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Staying at a traditional Colombian Farm

Leaving the beautiful countryside around Salento behind we headed across the coffee region towards the town of Montenegro, an area dotted with traditional coffee plantations known in Colombia as fincas. What is special about the region is the opportunity to spend some time staying at a finca in a traditional country house, in a way that kind of feels […]


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Photodump: Beyond Salento in Colombia’s coffee region

Hiring a dirt bike to wind our bumpy way through the mountains surrounding the beautiful town of Salento might just have to be regarded as one our best experiences this trip. Passing through shady roads alongside towering bamboo forests, along high mountain ridge lines and through tiny villages… Across lonely bridges made for the fluctuating force […]


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The colourful Colombian town of Salento

After so much time spent during previous visits in other parts of Colombia, and by no reasonable explanation, Andrés and I had never visited the coffee growing region together – even for him it remained some kind of vague childhood memory. I realise now that we might have saved the best until last, because I’ve fallen hard for this tiny […]


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Getting a taste for Colombia’s coffee culture

Colombia, being the world’s third largest producer of coffee behind Brazil and Vietnam, means it’s kind of hard to escape the aroma as you travel throughout the country. After four years avoiding the stuff I made an executive decision as soon as we arrived that not drinking coffee on this trip was absolute nonsense. It […]


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Palomino: not really our idea of a Caribbean paradise

Palomino came recommended as a down to earth, yoga on the beach, hippy-esque kind of place “that you guys would love”. A tiny village on the Caribbean coast, about 6 hours by bus from Cartagena, where the jungle meets the ocean below the Sierra Nevada. What’s cool is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta sits as an isolated mountain […]


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Kicking back in Cartagena

Cartagena is one of those places in Colombia that you kind of have to find out what all the fuss is about. Imagine a huge, stone fortress wherein classic Colombian buildings have been turned in to upmarket hotels and fine restaurants; interspersed with bars and markets that have attracted local patrons for hundreds of years. […]


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Photodump: Beyond Villa de Leyva

Taking some time out to explore the natural spaces that Andres grew up in, we took the old family jeep out for the day. Climbing through the dusty roads that intersect windy corn fields and flowering fruit trees we visited a stunning monastery built in the 16th  century. Amongst the steep green mountains and ochre […]


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Watching the world go by in Villa de Leyva

A few hours drive outside the capital of Bogotá is a place I like to think of as ‘fantasy’ Colombia. A place set in a valley below the Andes mountain range where some locals still ride horses and meet in the square wearing a sombrero and a poncho over their shoulders. A traditional village where cobblestone streets, […]


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Back in the beat of Bogotá

Colombia is one of those countries that plays havoc with good intentions; in a you-only-live-once, reckless kind of way. Being back on the busy, high altitude streets of Bogotá, where the weather does it’s drizzly best to lure you in to cafe’s, bars and restaurants, it’s easy to forget all the rules and dive in […]


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A spork in the road: it’s time to go our separate ways

Since we left Australia we’ve had an incredible 16 months travelling together in South America and next week things are about to be very different. But super exciting. I’m flying to Panama on Tuesday to start my whirlwind Central American exploration and Andres is making his way to Cambodia via a decent stop in Russia […]


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