Salento, Colombia

One latte and a flat white to go, please. Avid coffee drinkers, we were really looking forward to Colombia’s coffee region. West of the capital, Salento is known for its scenery and the tall wax palms of Cocora Valley. We opted for the 7 hour night bus from Medellín to Armenia. Night mask on, ear…

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Medellín, Colombia

Set in a bowl with skylines reaching for the heavens, Medellín is the second biggest city in Colombia and the capital of the mountainous Antioquia province. The popular TV series, Narcos has left Medellin as one of the most trending tourist destinations. We arrived after a 16 hour night bus from Santa Marta, costing $110,000…

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Comuna 13, Medellín

“I am so happy to welcome you here. I was once embarrassed of my neighbourhood, I would lie about where I came from when others asked. Today, I am proud to share my story with you, the story of Comuna 13. You are my voice to other people and places around the world.”   Reggaeton…

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Minca, Colombia

A small mountain village in northern Colombia, nestled in rolling hills of green, surrounded by coffee farms and waterfalls. Untouched and with an abundance of banana trees, Minca is an underrated travel destination that any backpacker should visit given the chance. Set 600m high in the Sierra Nevada, the climate is a little cooler than…

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Tayrona National Park

Mud bath, mud mask, mud cake… there’s a theme to this blog and if you haven’t guessed it already – MUD. Top tips / useful information Stay: stay in Santa Marta and use this as your base. We stayed in Tiki Hut hostel, which was clean and chilled with a free breakfast. Travel: Take the…

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At one with nature

We’ve made friends with a host of animals over the last three weeks. It felt right to share our weird and wonderful encounters with you. Marmoset monkeys climbed the trees on Ilha Grande, whilst tweets from tropical birds were drowned out by growling Howler monkeys. Keep quiet and you may be lucky enough to catch…

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Cartagena, Colombia

Streets of bright colonial houses, plazas lined with restaurants and entertainers – had we woken up in a pretty Spanish town? After shaking off our night of travelling and lapping up our surroundings, we sunk into the Cartagena way of life. Colonised by Rodrigo de Bastidas in 1525, who killed many indigenous peoples and enslaved…

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