With the rise of the drug cartels through the mid to late 1900s, the levels of violent and organised crime in Medellin, Colombia led to the city being rated as the “World’s most murderous city” in 1992. (more…)
As we get nearer to Christmas, it’s easy to reflect on all that’s happened in 2016 and get a little bit down about the state of things. That’s why I found it quite refreshing when saw on a couple of FB groups threads from seasoned travellers who have experienced a random act of kindness they’ve experienced whilst on the road.
It’s important to remember the little things, particularly after the last year, and especially at Christmas time. Enjoy!
An absolute “must visit” day trip for those in Medellín, located just two hours away on bus, you can find the marvel that is Guatapé and the infamous rock, La Piedra. Combine the spectacular 360 degree views from the rock with a beautifully preserved colonial town and you have a formidable Colombian day trip. (more…)
On the surface, Salento is just like a dozen other colonial towns in Colombia; it has colourful buildings, a large town square and, of course, the obligatory church. However, the main route between Cali and Bogota which used to pass through Salento was diverted, meaning the town didn’t develop as quickly as others in the Quindio region.
This gave Salento the opportunity to evolve into a a thriving community of craftsmen and artisans as well as remaining one of the region‘s most prolific coffee producers. (more…)
A list of must-have travel or backpacking accessories to make your life easier on a round-the-world trip.
After our first three months of travel, we were so glad we did our research and bought along these items that we wanted to share a list with you guys. We have personally used each one of these items and so can give them our thumbs up for travel! (more…)
We didn’t think it right to visit Colombia’s Coffee Triangle without taking a little time to learn about the brown stuff and how it’s produced. In between relaxing in the tiny colonial town of Salento and visiting the magnificent Cocora Valley, we decided to head on a tour of a coffee plantation. (more…)
The remarkable Cocora Valley is one of the main reasons why so many tourists flock to Salento (as well as the coffee!). The valley is part of the Los Nevados National Natural Park and is the principal location of the national tree, and symbol of Colombia, the Quindío wax palm, as well as a wide variety of other flora and fauna (some endangered), all of which are protected under the area’s National Park status. (more…)
Cali is widely accepted as the salsa capital of the World, but it still remains slightly off the normal tourist route in the country due to the distance from Bogota and the popular Caribbean coast. However, the city is well worth a few days of your time regardless of whether you enjoy salsa or not. (more…)