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Colombia is my favourite country in South America.  Backpacking in Colombia will reward you with beautiful scenery, interesting culture and incredible beaches – don’t miss it!

What to Pack for La Ciudad Perdida Lost City Trek

What to Pack for La Ciudad Perdida Lost City Trek

The trek to the Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City Trek, in northern Colombia is an incredible hike.  It is not an easy walk though, and involves steep climbs and descents, two river crossings and hoards of mosquitos.  Here is a handy guide of what to pack for La Ciudad Perdida Trek to help you prepare, and handle it like a pro! I recommend Wiwa Tours for the trek, I went with them and had a great time, learning a lot about…

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Ciudad Perdida: The Lost City Trek in Colombia

Ciudad Perdida: The Lost City Trek in Colombia

The trek to La Ciudad Perdida or Lost City in Colombia is a challenging but fascinating journey that I highly recommend.  Trekking through the Colombian jungle for 4 or 5 days is beautiful, sometimes strenuous, always sweaty and at times very wet!  See how I got on when I did the Lost City Trek: The Best Company for the Lost City Trek to Ciudad Perdida Several different companies have permits to lead the Lost City Trek, and the price is…

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A Practical Guide to Tayrona National Park

A Practical Guide to Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park, or Parque Nacional Tayrona as it’s called in Spanish, is on the northern coast of Colombia, enjoying the heavenly warm seas of the Caribbean.  In this practical guide to Tayrona National Park you’ll see how to get there, what to take & where to camp in Parque Tayrona.  One of the most beautiful places I have ever been, don’t miss it! How to Get to Tayrona National Park Santa Marta or Palomino make great bases to stay before and…

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Tayrona National Park: Much More Than Beautiful Beaches

Tayrona National Park: Much More Than Beautiful Beaches

Tayrona National Park, or Parque Nacional Tayrona as its called in Spanish, should be on any Colombian itinerary.  The protected area on Colombia’s northern coast spans 150 km2 of land, and 30km2 of ocean, providing lush forest, glorious coastline and pre-Hispanic history to explore.  Obviously, the beaches are stunning, but there is more to Tayrona than just the beaches, and I’d recommend at least a two-night stay to make the most of your time here.  And definitely stay overnight, to see…

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Hiking the Cocora Valley in Colombia

Hiking the Cocora Valley in Colombia

Salento is a beautiful village, and the perfect base for exploring the Cocora valley.  We heard about a hike from Cocora, just 30 minutes from Salento, where you can hike through the valley, visiting a humming bird sanctuary and admiring stunning scenery including the magnificent wax palm trees that grow here. The Hike Around Cocora Valley According to my guide book the hike takes between 4-5 hours, which in my opinion is a huge under-estimation.  Including a short visit to the humming…

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Guadalupe, Santander: Off the Beaten Track in Colombia

Guadalupe, Santander: Off the Beaten Track in Colombia

Have you ever been to a place so beautiful, so pure and untainted by tourism that you wanted to keep it for yourself?  I have.  It’s called Guadalupe, Santander in Colombia. Discover Colombia Off the Beaten Track Guadalupe is a tiny town in the Santander region of Colombia.  It is no longer a secret in Colombia though, and at the weekends bus-loads of visitors from Bucaramanga and the surrounding areas arrive – usually just for the day – then disappear…

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Colombian Coffee Tasting & Horse Riding in Salento

Colombian Coffee Tasting & Horse Riding in Salento

Salento is a pretty Colombian town, colourful and friendly, and slap-bang in Colombia’s coffee region.  Horse riding in Salento is the perfect way to explore the area, and there are various options on offer.  My friend Jen and I chose to visit a nearby coffee plantation and waterfall – around five hours in total.   The hostel booked everything for us, and the following morning we were collected from our hostel for our Colombian coffee tasting adventure! Horse Riding in Salento:…

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El Santuario de las Lajas – Ipiales

El Santuario de las Lajas – Ipiales

A short drive across the border between Ecuador and Colombia lies the town of Ipiales.  The town itself is no different from a hundred other little towns, except for the nearby church that was built across a river valley.  El Santuario de las Lajas is one of the world’s most beautiful churches, and definitely worth visiting if you are crossing the Ecuador – Colombia border by land, like I did. The Miracle at Las Lajas El Santuario de las Lajas…

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Entering Colombia with an Emergency Passport

Entering Colombia with an Emergency Passport

After having my passport and laptop stolen in Ecuador, I was definitely ready to leave that country, and was eager to continue my journey.  I had been looking forward to Colombia, after hearing so much from friends and fellow travellers, but was nervous to see if I would have any problems entering Colombia with an emergency passport.  I had already experienced crossing borders in most of South America, so hopefully this would be no different! After leaving Quito, I spent…

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