sea fishes and of course, the strawberries. You'll notice that from the bogs to the beaches, there's so much to see in this laid-back and growing country.

  • Mexico

    What we love about Mexico is the rich culture, full of soulful and joyous music, zesty cuisine, ancient history and bustling cities. This big country has enough unique destinations to keep you enchanted for months.

  • Myanmar (Burma)

    The most undiscovered and alternative of any country in Southeast Asia, Myanmar (Burma) provides a genuine travel experience to travelers who want to get lost among ancient pagodas, lake villages and urban chaos.

  • The Netherlands

    Windmills, stroopwafels and the canals of Amsterdam may come to mind when you think of the Netherlands. Get on a bicycle, the local Dutch way, and make your way into the architecture of Rotterdam, quaint and quiet streets of villages outside the big cities and the excellent transport systems that link all the parts of this country.

  • New York

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  • Peru

    Famed for Machu Picchu and its Incan ruins, there’s much more to Peru than meets the eye. Sit back with a drink and watch the sunset from the Pacific cliffs of the capital city Lima, and surf on sand dunes in Huacachina, from where the sand in your hair will serve as a souvenir for days.

  • Portugal

    Portugal charmed us from the start, as we ventured through a maze of colorful alleyways in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto neighborhood and then took a road trip to the humble medieval villages and beautiful beaches. Try the wine and the seafood, and then go for a hike along the rocky coastline.

  • Spain

    Famed for tapas, mountains, islands and art, in a variety of dramatic settings, Spain is somewhere to go back to, time and again. Just when you think you’ve gotten to know the country, you’ll learn there’s more to see.

  • Sri Lanka

    If you like scenery, flavorful food, friendly people and culture, this is a country for you. In Sri Lanka, we hiked epic mountains, climbed stairs to a sacred giant Buddha, tried Ceylon tea fresh from its source and laid back with fruit smoothies on the southern beaches.

  • Taiwan

    Off the beaten path, undiscovered places and natural beauty are all ways to describe travel in Taiwan. Travel for food, hiking and culture in one of the best destinations in Asia.

  • Vietnam

    Vietnam is so diverse, and you'll never run out of things to do. Yes, travel in Vietnam is affordable, so you can get more for your money and try everything in sight.

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