Hiking the Cocora Valley in Colombia

Wax Palm Trees in Cocora Valley Colombia - Backpacking South America

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 hummingbird sanctuary and admiring stunning scenery including the magnificent wax palm trees that grow here. The Hike Around Cocora Valley […]

Guadalupe, Santander: Off the Beaten Track in Colombia

Getting Off The Beaten Track in Colombia - Guadalupe Santander

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.  It really is Colombia off the beaten path; a little piece of paradise away from the tourist hoards.  Come and discover the natural plunge […]

Horse Riding in Salento & Colombian Coffee Tasting

Organic Coffee Plantation in Colombia

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.   […]

El Santuario de las Lajas – Ipiales

El Santuario de las Lajas

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 […]

Entering Colombia with an Emergency Passport

My Emergency Passport How to get a replacement 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 backpacking in Colombia, after hearing so much from friends and fellow travellers, but was nervous to see if I would have any problems entering Colombia […]