I've been wanting to go to Colombia, in like, forevers. But the timing never seem to be right. Until me and Vince got back from our 5 month stint in Asia and had time to really consider Colombia.
Should we go to Colombia in July? How's the weather? Isn't it winter there?? How badly do you want to go to Colombia?? Oh, it's a major Bucket List item - so pretty badly, eh? Looks like the plane tickets are cheaper to get there than Cuba ... should we just do it?
Such questions went through our heads. Ultimately, we went for it and wholeheartedly committed by buying plane tickets on the spot. A couple days later I got an offer for a sponsored 3-day influencer trip to Palm Springs. I LOVE PALM SPRINGS! I can't believe my luck! I also can't believe the ill-timing of it all! The Palm Springs trip coincided with the Colombia trip. Unable to cancel or postpone our Colombia tickets, I had to unwillingly turn down the offer. BUT the bummed out feeling only lasted 2 seconds, because - I'm finally going to Colombia!
Unfortunately, we could only stay in Colombia for a week. Some unexpected major life expenses popped up. Bah. Adulting. Thus, our list of must visit Colombian places got narrowed down to 2 cities. =/ But I know I'll be back to this wonderful country! Would love to visit Medillin, Santa Marta, Minca, Guatape ... and, of course, Cano Cristales!
// BOGOTA //
To be honest, we didn't expect Bogota to be such a joy to walk around! Not many travelers rave about Bogota and there didn't seem to be much to do in the city upon research. Who knew that one could spent hours exploring La Candelaria and Monserrate? The charming rustic street scenes of Candelaria are full of colorful buildings and intricate grafitti. The city views from Montserrate are gorgeous, with an equally gorgeous plot of land to wander about. Yes, Bogota, you were a pleasant surprise!
>> STAY : AirBnB, ~$20/night
>> RECOMMEND : La Candelaria, Monserrate, Walking Tour, Grafitti Walking Tour, Food Tour, Museo Botero, Museo del Oro
>> FOOD : Bandeja Paisa (originally from Medellin, but next best place to have it is Bogota), Ajiaco, Picada, Arepas, Sancocho, Chocolate Completo, Almojabana, Chucula, Obleas, Arequipe, Juan Valdez coffee
// CARTAGENA //
This colorful Caribbean coastal town is every bit the hype that every traveler claims it to be. Sure, it's crowded and touristy, but for good reason. The walled Old Town houses a network of tiny streets and alleys all lined with vividly colored colonial buildings; imbuing romantic vibes and inspiring one to explore every nook and cranny. And that's exactly what we did most of the time! With paleta in hand, we walked all over Old Town and San Diego, straight into Getsamani where it's famed for its street art. Everywhere we look - instant photo moment. Definitely a photographer's playground here!
>> STAY : AirBnB, ~$80/night
>> RECOMMEND : Walk all over Old Town aka Walled City, Watch the sunset at The Wall, San Diego, Getsemani for street art, La Popa for city views, Bocagrande
>> FOOD : Ceviche, Posta Negra Cartagenera, Colombian Pizza, Any Colombian soup, Arepas, Empanadas, Fresh Seafood, Mote de Queso, Mojarra (Pargo Frito), Patacones, Bollos, Pan de Bono, Paletas, Limonada de Coco, Fruits
WHEN: July 2017
TEMP: 65F in Bogota, 90F in Cartagena
CITIES: Bogota, Cartagena
TRANSPORTATION: Taxi to/from Airport, other than that, we virtually walked everywhere.