10 Jan 2017

Behind the City Walls of Cartagena, Colombia

Rain pounded the streets of Cartagena. Due to poorly chosen footwear (this seems to be a recurring theme in my travels) we had to walk slowly over the slippery sidewalks. We waded through ankle-deep puddles and crossed streets overflowing with traffic and rain, eventually arriving at the deserted entrance to

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Villa de Leyva, Colombia:
31 Jan 2016

Villa de Leyva: 130 Million Years of Colombian History

I watched Jurassic World recently and two things struck me: How did that too stupid to be funny guy from Parks and Recreation become a Hollywood star, and are ordinary, “real” dinosaurs not good enough anymore? (they created genetically enhanced “mutants” in the movie because people were getting bored of

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12 Oct 2015

Crossing the Border between Colombia and Ecuador: Ipiales to Otavalo

Crossing the border between Colombia and Ecuador at Ipiales was a laid back affair — the actual border crossing took less than an hour and there is also a pretty amazing church in town that you should definitely check out. Here are the details… Arriving in Ipiales We took a

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16 Sep 2015

A Night in the Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

Footprints guided us through the red labyrinth section of the Tatacoa Desert. We were surrounded by cracked red hills and rugged rock formations, like a midget version of those famous national parks in Arizona and Utah. We spent a night in the Tatacoa Desert, which is actually split into grey and red sections

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A smiling statue in San Agustin, Colombia
31 Aug 2015

The Smiling Statues of San Agustin, Colombia

The smiling statues of San Agustin are a bit of a mystery to tourists and archaeologists alike. Who built them? Why did they build them? Were the craftsmen and their models all on magic mushrooms at the time? We looked at around 100 of these strange statues at the archaeological

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Panama to Colombia via the San Blas Islands
13 Aug 2015

A Boat Trip from Panama to Colombia via the San Blas Islands

If you want to travel from Panama to Colombia (or Colombia to Panama) you have three options: 1) Take a boat from Panama to Colombia via the amazing San Blas islands 2) Walk through the wild jungles of the Darien Gap. Living to tell the tale isn’t guaranteed! 3) Fly (probably

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Salento and the Cocora Valley: Exploring Colombia's coffee zone
10 Aug 2015

Salento and the Cocora Valley: Exploring Colombia’s Coffee Zone

My dad once told me that when I became a man I’d start drinking coffee (or maybe it was the other way around). Well, at the age of 30 I think it might have finally happened. I tried some good quality coffee in Salento, Colombia and really enjoyed it. Maybe

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05 Aug 2015

A Quick Taste of Medellin, Colombia

You might be thinking, after reading the title, that this post is all about eating in Medellin. You’re wrong – I don’t think writing about our foodie adventures at KFC, Domino’s and Subway would make for interesting reading. Despite our unadventurous eating habits in Medellin, we did get to taste a

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